Spain is where we spent our first Christmas as full-time travelers. A friend from America met us for a whirlwind weeklong tour of the country, visiting the cities of Barcelona, Seville and Madrid. We explored the sights of Barcelona on foot (and learned about their quirky Christmas traditions), sampled local cuisine and hiked to Montjuic on Christmas Day.

In Seville, we wandered the neighborhoods and feasted on tapas. We were in Madrid for New Year’s Eve – the city it touted as one of the top places in the world to celebrate the new year…but we got it all wrong. But, we had plenty of time for sightseeing in Madrid and the weather was nice enough to visit several intercity parks.

Spain Facts:

Capital City: Madrid

Country Population: 47 Million

Language: Spanish

Useful Words and Phrases: Hello - Hola  |  Thank You – Gracias

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Currency:  Euro (EUR) | Current Value

Spain Guides:

Spain Itinerary: Barcelona Seville Madrid
Walking Tour Madrid Self-Guided Walk to 10 Sights of Madrid
Barcelona on Foot A Self-Guided Walking Tour
5 Neighborhoods in Seville, Spain
3 Parks in Madrid's City Center
Tapas Bars in Barcelona
5 Tapas Bars in Seville, Spain
San Sebastian Pintxos Bars A Basque Food Experience in Spain
Pintxos Hondarribia: An Adventure in Basque Cuisine
Monte Urgull: Hiking San Sebastian, Spain
Christmas in Barcelona
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Madrid
3-Day Basque Country Itinerary

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