Spain

COUNTRY OVERVIEW AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Spain's capital city is Madrid and it's the EU's second largest country.  It has 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which is the 
3rd most significant number of sites in the world.  Read on to find out about these locations and more in beautiful Spain!

Welcome to Spain!

THE LAND OF THE SETTING SUN

This guide will take you through Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Some of the sites you can see in these beautiful cities include Barcelona's Gothic quarter and the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Madrid's famous Prado Museum and palace. Cordoba's Moorish architecture and its incredible Mezquita, Seville's Royal Alcazar and Granada's Alhambra. These are just a few of the fantastic sights to see in these cities; use the guide below to discover additional attractions, budget planning, maps, travel tips and more so you can plan your own trip to this fascinating country today! 

Practical Information

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CITIES IN THIS GUIDE

1.   BARCELONA

2.   MADRID

3.   SEVILLE

4.   CORDOBA

5.   GRANADA

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BARCELONA

MADRID

GENERAL INFORMATION

CAPITAL CITY: Madrid

CURRENCY: Euro

VOLTAGE: 230 V

LANGUAGE: Spanish

TIME ZONE: CEST - Central European Summer Time

TELEPHONE CODE: +34

COUNTRY EMERGENCY CODES:  112 (Fire), 112 (Medical), 112 (Police)

CORDOBA

SEVILLE

GRANADA

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Weather and When to Go  The months of the year that are considered the best to visit Spain are May, June, September and October.  During this time, you will miss the intense heat of July and August, plus the crowds that have flocked to the beach areas will have dissipated or have yet to arrive.  Spain enjoys a Mediterranean climate, meaning there are very hot days and balmy nights during July and August, with rain occurring from December to February.

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What to Pack When exploring the streets of Spain, it's best to dress casually during the day with comfortable shoes for walking the lovely cobblestoned streets.  The locals are well-dressed and have outfits that are well put together, so it's best to bring some dressier pieces for evenings out.  Maxi dresses, skirts, cardigans and shawls are all excellent options that can be mixed and matched.  Having a pashmina or shawl is also a great idea to throw over your shoulders if you'll be entering churches.  You can find a more comprehensive packing list here.

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Travel Insurance There will be no other item you take with you on any trip that will be more important than travel insurance. Even the best-planned trip can go wrong, and a great place to start is your own credit card. I purchased insurance for years before discovering that my credit card offered excellent protection for up to 15 days of International travel at no extra cost. You can also look at insurance through your bank or a company such as World Nomads, which has very reasonable prices for their coverage.  

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Safety  Spain is a very safe destination for solo female travellers.  Feel free to visit both large cities and small towns.  While Spain is not a country where serious crime is an issue, you must still be aware of pickpockets, especially around the metros and larger cities.  To keep yourself from becoming a victim of pickpockets, keep your bags zipped shut and close to your body.  Use RFID protectors for your credit and debit cards, and do not wear backpacks that are easily unzipped from behind.   

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Transportation Spain has an excellent transportation system, especially when considering the high-speed train that runs between the cities. The AVE (Alta Velocidad) is called the "fastest train in Europe." There are reliable modes of transport within each city as well.  The options are busses, subways, trams, taxis, bikes, rental cars and ride-sharing. At the time of writing, Uber and Cabify are only available in certain cities, so it's best to check the availability in the city you're travelling to. 

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Vaccines Some people are resistant to the idea of vaccines and medications, and that's understandable.  It's best to look into them with your doctor before travelling to see your potential exposure and make your own decision.  The suggested vaccines for adults travelling to Spain are Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.  The Hepatitis A vaccine's effectiveness will typically last for 25 years in adults, while Hepatitis B can last a lifetime when done in the proper succession.  In addition, to Hepatitis A and B, it is also suggested to have these common vaccines up to date, Chickenpox, Diphtheria, Flu, Measles - Mumps - Rubella, Polio and shingles.  During COVID, requirements about mandatory vaccination can change quickly, so be sure to check before you depart for your trip. 

