Besides of being a cheap destination, Spain has a lot to offer for its visitors. Its numerous sites registered in the UNESCO heritage and its charming beaches are just a glimpse of the reasons that make it an ideal vacation destination. Once you decide to go, the first question that comes to your mind is, "How to prepare a successful travel to Spain?”.
In this guide, we provide all the necessary information that will help you to organize your travel to Spain, as we did in our previous articles.
To answer the question "how to prepare your trip to Spain?" "We started by determining the right moment for your stay.
1. What is the best time to travel to Spain?
How can you prepare your travel to Spain without knowing the best time to go to enjoy it? The period between April and October is the best time to travel to Spain. But during July and August, the weather is too hot, and the country is too crowded with tourists who take advantage of the school holidays.
April, June, September, and October are therefore perfectly suited to enjoy both a mild climate (between 20 and 25 ° C) and absolute tranquility without the horde of tourists.
Once this question is resolved, let's move on to the next step in our Spain travel guide. It concerns the administrative procedures.
2. What’s the main procedure to take before your travel to Spain?
As we used to illustrate concerning visa procedures, the first thing to do is to see if you need a visa for your Spain travel or no. Spain is a member of the European Union, so if your country belongs to Schengen space, you don't need any visa, just a valid passport or a valid identity card.
However, nationals of other countries must contact the Spanish Consulate in their country to complete the necessary formalities. But let's not forget to talk about vaccines. This is also an important point when you are wondering how to prepare your travel to Spain.
2.2 Travel insurance
Make sure before your travel to Spain, to get a Spain travel insurance. To cover any unexpected incident, sickness, injury, theft, loss, or any other risk that could be covered by travel insurance.
The second part of our Spain travel guide talks about the essential travel tips for your travel to Spain.
For accommodation, there are several options when you wonder how to prepare your travel to Spain. Official or private youth hostels, wilderness camping, or official campsites and apartment rentals are solutions to save money.
Hostales and residencies are family establishments at more affordable prices than those of hotels from 1 to 5 stars. For some hotels, the prices are calculated according to the occupancy of the establishment; you can benefit from promotions on the internet.
To travel in Spain and get around the cities or just to move from a place to another for your daily tours. Spain, like many other European countries, possess different means of transportation, trains, plane, buses, taxis, subways, so you have many options to choose what suits you and your budget to get around and travel in Spain.
Food is cheap in Spain; you can get a sandwich for 4 to 12 $. A good restaurant will cost you about 15 $. If you order a varied dish (such as paella, drinks, and appetizers, it will cost you around 25 $.
You can get your food as well from fast food like McDonald's and Maoz that will cost you around 8 $.
Like all touristic countries, Spain is not immune to the presence of pickpockets, and other car robbers.
In hotels, but also in bars, restaurants, and taxis, there is a complaints book (Libro de quejas), approved by the city's fraud enforcement officers. In case of dispute, ask for this document, it often helps to solve problems, even if some unscrupulous traders refuse to give it under various pretexts!
Places to visit in Spain
When you think of Spain, you immediately imagine the beach and the sun. That is true! But that's not everything. Spain is also great for a city break and cultural visits.
Barcelona(Image: © vladan Bjelic/Unsplash)
The legendary city of Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan region, is the most visited in Spain. Its assets are not missing; it has to offer charming beaches, numerous museums, a pretty historical center, an active nightlife, as well as tapas bars not to be missed. And do not miss the wacky monuments built by the architect Antoni Gaudí!
While visiting Barcelona, don't forget to discover:
- La Sagrada Familia
- Park Güell
- Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, two buildings designed by Gaudí
- The Gothic Quarter
- La Rambla, emblematic avenue of Barcelona
- Montjuïc hill, where the Barcelona botanical garden is located, as well as the Olympic installations for the 1992 Olympics.
- Camp Nou, the legendary stadium of FC Barcelona.
Madrid(Image: © Spencer Davis/Unsplash)
The capital of Spain, Madrid is a must with its lively and energetic atmosphere that will delight everyone. Wandering the streets lined with restaurants in the evening, munching tapas in various bars, mingling with the Spanish youth who gather in the main squares. Madrid also has no shortage of places to discover; here are the ones considered to be the most interesting!
- The Palace of Cybele, for its magnificent architecture
- Madrid's Plaza Mayor
- The Royal Palace of Madrid
- Prado museum
- The sublime Retiro Park, one of the best landscaped in Europe!
El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve(Image: © Cristian Lopez/Unsplash)
Considered as one of the most beautiful landscapes in Spain. The ‘El Torcal de Antequera’ reserve contains impressive rock formations worthy of a miniature Grand Canyon. Created by millennia of erosion, these natural sculptures are obviously worth to visit.
The wild surroundings and the man who walks among these eroded rocks feels the power of nature and receives a good dose of humility. And with a little luck, you will even meet some ibexes frolicking in this landscape.
The Romans of Merida(Image: © Gunnar Ridderström/Unsplash)
It is the largest Roman archaeological site in Spain. A faithful representative of that bygone era, the Merida site that takes its name from the eponymous city can be visited with a pass sold for 14$. You will have access to the immense amphitheater, the ruins of a 2000-year-old theater, as well as all other constructions, allowing you to get a good idea of the lifestyle of the Spanish under Roman domination. The National Museum of Roman Art in Merida is also worth visiting.
Toledo(Image: © Greta Schölderle Møller/Unsplash)
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toledo is a charming city located south of Madrid. With its air of a city frozen in time, Toledo enjoys a rich architectural heritage, influenced by several civilizations. The result is a special atmosphere, varied and original buildings, and a particularly open-minded population. To do in Toledo:
- The Alcázar de Toledo
- The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo
- The Monastery of St. John of the Kings of Toledo
- The Santa María la Blanca synagogue
Ibiza(Image: © Pilar Camacho Álvarez/Unsplash)
Even though this island now has a rather bad reputation for party, alcohol, and lust, it has a lot to offer. Get away from the overcrowded South Coast of young Europeans who have come to have fun, and you will discover the real face of Ibiza.
It is an unspoiled island, whose 210 km of coastline bordered by beaches provides everyone with a pleasant moment of relaxation. Travel along its coastal paths, discover its typical villages and take the time to explore old Ibiza, one that is listed as a World Heritage Site.
These were only some places from a long list of beautiful places not to miss when you travel to Spain.
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Originally published on Live Positively.