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SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE

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SPAIN

 

Why Travel to Spain?


Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, located in the Southwest part of Europe. Looking at the map of Spain we can see that it is divided into 50 provinces and 17 autonomous regions each of them with their own unique charm and different experiences to offer visitors on holidays. There are four different languages that are spoken in the Kingdom of Spain: Catalan/Valencian (In Catalonia, Valencia, and on the Balearic Islands), Galician (In Galicia), Castilian Spanish (All over Spain), Basque (In the Basque Country).

It is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for things to do, according to the high number of visitors that travel to this country due to its rich gastronomy, history, culture, and wide diversity of stunning landscapes. From snowcapped mountains like the Sierra Nevada in the Pyrenees, to beautiful white sandy beaches on the coastal areas like the Costa Brava (in Catalonia, near Barcelona), Costa del Sol (in Andalusia, Malaga province), Mallorca IslandCanary Islands...

Gastronomy of Spain

One of the main highlights that draw travellers to visit Spain is the Gastronomy, it is so varied changing the type of food and wines in each region! In this country, traditional recipes are kept for generations, such as Paella in ValenciaPulpo à Feira (Octopus Galician Style) in Galicia, and Cocido Madrileño in Madrid besides other delicacies worth tasting when you are visiting these beautiful regions. For all these reasons, it is possible to go on a gastronomic tour of Spain and be both satisfied and surprised. Wherever you travel, you'll find finger-licking good food in the area!

Our 4 Best places to visit Spain


There is an area of Spain known as "Green Spain" including the regions of Galicia, AsturiasCantabria, and The Basque Country) in Northern Spain. Called this because of its beautiful, lush nature and high range of outdoor activities like coastal walks, mountain trekking trails, etc.

Important routes pass through this part of Spain, such as the Camino de Santiago (Pilgrimage Way of St. James). Immersing yourself into the beautiful greenery of the Peaks of Europe exploring the small villages slowing down to taste the local cuisine; Cabrales cheesecidermeats, etc. Then enjoy all along the whole coast from the Basque Country offering Michelin-starred cuisine, all the way to the Rias Baixas of Galicia with some of the best seafood in the world found in colourful little fishing villages! Moreover, some of the best wine tours in Spain and the world are in this region!

In the Southern part of Spain, Andalusia has a sunnier climate and historical landmark cities like Seville, Cordoba, Granada, etc. You will be wondered by the mix of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim history and architecture! Can´t miss out on a traditional flamenco show, spend a day visiting an organic farm tasting Spanish Olive oil, stop at a “toros” bull farm, or try the Spanish “Jamon” cured ham. Even going on one of the great wine tours in Spain tasting the sherry wines of Jerez, and... the list goes on and on!

Valencia is a must for foodies wanting to try the real Valencian Paella, even learn how to make it with a Valencian Chef on a hands-on cooking class! The Valencia Las Fallas Festival a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph attracts visitors worldwide during March every year. This stretch of coastline has magnificent beaches to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea.

Follow the footsteps of the conquistadores in Extremadura visiting places like Trujillo, Caceres, Mérida, etc. Places where you can also discover surprising traditional food on one of the best gastronomic tours in Spain.

The Popular Wine Regions of Spain

For adding some wine tasting to your holiday in Spain, you cannot go wrong choosing some of Spain´s wine regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedes, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Rias Baixas, Jerez, Utiel-Requena, Priorat, Bierzo...

Did you know that Spain is the country with the most vines in the world? 11,800 square kilometres to be exact of vineyards in Spain. Some of the grape varieties that can be found here in the wine regions of Spain are Tempranillo, Albariño, Godello, Mencia, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo, Garnacha, or Verdejo among many others. That´s why wine tours in Spain are so famous!

We can’t forget the lands of Castile & Leon and La Mancha… The windmills and wines of La Mancha, Salamanca´s amazing old quarter & cathedrals, and other historic towns like Segovia, Avila, Toledo, etc.

