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Introducing Spain

Discover the best of Spain.
You won't need to go far beyond the Alhambra and Seville to find the real Spain. Step away from the crowds and you'll find that this destination has retained its depth—centuries of history linger in hilltop villages, and wild landscapes abound from the craggy Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast. This is where you come to revel in the good life, whatever that means to you: hike through Galicia, embrace the architecture of Bilbao, and eat your way through the Basque Country

When is the best time to visit?
Generally, April-June and September-October offer the most pleasant weather and fewer crowds than peak summer months. One exception is northern Spain, where springtime sees more rain than in other parts of the country; here, June-September is your best bet. July and August are the hottest months of the year—for sun worshippers, this could be the perfect time to visit. Learn More  

Where should you go?  
If you're heading to Spain for the highlights, you'll want to start with Madrid, Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada, and Seville. Not your first trip? Consider San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, and Málaga. And if you truly want to venture off the track, craft your itinerary from the literal road less traveled—hike through the Pyrenees to hidden villages, drink wine in La Rioja, explore Mérida and the Extremadura region, and the list goes on. Your local specialist can book a trip with your specific goals and interests in mind.

How many days do you need?
While it's possible to have a fun trip to one of Spain's cities over a long weekend, we recommend at least 5 days if you really want to experience a region. Madrid makes for a great base for taking regional day trips, and the same goes for Barcelona—medieval coastal villages and hiking trails in the Pyrenees are all within driving distance.

If you have 10 days, choose between northern and southern Spain to minimize travel time. A southern route could include Madrid, Mérida (or another stop in Extremadura), Seville, and Granada. Travelers interested in the north can hit Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Oviedo, and Santiago de Compostela. With two weeks or more, geography is no longer an issue—just connect the dots to form a country-wide itinerary. Learn More

Getting Around Spain
Most travelers fly into either Madrid or Barcelona, and short, domestic flights are a convenient way to hop between major cities. Flying is also the best option for reaching the Canary Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla. For areas without airports, Spain’s high-speed AVE trains are fast and comfortable. Driving is another good option, as cities are mostly connected by well-maintained highways. Learn more

Ready to start planning your trip to Spain? Get started by telling us a bit about your ideal trip, and we will connect you to a local specialist to work out all the details.

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Spain Tours & Itineraries

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Catch a sunset from the top of gorge in Ronda
Map of Ultimate Andalusian Road Trip - 8 Days
Ultimate Andalusian Road Trip - 8 Days

This 8-day self-drive itinerary takes you from Málaga to Cádiz through a gorgeous section of Spain's southern coast. Along the route, you'll explore Andalusia's White Villages (including Ronda, set on a spectacular gorge) as you head towards the Atlantic coast while discovering a range of landscapes, centuries of history and tradition, local producers, and exquisite cuisine—often with the help of a local guide.

Set sail in Ibiza's turquoise waters
Map of Best of Barcelona & Ibiza - 8 Days
Best of Barcelona & Ibiza - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary is pure holiday bliss on the Mediterranean. Kick off the trip in Barcelona, an enchanting European city that needs no introduction, where you'll have a few days to explore Gaudi's architectural masterpieces and the popular gastro scene (i.e. tapas galore). From here, you'll jet off to the capital of cool—Ibiza island—for five days of white-sand beaches, sparkling seas, and serious bohemian relaxation.

Bay of Biscay
Essential Basque Country - 5 Days

Discover the most emblematic spots of this gentle corner of Spain. Here you'll find ancient history, culture, and language, but a modern way of life with amazing gastronomy and wines. For nature lovers, there is also a wide array of great outdoor activities and fantastic beaches at the foothills of the Pyrenees. This 5-day itinerary helps you discover these great places, as well as learn about the Basque Country and its people.

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Map of Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 10 days
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 10 days

On this 11-day self-drive adventure you'll visit not only the most historic cities in Spain, bust some of the most beautiful countryside in the Andalusia region. From Madrid, you'll travel south into Andalusia and arrive at Seville, a city renowned for its Gothic cathedrals, Moorish palaces, and expansive plazas. You'll also visit other Andalusia gems like Córdoba, the famed white villages, and the mountaintop city of Ronda. 

Caleta de Famara in northeastern Lanzarote
Map of Ultimate Canary Islands Tour - 8 Days
Ultimate Canary Islands Tour - 8 Days

This exciting 8-day itinerary covers the archipelago's three easternmost islands with the help of a private guide. Traveling by road and ferry, you'll discover historic villages, orchards, forests, mountains, beaches, volcanoes, and vineyards to understand just what makes this destination so unique. There will be plenty of free time to explore each isle's capital—especially in the evenings—to round out this fun adventure.

