Retiro Park features a stunning glass building and expansive pond.

Spain Travel Guide

Spain is a vibrant country and one of my favorite international destinations. It is a beautiful land with stunning mountains, gorgeous beaches, sunny islands, and exciting nightlife. Wine lovers can wander the vineyards of Rioja and Priorat. Beachgoers can sun themselves on the shores of the Canary Islands. And foodies will be happy anywhere.

When I first visited Spain, I traveled to Madrid and Barcelona. Both cities satisfied when it came to art, history, and culture. Palaces, parks, and bustling markets make Madrid and Barcelona travel hot spots any time of the year. But in Spain, there are always cultural festivals and events. You’re bound to find some excitement no matter the season.

Basic Information

Language: The official language is Spanish.

Currency: The official currency is the Euro (EUR). 1 USD is equal to about 0.95 EUR.

Plugs: The plugs in Spain are type C and F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter and a converter for hairdryers and hot products.

Safety: Spain is one of the safest countries in Europe. But always be aware of pickpockets in crowded areas.


the best time to visit

The Arc de Triomf is Barcelona's iconic, red arch of victory.

Summer is the most popular season to visit Spain. The weather is warm and sunny, perfect for a trip to the beach or a stroll in the park. But prices will be higher. If you’re on a budget, January through April is the best time to visit.

But if you love wine, I recommend going to Spain during harvest time (September to November). The weather gets cooler during this time, and the grapes get picked for the start of the winemaking process. It’s the ideal season for winetasting in Rioja, Ribera, or Priorat.