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Introducing Spain

Discover the best of Spain.
You won't need to go far beyond the Alhambra and Seville 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: hike through Andalucía, embrace the architecture of Bilbao, and eat your way through 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.    

Where should you go?  
If you're heading to Spain for the highlights, you'll want to start with Madrid, Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada, and Seville. Not your first trip? Consider San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, and Malaga. 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. Your local specialist can book a trip with your specific goals and interests in mind.

How many days do you need?
While it's possible to have a fun trip in 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 Compotela. With two weeks or more, geography is no longer an issue—just connect the dots to form a country-wide itinerary.

Spain Travel Insights

The Royal Palaces in Madrid
Madrid & Andalucia - 10 Days

See the jewels of Madrid and Andalucia with this 10-day itinerary. Start off in the capital city with a walking tour including the collection of El Prado Museum, then make your way south with a stop in Cordoba, followed by the cultural scene of Seville and historic palaces of Granada. Take advantage of the combination of private guided tours and free time to make sure you don't miss a beat.

Set sail in Ibiza's turquoise waters
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.

Explore Parc Guëll and watch the setting sun over Barcelona
Best of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 9 days

This complete nine-day cultural itinerary features the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, the quaint villages along the rugged Costa Brava coastline, as well as a day trip into the Montserrat mountains. You'll experience a broad range of cultural tours covering the history, architecture, and ancient and current traditions at the hands of knowledgeable private guides, with free time to go at your own pace. You'll drink wine, eat authentic Catalan fare, and swim in the Mediterranean.

Taste of Northern Spain - 9 Days
Taste of Northern Spain - 9 Days

Experience northern Spain through a series of private gastronomic and cultural experiences over nine days. Get to know the world of Spanish wine in La Rioja, tour modernist architecture in Barcelona, try pintxos in San Sebastián, and dine in beautiful Bilbao. Throughout the tour, you'll see these areas through the eyes of a local with knowledgable private guides.

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

This 8-day self-drive itinerary takes you from Malaga to Cadiz 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 towards 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.

Paella
Culinary Journey Through Spain - 12 Days

Northeastern Spain is one of the most storied culinary destinations in Europe—there are 48 Michelin Stars in Basque Country alone. This food-forward tour starts with visits to an underwater winery and the Basque Culinary Center before moving on to La Rioja for wine tastings and vineyard tours. End with architecture, cooking classes, and cava in vibrant Barcelona.

Spain Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Madrid & Andalucia - 10 Days
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Cultural Highlights of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 9 days
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Taste of Northern Spain - 9 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Spain
Travel specialist James Monro
active 1 min ago

James Monro

As great as they are, there is so much more to Spain than paella, sangría and beachside resorts!! So often the stereotypical images of a country remain just at that and bear little resemblance to...

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Travel specialist Sam Lister
active 6 hours ago

Sam Lister

I'm half Scottish, half New Zealander, born and raised in Hong Kong and Japan, schooled in England and now living in Spain. I'm a mish-mash of cultural backgrounds and now an adopted...

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Travel specialist Patricia Marques
active 9 mins ago

Patricia Marques

I was born and raised in Barcelona (Spain). I started travelling at a young age, and I acquired the passion for traveling from my parents. My passion for traveling made me make the decision to...

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Travel specialist Silvia Martin
active 1 day ago

Silvia Martin

I was born in Madrid, Spain, in a large family of hard workers and food lovers. My passion for traveling was started when I was 16 years old, when I made a friends trip to Rome, Italy. From that...

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Trip Reviews for Spain

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Spain 2019, Spain - Jun 14 - Jun 22, 2019

Traveler: Paula K. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Sam was fantastic. His communication was superb, he listened to our requests well and provided excellent experiences coordinated by reliable, on-time, friendly, competent and helpful drivers and guides. He made us reservations at restaurants with unbelievable vistas - we couldn't believe our views in Granada and in Ronda - once-in-a-lifetime dining! Our guide in Seville was our favorite - Delia was kind, helpful, friendly, engaging and professional. The bike ride she took us on was... read more

