|Palma de Mallorca||C$ 598|
More people book flights to Spain than almost anywhere else in the world. Only France gets more visitors. It’s such a fantastic destination, the biggest problem for travellers is how to cut it down to fit one’s time and interests. Whether to fly to the Green North or the sunny South? Museum-laden Madrid or buzzy Barcelona? Stunning Seville or gorgeous Granada?
The Spanish way of life might just surpass the architectural gems and natural wonders and be the top reason for booking a trip to Spain. Spaniards have a spirited approach to life, nobody else parties like them. A siesta in the middle of the day sets Spaniards up for a late dinner (about 10pm) and then dancing and bar hopping until dawn. Tapas, the little dishes served in bars, washed down by robust wines provide staying power for all-night revels.
There are plenty of opportunities to party – religious events such as Christmas, the Ephiphany (January 6), Semana Santa (Holy Week), and numerous saints festivals fill up the calendar along with the likes of San Fermin, the running of the bulls, and La Tomatina, the world’s biggest tomato fight.
For most of the year, Spain is warm in the south and temperate in the north, but it is very hot in July in August. Spring and fall are the nicest times to visit, although the Atlantic coast gets heavy rains in October and November. Winters can get very cold in Madrid and the country’s central highlands.
There really is no bad time to visit Spain. It’s a four-season destination.
Unsurprisingly, summer is peak season when most people take vacations to Spain. The weather is best, heat wise, and many cultural events take place then.
Spring and fall are great times to visit. The crowds in the standout cities of Barcelona, Seville and Granada have thinned out and the heat of summer has dissipated but temperatures are comfortable.
Spain has several international airports. Most travellers to Spain will land at Madrid Airport, but from there it is easy to get around. Iberia Airlines, Air Europa, Spanair and Air Nostrum all offer domestic flights.
Car rental is the best option for independent travel.
In the cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia there are metros, bus and tram services. For travelling around Spain by train, RENFE runs most of the railroads. There are good bus services around the country too. Most of the major routes are point to point and operate very frequently.
(prices quotes are from London)