Spain


A country that embodies a vibrant life, with fresh and local food and an easy-going culture is sure to be a part of anyone’s travel dreams. Located on the western coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has a moderate & arid climate, and a sun that doesn’t stop shining. Explore the rugged mountain ranges, where ancient villages stand tall on hilltops and mountain valleys. Get lost in the lively streets of Madrid, where tapas and laughter are served in abundance, or the sun-soaked beaches of Barcelona, Spain is a vibrant playground for travelers seeking a life of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Map of Spain showing main features and attractions for culture and tourism

The Basics

Currency – Euro € | 1 EUR = $1.10 USD

Language – Spanish with regional languages (Catalan, Galician, Basque)

Outlets – Type C, compatible across Europe

Tipping – Tipping is common practice in Spain, with 5%-15% of the bill

Water – Tap water is potable, free drinking water available in large cities (bring your reusable bottle!)

SafetyLevel 2 due to terrorism and civil unrest

When To Go To Spain

April - May & September - October

Spain is a beautiful and relaxed country on the western coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastal breeze and varying terrain have supported an ideal climate year-round.  Mountainous regions in the North and the Pyrenees mountains which divide Spain and France (and don’t forget about Andorra) host ideal terrain for hikers and cooler weather. Meanwhile, the elevation levels off south of the mountains for perfect wine country, and a more arid sunny landscape. 

In all honestly, I don’t think there is any bad time to visit Spain! The coldest months are between November and March, but it’s a very wild cold (40-50F). The peak tourist season runs through the summer between May and September. During this time, you can expect to find larger crowds and higher prices as travelers soak up the summer heat. 

As with many European destinations, the shoulder seasons of April-May & September-October are ideal months to travel. You will experience smaller crowds, favorable weather, and lower prices. While we love meeting fellow tourists, we really love getting these magical places all to ourself!

Major Events In Spain

  • Semana Santa, multiple locations – Easter Week
  • San Fermin (Bull Run), Pamplona – July
  • Premiere Futbol League, multiple locations – August-May
  • La Tomatina (Tomato Fight), near Valencia – August
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