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Spain Travel Guide For 2022: Choose Places Based On Your Interests

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Spain Travel Guide For 2022: The Best Of Spain

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Welcome to my Spain Travel Guide, the second largest European country – Spain. Located in southwestern Europe, it borders 5 states. Besides, it possesses beautiful islands, which are worth a visit on their own.

The first group of islands is the Balearic Islands, situated in the Mediterranean Sea, near Spain’s eastern coast. The second island chain is referred to as the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean near Morocco’s western coast.

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Spain Travel Guide Map

 

Spanish Diversity

Spain will surprise you with its incredible landscape diversity. Not only will it attract you with beautiful, sunny beaches for your summer vacation. But also with hiking trails in the mountains and even great skiing regions for wintertime.

Also, it has a wide range of historical cities, sites, and monuments coming from completely different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Spain was home to various societies in the past, and the places you will visit perfectly reflect their culture.

This Spain Travel Guide will introduce you to all these places and highlights you should include in your Spain travel itinerary and the most beautiful places in Spain. It’ll also tell you what to visit based on your interests, give you the best Spain travel guidelines and ways to travel through Spain.

In the end, it will reveal the budget you will need to travel in Spain and the most delicious food you have to try when traveling through this wonderful country. So let’s dive in.

 

 

Overview Of The Top Places To Visit In Spain

Here I’ve got an overview of the cantons and their places you should visit in Switzerland:

  1. ANDALUSIA: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Playa de Bolonia
  2. BASQUE COUNTRY: for culture & traditions
  3. CANTABRIA: Santander, Altamira, Comillas, Santillana del Mar
  4. CASTILLA-LA-MANCHA: Toledo, Cuenca
  5. CATALONIA: Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Costa Brava
  6. GALICIA: La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Cape Finisterre, Ourense
  7. LA RIOJA: for the best wine regions
  8. MADRID: Madrid (capital city)
  9. REGION OF VALENCIA: Valencia, Alicante

 

 

Spanish Autonomous Communities & Their Highlights

Spain consists of 17 autonomous communities (regions). Each region has its own government and economy. Some are bigger and some smaller, some are wealthier than others, which escalates into problems from time to time.

What I love about Spain is the fact that each autonomous community is so much different from the others. Every single one has different things to explore. They also have distinct cultures and beliefs, which makes Spain a destination worth a visit.

My Spain travel guide gives you insight into the 9 most interesting autonomous communities and the most beautiful cities you should consider visiting when travelling to Spain.

 

1. ANDALUSIA

Spain Travel Guide Andalusia The second largest and, without any doubt, one of the most attractive Spanish regions is Andalusia (and my personal favourite one). Located in the southern part of Spain, Andalusia has something for everybody. Explore the rich history and culture of this region. You will find many stunning sites from Moorish, Jewish, and Christian entities. Each monument has a specific architecture and fascinating history behind it.

To visit Andalusia, get my southern Spain itinerary for 10 days. You can visit all the highlights of Andalusia with the itinerary and don’t have to plan anything in advance. So check it out.

 

The Most Beautiful Places in Andalusia

SEVILLA

This incredible capital of Andalusia has so much to offer. Admire Christian sites with the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the tomb of Christoph Columbus. Visit the Royal Palace of Alcazar, the oldest and still operating royal palace in Europe, with a mix of Muslim and Christian architecture.

Check out the Moorish buildings built right next to the Christian ones, such as the Giralda bell tower, where you get fantastic views of the city. And don’t forget to walk through the Jewish quarter and visit barrio de Santa Cruise with white houses, shops, and dining spots.

I’ve included Sevilla in my 14-day Spain itinerary so cehck it out for more sightseeing and detailed information about the city.

Sevilla also hosts 2 significant Spanish festivals, Feria de Abril and Semana Santa festivals. If you are interested in learning more about these festivals, read my article about the top 6 Spanish celebrations. They perfectly reflect the Spanish culture, and I highly recommend you participate at least in one of them.

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Plaza de España (Spanish Square) in Sevilla

GRANADA

Granada will make you feel like you are almost in Morocco, living in the Muslim culture. Placed under the highest snowy mountain on the Iberian peninsula, Sierra Nevada, this city is a wonder. It attracts visitors with Alhambra, which used to be a Muslim royal palace. It was also a place where the Muslim minority lived once Christian Monarchs conquered the Nasrid dynasty in Granada.

