It was the birthplace of Picasso, the home of Dali, and the setting of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest work ...
One doesn’t have to look hard at Spain to see it as a land of beauty and aesthetics. It’s in everything from the nation’s rolling country hills to its sun-soaked beaches. The galleries of Barcelona may be full of world-class art, but the views of Alhambra Palace with its mountain backdrop capture just as much imagination. At Segonia, Spain’s art history goes back to Roman times, and in the Cave of Altamira, even to the Palaeolithic age.
Spain travel highlights
Home to Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia, Barcelona has rightly earned itself a reputation as one of Europe’s most loved cities. Take the time to stroll the medieval Gothic Quarter or see the quirky artwork scatted along the waterfront.
Encounter the city’s Moorish architectural heritage then experience the grandeur of the lavish Alhambra palace. Granada is an excellent place to catch a flamenco show or while away the evening at a tapas bar.
This Andalusian city is home to the Mezquita – a mosque containing an internal cathedral – that demonstrates the complex mingling of Muslim, Jewish and Christian influences.
Whether it’s wandering through Maria Luisa Park or visiting the colourful Plaza de Espana, Seville is a treat to explore by foot. Finish a day of sightseeing with a bite of local tapas.
Perched on the edge of an inland plateau, Ronda also happens to be one of Spain’s oldest villages. The picturesque gorge connecting the two parts of town is a must-see.
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Spain tour reviews
Our Spain trips score an average of 4.58 out of 5 based on 66 reviews in the last year.
Essence of Spain, June 2018
Marilyn & Eric Angel
Essence of Spain was a wonderful experience. Travelling in a small group was very enjoyable and having multiple nights in each place made it much more relaxing. The hotels were exceptional and very close to the city centre made everything very accessible in our free time. Whilst there were a couple of long travelling days, the countryside was interesting and diverse especially when we left the motorway and stopped in smaller places. Our tour guide Elena was excellent and we enjoyed some interesting and fun times together with the group. Highly recommended.
Review submitted 16 Jul 2018
Essence of Spain, June 2018
A well organized tour that highlights the historical, cultural, architecture of each city visited. Saw and experienced much more than was expected in the short time available. The urban tour suggestions were timely and we took advantage of two the day before our tour started.
Review submitted 29 Jun 2018
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Spain travel FAQs
- Australia: No - Not required
- Belgium: No - Not required
- Canada: No - Not required
- Germany: No - Not required
- Ireland: No - Not required
- Netherlands: No - Not required
- New Zealand: No - Not required
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: No - Not required
- UK: No - Not required
- USA: No - Not required
Tipping is common practice in Spain. Leave small change at bars and for taxis, a Euro or two for meals, or between 5-10% at upmarket restaurants.
You’ll have good internet access in Spain except in some remote areas.
You’ll have mobile coverage in major cities and towns, but service may be patchy in remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Spain has Western-style toilets but few public toilets.
- Metro ticket = 1 Euro
- Pastry = 3 Euro
- Beer = 5 Euro
- Simple meal in a café = 10 Euro
Drinking tap water is considered safe in Spain. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card in the usual place in Spain.
ATMs are very common in Spain.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.ATMs are very common in Spain.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Spain/public-holidays
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