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Introducing Spain

You won't need to go far beyond the Alhambra of Granada and the streets of Barcelona to find the real Spain. Step away from the crowds and you'll find that this destination has retained its depth—centuries of history linger in hilltop villages, and wild landscapes abound from the craggy Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast. This is where you come to revel in the good life, whatever that means to you: hiking through Galicia, embracing the architecture of Bilbao, or eating your way through the Basque Country

When is the best time to visit?
Generally, April-June and September-October offer the most pleasant weather and fewer crowds than peak summer months. One exception is northern Spain, where springtime sees more rain than in other parts of the country; here, June-September is your best bet. July and August are the hottest months of the year—for sun worshippers, this could be the perfect time to visit. Learn More  

Where should I go in Spain?  
If you're heading to Spain for the highlights, you'll want to start with Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, and Seville. Not your first trip? Consider San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, and Valencia. And if you truly want to venture off the track, craft your itinerary from the literal road less traveled—hike through the Pyrenees to hidden villages, drink wine in La Rioja, explore Mérida and the Extremadura region, and the list goes on. 

How many days do I need?
While it's possible to have a fun trip to one of Spain's cities over a long weekend, we recommend at least 5 days if you really want to experience a region. Madrid makes for a great base for taking regional day trips, and the same goes for Barcelona—medieval coastal villages and hiking trails in the Pyrenees are all within driving distance.

If you have 10 days, choose between northern and southern Spain to minimize travel time. A southern route could include Madrid, Mérida (or another stop in Extremadura), Seville, and Granada. Travelers interested in the north can hit Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Oviedo, and Santiago de Compostela. With two weeks or more, geography is no longer an issue—just connect the dots to form a country-wide itinerary. Learn More

Getting around Spain
Most travelers fly into either Madrid or Barcelona, and short, domestic flights are a convenient way to hop between major cities. Flying is also the best option for reaching the Canary Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla. For areas without airports, Spain’s high-speed AVE trains are fast and comfortable. Driving is another good option, as cities are mostly connected by well-maintained highways. Learn more

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Spain Tours & Itineraries

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Set sail in Ibiza's turquoise waters
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Best of Barcelona & Ibiza - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary is pure holiday bliss on the Mediterranean. Kick off the trip in Barcelona, an enchanting European city that needs no introduction, where you'll have a few days to explore Gaudi's architectural masterpieces and the popular gastro scene (i.e. tapas galore). From here, you'll jet off to the capital of cool—Ibiza island—for five days of white-sand beaches, sparkling seas, and serious bohemian relaxation.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego
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Ultimate Tour of Basque Country: Bilbao & San Sebastian - 5 Days

In a mere five days, you can enjoy an memorable Spanish vacation. This is possible when you make the culturally rich Basque region your destination. This itinerary includes tours of Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum, plus a coastal drive to San Sebastián, a seaside resort city of singular beauty.

Catch a sunset from the top of gorge in Ronda
Map of Ultimate Andalusian Road Trip - 8 Days
Ultimate Andalusian Road Trip - 8 Days

This eight-day self-drive itinerary takes you from Málaga to Cádiz through a gorgeous section of Spain's southern coast. Along the route, you'll explore Andalusia's White Villages (including Ronda, set on a spectacular gorge) as you head toward the Atlantic coast while discovering a range of landscapes, centuries of history and tradition, local producers, and exquisite cuisine—often with the help of a local guide.

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Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 10 days

On this 11-day self-drive adventure you'll visit not only the most historic cities in Spain, bust some of the most beautiful countryside in the Andalusia region. From Madrid, you'll travel south into Andalusia and arrive at Seville, a city renowned for its Gothic cathedrals, Moorish palaces, and expansive plazas. You'll also visit other Andalusia gems like Córdoba, the famed white villages, and the mountaintop city of Ronda. 

Explore beaches near the village of Begur on the Costa Brava
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Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure combines a mix of private tours and free time for the ultimate introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off the week in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Gaudí architecture, tapas bars, and Mediterranean beaches. Then head north to the Costa Brava for kayaking, Dalí culture, and wine tasting—all while staying in a medieval town loaded with great restaurants.

