From fiestas to the flamenco, plates of tapas and jugs of sangria, there’s a reason for everyone to book airline tickets to Spain. Whether you’re touring modern cities like Barcelona and Madrid, or traveling to the resort regions of the Costa de Sol, you’ll be thankful you booked a flight to Spain. Travel is easy in Spain, and so is the lifestyle. After a long day exploring the churches of Seville or the Alhambra in Granada, settle in for a siesta before sitting down to a plate of paella and a glass of rioja. Spain is very protective of its past. Thousands of museums, churches and art galleries are scattered around the country, each with its own history. From Moorish homes to Picasso’s galleries, there’s something for everyone.
Spain welcomes more than 50 million foreigners a year, but in some parts of the country not a word of English is spoken. The country’s blend of old and new is what keeps travelers booking flights to Spain every year. Book a flight to Spain to say “hola” to a memorable vacation.
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For most of the year, Spain is warm in the south and temperate in the north, but it is very hot in July in August. Spring and fall are the nicest times to visit, although the Atlantic coast gets heavy rains in October and November. Winters can get very cold in Madrid and the country’s central highlands.
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May, June and September are the best months to visit Spain although the country is blessed with sunny weather almost all year round. In the south, add April and October to the list of months to fly to Spain. At these times you can expect sunshine, but not overbearing heat. An added bonus is that, by avoiding July and August, you will miss the hordes of tourists.
July and August are the height of the tourist season and holidays are expensive, too. Early summer and into autumn are also popular and many travelers book flights to Spain for the ideal weather. Spain is very popular with families so Spain hotel and airfare prices will be higher during school holidays and half-term breaks.
There really isn't a bad time to visit Spain, but the winter months (November to February) can be cold and rainy and the country gets its share of snow, too. Cheap plane tickets to Spain's big tourism cities (Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, etc.) are easy to find in the winter months.
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- On the Costa Blanca, stop at Torrevieja. The town, popular with ex-pat Europeans, is about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Alicante, and there are Costa Blanca hotels suited for all travelers along the way. Torrevieja takes its name from the Old Tower and is famous for the area's salt lakes. The town has a salt museum, lively fish market and working harbor.
- Barcelona - in late winter and early spring the Catalans enjoy calcotades - a different kind of BBQ. Calcots are a kind of spring onion that ripens at this time of year. After grilling, peel off the burnt skin, dip in romesco sauce and eat. Rumor has it that part of the fun is rubbing the black ash into your neighbor's face. Before you go around throwing onions at one another, find a Barcelona hotel that fits your needs.
- Fuerteventura – for a day away from the beach chair, the Islote de Lobos Nature Reserve offers the chance to see birds and plants not found anywhere else in the world. The reserve is a short boat trip from Corralejo.
- Majorca – Palma. The Coves del Drac (the Dragon Caves) on the edge of Porto Cristo is one of Majorca’s largest tourist attractions. The caves were discovered in 1896 and have bizarre stalactite formations. After the tour, visitors can return by boat and to their Palma de Majorca hotel across the lake.
- A 1950s art colony and 1960s hippie haven, Ibiza is known for its hedonistic resorts, fine beaches, and electric nightlife. The crowd is cosmopolitan—chic, gay, and middle class visitors, mostly from Europe, the U.S., and Australia. The town and inner island are interesting and have some quiet corners, but most visitors are here for the anything-goes nightlife.
- Valencia may appear modern and industrial, but look again. The heart of the city has renowned museums, art collections, and beaches. Valencia is where paella was created, El Cid fought the Moors, and the wild spring festival Las Fallas is held. The nightlife in summer is a beach party at open-air discos and in winter bar crawling in the historic district.
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US citizens need a passport, but no visas are needed if your stay is no longer than three months.
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