Spain Travel Guide
Are you looking for a place to vacation that boasts beautiful architecture, delicious food, and a rich history? We have just the place for you. Stay with us and learn why the beautiful country of Spain is where you and your family should book your next vacation.
Spain is unique in many different ways. People visit Spain to experience its amazing food, beautiful and historic cities, sandy beaches, and Spain’s fun and interesting culture. Spain’s population is over 47 million people and attracts millions of tourists each year with a mission to experience all that this lovely country has to offer. Let’s have a look at why Spain should make your vacation list.
Best Places to Stay
Spain offers plenty of lodging options. If you are looking to stay somewhere cheap such as a small hotel, for somewhere more luxurious where you can appreciate beautiful and historic architecture, or for a house to rent for total privacy, Spain will be sure to accommodate. If you are outdoorsy and prefer to spend your nights under the stars, Spain also provides plenty of different camping site options for you as well.
Bed and Breakfasts
One way to save money while also experiencing the culture of Spain is staying at one of the country’s bed and breakfasts. These lovely little places each offer a certain charm about them, with most of them being family owned. Staying at a bed and breakfast when in Spain will instill a warm and friendly atmosphere.
One bed and breakfast that we recommend is Corazon Andaluz. Corazon Andaluz is located in the town of Coin. Corazon Andaluz has many amenities that include beautiful views of the Spanish countryside, beautiful ancient architecture, and delicious food. On top of all of this, Carzon Andaluz also offers a swimming pool that all guests are free to enjoy.
Another choice is the Casa Alegria y Luna. Casa Alegria y Luna is a bed and breakfast in Sorbas, Spain. Casa Alegria y Luna is located in a beautiful area that is near the beaches of the national park, Cabo de Gata Almeria. Arrive at Casa Alegria y Luna and you will be greeted with an inviting atmosphere. On top of the lovely location and cozy rooms, Casa Alegria y Luna also offers delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a swimming pool and bike paths for guests.
Last, but definitely not least, another great option is Cortijo Don Camilo de La Huma. Cortijo Don Camilo de La Huma is located in the village of El Chorro and used to be a farmstead that now serves as a bed and breakfast. This bed and breakfast offers three guest rooms and even a yurt that has its own bathroom. Cortijo Don Camilo de La Huma is conveniently located between major cities, giving you access to find many cities of Spain with less than two hours of driving. This bed and breakfast offers its own pool and is a great option for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking.
A stay in any of these lovely options ensures a delicious breakfast and a warm bed without breaking the bank.
Spain's Best Luxury Hotels
If you are looking to treat yourself to the best of the best with a luxurious experience, Spain has options that will suit your fancy. All of these luxury hotels have plenty to offer such as elegant dining, breathtaking architecture, beautiful landscaping, and an experience that will have you feeling like royalty.
When looking to indulge in luxury, a good option is the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf, & Spa. The Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf, & Spa is located in the town of Casares and is just a mile from the Spanish coast line. This lovely hotel sits on over 500 acres of land and serves as a soothing oasis that transports you into a world of decadence. Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf, & Spa is at your service around the clock to ensure that you are pampered and cared for throughout your entire stay. Take advantage of the numerous world class golf courses located throughout the property and of course the spa is always available for you when you feel the need to treat yourself to a massage or skin care offerings.
Another great option when looking for a luxury hotel to stay at during your time in Spain is the Four Seasons Hotel in Madrid. This wonderful hotel is located right in Spain’s capital and is within walking distance of all the city’s major attractions. The Four Seasons Hotel is appointed with traditional and modern styling and gives incredible views. There are multiple options for dining at the hotel with highly ranked restaurants as well as being home to Spain's largest wellness center. Staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Madrid will ensure that you will be staying in the best of the best.
Staying in Spain's ritzy hotels will allow you to step foot in some of the country’s most historic and beautiful buildings making it a pleasure to stay.
Are you traveling to Spain with a large group of friends or family? In that case, the best option for you would be a vacation rental. You can rent anything from spacious homes and villas to condos or apartments. Need a kitchen? These rentals offer all the comforts of home in a Spanish setting. Check out AirBnB for available properties for rent during your trip. There’s sure to be something to fit your needs.
One thing that may not come to mind when people think about staying in Spain is the country’s amazing camping spots. While most come to Spain to experience its delicious food and culture, if you are particularly outdoorsy, Spain’s camping sites should not go unnoticed.
When looking to camp in Spain, check out Catalunya. Catalunya is located in northeastern Spain and the campsites are situated in a beautiful beach setting. This campsite serves as a great place to escape and unplug and Catalunya also offers rentable villas in case you do not feel like packing a tent or renting an RV. There's plenty to do at Catalunya as well, such as hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and just about any outdoorsy activity that you like.
