Spain is like a dream come true. For many, it is associated with good wine, good food, music and sunshine. A trip to Spain would be incomplete without a generous dose of all of these things, but it is so much more than that! Each region of this beautiful country has its own charm and deserves to be discovered. Explore the picturesque villages along the coast of Andalusia, experience the beauty of Barcelona or take in the history and art of the dynamic capital Madrid.
In Barcelona, your eyes won’t be big enough to see everything. Take some time to discover the gems of modern architecture. Antoni Gaudí reigns supreme as Barcelona’s most famous architect. You will stumble upon many examples of his creations throughout the city. Do not miss the mythical Sagrada Familia, the imposing cathedral left unfinished by Gaudí and scheduled for completion in 2026, as well as the colorful Park Güell. For shopping, there is nothing better than the stores and kiosks of Las Ramblas, a lively shopping street that runs from Plaça de Catalunya to Port Vell. Without leaving the city, you can also sunbathe at La Barceloneta and then jump aboard a cable car to the top of Montjuïc. The view from this location is truly breathtaking!
It's no secret that Spain knows how to party! If you want to dance the night away, Ibiza is the place to go. This small Mediterranean island is a haven of peace by day and vibrates to the rhythms of popular nightclubs after sunset. The world's most famous DJs take turns to entertain the frenetic parties that Ibiza is famous for. Take a ferry to Majorca to regain your energy after a few days of celebration. Relax on idyllic beaches and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful island in the Balearic archipelago.
Spaniards enjoy life, and food is at the heart of their culture. Whether you are in Madrid or in a tiny village on the coast, you can’t go wrong with local food… but of course tapas are the highlights. These typical Spanish dishes are a social as well as a culinary experience. People gather around a large table and share tapas with a glass of wine in hand. In the Valencia region, paella is also a must. Don't forget about Spain’s late mealtimes. Dinner is normally served around 9 or 10 p.m. It will seem strange to you at first but you will soon get used to it!
Every year, thousands of travelers come to northern Spain to follow a few hundred pilgrims walking the ancient roads. There are several routes in France and Spain, which meet up and end at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. However, many walkers choose to do only one segment of this ambitious trek. For some, it is a personal challenge; for others, a true religious pilgrimage. One thing is certain, this is a unique experience that you will not soon forget. Remember, it is essential to prepare mentally and physically for the challenge!
In Andalusia, particularly in the enchanting city of Seville, it is essential to experience the art of flamenco. Spend the evening in one of the region’s many tablaos. A tablao is a music venue specifically created to host flamenco shows. You will be able to admire the fluid and powerful movements of the dancers accompanied by the Spanish guitar. Sign up to one of the introductory flamenco classes at a specialized school for a true immersive experience!
The country's official currency is the Euro (EUR).
You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Spain are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.
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