Caleta de Famara in northeastern Lanzarote
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Ultimate Canary Islands Tour - 8 Days

This exciting 8-day itinerary covers the archipelago's three easternmost islands with the help of a private guide. Traveling by road and ferry, you'll discover historic villages, orchards, forests, mountains, beaches, volcanoes, and vineyards to understand just what makes this destination so unique. There will be plenty of free time to explore each isle's capital—especially in the evenings—to round out this fun adventure.

Make the Most of Your Time in Spain

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
The famous Alhambra in Granada, Spain
How Many Days to Spend in Spain

More a combination of culturally distinct regions than one homogenous country, Spain is almost too diverse to experience in a single trip—almost. You can enjoy the major areas...

Take a week to discover the best of Spain and be sure to check out Madrid's Cibeles Fountain
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1 Week in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Spain, you can take a fast-paced trip to experience Spain's top cities, Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Or dive deeper into one region by sampling the legendary...

Aerial view of the Bay of Cádiz from Levante Tower, Cádiz Cathedral
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10 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Spain, you can tick off must-see highlights in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville while traveling by train. Or, focus on Catalonia and enjoy a relaxed pace trip on...

Spain
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2 Weeks in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two free weeks to spend in Spain, all options for fun and adventure are on the table. You can embark on food and wine tours throughout the country, laze on the white-sand...

Spain Travel Advice

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Granada or Seville: Which Is Best For You?
Granada or Seville: Which Is Best For You?

Granada, nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is a captivating fusion of Moorish history and modern Spanish culture, with the iconic Alhambra Palace as its crown...

Spain Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Seville
Hotel Gravina 51
5.0
(8)
· Comfort
Set in the El Arenal neighborhood, Hotel Gravina 51 keeps you close to all the major sites while offering some off-the-beaten-path spots along the waterfront. The hotel's converted palace highlights typical Andalusian design, which you can enjoy on the inner courtyard patio and at the restaurant,...
Madrid
7 Islas Hotel
4.7
(26)
· Comfort
You'll find yourself surrounded by creativity at 7 Islas, a boutique hotel and art gallery set in Madrid’s vibrant Malasaña neighborhood. The local Kikekeller furniture and interior design studio designed the entire property, infusing 7 Islas with a relaxed vibe. Its chic, minimalist rooms are...
Madrid
Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid
4.8
(6)
· Comfort
Stay directly on Plaza Mayor at this Pestana hotel, part of the famous square's perimeter. The building is over 400 years old, but the hotel itself opened in 2019; today, it features restored 17th-century architecture and 21st-century amenities. The hotel's 90 rooms are comfy, but you can upgrade...

Best Experiences in Spain

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Barcelona
Gaudí Architecture Walk with Sagrada Família
4.9
(43)
4 hours
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Private
Join a local, private guide on a walk through the neighborhoods influenced by Antoni Gaudí's impressive works. You'll start by visiting the exterior of Casa Batlló, where you can learn how Gaudí mixed colors and shapes to craft his unique masterpieces. Stroll down the famous Passeig de Grácia,...
Generalife Gardens of the Alhambra in Granada
Andalusia
Alhambra & Generalife Gardens Visit
5.0
(10)
3 hours
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Private
Enjoy a private tour of Granada's Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, the second-most visited monument in Spain. A professional guide will cater the tour to your personal interests and lead you through the complexes and the Nasrid Dynasty, steeped in thousands of years of history. As you walk...
Barcelona
Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Visit
5.0
(8)
4 hours
·
Small group
Discover the techniques behind traditional Spanish cuisine with a cooking class under the instruction of a professional chef. You'll start by visiting Barcelona's biggest and most important market: Mercat de la Boqueria. Your guide will lead you through the stalls where you can try a few items,...

Our Latest Spain Content

Admire Barcelona city from Montjuic hill on an 8-day family vacation in Spain
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8 Days in Spain - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Eight days in Spain with the family is an excellent amount of time to introduce young travelers to two or three destinations. Barcelona is a perfect choice for first-time visitors and those intrigued by spectacular architecture, while Madrid is a must-visit for little ones fascinated by royalty. The smaller cities of Seville and Granada are superb destinations for history and cuisine-focused activities. Or, swap in Mallorca for a bit of family beachy fun on the Mediterranean.