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National Holidays If you're planning on visiting Spain during the holidays, it may result in the closure of museums, attractions and possibly some restaurants.  If there's a site you would like to see, it's best to check the website ahead of time to ensure it's open.  The dates below are Spain's national holidays celebrated across the country for 2022:

1.   New Years Day - January 1st

2.   Epiphany - January 6th

3.   Good Friday - April 15th

4.   Easter Sunday - April 17th

5.   Labour Day - May 1st

6.   Assumption of Mary - August 15th 

7.   National Day of Spain - October 12th

8.   All Saint's Day - November 1st

9.   Constitution Day - December 6th

10. Feast of Immaculate Conception - December 8th

11. Christmas Day - December 25th

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Entry Requirements The entry requirements for a country can change quickly and for numerous reasons, so be sure to check before you depart.  Currently, if you reside in Canada, your passport is required to enter Spain, and it must be valid for three months beyond the date you will be travelling.  If you're staying longer than 90 days, you will also need a visa.  In addition, COVID restrictions can change rapidly; be sure to check the requirements when planning to visit.  

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Budgeting  for Spain

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? - A trip to this beautiful country will cost the average traveller about €119 a day, making it a destination that falls in the mid-price range.  This section will outline what to expect in terms of cost for hotels, transportation, attractions, & food.  Use the budget planner in this section to see if Spain is a feasible destination for your next adventure. 

SPAIN COSTS THE AVERAGE

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TRAVELLER €119 PER DAY

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BUDGET TRAVEL

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION IN SPAIN - In 2020, the average cost of a stay at a budget hotel or hostel was in the price range of €21 to €42.

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR BUDGET TRAVEL TO SPAIN - The average per person per day for accommodation, transit, attractions and meals would be around €47.  You will have to omit some of the pricier admission fees to stay within this budget or splurge on one or two days to see the attractions on your wish list.

MID- PRICE RANGE TRAVEL

MID RANGE ACCOMMODATION IN SPAIN - In 2020, the cost of mid-range accommodation was approximately €53 - €105 per night.   

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR MID-PRICE RANGE TRAVEL TO SPAIN - The average per person per day for accommodation, transit, attractions, and meals would be around €119.  This would allow for entrance to most attractions and a combination of meals in restaurants, fast food and street vendors. 

LUXURY TRAVEL

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN SPAIN - Accommodation in the luxury price range will land you a hotel in a great location in the centre of the major cities.  In 2020, the cost of luxury accommodation was approximately €131 - €262 or more per night.

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR LUXURY TRAVEL TO SPAIN - The average per person per day for accommodation, transportation, attractions, and meals would be around €308.  This would allow for entrance to all attractions and sit-down meals in restaurants or cafes.

Resources for Booking

These are the sites I rely on most often for booking hotels and checking reviews.   Booking.com is my go-to site, where I have booked over 70 hotel stays.  Airbnb is also a great option when booking homestays, and Trip Advisor will help verify reviews for any hotel bookings, attractions and tours.   

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COST OF MEALS

The average cost of food per person per day can range from €13 to €79 or more.  To keep food costs down, it's a great idea to have a fixed price menu at lunch; eating a larger lunch for a reasonable price (around €12 to €15) then eating lighter at dinner when prices are higher will help keep costs down.  It's also advisable to look for restaurants where the locals eat.  Not only will costs be lower, but typically the food will be tastier.  

COST OF ATTRACTIONS 

The average cost per day for attractions in Spain is €9 to €50, but there are many free things to do also.  For example, there are free walking tours in major cities across the country.  To enjoy views over the city in Barcelona, hike up to Montjuic Castle.  In Granada, watch the sunset over the Mountains from Plaza San Nicolas.  If you're looking for free museums, try searching the city you're visiting.  For example, the Prado in Madrid is free in the evenings.  

COST OF TRANSPORTATION 

The average cost of transportation in Spain is approximately €8.80 to €53 or more per day.  These costs are for travel within the city.  On the lower end, you will be using buses, trams, and the metro, while those with a higher budget for transportation can take advantage of taxis or hired cars.  These prices do not reflect travel between cities by rail, bus or flight.  Those prices are highly variable depending on the mode and class of transportation you choose.  

