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Welcome to Spain

Sandwiched between Portugal to the west and France to the northeast, Spain entices visitors with its rich culture, history, and fabulous cuisine. The sun shines almost all year round, locals pass down traditional tapas recipes through the generations, and people greet each other with warmth and affection. Whether you visit for the food, the weather, the coast, or the history, Spain brims with adventures, all of which can be easily accessed by a host of private and small-group tours. In vibrant Barcelona and Madrid, walking and cycling tours lead you to top attractions such as the Prado National Museum and Gaudí's iconic La Sagrada Familia, and offer skip-the-line access as well as a guide who will help bring Spain's history to life. Food tours, wine-tasting experiences, and cooking classes teach you how tapas delicacies such as Iberian ham, salted cod, and rich chickpea stew complement Spanish reds and whites like Rioja, Montenovo Godello, and Serrana Macabeo. History buffs can explore medieval streets around Besalú, Tavertet, and Rupit on a group tour to see where castle ruins hide among rugged cliffs and dense forests, while culture vultures will want to take in the passion of flamenco, a traditional Spanish dance. Meanwhile, multi-day tours take travelers to far-flung destinations like Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, Seville, and Toledo, as well as the beautiful coast east of Malaga, where ancient olive groves thrive in the Spanish sunshine.

Top 10 attractions in Spain

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

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Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Antoni Gaudi’s magnum opus, is undoubtedly the most iconic structure in Barcelona (and the most popular, with nearly 3 million visitors per year). Construction has been ongoing for more than 135 years, and the surreal structure, with its rainbow-hued stained glass windows, is slated for completion in 2026. Even in its unfinished state, it remains an absolute must-see for every visitor to the Catalan capital.More
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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

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Madrid's Royal Palace (also known as the Palacio Real or Palacio de Oriente) is a beautiful baroque structure with some 3,000 rooms, making it one of Europe's largest castles. Although the royal family no longer lives here, the Palacio Real still serves as the king and queen's official residence, a venue for state ceremonies, and a place for tourists to get a peek into the royal history of Spain.More
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Park Güell

Park Güell

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Antoni Gaudi spent 15 years designing and building the whimsical fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like buildings within Park Güell, one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with the Sagrada Familia, the hilltop public park sits at the top of Barcelona’s must-see list, and for good reason. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city.More
#4
Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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The largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s highest peak—Mount Teide—Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) is one of the top attractions on Tenerife. The rugged landscape of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magnificent—a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas, and volcanic peaks.More
#5
Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

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The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) houses one of the finest art collections in the world, specializing in European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. Thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art are on display throughout its halls, and they represent merely a fraction of the total collection. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Perhaps the most famous paintings are “Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor), an inventive self-portrait by Velázquez, and The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych from Hieronymus Bosch.More
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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla). This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted.More
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Masca Valley

Masca Valley

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Characterized by rugged cliffs, forested trails, and waterfalls, the wild landscapes of the Masca Valley are among Tenerife’s most beautiful. The remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hike—the trail winds down through the gorge and finishes at a black-sand beach.More
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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

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Today this central square is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals, but Plaza Mayor’s history goes back to the early 17th century during King Felipe III's reign. The central statue is a nod to the king’s role in overseeing the project's completion. Forming the outer walls are a series of 3-story buildings with balconies overlooking the center.More
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Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada) is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.More
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Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

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The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, built atop the remains of a mosque, the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) features a spectacular gold altarpiece in its main altar depicting 36 scenes from the life of Christ, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, works by Goya and Murillo, and the dramatic Giralda Tower.More

Trip ideas

Top activities in Spain

Fast Track Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
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Kayak and Snorkel day tour to la Costa Brava from Barcelona
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Full Day Tour Ávila and Segovia from Madrid with Tickets to Monuments Included
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Flamenco Show & Special Menu at Torres Bermejas in Madrid
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The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
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Recent reviews from experiences in Spain