It is hard, to sum up, all the things to do in Spain in one description! You will just have to come and travel to Spain for yourself to experience everything first-hand!

Our experts in gastronomic tours in Spain have chosen the best tour operators offering tours with food, wine, and walking holidays in Spain. You can check our full list of top food tours to Spain and recommended boutique hotels in the sections of this Spain travel destination guide.

Capital of Spain: Madrid
Population: 47,519,628

 
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RECOMMENDED TOURS, EXPERIENCES & TASTINGS

Our top 10 best tours, experiences & tastings in the destination selected by our experts. Slow Way Food Tours, Green Walking Holiday and Exclusive Food & Wine Tours/Tastings.

 
 
 
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Safari 4x4 on Serra da Groba where the Galician...

 

Join a guided wild horse safari around A Groba Hill in Baiona, Galicia, Spain. Led by an experienced local horse expert who will take you on a journey to discover the beauty of wild horses and their behaviour in their natural habitat...

 

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Vigo Food Tour to Eat Your Way along the City...

 

On this Vigo food tour, our foodie guide will take you on a food walk through the streets of the new and old parts of the city centre. There is no better way to discover vigo than walking and eating as the local Vigueses do!

 

  

 
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Short Break to Inland Galicia: Discovering the...

 

On this short break to inland Galicia you will discover Inland Galicia, an unknown land full of legends. You will explore some of the main wine areas of Galicia: Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra and many other surprises.

 

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Galician Cooking, Food and Wine Tour Short Break...

 

A special gastronomic journey in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. Learn Galician cooking, explore historic monuments, and visit local markets. Includes culinary visits, a winery tour, and dining in hand-picked restaurants. Savour Galician flavours, from seafood to Albariño wines.

 

  

 
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Baiona Gourmet Food Tour

 

On this gourmet food tour, you will discover tasty tapas in Baiona while visiting the best bars and restaurants in the Old Town. Your Food & Wine Guide will meet you outside the new Tourist Office. An excellent option for those who would like a lunch or dinner tasting various Galician fine wines paired with delicious, freshly made tapas.

 

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Galician Seafood Cooking Class and Ferry Boat...

 

Visit Galicia starting from the wonderful city of Vigo on this Cooking like a Galician Tour combined with a ferry boat trip across Vigo Bay where you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and dramatic coastline. Get to know the Galician gastronomy and culture in a cooking class led by a local chef with fresh products from the area.

 

  

 
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Walk the Coastal Camino Way & Beyond in Baiona,...

 

During our virtual live-streaming camino walk we will follow part of the Portuguese Coastal Way coming into the noble seaside village of Baiona, Galicia, Spain. The Coastal Camino Way is the third most frequent pilgrimage way of Saint James with 52,746 pilgrims during 2023...

 

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A Slow Camino: Food & Walking Adventure on...

 

Walk the beautiful Portuguese Coastal Way tackling the last 150 km of it from Oia to Santiago de Compostela. As well as enjoying beautiful coastal and typical Galician countryside scenery you’ll be samping the local gastronomy along the way...

 

  

 
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  960,00 euros 
 

A Gastronomic & Nature Short Break in Baiona,...

 

Experience the Rias Baixas region in Galicia with this wonderful short break in Baiona, enjoy excellent food and wine while immersing yourself in nature and local culture. Taste delicious seafood paired with local wines, and have fun on a safari of Serra da Groba admiring wild horses!

 

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Culinary Short Break to Barcelona: Cooking Class ...

 

Enjoy a culinary, food and wine short break to Barcelona. Learn how to prepare signature Spanish dishes in a traditional cooking workshop. Then the next day an excursion to the world renowned Penedes wine region for a wine tasting & vineyard tour.

 

  

 
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TOP RESTAURANTS

The best places to eat selected by our foodie experts in the food destinations we cover.

