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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

Sagrada Familia

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)

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
Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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
Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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
Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

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
Masca Valley

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
Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

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
Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

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
Park Güell

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
Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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

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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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Three Cities in One Day: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo from Madrid
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Recent reviews from experiences in Spain

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.
Great small town tour.
Gordon_B, May 2021
Half Day Private Tour of Guadalest and Fuentes de Algar
You will greatly enjoy visiting this small town and the falls.
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.
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.
Excellent short trip
Sue, Mar 2020
Segovia and Toledo Day Trip with Alcazar Ticket and Optional Cathedral
our English tour guide Danny was so helpful.
Rich History Tour
Deborah_B, Mar 2020
Tour to Costa Brava and Dalí Theatre-Museum in Catalonia
I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to see some of the rich history of southeast Spain.
Spanish History in One Place
Gregory_B, Mar 2020
Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Guided Tour with Priority Access Ticket
I hate to be critical of someone's English who's from Spain as I don't speak any Spanish past hola; however, the guide we had was a little more challenging for us to understand than other tour guides we had in Spain.
A must do
Midsguy, Feb 2020
Madrid Tapas & Flamenco Tour
We got to see the real side of Spain and Madrid through food, music, dance and song.
Our tour guide was stellar!
Phillis_S, Jan 2020
Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up
Please get a chance to visit beautiful places in Spain with Gustav...
Exceptional Barcelona tour with Emmanuel
Adam K, Nov 2019
Private Van Tour with Professional Driver/Guide
He is a professional tour guide, noted in his knowledgeable of Barcelona, promptness, flexibility and excellent English skills.
Amazing authentic performance
Kapil_K, Nov 2019
Skip the Line: Traditional Flamenco Show Ticket
This was our first time in Spain so not very sure will be able to see the authentic traditional show ..
Tour of Spain
Kimberley_J, Nov 2019
Night Tapas Walking Tour in Barcelona Old Town & Flamenco Show with Small Group
This was an excellent way to see downtown Spain!
debbiehull652019, Oct 2019
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
It was a pleasure to be on the bus to see the highlights of Barcelona, Spain!!
Gamil_M, Oct 2019
4-Day Guided Tour Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo from Madrid
good tour for those who have limited time to visit Spain, generally good tour, however, it can be better with some improvement in time management and tour guide selection
Amazing adventure
Lisa_D, Oct 2019
Seville Cathedral and Royal Alcazar Skip-the-Line Tickets
The cathedral in Seville Spain and the alcazar are two attractions you should not miss...
RAUL_P, Sep 2019
Skip-the-Line Palacio Real de Madrid Guided Palace Tour - Private Tour
For our first time in Spain, we were nervous about the tours and the making sure we got to see everything we wanted to see.
Loved, loved, loved the Flamenco dance show!
Flyer567462, Aug 2019
Museo del Baile Flamenco Show with Optional Museum ticket
I would love to see another show!!!
The best performance I ever seen in my life
David_W, Aug 2019
Skip the Line: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco El Arenal in Seville Ticket
I said to her it would be nice to see a Flamenco show while we're out there.
Awesome tour guide
693lynl, Jul 2019
Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Santa Cruz, Cathedral and Giralda
She gave us so much information in a really interesting manner and did both Spanish and English.
Very well organized, informative and entertaining tour.
Patrick S, Jul 2019
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
Lupe spoke excellent English and was extremely well informed.

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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