Below you’ll find all the articles on Spain that I’ve written so far. I’m happy to answer questions about my time there in lieu of writing more blog posts on the subject but, in the meantime, check out these posts on Spain:
SPAIN TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Euros (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | GMT+2, The entire country of Spain falls into the Central European Time Zone.
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Spain/the Schengen area, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. (Except for all those churros you’re planning on buying, ba-dum-tshh!) However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave the Schengen area.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | In Spain, the primary language spoken is Spanish. Come on, you know a little.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? |As with almost all of Europe, pick-pockets are probably your biggest safety concern. Watch your pockets and purses in crowded, tourist-filled areas, primarily in Barcelona, the most pick-pockety city I’ve ever visited. (Someone tried to pick my friend’s purse in the train station.)
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Spain safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN SPAIN
I personally stayed at the Barceló Raval Hotel in Barcelona and LOVED IT. It’s located just off La Rambla and was close enough to walk everywhere we wanted to go. The service was great and the rooms were comfy and even came with a rooftop pool and lookout deck.
The major cities of Barcelona and Madrid are worth the visit alone, but Spain is packing tourism destinations out the wazoo. After you decide where in Spain you want to visit,
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RECOMMENDED SPAIN TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers multi-day tours of Spain, hitting all the hot spots there and beyond. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Spain travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in and around Spain, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for city sightseeing, day trips to surrounding small towns, food tours, art and architecture, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
SPAIN PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ SPAIN GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Spain is just a beaut’! Consider them your portable Spain travel guide.
Rough Guides, Rick Steves, and Fodor’s are my favorite go-to brands. And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Spain. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.