For the best views, walk up to St. Nicola’s viewing point, where you get a stunning panorama on Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountain behind. Granada’s cathedral is another incredible piece of art with a tomb of the Spanish Christian Kings – Isabella and Ferdinand I.

They started the Spanish Inquisition here in Granada and managed to expel Moors from the country. Granada is also the best place in Spain to go free tapas hunting. Order a beer, and you will get small tapas with it without extra charge.

I’ve also included Granada in my 14-day Spain itinerary so cehck it out for more sightseeing and detailed information about the city.

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Alhambra in Granada and Sierra Nevada behind it

CÓRDOBA

Its four UNESCO World Heritage Sites already suggest the rich history you can explore in this city. Located in the northern part of Andalusia, Córdoba has the largest mosque, Mezquita, in the entire world. Its architecture is impressive; you have to check it inside. Walk through the Judería, Jewish Quarter, and check out their Guitar Festival, held annually in July. Also, admire some of Córdoba’s stunning patios (courtyards), which are always nicely decorated.

If you’d like to get skip-the-line tickets for the Great Mosque of Córdoba, check out my southern Spain itinerary and get the tickets from the article.

One of the most famous Spanish festivals is celebrated in Córdoba, Festival de Patios. During this time, locals decorate their patios (courtyards) and compete for having the most beautiful one. If you are interested in reading more about this festival, check out my post about the incredible top 6 Spanish celebrations.

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Córdoba, Andalucia road trip itinerary for 10 days, Spain

GIBRALTAR

Do you fancy to see monkeys in Europe? Then Gibraltar is the place. You can spot wild monkeys and do some birdwatching. It has beautiful nature and many exciting things to see. Go to my Spain itinerary to explore more.

 

MÁLAGA, MARBELLA & COSTA DEL SOL

Málaga, one of the oldest cities in Europe, is a great start for your beach vacation. Marbella is a lovely summer vacation city with beautiful (but crowded) beaches. You can check the ‘Playa de Artola.’ Costa del Sol, the southern coast of Spain, offers you hundreds of stunning beaches. ‘Playa de Carvajal,’ ‘Playa Casablanca,’ or ‘Playa de la Rada’ count to the most beautiful.

However, you should know that these beaches are close to cities and very crowded, but still sandy. Little stones cover many other beaches on the Costa del Sol, so you might consider going elsewhere if you are looking for a place solely for a beach vacation.

 

PLAYA DE BOLONIA NEAR TARIFA

Playa de Bolonia is one of the most beautiful Spanish beaches with untouched nature. Only an hour’s drive from Gibraltar and half an hour drive from Tarifa. This beach will take your breath out.

If you want to include Andalusia with its stunning cities on your Spanish itinerary, check out my 14-day Spanish itinerary for more inspiration.

 

2.BASQUE COUNTRY

Spain Travel Guide Basque Country ...The north-eastern part of Spain is home to this little unique region. Some sources claim that the Basque people may be the oldest ethnic group in entire Europe. People refer to it as a country rather than a region because they have a proper language – Euskera.

Basque people love folklore music and have a traditional dance called Katcha-Ranka, usually performed in fishing villages. This region is like a small world within the big Spanish family.

San Sebastian Spain Travel Guide
La Concha beach in San Sebastian, Basque country

 

3. CANTABRIA

Spain Travel Guide Cantabria ...From the Bay of Biscay and the history of Santander city to the Cantabrian mountains, Cantabria offers you a lot of things. It is famous for its archaeological sites, like Altamira cave paintings, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can do it all here, from little fishing villages to beautiful coastal walks and hiking trails.

 

Highlights of Cantabria

SANTANDER

Go to ‘Barrio Pesquero’ for some delicious fish and seafood dishes or walk through the promenade, ‘Paseo Pereda’, and check out the cultural, educational, and scientific ‘Centro Botin’. Just 2 kilometres from the Santander centre, visit ‘Palacio de Magdalena’ on the peninsula and walk through its park.

