• Balearic nights-chill on Formentera or party on Ibiza
• Weigh in on the Barcelona vs. Madrid debate-but only after you\'ve thoroughly researched both
• Seville-city of sun and late night religious processions (and flamenco)
Language: Spanish & Catalan
Capital City: Madrid
Population: 40.3 million
Telephone Calling Code(s): 34
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
Currency: Euro €
Passport required. Must be valid for six months after return date of travel.
Check with your travel professional or local consulate for entry visa requirements.
When To Go
In summer it\'s hot, hot, and hotter still, with the cities in Castile (Madrid) and Andalusia (Seville and Córdoba) heating up the most. Madrid has dry heat; the average temperature can hover around 84°F (29°C) in July and 75°F (24°C) in September. Seville has the dubious reputation of being about the hottest part of Spain in July and August, often baking under average temperatures of 93°F (34°C).
What To See
Museu Picasso- Barcelona\'s tribute to one of its adopted sons, this fabulous collection is displayed in three adjoining medieval palaces.
Plaza De España - A magnificent semi-circular square that has become a symbol of the city. Along with the adjacent building it was designed by Aníbal González for Seville\'s 1929 Ibero-American Expo in a style
that has become known as Andalusian regionalist because it employed a mixture of architectural influences from the past including Renaissance and Gothic. Visit the Alhambra in Granada - This moorish fortified palace is absolutely incredible. The complex is vast and occupies a large portion of the city centre, so make sure you have a whole day to explore it. If you are visiting in the summer though, you are well advised to buy tickets in advance.