Spain is perhaps one of the most gorgeous countries in Europe. Rich in history, speckled with Cathedrals and grand churches, and dusted with works from famous Spanish artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Antoni Gaudí, and more. There are countless Spain tourist attractions throughout the mainland and the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. When determining where to go in Spain, you need to think about what you want to do, the time of the year, and the weather you like. Part of Northern Spain borders the Pyrenees Mountains. It can get frigid and will have snow in the winter. Southern Spain is hot and dry.
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Below is a map of Spain with Spain’s 17 autonomous regions.
Some Facts About SpainIf you plan to live in Spain or visit the country, here are some facts about Spain that could come in handy while you are there.
- Spain has 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 41 of these cultural. It is #3 in the world, after Italy and China.
- The Kingdom of Spain is the second-largest country in Western Europe and the fourth largest in the European Union. It is also a popular tourist destination.
- The capital of Spain is Madrid. It is one of the most culturally rich and gorgeous cities in the country.
- It is the 5th most populous country in the European Union, with a population of just under 47 million people.
- The country has a rich history that reflects in its cities. It is a place you would not want to miss.
- The Spain flag consists of red and yellow horizontal stripes with the Spanish coat of arms in the middle. The country has a vast history that still echoes in its governmental structures, art, literature, and cities!
- The currency of the country is the Euro. So, check up on the exchange rates before your visit to Spain.
Spanish PopulationThe majority of the almost 47 million people mainly consists of Spanish speakers. Tourist areas will have some English-speaking people. However, there will not be English speaking people in small towns and villages in Spain. If you plan to go, then it will be handy to learn a few Spanish words, as well. Anything that can get you by like small greetings, and perhaps how to ask for directions can help you settle well with the Espana population.
A Few Words In SpanishYou should know a few Spanish words before all your Spain vacations or move to Spain. Some standard and easy Spanish for travelers includes basic greetings.
- ¡Hola (pronounced O-la) means– Hello
- Cómo estás? (KOH-moh eh-STAHS) means – How are you?
- Bien, gracias – (bee-EN GRA-thee-as) means – I’m fine, thank you.
- Por favor (por fa-vor) which means – please
- Gracias (GRA-thee-as) which means– thank you
Top Tourist Destinations in SpainBy now, you’re probably wondering what the best places to visit in Spain are? It is rich in culture, art, and has incomparable beauty that puts Spain on the world map! Spain’s tourism has been on a steady increase since the 1992 Olympics. Here is a small guide to some of Spain’s travel destinations and what you can do there! Let’s breakdown some of the most beautiful localities and create a small Spain guidebook for you, so you can easily visit the gorgeous tourist spots, enjoy their beauty, and know where to go in Spain.
BarcelonaOut of all the cities to visit in Spain, Barcelona is topping the list. It is known for exquisite shopping that you might not find anywhere else in the world. The city is full of vibrant life, a hustle-bustle, and the kind of buzz that you would enjoy from a cosmopolitan city. Barcelona is also known as the cosmopolitan capital of Spain. However, as some people believe, it is not the actual capital city. It is rich in art and architecture. Travelers find the most beautiful sights there are to see. Some of them include: La Sagrada Familia – an unfinished Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona. It is one of the most beautiful human-made sites in the world and is also a part of the 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain. Park Güell – there is no other place like Park Güell, also known as Gaudí Park, located on Carmel Hill. It has a mix of greenery and architectural structures that are a sight for sore eyes. Las Ramblas – the most popular and hectic street in Barcelona. From the Columbus Monument next to the sea stretching 1.2km up past Plaça de Catalunya, it is always packed with tourists and pickpockets. Montjuïc – is a hill in Barcelona that is famous for several things. It was the central location of the 1992 Summer Olympics and home of the large Musical Magic Fountain. You can visit the Olympic Ring, stroll through a museum, and ride the cable car. The street offers you’re a cultural hub for shopping, exploring, meeting the locals, and gorgeous sites that you don’t want to miss on your trip to Spain. The city, in general, will leave you astounded and exploring the place for days, weeks, or possibly years! It is currently one of the busiest Spain tourist attractions! Moreover, if you are a person who enjoys the nightlife, then Barcelona might be the perfect fit for you! There are countless bars, lounges, and nightclubs that you can enjoy throughout the city. All these things, plus many others, is what make the city one of the most visited places in Spain. Read our City Guide To Barcelona here.