Santander also has some great beaches like ‘Playa del Sardinero’, ‘Segunda Playa’, or ‘Playa de los Peligros’. It’s a perfect place to combine a beach vacation with cultural, historical, and city experiences.

Santander Spain Travel Guide
Playa del Sardinero in Santander, Cantabria, Spain Travel Guide

 

ALTAMIRA + COMILLAS + SANTILLANA DEL MAR

Altamira is home to prehistoric cave paintings dating back to the Paleolithic period. If you like small fishing villages and little seashore towns, visit Castro Urdiales and Comillas. Santillana del Mar is another inland town worth a visit near the Altamira caves.

 

4. CASTILLA-LA-MANCHA

Castilla-la-Mancha Map Spain Travel Guide We are now going to central Spain, where Don Quixote will guide us through his hometown. It is in a small town ‘El Toboso,’ where Cervante’s novel takes place. Admire the windmills and typical farmhouses. Or visit the spectacular hill town, Toledo, where three ethnic groups, Catholic, Jewish, and Moorish, come together and reflect their unique architecture.

 

Places to see in Castilla-la-Mancha

TOLEDO

Toledo is another example of the integration of Christian, Moorish and Jewish cultures. The River Tagus surrounds this picturesque city, located on a small hill. It will capture you with its rich history, Gothic Cathedral representing Christians, Moorish Mosque characterizing Muslims, and Synagogue de Santa María La Blanca in the Jewish quarter.

It’s one of my favorite cities in entire Europe. I highly recommend you to see it, even if you don’t visit anything else in Spain. It is also a great day trip from Madrid.

Toledo is also included in my Spain itinerary, so check it out for more information and guided tours.

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Toledo, Spain Travel Guide

Cuenca

This medieval Spanish city is mainly famous for its hanging houses with vast balconies. They are built right on the cliffs falling to the River Júcar. Spanish call them ‘Casas Colgadas.’ Take your time to walk through this enchanting town and climb up to the viewing point, ‘Mirador Barrio del Castillo,’ to get the best sights on Cuenca town. It also plays an essential role in timber production.

 

5. CATALONIA

Catalonia Map Spain Travel Guide ...Catalonia, bordering France, has its own language, Catalan, and has a strong economy. Despite its size, it financially contributes to the whole Spanish monarchy more than other, even bigger Spanish regions. That often causes major problems and demonstrations of Catalan people, fighting for their autonomy.

Catalonia has a lot to offer, from beautiful cities with unique architecture to some natural wonders and great beaches. Don’t miss some of their traditions like building ‘Castells,’ human towers, and traditional circular dance ‘Sardana’.

Come to celebrate Saint George’s Day with Catalan people, exchanging books and roses with their loved ones.

 

What to see in Catalonia

BARCELONA

Barcelona might be on the travel list of everybody. Whether it is for its vibes, Gaudí architecture, history, beach life, or overall charm, it will for sure not disappoint you. Get my Spain itinerary to see what you can visit in Barcelona. If you want to see everything from Barcelona, check out this 3 days Barcelona itinerary.

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Barcelona, Seaside Promenade, Spain

GIRONA

An absolute must-see place for history lovers, Girona has so many museums, despite being a small city. Any Game of Thrones fans here? Girona was featured in the sixth season of these drama series. Check out the steps to the Cathedral or in the Jewish quarter, where they filmed it. Explore more about Girona making it as a road trip from Barcelona.

 

TARRAGONA

This stunning place will take your breath out. It is the second crucial economical centre of Catalonia. It is the place where you can see the ‘Castells,’ human towers. As Romans captured it in the past, it has many Roman sites, such as a big amphitheatre and an aqueduct, which served as freshwater transportation in Roman times. Check out my article for road trips from Barcelona for more information on this beautiful city.

 

COSTA BRAVA

Costa Brava is a beautiful Mediterranean coast with many small towns worth a visit, apart from great beaches for your summer holiday. Some of the highlights are L’Escala, Tossa del Mar, Roses, L’Estartit, and Figueres, home of Salvador Dali with his museum. If you are visiting Barcelona, I highly recommend you stay a few days in Costa Brava as well. Especially Tossa del Mar is a lovely place.

To me personally, Costa Brava is more enchanting and much more worth visiting than the Costa del Sol (as I described in the section about Andalusia).

