Spain is an amazing country, rich in terms of culture, food, landscapes and people of course! If you’re planning to visit it, here are 9 ideas on how to plan a trip to Spain that will be useful to you.
1. Sunny areas guaranteed
First, make sure to visit Canarias and Andalusia I can tell you that places like Almeria, Malaga or Tenerife are full of sun all year round and temperature are very warm. Winter is not a real winter, since 15 degrees are the average. It rarely goes lower than that. The proximity with the sea makes the weather be much more stable and warmer, so keep this in mind if you’re tired of rains and cold days.
2. Best season to visit
Second, choose your season right! I’d recommend spring and the beginning of summer. So from March up to June is the perfect time to travel around Spain, since temperatures are warm, people start to go out again when the cold is leaving, and it’s not as hot as in July and August. Believe me, it can get intense during those months. Obviously you’d be okay traveling all year long, since Spain is a Mediterranean country, but if you don’t want to worry about bringing jackets and jackets, just stick to spring and the beginning of summer.
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3. A trip to Africa
What?! I know, you’ll be traveling to Spain, but what if I told you that you could go from Southern Spain to Africa in a two-hour ride in a ferry. That’s pretty awesome and you’ll get there faster if you take a plane. The north part of Africa is so close to Spain that many sellers and locals can get by in Spanish. Visiting Morocco, Ceuta, Melilla or Tunisia is an amazing option for a few days’ trip to get to know a totally different culture. Now that’s an original idea on how to plan a trip to Spain!
4. Local parties
I’m not talking about the night out in a big city like Madrid, Valencia or Barcelona. I’m referring to the typical summer “fiestas” that take place in pretty much every village of the country. They are the most fun and local way of partying if you’re not into big cosmopolitan discos. These fiestas are a strong tradition everywhere and they tend to happen during the summer, since you drink and party in the streets basically. You’ll also find concerts and “verbenas” and the best thing is that prices are really, really low. The pros of skipping big cities…
5. AVE and RENFE Trains
Spain is very well connected and transportation work like no other. That’s why I recommend you to take the AVE for longer distances (you can get from Madrid to Barcelona in less than three hours – it’d take you eight by bus!) and the RENFE for connecting with other destinations, since there is no AVE in every single province of the country. Plus, trains are way more sustainable than planes, so here’s another advantage, and… the fact that all trains have big seats and a nice cafeteria!
6. How to plan a trip to Spain without Tapas?
In most of the restaurants in Spain, you’ll get free food (yes, you’ve heard right) when you order a drink, no matter if it’s beer, soda or whatever you fancy. You can find the best tapas in Granada, Bilbao and San Sebastian. The cuisine from Northern Spain is globally acclaimed, so you won’t be disappointed. They are very, very big and delicious. And they will also be quite cheap in the South, where everything in general will be more affordable.
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7. Muslim Heritage
If you’re into architecture and history, the south of Spain (Granada, Almeria, Seville, Cordoba…) is a true delight to visit. Muslims occupied these areas (and almost the whole country) for centuries, so there are so many monuments and reminiscences from this period, such as the Tower of Gold (la Torre del Oro), the Alhambra, the Alcazaba, the Mosque of Cordoba… They all are really worth a visit, especially if you go with a local guide that can tell you a bit of historical context to understand the how and why.
8. Semana Santa
However, if you like getting to know more religious traditions, the Semana Santa in Spain is a must-see. It usually takes place the last week of March (it varies a little bit every year) and I can tell you the parades are something incredible to witness, even if you’re not a believer. Spain is in its most part, a very Christian country and some religious traditions have been deeply rooted for centuries. If you want a personal favourite, the Parade of the Silence will leave you speechless. You can enjoy the Semana Santa mostly in Andalusia – Seville is the province that lives it with more passion.
9. Beaches Everywhere
Finally, Spain is pretty much surrounded by the sea: the Mediterranean (warm waters) and the Cantabrico (good luck!). It’s unbelievable how long and wide Spanish beaches are. If you’re looking for some nature related plans, I’d recommend two places where cays and isolated, lost beaches are the bomb: the coast of Catalonia and Balearic Islands. I’ve been there and water and nature sports are some of the best plans to immerse yourself in. Some beautiful places are L’Escala, St. Feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar (Catalonia) and Alcudia, Can Picafort and Ses Illetas (Mallorca).
To conclude, I can guarantee you that traveling locally in Spain is very easy, since it’s not a big country at all, although it might seem like it. Just dare to explore and get to know its people. You won’t want to leave!
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