MadridAnother popular place in Spain is its capital! Madrid is also one of the most elegant and gorgeously built cities in the region. With a population of over three million people, this landlocked city is not for everyone. However, the capital of Spain reflects both historical and contemporary beauty in its city life. It is also where you will find traces of European art dating back to the 16th century. A few of our must-see places to visit Madrid include: Plaza Mayor– a historical landmark in the heart of the city. The grand arcaded square is a meeting point for locals and tourists. Tours are available, and you should book them in advance. Royal Palace – the official residence of the Spanish Royal family. The largest functioning European Royal Palace is used now only for state ceremonies. It is recommended to book entry and tour tickets in advance. Buen Retiro Park – commonly called El Retiro Park, is one of the largest green areas in the city. Prior to the 19th century, it was owned and maintained by the Spanish monarchy. It is now a public park with elegant gardens, a lovely human-made lake, and several delightful monuments you can appreciate.
GranadaGranada is in Spain’s Andalusia region, and it is a place where natural beauty meets human-made beauty! A combination of the two together makes it one of the best places to visit in Spain. You can see gorgeous examples of medieval architecture, serene patios, and palaces dating back to the 16th century! This place is a sneak-peek back in time to see magnificent traditional architecture and whitewashed caves. There are many picturesque sites you can visit! Places like the Royal Chapel of Granada, which is a gorgeously built burial site of the Spanish Monarchs. Moreover, if you visit Spain, then you cannot miss out on Generalife, an ancient palace with scenic gardens and views. It does not end here; Granada is also home to the Alhambra– one of the most beautiful human-made sites the world has known. It is one of the most popular Spain holiday destinations! The roman built structure dates back to AD 889! You can capture these beautiful palaces and take tours to explore their deep-rooted history and culture.
Top Expat DestinationsThe top tourist destinations are also great expat destinations. In addition to those here are some other fantastic expat destinations. They are also great to visit for a vacation.
If you are considering moving to Spain, you should read about Healthcare in Spain.
19 thoughts on “Living In Spain”
Spain was always on my travel list. You really make me excited to visit one day!
Absolutely stunning! Spain is on my bucket list! Pinning your tips!
I would love to be able to travel to Spain one day! It is such a beautiful country! Thank you for all the fun facts about it too!
Visiting Spain is high on my bucket list list. I especially would love to visit Seville. The pictures you shared are absolutely lovely.
I’ve been to Spain twice and can’t wait to go back. I just love the culture and the food! It sounds like a fun place to live.
It is a great country. What cities did you visit?
I always hear about such wonderful things about Spain. I know I for sure want to plan a trip to Barcelona one day.
Yes, Barcelona is a wonderful city. However, there are also so many things to do in other areas as well.
I have never been to Spain before. We have actually been watching House Hunters International and seeing families move to Spain. Sounds like a neat place to live!
I’ve been to Barcelona and Madrid, gorgeous two cities….I would love to move to Spain, that would be amazing…
I’m glad to hear you were able to visit two great cities. If you moved here, where do you think you would live?
My family is Spanish, and I secretly dream of moving back. The food, the culture, there is always something beautiful to look at. Thank you for sharing!
I hope one day your dream comes true and you can move back. Where would you move to?
Great article. Thanks for educating us a lot about Spain.
wow! Beautiful places! How beautiful is Seville?! Spain is just amazing!
Yes, Seville is a very beautiful city in Spain.
I’d just love to visit Spain sometime. Sounds like an amazing place. Seems like it would be a great place to live too.
It is a wonderful country. There are many things to do and places to visit.
What an interesting and informative post about Spain. Never been there before but hopefully someday with the family.