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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
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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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
Map of 1 Week in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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
Map of 10 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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
Map of 2 Weeks in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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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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
(24)
· 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...
Granada
Áurea Catedral Hotel
5.0
(4)
· Comfort
Áurea Catedral encompasses several historic houses and preserves its history with ​​Neo-Pompeian paintings on its facade and a glass-encased archaeological site with old stone ruins. Guests can enjoy breakfast or a drink in the inner courtyard of a 16th-century manor house or relax in the sauna...

Best Experiences in Spain

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Barcelona
Gaudí Architecture Walk with Sagrada Família
5.0
(34)
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,...
Barcelona
Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Visit
5.0
(7)
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,...
Generalife Gardens of the Alhambra in Granada
Andalusia
Alhambra & Generalife Gardens Visit
5.0
(6)
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...

Our Latest Spain Content

What of the Balearic islands, calls out to you? Mallorca, Menorca, or Ibiza?
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Mallorca, Menorca, or Ibiza: Which Is Best for You?

Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, offers varied landscapes, from the Serra de Tramuntana to its pristine beaches, making it a haven for adventurers and sun-seekers. Menorca, often dubbed the quieter sibling, offers serene bays, UNESCO-listed sites, and a deeply preserved history evident in its prehistoric monuments and charming towns. On the other hand, Ibiza is a blend of vibrant nightlife and untouched natural beauty, attracting both partygoers and those searching for tranquil Mediterranean escapes.

Road trip lesser visited locales in Spain like Astorga's 19th-century Episcopal Palace, built by Antoni Gaudí
Map of 2 Weeks in Spain & Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Spain & Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Train travel and short flights make it possible to visit five regions of Italy and Spain in two weeks. Foodies can immerse in Madrid's tapas, sip wine in the Chianti Hills, and perfect their pizza skills in Naples. Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate Antoni Gaudí's works in Barcelona and Arab-Norman architecture in Palermo. Active travelers can kayak the Costa Brava and tackle a three-day trek in the Dolomites, while those who enjoy a road trip can cruise Sicily or visit historic towns along Galicia's coast.

Be sure to apply for ETIAS when traveling to Europe in 2025
Applying for the ETIAS: All You Need to Know

Beginning in 2025, the European Union is changing its travel requirements for non-EU citizens by implementing a program called ETIAS, an electronic authorization to enter Europe. It's a significant change and an important extra step to be aware of when planning your next trip to Europe, so here is the information you need to know about ETIAS.

Spain Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Map 7 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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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 6 hours 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 Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
active 6 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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Travel specialist Marta Trzeciakowska
active 6 hours ago

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 Patricia Marques
active 7 hours 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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Trip Reviews for Spain

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Alba booked us an incredible trip to Barcelon...
Spain | Feb 15 - Feb 20, 2024

Lani
Lani W.
Germany | Reviewed on Feb 24, 2024

Alba booked us an incredible trip to Barcelona and Madrid. Her attention to every detail made the trip truly easy and enjoyable for us. Guides Anna in Barcelona and Carmen in Madrid were knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful; we've had private tours in multiple cities and never had better experiences. We wanted a special trip to celebrate some recent life events, and we got everything we wanted and more! We will definitely be back to KimKim, and to Alba should we return to Spain.

Local specialist: Alba Cruells

James and Kimkim were incredible. Our 3 week ...
Spain | Oct 13 - Oct 29, 2022

Katherine
Katherine C.
Covington, WA | Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

James and Kimkim were incredible. Our 3 week trip throughout Spain and a short 3 days in Lisbon went seamlessly. I am in the process of booking another trip through them. . Cannot say enough good!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Sevilla, Spain | Replied on Feb 13, 2024

Dear Katherine, Many thanks for your kind words and I'm thrilled you had a such a great time :)

Our trip to Spain was amazing and memorable! ...
Spain | Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2024

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Nigar Y.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
Our trip to Spain was amazing and memorable! Raquel was excellent and covered all bases as she made our itinerary. Our driver Alberto at Seville airport was friendly and professional. Our hotel in Seville CASA 1800 was great and their staff was professional and helpful. The location of the hotel was the best part which allowed us to explore everything on foot. The nearby restaurants offered the best Tapas ! Next, our driver Jesus was exemplary! He was kind, knowledgeable, friendly , punctual,... Read more

Our trip to Spain was amazing and memorable! Raquel was excellent and covered all bases as she made our itinerary. Our driver Alberto at Seville airport was friendly and professional. Our hotel in Seville CASA 1800 was great and their staff was professional and helpful. The location of the hotel was the best part which allowed us to explore everything on foot. The nearby restaurants offered the best Tapas ! Next, our driver Jesus was exemplary! He was kind, knowledgeable, friendly , punctual, professional and above all a safe driver. Our stay in Cordoba at NH Amistad hotel was comfortable and the visit to the Mosque/ Cathedral was great. Our journey to Granada with Jesus was very enjoyable and informative. Our hotel in Granada Eurostars Catedral was good but we had to change rooms because the one given to us at first was on the ground floor and backed into a street with a bar which made it very loud. The other room was small and cramped on the first floor but quieter. Our visit to Alhambra was fascinating but began with a hiccup. We were advised to get to the location at 11.45 am but after 12 noon we had to call to ask why our guide was still not there. Unbeknownst to us the time of our tour had changed but we had not been informed. Sara our guide was good. Our trip to Tarifa with Jesus was great and the ferry ride to Tangiers went very well. It was good to have the tickets for all our excursions and ferry ride in hand instead of standing in lines. The weather was perfect for us although now we hope Spain gets some rain soon as the locals are praying for it. All in all a wonderful experience!

Hotel Reviews
Áurea Catedral Hotel
Granada

The location of this hotel is great but the hotel rooms backing into the street and bar can be very loud until quite late at night. The staff at the front desk were professional but in the breakfast area the staff were very warm and helpful. The spread was great as well.

Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
NH Collection Amistad Córdoba Hotel
Córdoba

Good hotel but we were unable to adjust the temperature in the room. Great breakfast spread. We did not find the staff very helpful in giving directions as far as where to leave the luggage while we were completing the check in process and we had to carry it up and down several stairs which was not easy given our physical limitations.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla
Sevilla

Great location. Friendly and helpful staff. Good breakfast and afternoon tea was a bonus! The only issue we had was that we could not adjust the temperature of the room. We were offered a fan which helped some.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We could walk to almost every place we wanted to. Great restaurants and the best tapas I had in Spain were here closeby to the hotel.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Spain

Please make sure that if there is a change in the itinerary that people should be informed. If unable to get a hold of them by phone a message should be left at the front desk of the hotel.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Raquel Aceituno
Raquel
Raquel Aceituno
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Feb 12, 2024
Hi Nigar and Javaid, thank you so much for this detailed review! I will share your words with Jesús, and our local guides, they will be delighted to hear that helped you have a great experience discovering southern Spain!😍 I am sad to hear that you were not comfortable with the room at your hotel in Granada and that the tour got started later without further notification ...I will get in touch with our partners and let them know about this matter so it does not happen again. It's been truly... Read more

Hi Nigar and Javaid, thank you so much for this detailed review! I will share your words with Jesús, and our local guides, they will be delighted to hear that helped you have a great experience discovering southern Spain!😍 I am sad to hear that you were not comfortable with the room at your hotel in Granada and that the tour got started later without further notification ...I will get in touch with our partners and let them know about this matter so it does not happen again. It's been truly a pleasure to work with you during the entire process of creating this lovely trip and hopefully, we can get in touch in the future for more adventures x All the best! Raquel