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Great service at an afordable price
Eddie_C, May 2022
City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We were able to visit so many places and also learn a lot of the city’s history thanks to Aviator and the hop on hop off bus service they provide.
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long bus ride.
nancy_b, May 2022
The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
guess the hot spring.
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Wonderful White Villages Tour
Randolph_C, May 2022
Private Guided Day Trip to the White Villages and Ronda from Seville
The White Villages we’re quite picturesque and wonderful to visit.
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Maria is a fabulous tour guide!
Jim_B, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Madrid Private Tour
As Americans on our first trip to Spain, we appreciated that she was engaging and informative, and that her English was impeccable.
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Great Intro to Spain Food & History
Patrick_E, May 2022
Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner
Pablo’s English skills are great, and his personality brings the rich elements of Madrid to life.
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Great tour and tour guide
Lori_A, May 2022
Royal Palace Madrid - Skip the Line - 6 people per tour maximum
Very knowledgeable, friendly and her English was excellent.
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Our original tour guide...
Cynthia_C, Apr 2022
Full-day Skip-the-line Granada, Alhambra Palace and Albaicin tour from Seville
We were impressed with how he transitioned from English to Spanish so well and his knowledge of historical facts.
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The whole trip was...
Georgeann_A, Apr 2022
The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
I’m from Boca Raton Fl originally from NJ and I came all the way to Spain to see the gorgeous snow covered Pyrenees Mountains.
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Good program,but not satisfied
Chprame, Apr 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
We booked English group,but the trip was Eng and Spainish.
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60th Birthday Trip
Rossella_R, Apr 2022
Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada
Visited Spain for my 60th Birthday and planned to see a Flamenco show on my actual birthday of April 1st.
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The best of Spain's traditional music, food and wine in an evening
Sonia_M, Mar 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona in Las Ramblas
If you want to see the art of Spain, this is a must!
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Awesome 3 cities in 1 day
tan6ft, Mar 2022
Toledo & Segovia Tour with Ticket & optional Visit to Avila. 3 Cities in 1 Day
This was a great opportunity to see more of Spain.
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My girlfriend and I...
Joel_A, Jan 2022
Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
I would definitely recommend her and this package to anyone looking to visit Barcelona.
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Ronda's Gorgeous Views
Traci_C, Jan 2022
White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville
It was a long day, won't deny that; but well worth it to see some of the most gorgeous views in Southern Spain.
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Awesome private tour to Monserrat Mastery
Kelly_P, May 2022
Private tour to Montserrat. The most complete tour, Cable car & meal included
She customized it to us, what we wanted to know, to see and how much we wanted to walk, or not!
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Its a MUST
Shinwoo_L, May 2022
Barcelona City Bike Tour | Highlights and Hidden Gems
This tour would be best if u have just arrived at Barcelona and youll know which place to visit in depth after the tour!
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A Fun Side Trip from Madrid!
Diogo_B, May 2022
Full Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral Access
The medieval and World Heritage city of Toledo is an amazing thing to see up close and only a short 1 hour trip from Madrid.
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Excellent Private Tour and guides
Ren_L, May 2022
From Malaga: Private 3 Daily Tours to Cordoba, Granada and Seville
Excellent private tour with the some of the best guides to visit the Alhambra in Granada, Alcazar and the Cathedral in Sevilla and the Mezquita in Cordoba.
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A HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP!!
charlene_d, May 2022
Paella Lovers Masterclass with local Valencian Pro Chef
This cooking class has been one of the most fun things we have done on our trip/cruise - highly recommended!!
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Do not hesitate to book this tour!
stephanie_C, Apr 2022
Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona
Camillo could not have been more compassionate and ready to go above and beyond to ensure she and her husband were comfortable and got to see as much as possible despite many limitations of the old cities we were in.

All about Spain

When to visit

Home to some of Europe’s warmest climes, Spain is a sun-suffused destination throughout the year. No matter the season, head to southerly Andalucía, the beaches of the Costa del Sol, and the Balearic Islands for the toastiest temperatures. Other highlights—such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Galicia—are more seasonal in nature.

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