 
 
 
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Baiona Gourmet Food Tour

 

On this gourmet food tour, you will discover tasty tapas in Baiona while visiting the best bars and restaurants in the Old Town. Your Food & Wine Guide will meet you outside the new Tourist Office. An excellent option for those who would like a lunch or dinner tasting various Galician fine wines paired with delicious, freshly made tapas.

 

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140,00 euros  
 

Galician Seafood Cooking Class and Ferry Boat...

 

Visit Galicia starting from the wonderful city of Vigo on this Cooking like a Galician Tour combined with a ferry boat trip across Vigo Bay where you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and dramatic coastline. Get to know the Galician gastronomy and culture in a cooking class led by a local chef with fresh products from the area.

 

  

 
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Short Break to San Sebastián, Basque Country:...

 

San Sebastián is a city well-known for its gastronomy and beautiful beaches. With our short break to San Sebastián you’ll enjoy a pintxos tour, market visit, cooking class and time to relax in this luxurious coastal city.

 

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Spa & Gourmet Flavors Experience at Hotel...

 

Unwind and taste the excellent Galician Gastronomy with a Spa & Gourmet Flavors Experience at Hotel Bienestar Moaña!

 

  

 
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RECOMMENDED HOTELS

Our travel experts have researched the best hotels in the destinations we cover. Stay in unique accommodations from modern city centre hotels to wine country manor house with amazing food & wine. If you can not find a suitable option just let our experts know and we will suggest something different for you.

 
 
 
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Hotel Bienestar Moaña

 

Enjoy a memorable stay in the beautiful fishing village of Moaña, Galicia, Spain at the best hotel on the O Morrazo Peninsula, Hotel Bienestar Moaña! This 4* hotel is in the town centre, a great location for exploring the wonderful beaches, nature trails scattered around the hills, and popular places to taste the excellent local Galician gastronomy.

 

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Parador de Santiago de Compostela - Reis Catolicos

 

Mixture of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and an emblem of Santiago.

 

  

 
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Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa

 

Inspiring, Avant-garde, Sophisticated. Grand Boutique and Spa Nagari Hotel 5* has been designed combining style and comfort with all the services that every five star hotel requires. Opened in 2010, Gran Nagari Hotel devotes much of its facilities to use and enjoy the Spa and other amenities designed to the welfare and revitalization of all guests.

 

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Eco Hotel Señorío de Nande

 

If you are looking for the perfect accommodation in a relaxing natural environment, Nande Hotel is what you have been looking for. Rest, unwind from the bustle of the city, enjoy outdoor activities in contact with nature, or explore through flavors the gastronomy that As Neves and the area has to offer.

 

  

 
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Hotel Monumento San Francisco

 

One of the best spots to stay in Santiago just a short walk to the Cathedral and easily accessible. The hotel is housed in the Convent of San Francisco, which dates back to the year 1214, and located in Santiago de Compostela’s historic city centre, only 150 metres from the Cathedral.

 

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Parador de Baiona

 

Within the walled enclosure of Monte Real protected by the sea and flanked by a pine wood, the Parador de Baiona rises up in a privileged location. Regal drawing rooms with decorative features from other ages form a distinguished interior in which the spectacular stone staircase of the entrance hall stands out.

 

  

 
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Hotel Boutique Las Casas de la Judería Córdoba

 

This fantastic hotel, just 200 metres from Cordobas Mosque-Cathedral was built showing maximum respect for the buildings architecture and history

 

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Hotel Miró

 

Hotel Miró Bilbao, Contemporary Hotel opposite the Guggenheim. Located between the Guggenheim Museum and the Museo de Bellas Artes.

 

  

 
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Parador de Vilalba

 

This impressive medieval Galician tower, today a Parador, dominates the urban and rural landscape of this town in Lugo...

 

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Parador de Cangas de Onis

 

According to tradition, King Alfonso I `The Catholic` constructed this building on 746, and the excavations carried out at the start of the refurbishing work to turn it into a Parador de Turismo confirm this idea.

 

  

 
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