Spain

Spain Travel Guide

As the birthplace of Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Manolo Blahnik, Spain has inspired many of the world's most prolific artists. Travel to Spain to experiences its many national and natural treasures. From flamenco dancers and matadors, to towering gothic cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins, to vast plains and high mountain peaks, Spain conjures an array of captivating images in the minds of expectant travellers. Whether you are looking to escape to a sleepy hilltop village in Andalucía, dance until the wee hours at a nightclub in Barcelona or feast on tapas in Valencia, Spain has much to offer.

Consult Travel + Leisure's Spain travel guide for the inside track around one of Europe's most beautiful countries.

Things Not to Miss in Spain

• Running With the Bulls, Pamplona
 • La Tomatina Festival, Buñol, Valencia
 • Witnessing Picasso's art and Gaudi's iconic architecture in Barcelona
 • Lying on the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean on the Costa Del Sol
 • Hiking the majestic Pyrenees
 • Surfing in San Sebastian
 • Bull Fighting in Madrid
 • Seville – the home of Flamenco

When to Go to Spain

While most people associate Spain with a sunny Mediterranean climate, this large country is actually divided into three distinct weather regions. So the best time to visit Spain will depend on your travel plans and where you're heading, but generally the early part of summer and beginning of autumn are good times to visit most regions. This aside, the coastal south enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The central plains, including Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hotter summers and colder winters. While the mountain areas get the most rain. The Basque country to the north has a maritime climate and is cooler and wetter.

Articles about Spain

The closest Madrid may ever come to a citizen rebellion in the 21st century occurred last December, when city hall shut down the wildly popular vintage and gastronomic market known as the Mercado de Motores.  The name comes from the market’s lo...
It’s no secret that Barcelona is a traveler’s dream, rich with affordable tapas bars, gothic cathedrals, the wonderful Fundació Joan Miró, and the world’s most famous football club. But there is one side of the Catalonian capital that’s less known...
It’s no secret that Barcelona is a traveler’s dream, rich with affordable tapas bars, gothic cathedrals, the wonderful Fundació Joan Miró, and the world’s most famous football club. But there is one side of the Catalonian capital that’s less known...
What better way to commemorate the near-end of tomato season than with a food fight among thousands of people? (There probably isn't one.) The 70th annual La Tomatina festival kicked off today in Buñol, Spain and it's just as messy as you'd expect...
What better way to commemorate the near-end of tomato season than with a food fight among thousands of people? (There probably isn't one.) The 70th annual La Tomatina festival kicked off today in Buñol, Spain and it's just as messy as you'd expect...
What better way to commemorate the near-end of tomato season than with a food fight among thousands of people? (There probably isn't one.) The 70th annual La Tomatina festival kicked off today in Buñol, Spain and it's just as messy as you'd expect...
What better way to commemorate the near-end of tomato season than with a food fight among thousands of people? (There probably isn't one.) The 70th annual La Tomatina festival kicked off today in Buñol, Spain and it's just as messy as you'd expect...
What better way to commemorate the near-end of tomato season than with a food fight among thousands of people? (There probably isn't one.) The 70th annual La Tomatina festival kicked off today in Buñol, Spain and it's just as messy as you'd expect...
What better way to commemorate the near-end of tomato season than with a food fight among thousands of people? (There probably isn't one.) The 70th annual La Tomatina festival kicked off today in Buñol, Spain and it's just as messy as you'd expect...
Gastronomes visiting Spain’s Costa del Sol still have a few more weeks to try celebrated chef Dani Garcia’s “Once Upon a Time” menu at his eponymous restaurant at the Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella. For more than a decade, Garcia has been the go-...