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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

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Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

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Originally the site of the Christian Visigoth Church San Vicente dating back to AD 600, the Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) stands as the city's most proud monument and one of the most exquisite Islamic structures in the Western world. Learn about its rich history while taking in the 850 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite.More
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Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

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Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1997, is hailed as one of the most important architectural works of its time. Within its undulating and reflecting walls on the banks of the Nervión River, you’ll find a rotating artistic wonderland of both modern and contemporary art.More
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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela)

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela)

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela) is one of the most important shrines in Christendom, believed to be the final resting place of St. James the Greater, one of the Twelve Apostles. The Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque structure is the terminus of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) pilgrimage routes through Northern Spain.More
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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

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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
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Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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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
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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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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
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Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

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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
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Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

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Situated along Valencia’s old Turia riverbed, the visually striking City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias) was the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The spectacular architecture is just part of the appeal of this futuristic complex though, which is also home to a science museum, planetarium, and more—all popular with families.More
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Monte Toro (El Toro)

Monte Toro (El Toro)

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Monte El Toro, also known as Toro Mountain, is the highest peak in Menorca, measuring in at 1,175 feet above sea level. In fact, the peak can be seen from nearly every town on the island. On top of the mountain, the views are truly spectacular.Aside from the beauty found on top of the mountain, there is also an old Augustinian monastery and church, complete with a wood carving of the Virgen del Toro, the patroness saint of the island. The area has a rich history – be sure to dig in during a visit to the Virgen del Toro Sanctuary which was originally built around the site of a 13th century gothic church. This area is considered to be the spiritual center of Menorca.Today, visitors can explore the area, including a gorgeous patio, a church built in the 1700s and wood carvings of Menorca’s patron saint. Alongside the church is a testament to the other history of the island – a defense tower built in the 16th century. Once a monastery for Augustine monks, today the sanctuary is run by a group of Franciscan sisters of Mercy.More
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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

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Once the site of bullfights, Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is the largest square in Spain, and arguably, the most beautiful. These days, the focal point is City Hall, a magnificent Baroque sandstone structure with 247 balconies and an arcade of 88 arches sheltering a lively assortment of ice cream parlors, cafés and restaurants with al fresco seating.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

Recent reviews from experiences in Spain

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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.
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Great small town tour.
flashgor99, May 2021
Half Day Private Tour of Guadalest and Fuentes de Algar
You will greatly enjoy visiting this small town and the falls.
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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.
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Into the life of Dali
Hon, 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.
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Excellent short trip
Sue, Mar 2020
Segovia and Toledo Day Trip with Alcazar Ticket and Optional Cathedral & Lunch
our English tour guide Danny was so helpful.
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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.
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Spanish History in One Place
Jelms, 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.
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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.
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Our tour guide was stellar!
spenditmakeit, 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...
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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.
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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 ..
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Tour of Spain
naka42017, Nov 2019
Night Tapas Walking Tour in Barcelona Old Town & Flamenco Show with Small Group
This was an excellent way to see downtown Spain!
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Thanks!
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!!
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good
Guide48150873211, 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
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Amazing adventure
ldiang, 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...
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ANA OUR TOUR GUIDE!
rauljr2019, 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.
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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!!!
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The best performance I ever seen in my life
Wanderer24030571893, 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.
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Awesome tour guide
693lynl, Jul 2019
Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Seville Cathedral
She gave us so much information in a really interesting manner and did both Spanish and English.
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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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