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Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

 

6. GALICIA

Galicia Map Spain Travel Guide ...Another autonomous community, situated at the most northwestern point of Spain, is Galicia. It also has its own language. The Galician language, Gallego, is still spoken here and counts to Spain’s 4 official languages. Galicia is unique and quite different from the rest of Spain, mainly because of its nature, green hills, and dense forests.

It has a lot in common with Celtic tribes. It is also an excellent place for seafood lovers, as it offers some of the best seafood dishes in general. Galicia became famous for its pilgrimage site, Santiago de Compostela, where thousands of pilgrims end their pilgrimage from all European corners.

 

Must-to-see places in Galicia

LA CORUÑA

The very northwest corner of Spain is home to this great city. La Coruña is also called the ‘Glass city,’ thanks to the glass balconies in the buildings. Climb to the oldest still operating lighthouse in the world, Tower of Hercules, or check out the Mirador San Pedro for even better views.

A Coruña, Hercules Tower
A Coruña, Hercules Tower: Spain Travel Guide

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Santiago de Compostela is the destination for thousands of pilgrims with the tomb of St. Jacob. Take your time to sit down on the Plaza do Obradoiro and admire the Santiago Cathedral. You might also hear the unique Galician/Celtan music with ‘gaitas,’ a typical Galician musical instrument. It gives the whole place a very unique atmosphere.

 

CAPE FINISTERRE

Have you ever dreamed about being at the End of the Earth? Well, here you have it, in Galicia. Cape Finisterre is an incredible spot for views on the Atlantic Ocean. Sit down and reflect; it is an excellent spot for such activity. Compostela pilgrims will know what I am talking about…

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Cape Finisterre, The End of the Earth – destination of many pilgrims in Spain

OURENSE

This city is often overlooked by travellers and tourists, which is quite a mistake. Enjoy the natural hot springs or just walk through its charming streets. Many bars offer free tapas when you order a drink.

 

7. LA RIOJA

La Rioja Map Spain Travel Guide ...Any wine lovers here? Pack your bags for visiting the La Rioja region. It is mainly famous for being the best wine destination in entire Spain. Check out some wineries, and don’t forget to try local tapas, which are as delicious as the wine itself.

 

8. MADRID

Madrid Map Spain Travel Guide ...Being one of the Spanish regions you should add to your travel list, Madrid is also Spain’s capital. At the same time, it is the third biggest city in the European Union and European cultural capital. Visit one of the world’s famous museums for modern arts – ‘Reina Sofia Museum,’ or ‘El Prado Museum’ with stunning art pieces.

Madrid is also a student city, which makes it a great nightlife place. Not to mention that it is located in the middle of Spain with great airport connections. So you can start your Spain itinerary right here.

 

9. REGION OF VALENCIA

Spain Travel Guide Valencia Region ...Finally, the region of Valencia offers you endless options for your beach holiday. Head to Valencia to enrich your scientific soul and get excited about the two crazy Spanish celebrations; ‘Las Fallas’ and ‘La Tomatina.’

 

Places worth a visit in the Valencia region

VALENCIA CITY

The third biggest city in Spain, Valencia, is fantastic for your beach holiday. But not only for that. It has much more to offer. Head to the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and scientific complex with the ‘Oceanografic’Europe’s biggest aquarium.

If you are here in March, you will be amazed by their festival, Las Fallas. Don’t forget to eat paella; Valencia is its birthplace. If you want to integrate Valencia and its sights into your Spain itinerary, you can read my Spain itinerary for more inspiration on what to see and do in this city.

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Valencia – City of Arts: Spain Itinerary for 14 days

 

ALICANTE

Alicante is another enchanting town with a fantastic beach, in which you will fall in love. Go up to the Castle of Santa Barbara for great views and enjoy walking on the promenade.

 

 

These are the top 9 autonomous communities (regions) you should consider visiting during your Spain travel adventure. Now let’s see the highlights of Spain you should include in your Spain itinerary based on your interests.

 

 

Top Destinations In Spain: Choose One Based On Your Interest

Best beaches in Spain

Spain mainly attracts visitors for summer vacation. So the leading target group here are beach and sea lovers to relax.