Sam was fantastic. His communication was superb, he listened to our requests well and provided excellent experiences coordinated by reliable, on-time, friendly, competent and helpful drivers and guides. He made us reservations at restaurants with unbelievable vistas - we couldn't believe our views in Granada and in Ronda - once-in-a-lifetime dining! Our guide in Seville was our favorite - Delia was kind, helpful, friendly, engaging and professional. The bike ride she took us on was fabulous and tapas and Flamenco was delicious and captivating. The bull fight was an unforgettable experience and visiting the Bull farm on the same day was perfect timing. We loved all the towns we saw and enjoyed being in cities as well as the country side. Overall an EXCELLENT trip and we will be recommending KimKim to our friends as well as using this service again ourselves. FIVE STARS!!!

Carol

Barcelona 2019, Spain - Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2019

Traveler: Carol P. - Local specialist: James Monro

Our trip was to Barcelona and the Coasta Brava (staying in Calella de Palafrugell).
James planned a great itinerary for us! He asked the right questions to learn what we would enjoy and made great suggestions. Our favorite parts of the trip were things that we wouldn’t have done without his help in planning. (The more forgettable parts were the “must dos” that I found on lists and asked him to include!). In fact, it was James who suggested visiting the Coasta Brava and it was the perfect... read more

Our trip was to Barcelona and the Coasta Brava (staying in Calella de Palafrugell).
James planned a great itinerary for us! He asked the right questions to learn what we would enjoy and made great suggestions. Our favorite parts of the trip were things that we wouldn’t have done without his help in planning. (The more forgettable parts were the “must dos” that I found on lists and asked him to include!). In fact, it was James who suggested visiting the Coasta Brava and it was the perfect suggestion: we saw medieval towns, a vineyard that juxtaposed the old and new worlds (12th and 21st centuries), the world of Salvadore Dali, and the gorgeous coast.
We had great tour guides throughout (Gracia, Ariadna, Craig, Laia, Jose Luis, and Olga). They were all punctual and personable. They cared about our comfort (bringing water, etc.) and were willing to adjust the tours to our preferences. We loved having time to really talk to each guide and learn about the culture and people as well as the history. When we had meals included in our day, the restaurants selected were perfect: authentic, local, friendly, tasty.
Everything was seamless. Our transportation was arranged, tickets ready, etc. When there was a small error on our first day, James and our local assistant, Rocio, took care of it calmly and easily; they even apologized with a thoughtful surprise in our room despite the error not being theirs. Bad weather also required us to change plans as the last minute. After speaking with us, Rocio put together an itinerary that was better than we could have imagined! It turned out to be a highlight rather than a disappointment.
We got more out of our days by having guides. We had never done a vacation with private guides before and were pleasantly surprised by the small extras we enjoyed (learning to make tomato bread and tinto de verano at lunch (Jose Luis), eating fruit from the tree and fresh cheese from the cheese maker during a bike tour (Olga)).
This was easily one of the best, if not the best, vacation we’ve had. I’m so glad I took the gamble to work with kimkim and TailormadeAndalucia. I look forward to doing so again! Thanks, James and Rocio!

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Carol!
Thanks very much for your kind words & for writing such a detailed review! It is much appreciated and is really helpful to hear about which parts you enjoyed most!
We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday together and that all the guides added to your experience, showing you things you otherwise wouldn't find. It was a pleasure to plan and prepare the trip with you and if you ever decide to come back to Spain, we would love to hear from you again!
With best wishes,
James & Rocio

Spain, Spain - May 31 - Jun 9, 2019

Traveler: Carmine C. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Patricia planned the perfect trip for us. She communicated with me throughout the planning process and answered any messages in a timely matter. Our hotels were perfectly located, clean, and the staff were very pleasant. All of our drivers arrived on time and were courteous. Our tour guides , Elena in Madrid, Sara ( tapas tour), Damiano in Seville, Alvaro in Gilbratar, and Danahe in Barcelona were very knowledgeable and informative. I would definitely use KimKim again.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Carmine,

Thank you for your kind words.
It was a pleasure helping you plan YourTripToSpain for you and your Family!

And I Will keep you updated in regards of the souvenirs you bought in Toledo.

Have a lovely day!
Patricia Marques
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