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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 15 attractions in Spain

Sagrada Familia

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

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

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

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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

Park Güell

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

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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

Casa Batlló

One of Barcelona’s most fanciful buildings, the elaborate Casa Batlló was built by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and is nicknamed the “House of Bones” for its contorted window frames and skeletal pillars. Casa Batlló’s interior is equally mind-boggling, featuring rippled walls, exquisite tile work, and sculpted fireplaces.More

Masca Valley

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

Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

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

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) dates back to the Middle Ages, and the neighborhood’s age is evident in its narrow winding roads, shady plazas, and beautiful architecture (including three major cathedrals). Passersby find gems tucked away in the nooks and crannies off the narrow streets—think trendy restaurants, chic bars, and boutique shops. The area's proximity to the La Rambla pedestrian mall also contributes to its popularity among the young, nightlife-loving crowd.More

Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

Situated along Valencia’s old Turia riverbed, the visually striking City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias) was the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The spectacular architecture is just part of the appeal of this futuristic complex though, which is also home to a science museum, planetarium, and more—all popular with families.More

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, built atop the remains of a mosque, the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) features a spectacular gold altarpiece in its main altar depicting 36 scenes from the life of Christ, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, works by Goya and Murillo, and the dramatic Giralda Tower.More

San Sebastian Old Town (Parte Vieja Donostiarra)

San Sebastian’s medieval Old Town is a maze of bar-packed alleys serving the city’s world-famous pintxos and wine. The neighborhood is also home to the wonderfully chaotic Pescadería (fish market), the San Telmo Municipal Museum, Church of San Vicente, and the Basilica of Saint Mary of Coro.More

Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1997, is hailed as one of the most important architectural works of its time. Within its undulating and reflecting walls on the banks of the Nervión River, you’ll find a rotating artistic wonderland of both modern and contemporary art.More

Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

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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Around Spain in 15 Dishes

Around Spain in 15 Dishes

Top activities in Spain

The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
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Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
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Sagrada Familia: Fast Track Guided Tour with optional Tower
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Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour
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Toledo, Segovia, Optional Avila: Majesty of Medieval Spain Tour
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Girona and Costa Brava Small-Group Tour with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona
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Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up
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The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
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Girona and Dali Museum Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick-up from Barcelona
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Sagrada Familia Guided Tour with a Professional Guide & Optional Tower Access
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Recent reviews from experiences in Spain

Deborah_L, Jan 2023
Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up
I came to Spain to see Segrada Familia and was blown away with how beautiful it is on the inside.
Best guide in Cordoba!
Evelyn_H, Nov 2022
Private tourist route in Córdoba
Very knowledgeable on all Cordoba’s history and best sights to go visit.
Visit to the Dali Meseum
Edward_M, Nov 2022
Girona and Dali Museum Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick-up from Barcelona
Pete Fl, USA several times, it was a treat having such a knowledgeable guide to visit the one in Spain.
Great tour guides and views
Patti_P, Nov 2022
Girona and Costa Brava Small-Group Tour with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona
It was a beautiful way to see some of spain.
It was an unique...
Mihaela_C, Nov 2022
Gibraltar with St Michael Caves Ticket Guided Tour from Costa del Sol
I would suggest anyone to visit the Saint Michael cave 🙏 Thank you all for everything, and Happy Holidays to you and your families!
Highly recommended!
Janet_P, Nov 2022
Enjoy the Coast of Biscay
Great way to get out of the larger cities like Bilbao to see the beautiful coast of Spain and learn about the Basque culture.
Highlight of Valencia
Yvonne_H, Nov 2022
E-Bike Grand Valencia Private Tour
It was a great way to cover a lot of ground and see much of what we wouldn’t have been able to see on foot with only 1 day in the city.
Beautiful and Educational
Jarom_H, Oct 2022
Full-Day Toledo Tour with Cathedral from Madrid
The tour guide was great, covering the information in both English and Spanish.
Marta was the best tour...
Ana_L, Oct 2022
Barcelona Highlights & Montserrat with Skip the Line Tickets and Hotel Pick Up
Her English is perfect, very knowledgeable, great personality and ready to help everyone!!
If you are in Madrid you must see this.
David_K, Oct 2022
Royal Palace of Madrid Monolingual Guided Tour with Fast Track Access
Remarkable to see the palace and learn about Spain’s history.
Great experience!
Nicole_H, Oct 2022
Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
He made great use of time and I felt we were able to see the entire Alcazar without the tour dragging all day long either.
Great experience!
Nicole_H, Oct 2022
Flamenco Show in a Cave Restaurant in Granada
This was one of my favorite activities from my trip to Spain!
A fabulous trip back to our Paleolithic ancestors.
Debra_N, Oct 2022
El Castillo & Las Monedas Caves And The Pasiego Valleys
She speaks perfect English and knows a lot of history and was really knowledgeable about all the Cantabrian customs.
Beautiful experience
John_M, Oct 2022
Hot-Air Balloon Flight Over Catalonia with optional Pick-up from Barcelona
Being able to explore Spain by air was the best fall morning activity I could have asked for.
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America_A, Sep 2022
Toledo Day Trip from Madrid With Optional Activities
Toledo a beautiful and impressive city to visit.
The glory
Rudolf_A, Sep 2022
Toledo on your Own Tour with Tourist Wristband Including 7 Monuments from Madrid
Want to visit it again.
Worth every penny
Avidesh_S, Sep 2022
Hondarribia, San Juan And San Pedro From San Sebastian
Hondarribia and Pasaia are two very beautiful and historically rich places - we felt lucky just getting to see these places.
Fantastic way to see the Valencia area
Tyler_F, Sep 2022
Natural Thermal Springs Day Tour
Ana’s tour was a fantastic way to see the area surrounding Valencia and experience a variety of activities.
Amazing experience
Danielle_A, Aug 2022
Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona
I would recommend this tour for people wanting to visit and learn more about the medieval times in Spain.
Simply Wonderful
JoseL_F, Aug 2022
Full Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral Access From Madrid
It is easy to see why it was once the capital.
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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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