The most magnificent beaches (with lovely resorts) you can consider for your Spanish vacation are:

  1. Tossa de Mar
  2. Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa
  3. Praia da Roda, Galicia (Cíes Islands)
  4. Sitges beaches, near Barcelona
  5. La Concha beach, San Sebastian
  6. Nerja beach, Andalusia
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Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona itinerary, Spain

I have picked up these because they are gorgeous and less crowded. To be honest with you, I don’t recommend you going to Costa del Sol next to Málaga or Marbella. These beaches are super packed with tourists and beach holidayers, the same on the beach in Barcelona or Valencia.

I prefer going to the more remote places, where you get to enjoy unique nature and quietness for your relaxation. That is why I recommend you these 6 beaches. It doesn’t mean they’ll be empty either, just slightly less crowded than those near big cities. Rather head to explore the cities for a day or two, or head to these beaches when visiting cities nearby.

If you really want to go on a beach vacation, go to the Balearic or Canary Islands instead. Spain’s mainland is more for sightseeing, history, and culture.

 

Top Historical & Cultural Places In Spain

The second group of interest is cultural and historical attractions. Spain has a variety of interesting spots with a rich history, architecture, and culture you should include in your itinerary:

  1. Sevilla
  2. Granada
  3. Córdoba
  4. Barcelona
  5. Toledo
  6. Madrid
  7. Alicante
  8. Valencia

 

These cities are my top personal favorites when it comes to history, architecture, and culture. They are incredible, and you should stick at least to 4 of them when visiting Spain.

Cordoba Spain Travel Guide
Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, Córdoba

 

Best Natural Spots & Mountains For Hiking

Don’t worry, you, nature and mountain lovers, Spain offers a few stunning places for you, too. This is your little Spanish kingdom with nature highlights:

  1. Picos de Europe, Asturias
  2. Catalan Pyrenees – La Mola, Masella hills
  3. Aigüestortes Park, Pyrenees
  4. Somiedo Natural Park, Asturias
  5. Caminito del Rey, Andalusia
  6. Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Andalusia
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Me walking Camino de Santiago and experiencing authentic Spain: Spain Travel Guide

 

In A Spanish Region Nutshell

For history and culture lovers – Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, Castilla-la-Mancha

Beach and relax lovers will like – Andalusia, Catalonia, Basque Country, Cantabria

Mountains lovers should visit – Asturias, Catalonia,

For food lovers – will find their spots everywhere in the country

Wine lovers – La Rioja

 

 

Transportation

How To Get Around In Spain

Spain is a huge country. So if you want to explore more autonomous communities and see the most beautiful places in Spain, be prepared to spend some time travelling from one spot to another. However, this shouldn’t restrict you from seeing as much as you can in Spain. This section gives you the Spain travel information, the best and most convenient transportation means you can use in Spain.

 

Hire a Car

A great option here is to hire a car if you stay in one autonomous community and share the costs with your friends or family. A car gives you the freedom to go anywhere at any time you decide and do many road trips. Besides, you can explore the more hidden places within a region. This option is especially suitable if you want to explore a bigger autonomous community with more interest points and the most beautiful places. These can be Andalusia, Catalonia, Asturias, and Galicia.

 

BlaBlaCar

If you don’t want to hire a car, then share a ride with someone. This website offers you ride-sharing in many countries, also in Spain. Just go to BlaBlaCar, write where you want to go, and see who is doing the same ride that day. Contact the person and make your journey for much less than with any other transportation suppliers. You don’t have to be afraid, it is responsible, and you can chat with locals on the way.

 

Bus

A long-distance bus is definitely the cheapest option if you are not travelling with a family or more friends with a car to share the costs. It is also the best choice to travel between the regions. Let’s say you want to travel from Barcelona down to Sevilla; then the long-distance bus is your best option (in terms of the cost). Not only is it the cheapest option, but also very convenient.

Most of the time, you don’t have to change buses on the way. It will take you from point A to point B without thinking of anything else. The only disadvantage of bus travel in Spain is that it takes quite a long time to get to your destination.

Below, I am introducing you to the bus companies that operate within Spain.

Alsa

Alsa is the national Spanish coach company. It has routes throughout the whole country. Their buses are very comfortable, you can even get snacks in some cases.

