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

With daytime temperatures already topping 100 degrees, Madrid’s Pride celebrations—known as Orgullo—promise to heat up the city even more. Running from July 1 through July 5, the sprawling multi-venue festival combines the city’s talent for throwi...
After a few climatic fits and starts over the last few weeks, summer seems poised to arrive in Madrid this weekend. And so begins another outdoor dining season. The landlocked Spanish capital may not have a seaside, but it does have magical summer...
To accommodate public demand for its popular exhibition Picasso/Dalí, Dalí/Picasso, the Museu Picasso in Barcelona is keeping the show open until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. On view through June 28, this is your last chance to get i...
Ferran Adrià didn't see his illustrious temple to molecular gastronomy El Bulli, which shuttered in 2011, as a restaurant. To the pioneering chef, it was an idea. All you need to do is step into his El Bulli Lab in Barcelona, where his team is bui...
These are busy days for Madrid’s youngest designers and small retailers. Before the July sales and the summer retail doldrums set in, some of the city’s smallest and most innovative fashion houses and style entrepreneurs are hawking their wares at...
The surprise standout exhibition in Madrid this season will whisk you worlds away from the visceral realism of Velázquez, Goya and other heroes of Spanish painting. Until June 28, you can beat the heat with a bracing plunge into the cool shimmerin...
Despite concerns about voting transparency, sexism, and geographic biases, the recently released 50 Best Restaurants List for 2015 was good news for Spain and Spanish chefs.  Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was named best restaurant in the world (a...
On July 17, fashion show organizer Jessica Minh Anh—the same designer who turned the Eiffel Tower into a catwalk back in 2014—will transform Spain’s Gemasolar Themosolar Plant into the scene of The J Summer Fashion Show. Anh is known for her ab...
The Spanish wine region of Priorat left a distinct impression on me when I visited a few years ago: steep mountains, quiet towns made of stone, and a distinct herbal, florally scent baked by the intense summer sun. About an hour and a half outs...
A five-star rating on Yelp is nice, but there's perhaps no better restaurant recommendation than one that comes from the mouth of a chef. Phaidon's new edition of Where Chefs Eat banks on that idea, curating a culinary expert-sourced guide to the ...