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.

Our Spain trips

Spain tour reviews

Our Spain trips score an average of 4.68 out of 5 based on 182 reviews in the last year.

Explore Spain and Portugal , October 2016

Scott Ward

Explore Spain and Portugal , October 2016

Nathan de Souza

Articles on Spain

Spain travel highlights

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:

Underground subway train in Spain

Train

Spain’s trains are a reliable, fast and cost-effective way to travel around (and between) the cities. Many Intrepid trips in Spain incorporate rail travel, giving passengers the chance to take in the scenery and interact with locals and fellow travellers.

Madrid to Marrakech

Best of Spain

Highlights of Spain

Spain holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Spain

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Top 10 Must-Try Foods

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Spain

Health and Safety

Further reading

Spain travel FAQs

SPAIN:
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

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

Responsible Travel

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.

Performing on the streets of Barcelona

Top responsible travel tips for Spain

  1. Be considerate of Spain’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.