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Welcome to Spain

Sandwiched between Portugal to the west and France to the northeast, Spain entices visitors with its rich culture, history, and fabulous cuisine. The sun shines almost all year round, locals pass down traditional tapas recipes through the generations, and people greet each other with warmth and affection. Whether you visit for the food, the weather, the coast, or the history, Spain brims with adventures, all of which can be easily accessed by a host of private and small-group tours. In vibrant Barcelona and Madrid, walking and cycling tours lead you to top attractions such as the Prado National Museum and Gaudí's iconic La Sagrada Familia, and offer skip-the-line access as well as a guide who will help bring Spain's history to life. Food tours, wine-tasting experiences, and cooking classes teach you how tapas delicacies such as Iberian ham, salted cod, and rich chickpea stew complement Spanish reds and whites like Rioja, Montenovo Godello, and Serrana Macabeo. History buffs can explore medieval streets around Besalú, Tavertet, and Rupit on a group tour to see where castle ruins hide among rugged cliffs and dense forests, while culture vultures will want to take in the passion of flamenco, a traditional Spanish dance. Meanwhile, multi-day tours take travelers to far-flung destinations like Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, Seville, and Toledo, as well as the beautiful coast east of Malaga, where ancient olive groves thrive in the Spanish sunshine.

Top 10 attractions in Spain

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

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Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Antoni Gaudi’s magnum opus, is undoubtedly the most iconic structure in Barcelona (and the most popular, with nearly 3 million visitors per year). Construction has been ongoing for more than 135 years, and the surreal structure, with its rainbow-hued stained glass windows, is slated for completion in 2026. Even in its unfinished state, it remains an absolute must-see for every visitor to the Catalan capital.More
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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla). This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted.More
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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

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Madrid's Royal Palace (also known as the Palacio Real or Palacio de Oriente) is a beautiful baroque structure with some 3,000 rooms, making it one of Europe's largest castles. Although the royal family no longer lives here, the Palacio Real still serves as the king and queen's official residence, a venue for state ceremonies, and a place for tourists to get a peek into the royal history of Spain.More
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Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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The largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s highest peak—Mount Teide—Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) is one of the top attractions on Tenerife. The rugged landscape of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magnificent—a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas, and volcanic peaks.More
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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

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The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) houses one of the finest art collections in the world, specializing in European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. Thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art are on display throughout its halls, and they represent merely a fraction of the total collection. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Perhaps the most famous paintings are “Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor), an inventive self-portrait by Velázquez, and The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych from Hieronymus Bosch.More
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Masca Valley

Masca Valley

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Characterized by rugged cliffs, forested trails, and waterfalls, the wild landscapes of the Masca Valley are among Tenerife’s most beautiful. The remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hike—the trail winds down through the gorge and finishes at a black-sand beach.More
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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

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Today this central square is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals, but Plaza Mayor’s history goes back to the early 17th century during King Felipe III's reign. The central statue is a nod to the king’s role in overseeing the project's completion. Forming the outer walls are a series of 3-story buildings with balconies overlooking the center.More
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Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

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Spanning 20 square miles (51 square km) of southern Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya) is a unique and eerie landscape of dormant volcanoes and lava fields. Visitors flock to the park from nearby beach towns to explore the otherworldly terrain that looks more like the moon than the Canary Islands.More
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Park Güell

Park Güell

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Antoni Gaudi spent 15 years designing and building the whimsical fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like buildings within Park Güell, one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with the Sagrada Familia, the hilltop public park sits at the top of Barcelona’s must-see list, and for good reason. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city.More
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Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada) is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.More

Trip ideas

Corral de la Moreria: Virtual Flamenco Shows in Madrid

Corral de la Moreria: Virtual Flamenco Shows in Madrid

Top activities in Spain

The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
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Full Day Tour Ávila and Segovia from Madrid with Tickets to Monuments Included

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Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid
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Three Cities in One Day: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo from Madrid
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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Recent reviews from experiences in Spain