It doesn't get much better than fresh watermelon on the beach in Mallorca
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Family Trip to Barcelona & Mallorca - 8 Days

Combine incredible Spanish architecture, food, and history with the laid-back coastal beauty of the Balearic Islands on this fun, family-focused trip to Barcelona and Mallorca. Packed with kid-friendly guided tours, you'll spend three nights in the vibrant Catalonian capital, seeing sights such as the Sagrada Família before flying over to Mallorca to discover the island's best swimming spots, alluring villages, and charming landmarks.

Spend a month crossing Spain's historic bridges, mountains, vineyards, and rolling countryside
Spain's Ultimate Camino de Santiago Trekking Adventure - 35 Days

Travelers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime multiday trek will love this historic trail, spanning 500 miles and 35 days from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the route, experience camaraderie and a profound spiritual journey as you cross the Pyrenees in France and into four regions of Spain: Navarre's hills, La Rioja's vineyards, Castile's meseta, and Galicia's greenery, all while honoring centuries-old pilgrimage traditions and meeting fellow trekkers along the way.

Spain Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
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7 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Spain
Travel specialist Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

The combination of the two places where I grew up (Madrid and a small village in Badajoz, Extremadura) has made me a passionate traveler almost from birth. Unknown destinations visited by travelers...

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Travel specialist Marina Courtaut
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Marina Courtaut

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a...

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Travel specialist Marta Trzeciakowska
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Marta Trzeciakowska

From a very young age, I have grown up in an international environment since my parents moved to Spain from Poland. This meant that every year we traveled across Europe to visit our family and...

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Travel specialist Karin Eckhard
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Karin Eckhard

Although born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, I have had the fortune to live in places as diverse as Vail, Colorado; Salzburg, Austria; London, a small village in England and Madrid, Spain has...

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Trip Reviews for Spain

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Adam helped me put together this trip at lat...
Spain | Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2024

Joost
Joost S.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2024
Adam helped me put together this trip at late notice. He did a stellar job! Barcelona was great and Tossa de Mar at the Costa Brava was even better, with the Kayaking & snorkeling experience as the highlight. Can't wait for the next trip. Read more

Adam helped me put together this trip at late notice. He did a stellar job! Barcelona was great and Tossa de Mar at the Costa Brava was even better, with the Kayaking & snorkeling experience as the highlight. Can't wait for the next trip.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Diana
Tossa de Mar

Hotel Diana is a true gem with character. The location is perfect, a couple of steps from the beach (just across the street which has mostly pedestrians) with a view of the Mediterranean. Staff is super friendly and happily shared recommedations for tapas bars, which were very in point (esp bar La Lluna!). My room was big with a partial ocean view. The building structure is European, ie not very sound proof and the furniture isn't the newest, but it didn't bother me since the character and style more than compensated for this. I would highly recommend this hotel to travelers who value comfort and authenticity.

Authenticity & Character
Hotel feels small and intimate
Location
Steps from the beach and 5 minute stroll the old town
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room Mate Anna
Barcelona

Stylish hotel staffed by friendly people. Location is perfect, walking distance from many sights and next to the Passieg de Gracia metro stop. Nice vibes in the lobby and rooftop restaurant with somewhat loud music, which i liked but may or not be for everyone. Room was well appointed, and overall nice, but cleanliness could use some attention. Nothing too bad, but bathroom could use a deep clean.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Next to Passeig de Gracia metro stop and walking distance from many restaurants and sights
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bathrooms not spotless, could use a deep clean.
Activity Review
Kayaking & Snorkeling in Costa Brava
Kayaking & Snorkeling in Costa Brava
Costa Brava

Really cool kayaking experience from Tossa de Mar. The coastline is rugged, with lots of rocks sticking out out of the Mediterranean, caves and bays. Mattias, the guide and instructor, was a true professional, guiding us through choppy waters on the way back as the wind has picked up. He was very communicative and pointed out different rock features and led us to nice snorkeling bay with a cool cliff jump (about 15 meters high, fun and slightly scary!).

