Spain Travel Guide

Travel Channel hosts experienced the very best Spain has to offer on The Trip: 2014 and built the ultimate, 2-week itinerary worth $100,000.


Activities
La Rambla
Barcelona’s most famous street has been filled with street performers, shops and restaurants since the 15th century; it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the flavors of Spain.
  • La Rambla
  • Barcelona, Catalonia Spain

La Rambla

Barcelona’s most famous street has been filled with street performers, shops and restaurants since the 15th century; it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the flavors of Spain.
La Rambla Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Seville Cathedral
Likely Seville’s most famous landmark, the cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral and third largest church in the world. It is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
  • Av de la Constitución, s/n
  • Seville, Seville Spain

Seville Cathedral

Likely Seville’s most famous landmark, the cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral and third largest church in the world. It is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
Av de la Constitución, s/n Seville, Seville, Spain
Phone: 34 902 09 96 92
Barrio de Santa Cruz
Once the city's Jewish Quarter, Bareo Santa Cruz is filled with winding alleys, Seville's famous orange trees and lively restaurants.
  • Seville, Spain
  • Seville, Andalusia 41004 Spain

Barrio de Santa Cruz

Once the city's Jewish Quarter, Bareo Santa Cruz is filled with winding alleys, Seville's famous orange trees and lively restaurants.
Seville, Spain Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Ascari Race Resort
Take a short day trip from Seville to Ronda for the “pinnacle of racing.” Slip into a sexy, single-seat, 800-horsepower Formula 1 car, and see if you can reach speeds of 220 mph between 26 hairpin turns.

Ascari Race Resort

Take a short day trip from Seville to Ronda for the “pinnacle of racing.” Slip into a sexy, single-seat, 800-horsepower Formula 1 car, and see if you can reach speeds of 220 mph between 26 hairpin turns.
29400 Ronda Malaga, Málaga, Spain
Aire de Sevilla
Built over Roman ruins, this 16th-century mansion was turned into a public bathhouse where you can rest tired feet in thermal baths and hammam banos arabes. Spa services such as massages and facials add a modern update to the ancient tradition.
  • Calle Aire, 15
  • Seville, Andalusia 41004 Spain

Aire de Sevilla

Built over Roman ruins, this 16th-century mansion was turned into a public bathhouse where you can rest tired feet in thermal baths and hammam banos arabes. Spa services such as massages and facials add a modern update to the ancient tradition.
Calle Aire, 15 Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Phone: 34 955 01 00 25
FC Barcelona
A hundred thousand screaming fans, one of the best soccer teams in the world -- there’s nothing quite like experiencing a game in Camp Nou.
  • Carrer d''Aristides Maillol, 12
  • Barcelona, 8028 Spain

FC Barcelona

A hundred thousand screaming fans, one of the best soccer teams in the world -- there’s nothing quite like experiencing a game in Camp Nou.
Carrer d''Aristides Maillol, 12 Barcelona, Spain
La Concha Beach
If you’re craving a day at the beach without leaving the city, check out La Concha. It’s one of the largest and most famous urban beaches in Europe -- rent an umbrella, and lounge all day long!
  • De la Concha Ibilbidea
  • San Sebastian, Basque Country 20007 Spain

La Concha Beach

If you’re craving a day at the beach without leaving the city, check out La Concha. It’s one of the largest and most famous urban beaches in Europe -- rent an umbrella, and lounge all day long!
De la Concha Ibilbidea San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain
La Zuriolla Beach
For fewer crowds and more action, head to La Zuriolla beach, popularly known as a surfer’s paradise in San Sebastian.
  • Zurriola Ibilbidea
  • Donostia, Gipuzkoa Spain

La Zuriolla Beach

For fewer crowds and more action, head to La Zuriolla beach, popularly known as a surfer’s paradise in San Sebastian.
Zurriola Ibilbidea Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
La Boqueria Market
Barcelona’s famed public market off La Rambla opened in 1836. Explore Catalan’s gastronomic culture by sampling fresh, local produce, including vegetables, fish, meat and fruit at various food stalls.
  • Les Rambles, 91
  • Barcelona, Catalonia 8002 Spain

La Boqueria Market

Barcelona’s famed public market off La Rambla opened in 1836. Explore Catalan’s gastronomic culture by sampling fresh, local produce, including vegetables, fish, meat and fruit at various food stalls.
Les Rambles, 91 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Alhambra
The most important historical monument in the nation, the Alhambra is the last and greatest Moorish palace in Europe. The 11th-century fortress is known for being the place where Christopher Columbus signed a contract to set sail in 1492.
  • Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n
  • Granada, Andalusia 18009 Spain

