spain at a Glance
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spain at a Glance
7 Day Spain Itinerary at a Glance
Take off on the adventure of a lifetime when you embark on a 7-day journey to Spain. The sights to see are endless when you explore the diverse regions of Northern Spain, Southern Spain, and the Mediterranean coast. You will find a rich history in each city as well as cultural traditions that persist to this day. Take in the mesmerizing landscapes of Northern Spain as you sip on Spain's iconic red wine. Then, dig your toes into the Mediterranean as you indulge in Valencia delectable paella delight. Finally, take a trip S]south to the sun-kissed patios of Andalusia to witness grand Moorish architecture and take part in an authentic flamenco show. The vacation of a lifetime awaits you.
Northern: Includes places such as Galicia, Cantabria, and the Basque Country. Major highlights include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Camino de Santiago, a world-famous pilgrimage that concludes in the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
Southern: Includes Andalusia and Almeria. Major highlights include authentic flamenco dancing in Seville, La Alhambra in Granada, and La Mezquita in Cordoba.
Central: Includes Madrid and the Castilla-La Mancha region. Major highlights include the Reina Sofia Art Museum in Madrid and the Don Quixote windmills in the countryside of Castilla-La Mancha.
Mediterranean: Includes Barcelona and Valencia. Highlights include the City of Arts and Sciences and Valencia and the architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona in addition to the sparkling coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.
Spring and autumn are mild in Spain. Summers in Central and Southern Spain can be extremely hot, with temperatures reaching well above 100 degrees. Summers in Northern Spain are mild, whereas winters can bring heavy rain.
The population of Spain is 46 million people.
Roman Catholicism is the primary religion of Spain.
Castilian Spanish is the primary language of Spain. Catalan and Basque are languages spoken in Catalonia and Basque Country respectively. Galician and Valenciano are considered regional dialects.
The national currency is the Euro.
Where to visit
Where to Visit in 7 Days
Madrid (2 Days)
Get to know Spain's capital city when you arrive in bustling Madrid. You can stay near the town at the Plaza Mayor or beside the Plaza Del Sol for a vibrant experience of city life. Over the next two days, you can join your expert guide on a tour of the city highlights. Stroll through the historic downtown and marvel at panoramic views of the city from the courtyard of the Royal Palace. Unwind in the Parque El Retiro in the afternoon when you partake in a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park's perimeter or take a paddleboat ride across the park's central lagoon. In the evening, you can break away from the frenetic energy of Madrid's center to experience the eclectic nightlife, including live music and dancing, in the trendy neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies.
Basque Country / La Rioja (2 Days)
Take in Spain's Beauty from a quieter perspective in the northern region of the Basque Country and La Rioja. Here, you will experience the very best of Spanish cuisine and luxurious wine varieties. Together with an expert sommelier, you will explore some of the region's most beautiful vineyards before sitting down for a private wine sampling. That evening, you can explore the neighboring historic downtowns as you banter with locals and sample several pintxos varieties including jamon iberico, cheese, and olives.
Barcelona (3 Days)
Enjoy the warm sunshine and ocean views as you venture to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. This fascinating city boasts a rich metropolitan life, history, and culture unlike any other part of Spain. You will stay downtown beside Las Ramblas boulevard for the best sightseeing opportunities. Spend your days uncovering the historic gems tucked within the Gothic Quarter and admire the Brilliance artwork of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi when you visit Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. As time permits, you can even venture beyond the city limits to explore additional highlights within the region of Catalonia including the Montserrat Monastery and the Beloved FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium.
best time to visit
Best Time to Visit Spain
The best time to visit Spain is in late fall, late spring, and early summer. If you want to avoid steamy temperatures, you should consider spending your time in Northern Spain. If you plan to visit Spain in the winter, however, you will be better off making a journey south to the sun-kissed cobblestone streets of Andalucia.
During Semana Santa, or Holy Week, which takes place in the week leading up to Easter, Spain becomes a hotbed of tourist activities as people come from around the world to experience the annual festivities. Processions take place each day of the week and offer a fascinating insight into the country's religious and cultural heritage. Travelers should be aware that crowds will be larger at this time of year and wait times will generally be longer.
Essential Experiences in Spain
Wine Tasting in the Basque Country
Take in Spain's illustrious natural beauty amongst the rolling plains of the Basque Country. You will have a chance to tour many historic Vineyards and learn about the process of winemaking most famous in the Basque Country and the neighboring region of La Rioja. Then, sit down for a private wine tasting alongside an expert sommelier as you indulge in rich red wines and admire the panoramic views of the Spanish countryside at sunset.
