Oh Spain… how you dazzle us with architectural feats and artistic treats, enrich us with historic treasures and nourish us with sangria and tapas!
From charismatic cities full of boisterous bars and hip galleries, to sleepy villages dotted with run-down farmhouses and olive groves, Spain never fails to open up travellers’ eyes, minds and hearts.
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Spain tour reviews
Our Spain trips score an average of 4.7 out of 5 based on 195 reviews in the last year.
Explore Spain and Portugal , November 2016
I like the small groups, value for money and down to earth everyday type of experiences offered by Intrepid, also the company approach to care of the planet.
Review submitted 12 Dec 2016
Explore Spain and Portugal , November 2016
This Intrepid trip was excellent from start to finish. The itinerary was perfect! We spent at least two days in each place we visited and allowed us a lot of free time to explore at our own leisure and immerse ourselves in the beauty of Spain and Portugal. Our tour leader Marco did an excellent job at organising everything and making sure that things ran smoothly and thus were able to utilise our time well.
Review submitted 07 Dec 2016
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Spain travel highlights
Pick up some fresh produce in the markets of Valencia
Visit the Islamic-inspired fortress of Alhambra
Admire the mosques, temples, synagogues and churches of Cordoba
Laze the day away with plate after plate of tapas, or explore the glorious Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de Espana.
Precariously positioned at the edge of a cliff, Ronda is a charming medieval city with a view.
Costa de la Luz
This sunny coastline facing towards North Africa is studded with laid-back beach towns where you can do as much or as little as you like.
Granada’s 800 years as a Moorish capital is reflected in the city’s exceptional architectural heritage.
Even with all the historic palaces and gothic cathedrals, Barcelona remains a cutting-edge destination thanks to its bustling boulevards, pulsing nightlife and rustic Catalan cuisine.
This sleepy medieval town is famous as the home of the annual San Fermin Festival, popularly known as ‘The Running of the Bulls’.
With a history of wine-making dating back to the Middle Ages, Logrono is the perfect place to feast on tapas and sample the La Rioja wine region’s famous red.
This food-obsessed city in the heart of Basque country has so many Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s hard to know where to start. Pack your appetite.
Santiago de Compostela
A World-Heritage site and the final stop of the Camino de Santiago, this must-see city is packed with lively squares and markets.
Picos de Europa
Covering nearly 647 square kilometres, Picos de Europa is Spain’s second largest national park. Work up an appetite trekking through alpine landscapes before settling in for a hearty dinner.
Once an industrial city, Bilbao was revitalised after the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum and has since become a haven for architecture and design.
Transport in Spain
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Spain, you may find yourself travelling by:
Spain holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Spain
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Spain travel FAQs
Rounding up the bill or leaving spare change in restaurants should be sufficient when travelling in Spain. Feel free to tip more for good service, but this isn’t expected of you.
Internet access is good in Spain, and internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Spain. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Flushable toilets are the standard in Spain. Be aware that public toilets aren't as common in Spain as they are in some other countries.
Metro ticket = 1 Euro
Pastry = 3 Euro
Beer = 5 Euro
Simple meal in a café = 10 Euro
Drinking water from taps is considered safe in Spain, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Spain. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in Spain, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 6 Jan Epiphany
- 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 15 Aug Assumption of Mary
- 12 Oct Fiesta Nacional de España
- 1 Nov All Saints' Day
- 6 Dec Constitution Day
- 8 Dec Immaculate Conception
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Spain go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/spain/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Spain
- Be considerate of Spain’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.