Alhambra

The most important historical monument in the nation, the Alhambra is the last and greatest Moorish palace in Europe. The 11th-century fortress is known for being the place where Christopher Columbus signed a contract to set sail in 1492.
Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Phone: 34 958 02 79 71
Sol Buggies
Go on an adventurous buggy ride in the beautiful Estepona Mountains. You’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world after climbing to 5,000 feet -- at speeds reaching 50 mph -- looking out onto Morocco and the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Cortijo Reynoso, Parcela 213
  • Estepona, Andalusia 29680 Spain

Sol Buggies

Go on an adventurous buggy ride in the beautiful Estepona Mountains. You’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world after climbing to 5,000 feet -- at speeds reaching 50 mph -- looking out onto Morocco and the Rock of Gibraltar.
Cortijo Reynoso, Parcela 213 Estepona, Andalusia, Spain
Phone: 34 661 68 79 35
Best in Spain - Ron Otto
Contact this high-end travel concierge to help plan your next luxury vacation.

Email: info@best-in-spain.com

Best in Spain - Ron Otto

Contact this high-end travel concierge to help plan your next luxury vacation.

Email: info@best-in-spain.com
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Hotels
Le Meridien Barcelona
Ideally situated on Las Ramblas, soak up the 5-star experience in one of Le Meridien’s 231 beautiful rooms and suites featuring original works by local artists.
  • La Rambla 111
  • Barcelona, BARCELONA 8002 Spain

Le Meridien Barcelona

Ideally situated on Las Ramblas, soak up the 5-star experience in one of Le Meridien’s 231 beautiful rooms and suites featuring original works by local artists.
La Rambla 111 Barcelona, BARCELONA, Spain
Phone: 34 933 18 62 00
Hotel Maria Cristina
Hotel Maria Cristina opened its doors in 1912, and for its 100th anniversary, spent $23 million to bring it into the new century. It’s the place to stay in San Sebastian.
  • República Argentina Kalea
  • Donostia, Gipuzkoa Spain

Hotel Maria Cristina

Hotel Maria Cristina opened its doors in 1912, and for its 100th anniversary, spent $23 million to bring it into the new century. It’s the place to stay in San Sebastian.
República Argentina Kalea Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Phone: 34 943 43 76 00
Hotel Alfonso XIII
Situated in the heart of Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIII has been a landmark since 1929. Its inner courtyard, gardens, swimming pool and 151 renovated guest rooms all pay homage to Spain’s Andalusian, Castilian and Moorish influences.
  • Calle San Fernando, 2
  • Seville, Andalusia 41004 Spain

Hotel Alfonso XIII

Situated in the heart of Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIII has been a landmark since 1929. Its inner courtyard, gardens, swimming pool and 151 renovated guest rooms all pay homage to Spain’s Andalusian, Castilian and Moorish influences.
Calle San Fernando, 2 Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Phone: 34 954 91 70 00
La Residencia
Nestled on a hillside, La Residencia has the best hotel view in Mallorca with a straight line of sight to the Mediterranean Sea. It was once Richard Branson’s private playground -- even Princess Diana has stayed here.
  • Carrer son Canals, 07179 Deià, Illes Balears, Spain
  • Deia, Balears Spain

La Residencia

Nestled on a hillside, La Residencia has the best hotel view in Mallorca with a straight line of sight to the Mediterranean Sea. It was once Richard Branson’s private playground -- even Princess Diana has stayed here.
Carrer son Canals, 07179 Deià, Illes Balears, Spain Deia, Balears, Spain
Finca Cortesin
This 5-star, boutique paradise in Marbella feels like a private Andalusian estate. With an unbelievable spa, PGA-caliber golf course, 33 pools, but only 67 private guest rooms -- you’ll never have to fight for a lounge chair.
  • Carretera de Casares, s/n
  • Casares, Málaga Spain

Finca Cortesin

This 5-star, boutique paradise in Marbella feels like a private Andalusian estate. With an unbelievable spa, PGA-caliber golf course, 33 pools, but only 67 private guest rooms -- you’ll never have to fight for a lounge chair.
Carretera de Casares, s/n Casares, Málaga, Spain
Hotel Aguas de Ibiza
In the hedonistic party capital of the world, Ibiza, clubs play music until about noon the next day when the party moves to the beach. If you need to recover, revive yourself at this luxurious hotel and spa.
  • Salvador Camacho, 9
  • Santa Eulària des Riu, Balearic Islands Spain

