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Sample seafood in the quaint towns and cities of this diverse country where you can explore an eclectic terrain featuring mountains, desert regions and coastal wonderlands.

Spain is a cultural haven of southern Europe. This hot-blooded country is the home of bull-fighting and tapas as well as countless pristine beaches and modern and sophisticated cities. Learn about Spain’s rich history and get a sense of its traditions in sports, dancing and cuisine.

The city of Barcelona is in many ways a separate entity from the rest of Spain. Understand its distinct Catalan culture with a trip to the city center. Appreciate its spectacular Gothic architecture. Gaze up at the unfinished basilica of the Sagrada Familia and admire Antoni Gaudí’s almost cartoonish, melted design.

Cross the northern part of Spain to reach the Basque city of Bilbao, which is known for the fascinating avant-garde architecture of the Guggenheim Bilbao museum. Visit the capital city of Madrid for its many cultural highlights, such as the Prado Museum. This gallery is known for its collection of Francisco de Goya’s works.

At the southern end of the country is the coastline from Costa del Sol to Costa Blanca. Consider a trip to Vera Playa, which includes a nudist resort hotel. Try watersports at Tarifa near the Straits of Gibraltar. Enjoy hot summers and mild winters with trips to the beaches of Marbella and Malaga.

A little northeast of the resort towns is the city of Granada, which features the Moorish palace of the Alhambra and the serene gardens of the Generalife. Head west to the eclectic city of Seville, which has the Plaza de España at its center. Watch a flamenco performance in the Triana neighborhood, which is said to be the source of this expressive dance.

This large country is in southwestern Europe, with Northern Africa just across the sea from its southern coast. It shares land borders with Portugal, Andorra and France. Fly to one of Spain’s many international airports across the country and get around by rail or domestic flights. Spain has a hot and feisty culture, with lively resorts and a dramatic topography.

Popular cities in Spain

Almudena Cathedral
Madrid
Known for Museums, Culture and Theaters

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Reasons to visit

  • Prado Museum
    Prado Museum
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
    Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
Barceloneta Beach which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Palau de la Musica Catalana
    Palau de la Musica Catalana
  • Picasso Museum
    Picasso Museum
  • Sagrada Familia
    Sagrada Familia
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Dining, Historical Buildings and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de la Reina
    Plaza de la Reina
  • Central Market
    Central Market
  • Valencia Cathedral
    Valencia Cathedral
Plaza de Espana which includes a castle, heritage architecture and night scenes
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical Buildings and Cafes

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Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
    Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
    Seville Cathedral
  • Alcazar
    Alcazar
Palma de Mallorca showing a beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Beaches and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit

  • Plaza Mayor de Palma
    Plaza Mayor de Palma
  • Basilica of St. Francis
    Basilica of St. Francis
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
    Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
Gibralfaro Castle featuring chateau or palace, a bay or harbor and heritage architecture
Málaga
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beaches

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Reasons to visit

  • Port of Malaga
    Port of Malaga
  • Gibralfaro Castle
    Gibralfaro Castle
  • Plaza de la Merced
    Plaza de la Merced

Popular places to visit in Spain

Puerta del Sol
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Puerta del Sol

Stand at the very center of Madrid and feel the buzz as thousands of people meet and greet before a night out, gather for protests, or start out on a tour of the city.

Camp Nou
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Camp Nou

Check out Placa d'Espanya and Poble Espanyol—just two of the top sights around Camp Nou, a city also notable for its museums and monuments.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

This popular Barcelona meeting point connects the old city with the new and is famous for its shopping, monuments and festival celebrations.

Park Guell
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Park Guell

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

El Retiro Park
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El Retiro Park

Relax by the pond, walk through landscaped gardens, and admire the elegant statues and buildings in one of Madrid’s biggest and most popular parks.

Alhambra
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Alhambra

Venture to Sierra Nevada Ski Resort and Generalife—just two of the top sights around Alhambra, a city also notable for its gardens and shopping.