The Kingdom of Spain is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on its southern and eastern sides, and by France, the Bay of Biscay, and Andorra to the north/northeast. Spain was the original global colonial empire, stretching its influence to the Americas to the point now where 500 million people speak its official language.
The country has a rich linguistic and cultural history as beautiful as its lively cities and natural landscapes. It is the nature of the Spaniards to live and work in a slow, relaxed atmosphere. This can come as a shock to foreigners, particularly tourists from the United States who are accustomed to fast-paced lifestyles. Taking your time and enjoying its sights in comfort are the best way to vacation in Spain!
Flights to Spain
There are many major international airports in Spain, with the largest and busiest of these being Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, Malaga, Gran Canaria, and Alicante. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas is the official name for the airport in Spain’s capital city. Since 1928, it has grown to be a central aviation hub in Europe.
Nearly 50 million foreign and domestic passengers flew to Madrid-Barajas in 2010 and 2011, with Iberia representing 60 percent of the airport’s flight traffic. Direct flights to Spain from the United States are available from American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, United, and Air Europa respectively. The international carrier list ranges from British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Norwegian, LAN Airlines, and SAS.
What to Do in Spain
With a plethora of attractions, you will not have time for a siesta on your vacation! Jump right into the fun by venturing through the streets of Madrid, a city famous for its upbeat nightlife scene (where parties begin at midnight) and dozens of museums.
Barcelona is another national favorite. An abundant supply of dance clubs and historic roads are bound to keep you on your toes! Daring tourists can try their luck with the Running of the Bulls. Those unwilling to risk their lives may lounge comfortably on the beaches of Costa del Sol.
Money Saving Tips for Your Trip to Spain
In comparison to most other Western European countries, the lodging rates in Spain are quite affordable. Hostel private rooms run about $45 per night, with budget hotels not too much higher. Food prices in the country are cheapest when the meals are from local vendors, while some of the fancier restaurants typically charge $30 for a plate. Take the city cetro and public bus line system instead of the Renfe train line to save cash. The Euro is Spain’s official currency and Spanish its primary spoken language, but English is commonly known in the country’s top tourist cities.
Find a great rate on a room for your stay in Spain by using Skyscanner’s free online hotel price comparison tool. With so much excitement and culture to soak in, you’ll want to have a sumptuous place to crash – for less – and enjoy a sublime Spanish sunset.
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