Flixbus

Flixbus is all over Europe, and Spain is not an exception. It is always cheaper than any other coach company. However, they are sometimes delayed, and seats might not be as comfortable as with Alsa.

Plaza Catalunya
Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona: Spain Travel Guide

 

Train

A train is also a great option, but it is slightly more expensive than a long-distance bus, unless you have some railway pass such as Interrail or Eurail Pass. However, the train is more comfortable, and if you don’t mind paying more, you should choose it for your journey. Most of the time, it is faster than a bus.

Note: If you choose a train route with changes on the way, it is always cheaper than when you choose a direct fast-speed train.

RENFE

Spanish national train operator is called RENFE. These trains operate on a national level and often include many stops on the way. Therefore, it takes longer to get to the destination (but they are also cheaper). Regarding seat reservations, if you travel a long distance, I recommend you get a seat reservation. But if you are taking the RENFE train just within a region, short distance, then you don’t have to think about a reservation.

AVE

This is the fast-speed train in Spain. It is operated by RENFE but has its own name. The difference between AVE and regular RENFE trains is that AVE takes you from one destination to another within a few hours, without making unnecessary stops on the way.

It’s a perfect option if you want to get from Barcelona to Madrid, or Madrid to Sevilla (but more expensive than a regular RENFE train). These long-distance trains usually require a seat reservation, so make sure you book it in advance. Have a look which routes are operated by AVE.

 

Local operators

Some autonomous communities also have their local operators. These are, for example, Euskotren (in Basque country), FGC (Catalonia – Barcelona), FEVE (Northern Spain – Bilbao, Gijón, León, and Santander). For these trains, you don’t have to reserve a seat in advance. You can find all train timetables on their website.

 

Plane

If you are in a hurry and want to travel from north to south or east to Spain’s centre, then taking a plane is the quickest option. But, also the most expensive one. The national carriers offer short-distance flights, for instance, from Barcelona to Madrid or Sevilla. Air travel in Spain is great for getting from a bigger city to another major city, in a different autonomous community, if you don’t mind paying more for it. However, if you choose a low-cost airline for this purpose, it might get pretty cheap.

The national carriers

Vueling – a low-cost carrier, the best for inland Spain travel (especially from and to Barcelona), also great for going to the Balearic Islands from inland Spain.

Iberia Express – alternatively, you can find flights operated by this low-cost branch of Iberia. However, they only fly to a few Spanish cities.

Canaryfly – this airline carrier operates only within the Canary Islands. It is definitely the fastest option to travel from one Canary Island to another, but you have to plan in advance to get cheaper flights.

 

 

Spanish Economy & Budget You Will Need

Spain is the third most visited country worldwide. It takes us to the point that the tourism sector is the most profitable industry in Spain. Although the Spanish Civil War brought the country into a big economic crisis, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco started significant economic development, making Spain the 5th biggest economy globally.

Spain is also part of the European Union and the Schengen area, which means there are no restrictions on the borders for visiting this country. It also uses the EURO as the currency.

 

Interesting Facts About Economy

The mining industry is very important in Spain. Coal is mainly produced in the Cantabrian mountains together with iron, copper and zinc, and gold. Another significant industry is the fishing industry in Spain’s northern part, with many cute villages like Comillas or Castro Urdiales.

Spain is also a major oil olive producer thanks to its olive plantations in Andalusia, near Jaen city. Rice is grown in southern Catalonia and Valencia. That is why I told you to eat paella in Valencia. Thanks to being the rice-growing region in Spain, Valencia became the birthplace of paella. Another important Spanish product is wine, for which you should head to the La Rioja region.

You should try the Queso Manchego, famous for central SpainCastilla-la-Mancha region for cheese lovers. Oranges are widely grown in Andalusia. You can see them everywhere. But attention, those growing on the trees in cities don’t really taste good. Anyway, picking them is still so much fun.

In a supermarket like ‘Mercadona,’ you can get fresh orange juice (you will press it yourself). It is super fresh, delicious, and cheap.

 

Budget You Will Need For Your Spain Itinerary

Accommodation + Transportation

Spain is a relatively cheap country, especially if you are in the countryside. In cities, the prices get slightly higher. You can get some good deals for hotel stays. Hostels are pretty cheap in Spain. With transportation, it very much depends, what kind of transportation you choose. If you stay in one city, you can get a day ticket, which is normally around 5 Euros.