BUDGET PLANNER This free budget template will help you plan everything from hotel and airfare to transportation, attractions and more! If you would like more free planning templates, click here!  

Things to See & Do

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BARCELONA ATTRACTIONS 

1.  SAGRADA FAMILIA  -  Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous masterpieces created by Antoni Gaudi.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Construction began in 1882 and is reaching its final phases with estimates for a completion date of sometime in 2026.  TIPS FOR PHOTOS:  The best light through the stained-glass windows is in the late afternoon.  TOP TIP:  Buy tickets online for a timed entry as the queues outside are incredibly long.  The best time to book for is opening time on the weekdays.

2.  GOTHIC QUARTER -  Barcelona’s ‘Gothic Quarter,’ east of La Rambla, has plazas, medieval streets, grand mansions, and monuments still present from the Golden Age.  There are several restaurants, bars and cafes in the area to stop and appreciate the sites around you—many of the buildings in the Gothic quarter date to the 15th century and even earlier. 

3.  CASA BATLLO Casa Batllo is a must-see Gaudi masterpiece! In 2005, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The facade is decorated with broken ceramic tiles called trencadis. The top of the building looks like the scaly-back of a dragon slithering across the roof in beautiful vibrant colours.  

4.  LA PEDRERA - Formally called Casa Mila - La Pedrera is one of the best examples of Antoni Gaudi's work and was built between 1906 and 1912. In 1984, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Pedrera consists of two buildings housing 20 apartments structured around two courtyards and free of load-bearing walls. The construction technique means that large openings in the facades allowed light into the homes, and it also meant the residents could change their floor plans without worry about affecting load-bearing walls.  TIP: Queues tend to be quite long to enter, so it's best to plan your visit for the early morning 

5.  MERCADO DE LA BOQUERIA  - The Mercat de la Boqueria is one of Europe’s most vibrant and well-stocked produce markets.  Wander up and down the aisles and grab a bite to eat, or get some great photographs of Spanish cuisine.

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6. PARK GUELL - Park Güell was created in 1900 when Count Eusebi Guell bought a hillside property and brought on Antoni Gaudi to create a garden for the wealthy of Barcelona. The total area is 17 hectares and is located on Carmel Hill.  Inside the park, you will find green spaces, mosaic terraces, winding paths and numerous sculptures. 

7.  CIUTADELLA PARK - The park was built in 1877, and for decades it was the city's only green space. It is 70-acres, and the grounds include the Palau del Parlament, museums, a large lake and the city zoo.

8.  LAS RAMBLAS - Las Ramblas is a 1.2 km long tree-lined pedestrian street. Take a stroll from one end to the other and check out the shops, restaurants and street performers. La Rambla is the boundary between the Barri Gotic and El Raval neighbourhoods. 

9. MUSEU NACIONAL D'ART DE CATALUNYA - The National Art Museum of Catalonia is situated on Montjuïc hill in a building dating back to 1929. There is an outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings inside. If you don't have time to go through the museum you should, at the very least, go to the top of the hill and see the city from above.

10. BARCELONA CATHEDRAL -  The construction of the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona began in 1298 and continued for over 150 years in three different stages.  Each year, three million visitors get to experience the magnificent Gothic art, Gothic and Baroque altarpieces, the baptistery, and the marvellous choir.  TIP:  head up to the roof for bird’s-eye views of the medieval city.   

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MADRID ATTRACTIONS

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1.  ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID -  The Royal Palace of Madrid is the largest functioning royal Palace and the largest by floor area in Europe. It has 135,000 square meters of floor space and 3,418 rooms! It is the official residence of the Spanish royal family but only used for state ceremonies. Every year it welcomes almost 2 million visitors to discover its works of art and unique treasures. 

2.  PLAZA DE ORIENTE -  This beautiful plaza is located in Madrid's historic centre and is surrounded by two of Madrid's most important buildings; The Royal Theatre and the Royal Palace.  Plaza de Oriente is a beautiful place to go for a stroll through the grid arrangement of the central gardens, which have hedges, gardens, and cypress trees.  There are two other gardens in the exterior part of the square; the Cabo Noval and the Lepanto Gardens. 