History Tour of Downtown Madrid
Get lost amongst the hustle and bustle of Spain's capital city, Madrid. There is no end of things to see and do when you explore the boisterous downtown. You can step inside the courtyard of the Grand Royal Palace and keep up with the latest fashion trends along Gran Via. You and your guide will get to know the history of the city as you visit iconic cathedrals palaces and fortresses. Later you will stroll through the Parque El Retiro, once a respite for Spanish nobility. experience the city's history anew as you explore the Plaza Mayor in the evening and indulge in a wide variety of delectable tapas.
Arts and Dance in Barcelona
Surely, you will fall in love with the eclectic music and arts scene of downtown Barcelona. One-of-a-kind paintings line Las Ramblas Boulevard and whimsical architecture of Antoni Gaudi looms nearby. When you venture to Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia, two of Gaudi's most renowned masterpieces, you can experience the irreverence and fantastical designs most closely associated with the beautiful city of Barcelona.
In the evening you will attend a flamingo show where you can clap your hands and stomp your feet to the staccato rhythms of Spain's iconic impassioned dancers.
Summers in Southern Spain can be extremely hot especially during the months of July and August. Travelers should avoid visiting these regions of Spain during this time of year as many businesses close due to the inclement weather.
Winters in Northern Spain are especially rainy. Travelers should avoid visiting this region during this time of year as daily weather patterns can be unpredictable and rainy weather can impact transportation and sightseeing opportunities.
Public buses, metro services, high-speed trains, and private shuttle transportation are readily available in most major Spanish cities. When traveling to rural parts of southern Spain, in particular, Travelers should book transportation in advance. When flying in and out of the country most international travelers will fly into major airports in Madrid, Barcelona, and Malaga.
When packing, try to avoid roller bags or oversized bags as it may be difficult to maneuver atop cobblestone streets or uneven roads in rural areas.
If you plan to visit Northern Spain during the rainy season, be sure to pack rain gear and boots. If you plan to visit Southern Spain in the summer, pack light, breathable clothing.
Spain operates on a 230-voltage, 50-hertz system.
Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain. Be aware that pharmacies may have limited hours on Sundays and during siesta hours.
Operating hours will vary during siesta time, local festivals, and on Sundays. In the south, some businesses may also close or limit their hours in August as temperatures are especially hot.
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Flights Via Zicasso
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Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Spain. For this reason, during your trip, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Spain:
- Personal medical information
- If you have any medical issue(s), you should carry information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
- Emergency contact information
- Proof of airline tickets and reservations
- Customs forms and documents
- Hotel or accommodation reservations
- Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)
Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements specific to your trip, though responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can and do change often to no notice, so all are wise to stay updated as your trip comes near.
Finances & Tipping
Spain operates primarily on a cash economy. Travelers should carry cash and coin currency at all times. ATMs are readily available throughout Spain.
Bartering is not common in Spain, although you may find some instances in smaller towns or marketplaces.
Tipping is not common in Spain. At most, patrons will leave a few euros on the table for excellent service.
For any questions related to tipping and bartering, you can speak with your expert Zicasso trip specialist.
Safety & Accessibility of Resources
Safety and Accessibility of Resources
Overall Spain is a very safe country to travel to. International travelers should feel free to explore by night and in more rural parts of Spain. The most common crimes include petty thefts such as pickpocketing.
Medical resources are readily available throughout the country. Visitors should be sure to travel with prescribed medications after consultation with their home doctor.
The crime rate in Spain is at a low level and continues to decline. Spain has amongst the lowest levels of crime in all of Europe.
Things to look out for
Travelers should be wary of pickpocketing. To avoid petty thefts, travelers should carry valuables in a money belt or inner coat pocket.
Medical & First Aid
Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain. Travelers should be aware that pharmacies may close on Sundays or during siesta.
In case of a medical emergency, travelers can speak with their Zicasso trip specialist for local medical resources.
It is recommended that all international travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to travel, and this information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a doctor.
Water & Food Safety
Travelers need not take any special precautions when it comes to food and water consumption in Spain.
Visitors who have special dietary preferences or restrictions should be clear about their diets when eating at restaurants. Local diets may vary (vegetarianism, veganism, etc.).
Travel with Zicasso
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