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:

One-Day Itinerary Barcelona
Self-Guided Walking Tour to Sights in Madrid
5 Neighborhoods in Seville, Spain
Tapas Bars in Barcelona
3 Parks in Madrid's City Center
5 Tapas Bars in Seville, Spain

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