Hola! And welcome to Spain! This is a fiery country full of amazing and different experiences to be had from beaches to buildings, to some of the most amazing food in all of Europe. The country is so sizeable and vast that if you have the time, you can take months to explore the wonders of the country. If you have less time, you are going to have to pick and choose your destinations, however you should choose wisely to get a mix in of beach, architecture, food and history.
The capital city is Madrid and this is a great hub to fly in and out of as it is in the centre of the country and is a great transportation hub with many hostels. It is easy enough to catch the buses and trains to your next destination. There are also quite a few cheaper flights operating out of here as it is a main airport. The other main airport is Barcelona located up in the north eastern part of the country in Catalonia. There are an exceptional number of hostels there, and transport into and out of Barcelona to other Spanish destinations are quite easy to navigate as well.
Heading into the north, you will enter Catalonia, an area of Spain that has been longing for its independence for years. The largest city here is Barcelona and it is here you will find all of the amazing Gaudi architecture. Pamplona is not far from here and is famous for its running of the bulls festival in the summer (book your hostel far in advance for that one). Through the northern part of Spain there is also a famous pilgrimage, La Camino De Santiago and you can do all or some of it if you have the time to take on this 500 kilometre journey through the Pyrenees.
As you head down the coast you will arrive in the third largest city in Spain, Valencia. This is a beautiful city with a lot to offer and is also a gate way to take ferries to Ibiza if you are up for getting your party on. Public transport around Valencia can be a bit of a challenge so check the location of your hostel in proximity to the bus station and the attractions for ease of getting about. Also make sure you get in a good paella and some Valencian oranges while you are here just for good measure.
Travelling from here south through all of the beach towns you will find only a handful of hostels in each location and many of them book up in advance. Make sure if you are going to Alicante or Cartagena to book at least a week or more out especially in peak season to avoid not having a hostel.
Granada is the next most popular stop from here and is not to be missed. If you are heading here to see the Alhambra you will need to make sure that you have booked your ticket a month or so in advance on ticketmaster.es to avoid missing out. The city is also very popular with tapas. Sit in a bar, order a drink and the tapas will come with it for free.
And of course no trip to Spain would be complete without a visit to Seville. Make sure you swing in to Cordoba on the way to see the Mezquita Cordoba also known as the cathedral on your way. Seville is one of the most popular of Spanish destinations to visit and it isn't hard to see why. There is a charm about the place that is unlike any other as you walk around and take in the intricate fusion of different cultures and architectural styles of the buildings. As this used to be the main port in Spain and one of the richest cities, it is home to some of the most impressive buildings to explore. Much of this will be within walking distance of your hostel provided you book within the downtown area.
Spain is an incredible country with so much to do. The hostelling and public transport network are amazing and will support you in having the best time in this most wonderful country!
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I just visited Segovia and absolutely fell in love with it! A must see of Spain!
You know... the traditional paella was made with rat and chicken -vomitive- now is done with rabbit and chicken, in Spain the rabbits are not pets. Seafood paella is only for tourists and in Valencia usually eat the paella at lunch.
Been going to Nerja since i was 3...now 17! Fab place for people of all ages!
While you're in Barcelona in the evening, grab some new friends from the hostel and go check out the "Magic Fountains" nighttime fountains/lights show (ask your hostel front desk person for directions).
Salamanca is the best place in the world.
I lived in Malaga for six months and I would tell everyone that it is the best city in Spain! I would suggest to get there by bus or train. If you want to party and have a good time try visiting Plaza De La Merced. It is right in the center of town, but don't go until around 11:30 or midnight, most clubs don't open …
Granada is an interesting place. It is a mixture of old (the Alhambra, the original streets) with the new (modern shops, a very young crowd, as it is a university town). It is a lively place with plenty of street musicians, a spirit of flamenco in the air (though less than I was hoping for), and one of the best …
Madrid is more of a working city than a tourist attraction. But even the locals leave during the summer because it's just so darned hot. Tip: look for a "Solero Smoover" (tropical smoothy in a tube... mmm) here and everywhere else in Europe to beat the heat.
Girona City is 103 kilometers to the northeast of Barcelona. It's a good tourist place, so many tourists fly into Girona on one of the many budget airlines and then make their way to Barcelona or the Costa Brava. The Girona Tourist Guide will help you arrange your visit to Girona in Spain.
Toledo is a magnificent place. There is so much to see, the people are friendly, I loved the place and am planning to take my mother there.
Palencia is a lovely province, or was when I stayed there in 1989. The part I was in - the Aguilar de Campoo region - is sort of high desert and on the fringe of some pretty healthy mountains. This part of Palencia was fairly unpopulated and can get pretty cold in the winter and at night. But the days are lovely …
Tarifa is a bit laid back place, it feels quite far away from the rest of Europe and you can feel it. I really enjoyed the beaches, which are wide and half empty, top beaches in Europe. Feels almost like Jamaica. I loved the place.
When you're in Seville, don't miss the Seville Mosque. It's worth it.