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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

Looking for inspiration? See our top Spain itineraries

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Spain Tours & Itineraries

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

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 8-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 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.

Bay of Biscay
Essential Basque Country - 5 Days

Discover the most emblematic spots of this gentle corner of Spain. Here you'll find ancient history, culture, and language, but a modern way of life with amazing gastronomy and wines. For nature lovers, there is also a wide array of great outdoor activities and fantastic beaches at the foothills of the Pyrenees. This 5-day itinerary helps you discover these great places, as well as learn about the Basque Country and its people.

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

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

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Map of Ultimate Tour of the Basque Country: Bilbao & San Sebastian - 5 Days
Ultimate Tour of the Basque Country: Bilbao & San Sebastian - 5 Days

In a mere five days, you can enjoy an unforgettable 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 Sebastian, a seaside resort city of singular beauty. 

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...

Discover the best of Spain in one week
Map of 7 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days 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...

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10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days, you can easily hop between three of Spain's great cities—Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid make a great pairing. Alternatively, you can combine the exploration of one...

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Map of 14 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days 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

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
The entrancing Moorish architecture of Andalusia
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in Spain

With one of the longest and most popular coastlines in Europe and a siesta every afternoon, Spain practically insists on its visitors relaxing. Add in one of Europe's most...

Spain Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Barcelona from above
The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona's hotels are as varied as the city's many attractions, whether you see it as the city of Gaudí and Picasso or a haven of Gothic architecture. Choose a place to stay...

Stay in Pestana Plaza Mayor for a stay right on Plaza Mayor
The 6 Best Boutique Hotels in Madrid

Choosing a boutique hotel is an excellent way to experience hints of Madrid's glamorous past. Many of these properties channel the city's history, offer that personal feel, and...

Best Things to do in Spain

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Costa Brava, Spain
The Best Things to Do in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a scenic stretch of Catalonia's coastline, extending from the French border in the north to the town of Blanes in the south. Dotted with rugged coves,...

Madrid, Spain
The Best Things to Do in Madrid

Many argue that Madrid is Spain's most cultural city, as its central location draws people, gastronomy, traditions, and customs from around the country. In Madrid, you can dive...

Ronda, Spain
The Best Things to Do in Ronda

One of the most popular white villages in Southern Spain, Ronda sits atop a dramatic cliff, providing stunning views of its surrounding countryside. You'll find a mix of relaxed...

San Sebastián, Spain
The Best Things to Do in San Sebastián

Coastal San Sebastián sits in Spain's scenic north, in Basque Country. Known as a foodie hub, you can enjoy the city's culture with walking or e-bike tours and dive into the...

Our Latest Spain Content

Eat churros and play at Retiro Park in Madrid
Map of 7 Days in Spain: 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Spain: 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With kid-friendly activities like exploring Gaudí's whimsical Park Güell, expressing your creativity at mosaic workshops, and stretching your legs on easy-yet-stunning hikes in the southern hills, Spain is an excellent family destination. These top picks for family-friendly itineraries in Spain let you and your crew hop from Barcelona to Madrid to Granada and more with comfort, ease, and plenty of entertainment. Watch those faces light up as you channel your inner royal for the day, taste all the Spanish goodies (tapas are naturally kid-approved), and play at the beach!

Row the family on Plaza de España in Seville
10 Days in Spain - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Grab your kids and head to Spain for 10 days of fun activities, like beach trips near Málaga and on the Costa Brava; city-wide treasure hunts; kayaking, catamaran, and sailing excursions; museum visits; and food tours. These five different itineraries take you all over the country, from north to south, as you witness Spain through your kids' eager eyes and explore places like the Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Alhambra, the Mezquita, and Seville's Royal Alcázar.

Enjoy the beaches of Costa Brava with your family
Map of Family Summer Vacation in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days
Family Summer Vacation in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days

Summer is the perfect time to visit sunny Spain and take advantage of the country's kid-friendly outdoor activities. This 10-day adventure is all about family time outside, with visits to Barcelona's colorful and quirky Park Güell, food adventures in Madrid with kid-approved grub, beach days on the Costa Brava, and catamaran cruises, and more.

