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Spain Tours for Seniors

Your ideal journey to Spain starts right here. Relax and savor indulgent wines with perfectly paired cheeses. Enjoy thriving culture among beautiful medieval streets and indulge in an unforgettable European experience with a Spain tour for seniors with Zicasso. With our vetted travel specialists, your trip will be personalized and perfected.

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Spain Tours for Seniors

Best Time to Visit Spain for Seniors

Updated: February 19, 2020

Consult these quick travel tips before you set off on the adventure of a lifetime to Spain.

While temperatures soar during the summer months in some parts of Spain, winter throughout the country is fairly mild. The Iberian Peninsula also offers a variety of climates and landscapes. No matter the time of year, you can enjoy pleasant weather, minimal crowds, and ideal sightseeing in Spain.

Bask in the sun in the sun-soaked region of Andalucia or escape on a picturesque hike to the seaside villages of northern Spain.

Northern Spain: The best time to visit Northern Spain is during the summer between June and August. During this time, you can enjoy the warmest and driest weather that Spain has to offer. Temperatures average 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer compared to a chilly 50 degrees during winter. International tourism peaks in summer, but crowds are not nearly as congested in northern Spain as they are central and southern Spain. Small town charm and the fervor of mid-sized cities offer the very best sightseeing opportunities without the long lines and crowded tourist attractions.

Central and Southern Spain:  The best time to visit central and southern Spain is in spring or fall. During this time of the year, the average temperatures are in the low to mid-70s, and rainfall is minimal. The number of tourists in the region also dramatically decreases during this time. Central and southern Spain, otherwise known as Andalucia, offer some of the best sightseeing that the country has to offer. While tourists arrive in the masses during mid and late summer, it is best to avoid central and southern Spain, especially in July and August, because daily temperatures can rise to a high of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the hot weather, it is also common that many businesses close or limit their hours for an extended siesta.

Essential Experiences for Seniors

Spain is a mecca for art, history, culture, and culinary excellence. You will experience the very best of this warm and vibrant culture as you travel from the shimmering shores of San Sebastian to the sunbathed patios of Sevilla's downtown.

You should consider including the following essential experiences in your tour of Spain:

Reina Sofia National Art Museum (Madrid): The Reina Sofia Art Museum is in Madrid. Not only is the museum's exterior breathtaking and stoic, but the museum offers some of the world's most iconic artwork. Here, you can witness paintings by renowned Spanish artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. After your visit, you can stroll through the beautiful Parque El Retiro or ride in a horse-drawn carriage past the Crystal Palace and the Grand Pond.

Traditional Flamenco Show (Seville): You can travel to the patios of Seville to admire the grand architecture and careful tilework of Seville's Cathedral and the Real Alcazar Palace. By day, you can explore the vibrant modern architecture of Las Setas or stroll through the Plaza de Espana. You can also venture to the vibrant neighborhood of Triana for a panoramic view of the downtown area from across the Guadalquivir River. In the evening, you can attend an authentic flamenco and dinner show. During the show, you will be served saffron-induced paella while listening to the rat-a-tat-tat rhythms of the flamenco dancers.

Pintxos Tasting (Bilbao & San Sebastian): You can bask in the fresh ocean air when you escape to the rolling hills of northern Spain. Charming fishing villages can take you back in time as you bite into fried seafood with the locals. You can also check out secluded favorites, such as San Juan Gaztelugatxe and Plentzia, before setting off for northern Spain's metropolitan cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian. You can visit the renowned Guggenheim Art Museum in Bilbao and enjoy the sun at San Sebastian's La Concha beach. As the sun begins to set, you can explore the pintxos scene for a taste of northern Spain's culinary prowess.

Travel Considerations for Seniors

To optimize your tour of Spain, you should consider the following travel recommendations.

Generally speaking, Spain is an accessible and easy-to-navigate country. Therefore, you will want to plan your trip in accordance with weather patterns and local transportation to optimize your sightseeing opportunities. In addition, you should pay attention to the following packing essentials.