Explore Parc Guëll and watch the setting sun over Barcelona
Map of Best of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 9 days
Best of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 9 days

This complete nine-day cultural itinerary features the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, the quaint villages along the rugged Costa Brava coastline, as well as a day trip into the Montserrat mountains. You'll experience a broad range of cultural tours covering the history, architecture, and ancient and current traditions at the hands of knowledgeable private guides, with free time to go at your own pace. You'll drink wine, eat authentic Catalan fare, and swim in the Mediterranean.

Make the Most of Your Time in Spain

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Spain?

More a combination of culturally distinct regions than one homogenous country, Spain is almost too diverse to experience in a single trip—almost. You can enjoy the major areas...

Discover the best of Spain in one week
Map of 7 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Spain you can take a fast-paced trip to experience Spain's top cities Barcelona, Madrid & Seville. Or dive deeper into one region by sampling the legendary...

Spain
Map of 10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days, you can easily hop between three of Spain's great cities—Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid make a great pairing. Alternatively, you can combine the exploration of one...

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Map of 14 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itineraries
14 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itineraries

With two free weeks to spend in Spain, all options for fun and adventure are on the table. You can embark on food and wine tours throughout the country, laze on the white-sand...

Spain Travel Advice

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The entrancing Moorish architecture of Andalusia
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in Spain

With one of the longest and most popular coastlines in Europe and a siesta every afternoon, Spain practically insists on its visitors relaxing. Add in one of Europe's most...

Spain Experiences

Unique things to do in Spain
Tapas & Flamenco in Granada

Head to Granada's historic Sacromonte neighborhood for an evening of delicious tapas and authentic flamenco, a musical style born right in Andalucía. Known as the "gypsy...

Vermouth Tasting in Barcelona

Quench your thirst for one of the most popular traditions in Barcelona—sipping vermouth at midday. Although vermouth has become a symbol of the Barcelona hipster, wineries and...

Tapas Cooking Class in Granada

Enjoy a truly cultural experience by learning how to prepare and cook traditional Spanish tapas in a local home. First, you'll visit Granada's central market to source your...

Breathtaking scene in every direction
Visit La Sagrada Família in Barcelona

La Sagrada Família is one of Barcelona's biggest tourist draws, a spectacular Roman Catholic church and UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by the famous Catalan architect...

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The Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona
Map of Best of Spain & Portugal: Barcelona, Porto, Lisbon & Andalusia - 21 Days
Best of Spain & Portugal: Barcelona, Porto, Lisbon & Andalusia - 21 Days

See the best of Spain and Portugal with a harmonious mix of the "must-sees" and the off-the-beaten-track. Start in Barcelona before continuing to the country's capital, Madrid. From here, catch a short flight up to enchanting Porto for a few nights before making your way down through Lisbon, Évora, and the Alentejo region. Transfer back across the border to Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain, which is known for its flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, and cultural traditions. 

Standard hotels with Alhambra views in Granada (Photo courtesy of Palacio de Santa Ines)
The 4 Best Standard Hotels with Alhambra Views in Granada

In Granada, the city's most famous site is the Alhambra Palace. If you're traveling on a budget and want to fully enjoy this architectural and historical gem, consider our list of the best standard hotels with Alhambra views in Granada. These budget-friendly properties offer views right from your room or cozy rooftop terraces.

Mid-range hotels with Alhambra views (Photo courtesy of Hotel Casa 1800 Granada)
The 3 Best Mid-Range Hotels with Alhambra Views in Granada

Many travelers set their sites on Granada for the city's famed Alhambra Palace, an architectural and historical haven worth exploring. To fully enjoy this masterpiece, you might want to pick from our list of the best mid-range hotels in Granada with Alhambra views, a category that offers this perk along with plenty of comforts.

Spain Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Spain map: 7 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Spain - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Spain map: 10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Spain map: 5 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Spain - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Spain
Travel specialist Karin Eckhard
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Karin Eckhard

Although born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, I have had the fortune to live in places as diverse as Vail, Colorado; Salzburg, Austria; London, a small village in England and Madrid has been my...

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Travel specialist Marina Courtaut
active 22 hours ago

Marina Courtaut

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a...

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Travel specialist Patricia Marques
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Patricia Marques

I was born and raised in Barcelona (Spain). I started travelling at a young age, and I acquired the passion for traveling from my parents. My passion for traveling made me make the decision to...

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Travel specialist Sam Lister
active 2 days ago

Sam Lister

I'm half Scottish, half New Zealander, born and raised in Hong Kong and Japan, schooled in England and now living in Spain. I'm a mish-mash of cultural backgrounds and now an adopted...