 

3.  CALLE GRAND VIA  Gran Via ("Great Way") is a beautiful street with remarkable architecture and is considered one of the city's most important shopping areas.  Several shopping centres and hotels line the boulevard, and the whole area is a showcase of early 20th-century revival architecture.  

4.  MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL - This wholesale food market which is a gastronomic and visual delight has been open for more than 100 years and today is one of the world's leading food markets.  Visitors can experience all the incredible flavours Spain has to offer in this one location.  You will find the freshest fish, Mediterranean rice dishes, incredible cheeses, Iberian ham and so much more.  Not only can you purchase ingredients to prepare your own dishes but you can also dine on high-quality tapas and pub fare so be sure to bring your appetite!       

5.  EL RETIRO PARK - El Retiro is one of the largest parks in Madrid.  It was designed and built between 1630 and 1640, at which time it belonged to the Spanish Monarchy.  It became a public park in the late 19th-century, and today, its 118 hectares is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In El Retiro, you will find monuments, lakes, galleries, statues and beautiful buildings.  Visitors can enjoy bike riding, hikes, puppet shows, and yoga, as well as grabbing a snack at the stands that have food to purchase. 

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6.  PALACIO DE CIBELES - Palacio de Cibeles is a must see!  It was completed in 1919 and combined elements of North American monumental style with both Renaissance and Gothic touches.  The palace was opened to the public in 2011, and today, visitors can explore the interior to admire the stunning architecture, have dinner on the terrace, view exhibitions, attend events in the grand hall, or visit the library.  There is also a public lounge area to use wifi.      

7.  MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO -  Open to the public since 1819, Museo Nacional del Prado is the largest art museum in Spain and one of the great art galleries in the world.  Housed within the walls of Prado are the likes of Goya, Velázquez, Carravaggio and Albrecht Durer, to name a few.  The museum contains more than 700 sculptures and 8,600 paintings.  TIPS: (1) If you are an art lover, you should plan for at least half a day here. (2) The queues are long, so book online to avoid the line-ups. 

8.  CAIXA FORUM MADRID -  The Caixa Forum, which opened in 2008, is a museum and cultural centre.  It is an architectural innovation in which the building appears to hover above the ground.  Next to the building, there is a four-storey hanging vertical garden. 

9.  CATEDRAL DE LA ALMUDENA -  Almudena Cathedral is designed in the neo-Gothic style with a Latin cross plan, a central nave and two lateral naves.  Construction began in 1883 but wasn't finished until a hundred years later.  In 1993, Almudena was consecrated and dedicated by Pope John Paul II on one of his trips to Spain.  When visiting the cathedral, you will see the temple interior, the crypt, the museum and the dome.  The area popular with visitors is the chapel of the Virgin, which has a staircase where you can see the Virgin up close.

10. PLAZA MAYOR -  Plaza Mayor's beautifully coloured buildings, and striking frescos, make this one of the grandest plazas in Madrid.  It should not be missed!  This enormous esplanade opened in 1620 and, over the years, has been the location of many events from fiestas and theatre productions to bullfights and even executions.  Today, the square is lined with many shops, bars and restaurants.

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CORDOBA ATTRACTIONS

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Spain Maps

In this section, you will find a collection of Google Maps of the must-see sights in Spain.  In addition, there are attraction site plans and other map-type literature collected during my time in Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada.  DISCLAIMER: I did not make the attraction maps provided here; they were obtained at the sites visited. 

BARCELONA ATTRACTION MAPS  

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MADRID ATTRACTION MAPS  

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CORDOBA ATTRACTION MAPS  

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SEVILLE ATTRACTION MAPS

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GRANADA ATTRACTION MAPS

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Spain Itinerary

Planning Templates

12 DAY ITINERARY FOR SPAIN  -  This Itinerary features three days in Barcelona, three days in Madrid, two days in Cordoba, two days in Seville, two days in Granada plus train travel time between each city.  I often opt for car rental over any other form of transportation to explore a county, but there is something to be said about "taking the train in Spain."  Since this itinerary is already quite busy with five cities, taking the train will get travellers from one city to another quickly and efficiently.  

