Insider's Guide to Spain | Brownell Travel

Insider’s Guide to Spain

Use our Insider’s Guide to Spain to plan your next trip to Spain! 


  • Don’t Miss: tapas, tapas, tapas (particularly in the La Latina neighborhood!) – and if you have time for a day trip, visit El Escorial, the monastery about 45 minutes north of Madrid (and home of the cemetery where Francisco Franco is buried
  • Stay: Hotel Ritz Madrid


  • Don’t Miss: Paella and sangria at ovella negra (popcorn served with your drink!) after a day taking in the Gaudi architecture
  • Stay: Hotel Arts Barcelona




  • Don’t Miss: All of the Moorish history in this city – visit La Mezquita and appreciate the Byzantine mosaics (it looks much like Morocco before it became a Catholic city like the rest of Spain) and the Jewish Quarter of the city
  • Stay: Hospes Palacio del Bailio



  • 5-10% at restaurants
  • 40-50 Euros for full day guide
  • 40 Euros for full day driver


  • Paella
  • Tortilla Española
  • Jamón Ibérico
  • Empanadas
  • Croquetas de Jamón
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Sangria
  • Cava

Know Before You Go:

  • La Comida or lunch is often the largest meal of the day and served between 1:30 – 3:30 PM
  • People don’t eat dinner until much later in Spain – be ready to dine at 9 PM at the earliest!


  • People often greet each other with a kiss on both cheeks

Insider Tips:

  • If you’re in Spain during the summer, be sure to enjoy an evening drink in a “terraza” or an outdoor table.

Packing Tips:

  • Clothing is typically less formal, especially outside of larger cities
  • Bring comfortable shoes for walking – it is often the best way to get around
  • Pack a light jacket or raincoat for the evenings
  • Cover your shoulders and knees in churches and cathedrals

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