Spain: Travel Tips

Barcelona’s distinguished design tradition, grounded in the works of native son Anton Gaudi, informs every aspect of life in this stylish Catalan city. In Madrid, the Prado Museum and the Plaza Mayor offer a glimpse of Spain’s glorious history as a preeminent European power. And the Alcazar Palace of Seville bespeaks the eight centuries of Moorish rule that left an indelible mark on the arts and sciences of the Iberian peninsula.

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Getting To Spain

April offers a variety of Spanish fiestas, while May and October bring warm, dry weather. May and October are great times to explore Spain; the days are longer and cooler than in the hot summer months. April is an exciting time to visit, with the entire country celebrating the fiesta of Semana Santa (Holy Week).

June through August bring many tourists, especially Europeans, as well as very warm weather. Rates will tend to be higher during these months.

Early spring and fall are ideal for warm weather, fewer crowds, and natural beauty—flowers in the spring and fall color in the countryside.

Flight Times

To Barcelona

  • 7 hours From New York
  • 2 hours from London

To Madrid

  • 7 hours From New York
  • 2 hours from London

Staying In Spain

The second largest country in the European Union, Spain has a proud tradition of hospitality and distinct regional cultures. The mountains of Catalan and the plains of Seville have their own unique charms. Whether in the form of a savory paella or a sensual flamenco dancer, Spain has excitement to spare.

Must-see sights

  • Semana Santa: Holy Week, in April, brings brilliant activities across the country.
  • Pamplona: The Running of the Bulls, held in July
  • Bunol: La Tomatina, the annual tomato-throwing festival held in August

Things to do

  • Stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, along with visits to the palace, La Sagrada Familia, and monument to Christopher Columbus.
  • From Madrid, take a day trip to Toledo, the impressive imperial city flanked by the Tagus River
  • Head to El Escorial, a monument built by Philip II. The monument and monastery complex exude unparalleled grandeur and austerity.
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Traveling In Spain

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the Spain we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Trains – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.

Currency

  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Europe spans three time zones:

Spain is GMT + 1

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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