Spain

Toledo Spain

Spain has had a troubled history. It was fought over by Christian Crusaders and Moors, it was devoured from the inside by the supremacy of the Catholic Church’s Spanish Inquisition, and spent much of the 20th century embattled in a civil war and under a totalitarian regime. In recent years, frequent terrorist attacks by separatists and an economic crisis has held the country back.

Despite the challenges, Spain is an amazing travel destination. It is loaded with history, has world class gastronomy (who doesn’t love tapas?), has two of the world’s great wine regions, the beaches in Spain are among Europe’s best and cities like Barcelona, Seville and Granada make perfect travel destinations! If you haven’t been in recent years, it’s time to put it back on your list. Here are some of our favorite Spanish travel experiences.

TSegovia Cathedral is one of the sites to see on a Madrid to Segovia day trip

Finding the Soul of Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain, is a small city with big sites. A quick ride from the capital on the high-speed train, it’s a perfect day trip from Madrid.

Visiting the Mount Teide volcano in Tenerife, Spain's highest mountain.

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Mount Teide

Visiting Mount Teide, an active volcano in the Canary Islands, offers one of the most impressive views we’ve ever seen. And it should – this is one of the world’s tallest mountains.

A view of Toledo, Spain from the river below the city

A Holy Toledo Walking Tour

The best way to explore the Toledo attractions is on a walking tour of the Christian, Jewish and Moorish quarters in this beautiful Spanish town. This was the fulfillment of a dream over 25 years in the making.

Statue in a fountain near La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain

Falling in Love with Barcelona

Given the chance to do things differently on our second trip to Spain, we decided to approach Barcelona without a huge agenda…and we fell in love.

Antoni Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona

Experiencing Gaudi in Barcelona

Barcelona’s most famous son is the architect Antoni Gaudi. His creative and whimsical designs have left an indelible mark on Barcelona and indeed the Catalan region, and are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our recent trip to Spain, we sought out the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.

Exploring the streets of the Gracia neighborhood on a Barcelona food tour

A Sweet and Savory Barcelona Food Tour

“Estava bonissim!!!” “That was delicious!” We found ourselves saying that frequently throughout the day. Each stop on our Devour Barcelona Food Tour was more delicious than the last. Not having any experience with Catalonian food, we’re glad we took the tour for the highlights.

Entrance to the Praktik Garden Hotel in Barcelona

The Hidden Oasis of the Praktik Garden Hotel

Planted in the heart of the Barcelona’s modern Eixample neighborhood, a hidden oasis blossoms in the Mediterranean sun. Far from the chaos of La Rambla, visitors find peace and quiet in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Praktik Garden Hotel in Barcelona is a secret find for the visitor looking to enjoy the heart of the city in a relaxed venue.