About Spain

by SmarterTravel Staff
Madrid, Spain (Photo: John Wang)

Spain's cultural and geographic diversity provide ample opportunities for visitors to experience something extraordinary. Mediterranean beaches and mountainous terrain offer tourists the chance to get outdoors, while major cities supply travelers with the option to enjoy artistic attractions, sample native cuisine, or party down.

Outdoors enthusiasts of all sorts can find something to do, whether they prefer hiking, sunbathing, or hang-gliding. The beaches of Spain are perfect for soaking up the rays or for swimming in the sea. For example, Playa de la Concha, in Basque Country, is one of the most popular spots for travelers and locals alike. The Pyrenees Mountains, meanwhile, offer rugged terrain and scenery that make this area popular for hikers and adventure sports fans.


Spain's cities are filled with excitement and cultural attractions. Barcelona offers a look into the past with its pedestrian streets, enchanting squares, and traditional festivals. The nightlife in Madrid is exceptional, and tourists will want to take advantage of the midday siesta to experience the late-night happenings, such as eating tapas or dancing into the early morning. Other cities offer their own unique customs, such as the running with the bulls in Pamplona or flamenco dancing in Seville.

Flights to Spain may land at more than forty national airports, including Barcelona Airport, Seville Airport, or the country's busiest, Madrid Barajas International Airport.

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