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: going to a live, intimate flamenco show followed by a late dinner – flamenco was born in the Andalucía region of Spain!
- Stay: Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel
- Don’t Miss: the Alhambra of course!
- Stay: Hospes Palacio de Los Patos
- 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
- Don’t Miss: a bike tour – the best way to see this island! And finish the day with a meal on the coast with a view of the sparkling Mediterranean.
- Stay: Belmond La Residencia or The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort
- 5-10% at restaurants
- 40-50 Euros for full day guide
- 40 Euros for full day driver
- Tortilla Española
- Jamón Ibérico
- Croquetas de Jamón
- Patatas Bravas
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
- If you’re in Spain during the summer, be sure to enjoy an evening drink in a “terraza” or an outdoor table.
- 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