 

Restaurants + Food

Food is not so expensive in Spain. But please avoid sitting in the first restaurant on the main square, where the waitress offers you a meal. These touristy restaurants are costly, and the food is not worth it. Instead, choose a smaller ‘barrio’ (neighbour) and look for some local restaurants. If you want to eat well for less, then get the ‘Menu of the day.’ You will get a pre-course, main meal and dessert with a drink for 8 to 10 Euros. Food in the supermarket is quite cheap, and the products are super fresh. It is also a great option for you to get food.

 

Attractions

It mainly depends on what you want to do. Try to think about what you really want to see and avoid seeing every attraction somebody offers you.

Budget Spain Travel Guide
Budget for Spain travel – all the costs are displayed per day: Spain travel guide

 

 

Little Spain Food Guide

Let’s stay with food. Spanish cuisine is quite distinct, and you will fall in love with it, mainly thanks to Spanish people’s laid-back lifestyle. You can see them going out to the streets every single evening, eating tapas and drinking a glass of wine. This is one of the essential parts of Spanish culture. If you decide to live here for a while, don’t be surprised that your neighbour starts cooking dinner at 11 pm. This is very normal here in Spain.

 

Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Spanish people usually take a small sweet snack, a pastry from a local bakery,

and drink coffee with milk for breakfast. They eat a lot for dinner, so they don’t put great importance on breakfast. Most people even skip it or just take something quickly on the way to work. Lunch is also not that relevant part of their day, as many people are at work. Spanish like to enjoy their food, and lunch is not the part of the day when they can do so. That is why dinner is the most important meal of the day.

Dinner in Spain is served pretty late. Spanish people are used to eating their dinner even around 11pm. So don’t be surprised if anybody invites you for dinner and you would meet around 9:30pm. It’s a standard time in Spain to have dinner.

Paella Valencia ...
Paella in Valencia: Spain Tracel Guide

 

Spanish Dishes You Have To Try

You cannot miss the following Spanish dishes on your Spanish tour:

  • Paella – popular dish very similar to risotto, can be made from rabbit, chicken or pork meat, with fish and seafood, the specific taste is made using saffron and wine (Valencia is the birthplace of paella)
  • Gazpacho – also known as Salomrejo,’ is a cold soup for hot days prepared from the best tomatoes and cucumber blended into a puree (Salmorejo is famous for Andalusia)
  • Gambas al ajillo – prawns with garlic, wine, chilli, and butter
  • Patatas bravas – fried potatoes in sweet, spicy sauce
  • Tortilla Española – eggs, potatoes, onions that is tortilla española
  • Pan con tomateslices of baguette with smashed tomato, olive oil, and salt (Catalonia speciality)
  • Cured meats – jamón, chorizo, salchichón
  • Pulpo a la gallega – octopus dish, Galician style

 

 

Spanish Language Guide

In case you’re interested in speaking Spanish during your trip to Spain, I have plenty of resources for you to learn Spanish basics. Head over to my Spanish Language section and learn the Spanish basics for travel.

You’ll learn what the best Spanish learning app is, which Spanish podcasts you can listen to, or choose one of the top 9 Spanish books for beginners that will improve your understanding. Practice speaking Spanish before your trip on one of these platforms for the price of a cup of coffee.

 

Order Food In Spanish

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More Tips For Spain Travel

Here are my top Spain travel tips. I hope my Spanish travel guide has been useful to you. Check out my other articles about Spain for more information. Get inspired by my post about the incredible top 6 Spanish celebrations you shouldn’t miss when visiting Spain. I have also designed a Spain itinerary for 14 days for you to get the most out of Spain when travelling through this wonderful country. If you need help planning your Spanish itinerary, leave a comment below, or don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Also, check out my Barcelona itinerary for 3 days. Or get inspiration for the top 8 road trips from Barcelona you can make.

If you are solely interested in southern Spain (Andalucia), get my southern Spain itinerary for 10 days that will show you the highlights in 10 days, including a visit to an olive oil farm and tasting of the best olive oil worldwide.