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

Spaniards perfected the art of small plates long before the phenomenon reached the States and became associated with “new American cuisine.” And while the country is mainly known for socializing over tapas, pintxos have been a huge part of norther...
With all the controversy currently swirling over big game hunting, it’s nice to know there is an animal-friendly way to achieve that sought-after safari look without actually killing anything. In his old-world studio on Madrid’s tranquil yet trend...
Ironically Barcelona’s—and indeed the world’s—largest Art Nouveau complex is often overlooked by architecture lovers who come to the Catalan capital chanting “Gaudí, Gaudí, Gaudí.” Yet just a few blocks away from architect Antoní Gaudí’s celebrate...
As Madrid’s heat wave winds down, it’s safe to enjoy the outdoors again. You'll feel like a kid on summer holiday while strolling the streets of Madrid’s super-trendy Malasaña neighborhood with a gourmet popsicle from Lolo Polos.  For about $3 ...
Summer is shaping up to be anything but a slow season on the Madrid restaurant scene, with new ventures arriving in rapid succession all around the city. When it opened a few weeks back, El Imparcial in La Latina elicited headlines heralding the r...
Spain’s first Bourbon ruler, King Philip V (1683-1746), was raised at the court of his grandfather, French King Louis XIV. Needless to say, Versailles left an indelible impression on the young monarch, who would go on to build one of Spain’s most ...
Spain’s first Bourbon ruler, King Philip V (1683-1746), was raised at the court of his grandfather, French King Louis XIV. Needless to say, Versailles left an indelible impression on the young monarch, who would go on to build one of Spain’s most ...
The Catalonia region of Spain has plenty of sunny beaches, and—according to its regulators—too many Airbnb-like rentals. The regional government this week sought to “regularize the supply of tourist lodgings” by slapping a tax on lodging provid...
Necessity may also the mother of discovery. When our movers mistakenly pushed up our moving date by nearly a week, we scrambled to find comfortable accommodations for our family of four in the heart of Madrid (and in the throes of a heatwave). Wit...
The summer sun isn’t the only shade of yellow radiating in the streets of Madrid this season. As they have each June and July for the past 18 years, little yellow signs designating the exhibitions taking part in Photo España start to appear above ...