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 - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Spain map: 5 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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 Marina Courtaut
active 4 days ago

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 Karin Eckhard
active 18 hours ago

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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Travel specialist Patricia Marques
active 1 day 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 Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
active 18 hours ago

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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Trip Reviews for Spain

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

KimKim came though again! This trip to Spain ...
Spain | Aug 9 - Aug 18, 2022

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Naomi S.
Los Angeles, CA | Aug 19, 2022

KimKim came though again! This trip to Spain was our third using KimKim (the others were Greece and Costa Rica) and we could not have been happier. Beatriz and Karin at Espiritu Travel really listened to what we wanted and created the perfect trip. We were in regular contact during our trip to make sure everything went smoothly. It was truly a world-class experience. Thank you! read more

KimKim came though again! This trip to Spain was our third using KimKim (the others were Greece and Costa Rica) and we could not have been happier. Beatriz and Karin at Espiritu Travel really listened to what we wanted and created the perfect trip. We were in regular contact during our trip to make sure everything went smoothly. It was truly a world-class experience. Thank you!

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Colón Barcelona

Barcelona

Location is great. View of cathedral is wonderful except for the Samsung ad. Remodeled room was nice. Stay away from the “classic” rooms with dingy carpets. Lobby is gorgeous. Staff are helpful, but we had problems with the Wi-Fi and a/c.

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Santa Eulalia del Rio

Truly deserves to be a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Staff is world-class. Rooms/view/Facilities are incredible. If you want hedonistic luxury, this is for you.

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Hotel Casa del Poeta

Sevilla

Unbelievably charming. Gorgeous antiques everywhere you look. Attentive staff. Central location. A/C works great! No complaints whatsoever. Perfect boutique hotel. And I’m picky.

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Gran Hotel Ingles

Madrid

Gorgeous design. First class staff. Wonderful location. Due to the age of the property, most rooms are on the small side. Nice spa, and a massage after a long day of walking was perfect. Chic bar. Alex the bartender made our stay extra enjoyable.

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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

So impressed! We really loved our trip and th...
Spain | Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2022

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Chris G.
Sunnyvale, CA | Aug 15, 2022

So impressed! We really loved our trip and the catered attention to detail. We are so grateful. Thank you for a wonderful, well thought out itinerary! read more

So impressed! We really loved our trip and the catered attention to detail. We are so grateful. Thank you for a wonderful, well thought out itinerary!

Hotel Reviews

Almanac Barcelona

Barcelona
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You couldn’t pick a better location
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Hotel de Londres & de Inglaterra

San Sebastian
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Loved being right off La Concha beach!
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Concierge was superb
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Beds are a bit dated. Updated bathrooms though!

Hotel Aiguablava

Costa Brava · Girona
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Local specialist: James Monro

This was the trip of a lifetime!
Spain | Dec 30 - Jan 10, 2022

Mollie
Mollie C.
La Vista, NE | Aug 15, 2022

Sam and his team were second to none. This trip was literally the trip of a lifetime!! From urban, to rural and private tours this trip had it all. It was well crafted to our personal wants and needs. There were several times we had a couple hiccups in plans and his team came through for us with flying colors!! We did hiking, village visits, wineries- you name it. Everything was organized, punctual, and perfect. I can’t recommend Sam enough. Just a wonderful host who knows the best of the... read more

Sam and his team were second to none. This trip was literally the trip of a lifetime!! From urban, to rural and private tours this trip had it all. It was well crafted to our personal wants and needs. There were several times we had a couple hiccups in plans and his team came through for us with flying colors!! We did hiking, village visits, wineries- you name it. Everything was organized, punctual, and perfect. I can’t recommend Sam enough. Just a wonderful host who knows the best of the best in Spain. I could write so much but just know, you are in safe hands! I would book a trip with this team numerous times over. Simply superb!!! Thanks Sam!

Local specialist: Sam Lister
Sam
Sam Lister
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 15, 2022

Hi Mollie!
Many thanks for writing your review and for your very kind words! It was a pleasure planning your trip with you and also to meet you both in Sevilla! I hoe you're both well and send you abrazos from Sevilla! xx