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Spain France and Andorra
Stephen_T, Nov 2021
The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
It was great to see all the landscapes, villages, and shops within each country!
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A different cultural experience
Syam_M, Nov 2021
Flamenco Show & Special Menu at Torres Bermejas in Madrid
I wish someone explained it in English so we understand the show better.
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Beautiful views and wonderful horses
Joshua_R, Nov 2021
Horse Riding Madrid Natural Park
It was beautiful and one of our favorite activities in Spain!!
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Brilliant tour to learn about cordoba
Wendy_M, Sep 2021
Cordoba Monuments Intensive Tour
Patio our guide was excellent, so knowledgeable and spoke great English.
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Must see sight just do it.
Donald_G, Jul 2021
Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid
What a wonderful experience and sites to see the history of Spain.
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History in Spain
Gregory_N, Nov 2021
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
The tour of Valley of the Fallen showed that even though the Republic side lost the Spanish Civil War, Francisco Franco honored them as well for having the deceased of both sides at Valley of the Fallen, even though there were POW's that built the monument.
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Wonderful day tour from Barcelona
Kate_Y, Nov 2021
The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
The little town of Ax-les-Thermes was nice to walk around and dip our feet in the hot springs.
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Must-Do!
Dael_S, Nov 2021
Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
Both in English and Spanish.
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Costa Brava is lovely, but I would skip Pals
Tracy_G, Nov 2021
Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona
Note for tour: I would choose to visit either Pals or Girona, not both.
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A great tour, following a mix up
Susan_D, Oct 2021
Alcázar of Seville Tour (Tickets included & Skip the line)
She speaks beautiful English.
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Fantastic tour at great value
JADE_W, Sep 2021
Barcelona Private 4-Hour Guided Tour
We are in Spain for 3 days before going on a Mediterranean cruise, and my family wanted to see as much as possible in a day.
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Iberian Lynx sighted!
Stephen_H, Sep 2021
Donana National Park and El Rocío: 4x4 Guided Tour from Seville
And sure enough we were blessed to see a young cub!
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Quite an impressive tday.
Stephen_H, Sep 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Definitely a must see & this is definitely the tour to see it on!
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Put this at the top of your list of things to do in Spain!
SydneyAH, Sep 2021
Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Toledo or Segovia with Optional Transport from Madrid
Also, I was the only one who wasn't fluent in Spanish and the tour guides explained things in English in addition to Spanish.
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Fun!
Hayley_L, Aug 2021
Seville - Unique in person Flamenco Dance Class & Party with Outfit
Also, as a side note, we randomly went to the same Flamenco show that Milaina was performing at, and it was such a nice surprise to see her perform after taking her class!
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Perfect, informative tour with Olga!!!
Alexandra_D, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
It’s so much better to visit these locations and learn the history than to walk around aimlessly.
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A+ experience, highly recommend!
Roza_R, Aug 2021
Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Tour (Tickets included & Skip the line)
We advise you to bring very comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat during summer, a water bottle and maybe a snack (if you are one to get peckish) as you will be on your feet for a number of hours.
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Biking is the Way to Go
Chennetta_B, Aug 2021
Withlocals Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Gaudi Bike Tour in Barcelona
Not only was it a great way to see Barcelona, but I really, thoroughly enjoyed our guide.
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A must see in Spain!!
Wilfredo_M, Jul 2021
Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line
The Prado Museum is a place to visit at least once in any trip to Spain.
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Into the life of Dali
HonLiang_K, Jul 2021
Salvador Dali Museum, Port Lligat and Cadaques Small Group tour from Barcelona
He painted the life of Dali expertly and alsoprovided interesting historical facts about Spain/Catalonia as we drove to the various attractions.

All about Spain

When to visit

Home to some of Europe’s warmest climes, Spain is a sun-suffused destination throughout the year. No matter the season, head to southerly Andalucía, the beaches of the Costa del Sol, and the Balearic Islands for the toastiest temperatures. Other highlights—such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Galicia—are more seasonal in nature.

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