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Adam Gomez

Great help and a wonderful trip to Spain
Spain | May 24 - Jun 2, 2024

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Leah C.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2024
It was really great to have kimkim's and Coraima's help planning our trip. It took so much of the work off of us to find guides, secure tickets, etc. We really enjoyed the local guides we had, many who were from the local region or experts in their specific area. Read more

It was really great to have kimkim's and Coraima's help planning our trip. It took so much of the work off of us to find guides, secure tickets, etc. We really enjoyed the local guides we had, many who were from the local region or experts in their specific area.

Activity Reviews
Coastal Hike, Kayaking & Swimming in Costa Brava
Coastal Hike, Kayaking & Swimming in Costa Brava
Barcelona

Great day trip. Short hike, kayaking and swimming. The guide was knowledgeable and truly enjoyed his job.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hike, Boat & Lunch on the Bay of Pasaia
Hike, Boat & Lunch on the Bay of Pasaia
San Sebastián

This was a fun experience but would share with folks up front the extensive hiking involved. The boat trip is also very short .

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Secrets of Bilbao Bike Ride
Secrets of Bilbao Bike Ride
Bilbao

This tour shared the history of Bilbao through a wonderful bike ride through the city. The ride was easy and accessible to those who have limited biking experience. Our guide was truly amazing! His knowledge was extensive and he provided great recommendations for other activities and places to eat in Bilbao.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local knowledge, provided local recommendations
Transport
Local specialist: Coraima Yañez
Coraima
Coraima Yañez
Local specialist in Boulder (Kimkim HQ) | Replied on Jun 17, 2024

Thank you for sharing, Leah! It was so special being a part of this journey alongside your family. I'm happy to hear I alleviated some of the work that comes with planning, as I know it can be overwhelming! Your kind words about our local guides does not go unnoticed; I know they love sharing their knowledge of Spain and their areas of expertise with our kimkim travelers. I look forward to working with you again in the future!

Coraima

Perfect Trip to Portugal and Spain
Spain | Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2024

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kristen J.
Baileys Crossroads, VA | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2024
I can't say enough about Helena. She was very considerate of what we wanted to do and see during out time in Portugal and Spain and understood the type of travelers that we were - her recommendations were spot on. The Cascade Wellness Resort and Spa in Lagos Portugal was a great recommendation and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area. In Cordoba, our guide Patricia was engaging, knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful tour of her city. Similarly, our hiking Guide Jaime was fantastic as he... Read more

I can't say enough about Helena. She was very considerate of what we wanted to do and see during out time in Portugal and Spain and understood the type of travelers that we were - her recommendations were spot on. The Cascade Wellness Resort and Spa in Lagos Portugal was a great recommendation and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area. In Cordoba, our guide Patricia was engaging, knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful tour of her city. Similarly, our hiking Guide Jaime was fantastic as he led us on a rigorous hike from village to village in the mountains outside of Grenada - we enjoyed our lunch with him and the kids really liked talking with him about endurance running! I wish I could give Helena a hug in person, she really made this trip a perfect one for our family.

Hotel Reviews
Palacio Mariana Pineda Hotel
Granada

Great location! Easy walking to everything and a very unique and historical building.

Authenticity & Character
This was an historical hotel and artifacts and antiques were on display in the lobby and in the open courtyard outside of our room.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bed was not very comfortable and the pillows were extremely flat. There was quite a bit of dust in the room, but these were very minor issues compared to the location and uniqueness of the hotel.
Cascade Wellness
Lagos

The staff were courteous and attentive, the food was amazing and the views and adjacent running/hiking paths were breathtaking. We also took advantage of the gym and the wonderful pools.

Authenticity & Character
Location
easy to drive to town and get on the paths that ran along the coast for a walk or run
Staff
very responsive and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Algarve Kayaking Trip to Benagil Caves
Algarve Kayaking Trip to Benagil Caves
Spain

Beautiful! Lots of fun and the guide was great.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Helena Fernández