Weather

Spain offers year-round vacationing opportunities. Southern Spain is best visited during spring and fall, and travelers will most likely enjoy a trip to northern Spain during the summer. Tourists who travel to Southern Spain in late July or August risk severe temperatures and may run into limited business hours of sightseeing venues and museums.

Transportation

To Spain: Transportation to and from Spain is easy via international airports in all major cities throughout Spain that accept incoming international flights, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Malaga. International arrival from other parts of Europe is also possible via train.

Around Spain: It is easy to travel between major Spanish cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Sevilla via the country's high-speed train service. Transportation between most Spanish cities takes about two hours. Traveling between small towns in northern or southern Spain is somewhat more limited. Travelers should plan ground transportation ahead of time. Traveling by bus is by far the cheapest method of transportation but also makes for slower travel times.

Packing

Packing for Spain will largely depend on your planned activities and regions. Convenience and department stores are readily available in big cities and small towns, making it easy to buy any toiletries when packing.

When determining the best luggage to pack, travelers should be aware that most Spanish downtown streets are lined with cobblestone. Backpacks or bags with a handle are ideal.

Weather Considerations

If visiting Northern Spain, you should bring a light coat since temperatures can drop dramatically from day to night. If you visit the region during the winter months, you should consider bringing rain gear, such as a packable poncho, a small umbrella, and hiking boots.

If visiting southern Spain, especially during the summer, you should travel with breathable clothing. Shorts are less commonly worn by Spaniards but are still perfectly acceptable to wear. You should also bring a light jacket since temperatures can shift dramatically between day and night.

Electrical Considerations

Spain operates on a 230-voltage supply. Electrical outlets take two-pronged and rounded plugs. Travelers are encouraged to bring outlet converters with them. In some cases, USB outlets may be available at hotels, but this is rare in most public areas.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain but may close or offer limited hours on Sundays. Travelers are encouraged to bring all prescribed medications with them when traveling.

Cultural Considerations

Travelers to Spain should be aware that some businesses close on Sundays or offer limited hours during regional/national holidays and during siesta time (especially in the south).

The pace of life in Spain tends to move at a slow pace. This extends to service at bars, restaurants, etc., especially since restaurants do not operate on a tipping system. Travelers should factor in extra time when dining.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip. Therefore, in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Travel Documents

Making sure that you carry the appropriate travel documents is essential when visiting Spain. For this reason, you should 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
  • Pertinent information regarding any condition(s) from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport
  • Visa, if necessary
  • 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 that are specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can change with little to no notice, so it is wise to stay updated as your trip nears.

Finances & Tipping

Spain still operates largely on a cash economy. Luckily, ATMs are readily available throughout the country. Travelers are encouraged to bring small cash denominations when visiting bars, restaurants, and cafes.

Tipping and bartering are uncommon in Spain, and you should not indulge in these practices unless prompted to do so by a vendor. At most, cafe and restaurant patrons may leave a few euros behind as a tip.

For questions related to finances when in Spain, your Zicasso trip specialist can provide you with exact details.

Safety & Accessibility of Resources

You should consider the below safety and accessibility tips when planning your trip to Spain.

Overall, Spain is a very safe country to visit. Travelers should feel welcome in smaller towns and will feel safe to explore the city in the evening or at night. In any case of a safety concern, you can speak with your Zicasso trip specialist.

Most resources, such as pharmaceuticals and first aid, are easy to find in Spain but may require some planning in smaller cities where business hours are more limited.

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Spain is among the lowest in Europe. Most crimes are limited to petty thefts, such as pickpocketing, in large cities, crowded areas, and on public transportation.

Medical & First Aid

Emergency and routine medical services are available throughout Spain. Pharmacies are also readily available but may be closed on Sundays. For local medical care recommendations when in Spain, you can speak with your Zicasso trip specialist. It is recommended that international travelers consult with their primary care physician prior to traveling. None of this information is intended to be a substitute for guidance from your doctor.

Water & Food Safety

International travelers do not need to take any special precautions when it comes to water and food safety in Spain. Travelers with a specific diet (vegan, gluten-free, etc.) should specify their preferences and or restrictions when eating in public.

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