Hotel Aguas de Ibiza

In the hedonistic party capital of the world, Ibiza, clubs play music until about noon the next day when the party moves to the beach. If you need to recover, revive yourself at this luxurious hotel and spa.
Salvador Camacho, 9 Santa Eulària des Riu, Balearic Islands, Spain
Phone: 34 971 31 99 91
Tagomago
A short sail from Ibiza, Tagomago is an exclusive, private island estate. There’s exactly 1 house, 1 lighthouse and a huge swimming pool on 150 acres. Guests of the villa can enjoy 5 luxury suites, private jet skis, a yacht, a masseuse and more.
  • Illa de Tagomago
  • Illa de Tagomago, Spain

Tagomago

A short sail from Ibiza, Tagomago is an exclusive, private island estate. There’s exactly 1 house, 1 lighthouse and a huge swimming pool on 150 acres. Guests of the villa can enjoy 5 luxury suites, private jet skis, a yacht, a masseuse and more.
Illa de Tagomago Illa de Tagomago, Spain

Restaurants & Bars
Bar Mut
If you’re looking to experience authentic Catalan tapas, order the octopus croquetas at Bar Mut, a hip bar in the Gracia district. Reservations are essential as the space is quite small.
  • Carrer de Pau Claris, 192
  • Barcelona, Catalonia 8037 Spain

Bar Mut

If you’re looking to experience authentic Catalan tapas, order the octopus croquetas at Bar Mut, a hip bar in the Gracia district. Reservations are essential as the space is quite small.
Carrer de Pau Claris, 192 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Phone: 34 932 174 338
La Goleta
Order the specialty, Vino de Naranja, authentic sweet orange wine. Bitter Seville oranges are usually exported out and made into marmalade, but wine macerated with orange peels has been a tradition here for centuries.
  • Calle Gavina
  • Seville, Andalusia 41004 Spain

La Goleta

Order the specialty, Vino de Naranja, authentic sweet orange wine. Bitter Seville oranges are usually exported out and made into marmalade, but wine macerated with orange peels has been a tradition here for centuries.
Calle Gavina Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Phone: 34 977383566
Mutis
Behind this invite-only speakeasy’s discreet entrance is an A-list clientele and some of the best cocktails in Europe. Salut!
  • 192 Calle Pau Claris
  • Barcelona, Catalonia 8037 Spain

Mutis

Behind this invite-only speakeasy’s discreet entrance is an A-list clientele and some of the best cocktails in Europe. Salut!
192 Calle Pau Claris Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Arzak
San Sebastian could be considered the single greatest food city on the planet. It’s home to one of the top restaurants in the world, Arzak, which has earned the coveted 3 Michelin stars -- and a 3-month-long reservation waiting list.
  • Avenida del Alcalde José Elosegi, 273
  • San Sebastian, Guipúzcoa Spain

Arzak

San Sebastian could be considered the single greatest food city on the planet. It’s home to one of the top restaurants in the world, Arzak, which has earned the coveted 3 Michelin stars -- and a 3-month-long reservation waiting list.
Avenida del Alcalde José Elosegi, 273 San Sebastian, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Phone: 34 943 27 84 65
Ganbara
This friendly bar serving Basque Country-style “pintxos” has taken tapas to the next level. Make sure to order the decadent mushrooms, ham on buttered croissant and Gilda -- the "original" pintxo -- with olive, guindilla pepper and anchovy.
  • San Jeronimo Kalea, 19
  • Donostia, Gipuzkoa Spain

Ganbara

This friendly bar serving Basque Country-style “pintxos” has taken tapas to the next level. Make sure to order the decadent mushrooms, ham on buttered croissant and Gilda -- the "original" pintxo -- with olive, guindilla pepper and anchovy.
San Jeronimo Kalea, 19 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Phone: 34 943 42 25 75
Ca’s Patro March
Off the beaten path in Mallorca, every table at this rustic restaurant looks over Deia Cove. A fisherman's shack 100 years ago, expect an authentic meal: It still serves the freshest fish, with a little olive oil and salt, hot off the grill.
  • Cala Deia
  • Deia, Majorca 7179 Spain

Ca’s Patro March

Off the beaten path in Mallorca, every table at this rustic restaurant looks over Deia Cove. A fisherman's shack 100 years ago, expect an authentic meal: It still serves the freshest fish, with a little olive oil and salt, hot off the grill.
Cala Deia Deia, Majorca, Spain
Phone: 9.71639137E8