Spain is where we spent our first Christmas as full-time travelers (we had previously visited Basque country on a vacation). A friend from the US met us for a whirlwind weeklong tour of Spain, visiting 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…and 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!

We have since returned to both Madrid and Barcelona to embrace and renew our love for Espana!

Spain Facts:

Capital City: Madrid

Country Population: 47 Million

Language: Spanish

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

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
Barcelona Itinerary: How To Spend 3 Days in Barcelona, Spain
3-Day Basque Country Itinerary
The Best Tapas in Barcelona, Spain: Where To Eat
5 Tapas Bars in Seville, Spain
San Sebastian Pintxos Bars A Basque Food Experience in Spain
Pintxos Hondarribia: An Adventure in Basque Cuisine
5 Neighborhoods in Seville, Spain
Christmas in Barcelona
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Madrid
Monte Urgull: Hiking San Sebastian, Spain

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