One of the best places to camp in Spain is in Andalusia. Andalusia is a beautiful and very historic region of Spain that boasts beautiful architecture such as cathedrals and palaces, as well as beautiful landscapes. Andalusia also offers looser camping rules, which means you won’t have to worry about the strict rules that the rest of the country enforces. There are plenty of places to camp in this area and you will find yourself being treated to gorgeous views as you travel through Andalusia. Some rules do still apply though, such as consulting the owner if camping on private land as well as not camping near military composts.
While camping may be something that most do not think about when booking a trip to Spain, those who enjoy the outdoors will be pleased to know that there are plenty of options.
Places to See
One of the most popular places to visit in all of Spain is the city of Barcelona. Barcelona serves as the capital of the Catalunya region and is known for its lively nightlife, breathtaking architecture, white beaches, and art galleries. There are also plenty of places to shop and eat at as well as numerous landmarks. Landmarks that you definitely should check out when spending time in Barcelona include:
● La Sagrada Familia - This is one of the essential landmarks to visit when in the city of Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia has been a work in progress since 1882 and is said to be finished by the year of 2027. This beautiful piece of architecture boasts a mix of Art Nouveau and Gothic styles and holds the title of being Spain’s most famous landmark.
● Casa Mila - Also known as “The Stone Quarry,” Casa Mila is a very popular attraction in Barcelona. Casa Mila was built between the years 1906 and 1912 and is popular due to its very unique architecture. The building was carved from limestone, yet there are no straight edges, creating a soft and round effect. To truly appreciate this unique building, you will have to see it for yourself. It is well worth it.
● La Rambla - Translating into english as “sandy riverbed,” La Rambla is a very unique landmark as it was once a flowing stream that has since dried up. Walking through La Rambla, you will notice the historic architecture that lines the streets, making it a true pleasure for a stroll during a sunny, Spanish afternoon.
When spending time in Spain, you owe it to yourself to check out the city of Salamanca. Salamanca is one of the country's most popular cities thanks to its fantastic scenery and architecture. Salamanca also offers a lively nightlife for a good time at affordable prices. Another thing this city is considered to be one of the country’s safest cities, giving you some peace of mind when hitting the town.
One of the most important parts of any trip is collecting souvenirs to bring home commemorating your time on vacation. If you’re interested in shopping, there are plenty of shops to choose from.
One option for when you want to scratch your itch for shopping is at Portal De L’Angel. Portal De L’Angel is located in Barcelona and is a street located in the city’s shopping district. Portal De L’Angel is not just worth visiting for the shopping, people also visit this beautiful street for its gorgeous architecture. It is one of the city’s most visited streets. If shopping is on the agenda though, there are plenty of options. Portal De L’Angel specializes in high end brands such as fashion brands. Portal De L’Angel is considered to be one of the most expensive streets in all of Spain, which is a good thing to keep in mind when looking to do some shopping there.
Another is at Mercado La Boqueria. Mercado La Boqueria is located in Barcelona at the city’s Las Ramba. Mercado La Boqueria is an authentic, Spanish open air market that is a great way to find unique items and delicious produce while experiencing Spain in an authentic way.
When planning your trip, take note of any special festivals that may be happening while you’re there. The festivals often include crafts for kids as well as displays of artistry available for purchase.
You simply cannot go on a trip without experiencing some of the food that the culture has to offer. A great way to experience food is by visiting local favorites. Wherever you find yourself in Spain, finding a delicious local restaurant is a must.
If you happen to be visiting Spain for a special occasion such as your honeymoon, an anniversary, or you simply just appreciate fine dining, Spain has plenty to offer.
A wonderful option for a fine dining experience is at Con Gracia. Con Gracia is located in Barcelona and is made possible by chef Alberto Rey. This restaurant gives a unique experience by providing you with three different menus, each with a different experience. The first menu is the Traditional menu that focuses on five delicious and authentic dishes. The second menu is the Surprise menu, which also provides five different dishes but are centered around the tropical theme of Con Garcia. The third menu is called the Expresion menu and is aimed to show off the unique talent of the chef, offering dishes that will not be found anywhere else. Whatever you end up ordering at Con Garcia, you will surely find a unique and delicious dish.
A great place to look for tasty casual dining spots is in Benidorm.
A wonderful option is at La Rana. La Rana provides a traditional and authentic Spanish dining experience and opened its doors in the 1960s. This lovely restaurant is a great place to have a nice casual lunch while enjoying authentic Spanish food.
A Spanish Adventure
When picking Spain to visit for your next vacation, you have certainly picked the right place. With so many things to do, so many things to learn about and appreciate, visiting Spain will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Whatever the occasion, you’ll have made a good decision to visit this lovely part of the world.