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A night to remember. Fresh cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.

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DAY 7 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO CORDOBA IN THE A.M.

See the Google Map for CORDOBA Points of Interest Here!

  • Take the train to Cordoba in the AM - The ride is 1hr & 49min

  • Start your tour around Cordoba at the Torre De Calahorra

  • Walk over the 1st century Roman Bridge of Cordoba

  • Admire the Renaissance Gate - Puerta del Puente

  • Visit the beautiful Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

DAY 8 -  EXPLORE CORDOBA 

  • You can't miss a visit to the Mezquita of Córdoba

  • Wander through the Jewish Quarter - Juderia de Cordoba

  • See the Peurta de Almodovar gate

  • End the day admiring the Plaza de las Tendillas

DAY 9 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO SEVILLE IN THE A.M.

See the Google Map for SEVILLE Points of Interest Here!

  • Take the train to Seville in the AM - The ride is about 45 minutes

  • Head to the beautiful Plaza de España

  • Visit Europe's oldest palace - the Royal Alcazar of Seville

  • Admire the 3rd largest Cathedral in the world - Catedral de Seville

  • Climb to the top of the Giralda tower to get views over the city

DAY 10 - EXPLORE SEVILLE

  • Visit the Palace House of Condesa de Lebrija

  • Roam the pedestrianized area of Calle Sierpes for shops and food

  • Admire the intense Baroque architecture of Chapel of San José

  • Walk around Plaza del Salvador

  • See Seville's main square - Plaza de San Francisco

  • Wander by this delicately ornamented building - Confiteria Filella

DAY 11 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO GRANADA IN THE A.M.

See the Google Map for GRANADA Points of Interest Here!

  • Take the train Granada in the AM - The ride is about 2hr & 22 mins

  • Explore the incredible palace and fortress of Alhambra

  • Wander the streets of the Albaicin and its white-washed houses

  • Eat at El Huerto de Juan Ranas for beautiful views of Granada

  • Visit Plaza de San Nicolás to see the activity of the locals at sunset

DAY 12 - EXPLORE GRANADA

  • Visit the Monasterio de San Jerónimo with its colonades and frescos.

  • Enjoy the palm trees lining Plaza Romanilla

  • See the fourth largest Cathedral in the world - Granada Cathedral

  • Admire the Isabelline-style Capilla Real attached to the Cathedral

  • Walk around the pretty Plaza Isabel La Catolica 

  • Enjoy a meal in a restaurant lining Plaza de Bib-Rambla

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A night to remember. Fresh cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.

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DAY 1 - EXPLORE BARCELONA

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  • Take the Telefèric del Port across the harbour (cable car)

  • Check out the aquarium with the revolving floor and shark tunnel

  • Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

  • Explore Museu d'Història to see the ruins of Barcelona 

  • See the Cathedral of Barcelona

  • Step into the vibrant Mercado de La Boqueria for a bite to eat

  • Watch the world go by in Plaça Reial 

  • See the incredible Güell Palace - A mansion by Antoni Gaudi

DAY 2 - EXPLORE BARCELONA

  • Visit the stunning La Sagrada Familia

  • Head to Park Güell and spend a few hours exploring 

  • Wander the streets taking in the architecture.

DAY 3 - EXPLORE BARCELONA

  • Start the day with Antoni Gaudi's La Pedrera

  • Continue to the UNESCO site of Casa Batlló

  • Admire the Arc de Triomf

  • Roam through Ciutadella Park with its museums, zoo and lake

  • Head down Las Ramblas to shop, eat and see the street performers

  • See the fountains and architecture of Catalunya Museum

DAY 4 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO MADRID IN THE AM

See the Google Map for MADRID Points of Interest Here!

