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

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In the six years since Albert Adrià left El Bulli—the world-famous restaurant of his brother, Ferran, which closed in 2011—the Spanish chef has become an icon in his hometown. And his five restaurants, including his latest, the Mexican Hoja Santa ...
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