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Spain at a Glance

Spain's varied landscapes, delicious food and welcoming people make it an interesting and diverse place to spend a vacation.

Spain's Atlantic coast is rugged, rocky and can have exciting winds, heavy rains or just a beautiful sunset. Take a scenic drive over the sea bluffs to smell the salt, feel the breeze and watch the red sun sink deep into the Atlantic. After the sun has set, enjoy fresh vegetables, seafood and wine late into the evening.

Some parts of Spain are hot, parched and sun baked. Enjoy these temperatures as a way to thaw out before heading up into the Pyrenees. Follow twisting narrow roads deep into the heart of the mountains. Observe castles, fortifications and the canon slots of old poking out in the otherwise bucolic landscape. As you hike or drive through this area, sheep graze on vertical pastures and village church bells ring.

Spain's Mediterranean coast is a vacation resort area. Sailboats dot the harbors, beach goers turn bronze while baking on the sands. Fragrant, vibrant cities buzz with shopping, nightlife and culture. Whatever your fancy, there's plenty to enjoy in Spain.

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Popular Places
  • Barcelona Barcelona
  • Madrid Madrid
  • Bilbao Bilbao
  • Valencia Valencia
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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Madrid Barajas
  • Major Airport Barcelona El Prat Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Spain's climate varies wildly by altitude, ocean and mountain structure. Parts of the country can have snow and cold temperatures in the winter, while others stay mild to warm. In so called "green Spain" in the Pyrenees, rain falls very frequently all year.

Safety Concerns Watch out for thieves, scammers and pickpockets. You may also want to be careful with your rental car. Keep luggage in the trunk of the car and don't leave anything out on the seat to tempt thieves.

Health Concerns Spain has clean drinking water and good public health.

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