  • Train in the Am - Travel time is approximately 2hours & 30 minutes 

  • See the Royal Palace of Madrid

  • Walk across the way to the Plaza de Oriente

  • Check out the fantastic architecture of Calle Gran Via

  • Head over to the pedestrian-only street of Calle del Arenal

  • See the beautifully coloured buildings of Plaza Mayor  

  • Stop for a bite to eat in the Mercado de San Miguel

  • Stroll through the prettiest square in Barcelona - Plaza de la Villa

  • The sun setting behind Almudena Cathedral is post-card-worthy

 

DAY 5 - EXPLORE MADRID

  • See Plaza de Santa Ana and the vibrant buildings in the square

  • Stop in Puerta del Sol to see the cities most popular square

  • See the Metropolis building (and go back at night if you have time)

  • Palacio de Cibeles is a must-see building inside and out

  • See the Puerta de Alcalá (gate in the city)

  • Wander and enjoy the streets of Madrid

DAY 6 - EXPLORE MADRID

  • See the architecture of the Caixa Forum building

  • Check out the incredible art at the Museo Nacional del Prado

  • Visit the pretty little church of Iglesia de San Jerónimo el Real

  • Spend time relaxing and wandering around El Retiro Park

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Travel Tips

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Photography Tips From Antoni Gaudi's extraordinary architecture in Barcelona to views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Granada, there are plenty of objects and landscapes to keep your camera firing non-stop.  When photographing architecture, be sure to have a decent wide-angle lens plus a tripod if shooting inside, and it's permitted.  For buildings like the Sagrada Familia, which has a height of 566 feet, you will need to step back, even across the street, to capture the spires.  Fortunately, when you're photographing the landscapes, a wide-angle lens is also the best option, and if you don't like carrying around a lot of equipment, you could get away with just one lens for the entire trip. 

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Solo Travel Tips  Spain is an excellent destination for solo travellers.  In Barcelona, a food tour is a great way to indulge in the cuisine typical of all regions of the country.  When visiting any of the other main cities, try a walking tour to learn about the city's history, the landmarks and to familiarize yourself with your surroundings.  Some can't miss attractions are the Alhambra in Granada, the Alcazar in Seville and the Mezquita in Cordoba.  Oh, and don't miss out on a Flamenco show; they are mesmerizing! 

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Driving Tips  If you decide to drive instead of taking the train, you'll find that Spain is similar to driving in North America; most motorways and roads are well maintained, and you will be driving on the right side of the road.  You will need an International Drivers Permit, and thankfully it's easy to obtain.  In Canada, it is merely a matter of having a passport photo taken and either applying online or using a company such as CAA to provide you with the permit.  At the time of writing, it was $25 to obtain this licence through CAA.

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BudgetTips  I've mentioned travelling by train and using a car rental but if you're looking to save money taking the bus from one city to the next is an excellent cost-cutter. Of course, the travel times are longer, but the savings will be worth it. Another great budget tip is to eat as the locals do; eat a light breakfast, then a big lunch and a light dinner. The cost of lunch is cheaper in restaurants and cafes than it is at dinner. 

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Cuisine - Which Foods to try  Spanish cuisine is tasty! There are numerous dishes that you need to try, and thankfully tapas (small appetizer dishes) allows you to do so.  A few of the must-try tapas are Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with varying sauces depending on the restaurant), Gambas Al Ajillo (prawns served in a sizzling dish with olive oil, garlic and green chilli) and Pimientos de Padron (small green peppers fried in olive oil with sea salt)  One of the most popular main dishes is Paella which is typically made with rice, vegetables, chicken and seafood all served in one sizzling pan.  If you're looking for a tasty drink, you need to try Sangria which is red wine served with fruit and often other spirits as well.  

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Souvenirs and Keepsakes You can remember your time in Spain with some great keepsakes such as a paella pan, tapas cookware, scarves, pottery, and even a flamenco dress.  In addition to these great keepsakes, you can also bring home some wonderful edible souvenirs.  The most popular options are olive oil, Jamon Iberico (cured ham; be sure to check with customs that you can bring it into your country), Cava (Spanish sparkling wine), and finally saffron and paprika, which will help you recreate the tasty dishes you enjoyed while travelling the country.  

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No one wants a vacation to end, but when it does, it's always nice to have mementos of the unique experiences you had during the trip.  Mixbook is the ultimate way to share those memories with loved ones and look back and reminisce years down the road.  

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