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Trip Reviews for Spain

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

The Trip of a Lifetime · Spain - Jun 9 - Jun 21, 2022

Traveler: Corey B. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

I could not have asked for a better expert than Patricia to help me plan an amazingly memorable and fun trip. She perfectly balanced our itinerary to include activities and busy time, while balancing down time and travel time to keep us energized for a whirlwind two-week trip. Every aspect of our itinerary went exactly as planned, and every single person with whom we interacted locally was a joy to be around.

Cynthia

All guides were incredibly knowledgeable as w... · Spain - Jun 8 - Jun 14, 2022

Traveler: Cynthia M. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

All guides were incredibly knowledgeable as well as courteous and helpful. read more

All guides were incredibly knowledgeable as well as courteous and helpful.

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cynthia, thank you so much for your feedback and for your kind words! It's been a pleasure helping you plan this trip to Portugal and I hope you return soon! I look forward to helping you plan another adventure in the future! :) Warm regards, Marina

Mindy

Southern Spain and Madrid · Spain - Jun 4 - Jun 13, 2022

Traveler: Mindy B. - Local specialist: Luis Fernandez de Vega

Our trip to Spain was amazing! Our hotels were lovely. The travel within Spain was convenient and efficient. We loved all of our guided tours and activities. The absolute highlights of our trip were:
1. Private tour of Cordoba with our tour guide Guido. Guido was so knowledgeable, well mannered, and kind. We felt as if he really listened to what we were interested in, and adjusted his tour accordingly. We loved the Mosque Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter and synogogue. He recommended a great... read more

Our trip to Spain was amazing! Our hotels were lovely. The travel within Spain was convenient and efficient. We loved all of our guided tours and activities. The absolute highlights of our trip were:
1. Private tour of Cordoba with our tour guide Guido. Guido was so knowledgeable, well mannered, and kind. We felt as if he really listened to what we were interested in, and adjusted his tour accordingly. We loved the Mosque Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter and synogogue. He recommended a great Moroccan restaurant.
2. Private tour of Ronda with Manuel. Manuel was also very knowledgeable and really fun. He gave us the right balance of guided tour and free time. We loved the Natural Park Sierra de Grazalema and Ronda.
3. Tour of Caminito del Rey. This hike was amazing. It was challenging enough (but not too hard) and the views were spectacular.
4. La Alhambra is a must-see. Absolutely breathtaking!
5. We loved the e-bike tour in Madrid. It was really fun, and a great way to see the city.
6. We really enjoyed our museum day - the Reina Sofia and the Prado.
7. Our wine and tapas tour in Malasana was amazing! Amy was a great guide who curated the food and drink of the area perfectly. The 3+ hours went by so quickly. She was fantastic.
The only negative was the written materials we were given. There were a lot of inaccuracies in our itinerary (times, activities, items included, pick-up and drop-off points), and many of the recommendations were outdated (several restaurants were no longer in business, hours listed for sites and businesses were incorrect). That was disappointing and not what we've come to expect from kim kim vacations.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata

Sevilla

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Hotel Review

Lovely, well located hotel. Helpful staff. Great breakfast.

Tips for future travelers

There is a pool. Bring a bathing suit.

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Palacio de Santa Inés Hotel

Granada

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Hotel Review

Friendly staff. Well located. Charming, but a little older and less amenities than the other hotels on our itinerary.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Our shower was broken, but they fixed it right away.
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Eurostars Hotel Plaza Mayor

Madrid

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Hotel Review

Very nice and clean hotel with a friendly staff. It is located in a high-traffic, tourist neighborhood and maybe we would have preferred staying somewhere in Madrid with more character.

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Activity Reviews

Off-the-beaten-path City Tour

Seville

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Activity Review

This was a lovely introduction to Seville on our first night.

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Tapas & Flamenco night

Seville

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Activity Review

It was not clear from our itinerary, but this was the same thing as the walking tour. It was listed as two things, but it was really one and the same.

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Day tour to Córdoba

Seville

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This tour was a highlight. We loved our guide Guido.

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Day tour: Ronda & White villages

Spain

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This tour was a highlight. We loved our guide Manuel.

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Caminito del Rey

Seville

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Activity Review

This hike was one of the best activities we did on the whole trip. Beautiful views, challenging hike, and knowledgable and fun tour guide.

Transport

The bus was very comfortable.
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Sacromonte and Albayzin tour

Granada

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This was a very interesting way to see the city on our first night. The guide was very nice.

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Alhambra Tour

Granada

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The Alhambra is a must see! This was a great day!

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Essential Madrid bike tour

Madrid

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This tour was so much fun! A great way to see the city!

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Day Trip to Toledo

Madrid

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Not applicable. This activity was eliminated from our itinerary. We would have loved to do it, but we ran out of time.

Tickets for museums & monuments

Madrid

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The timed tickets were helpful. A private guide was recommended, and we declined. Once there we felt validated in that decision because a private guide was not necessary.

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Tapas in Malasaña

Madrid

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Activity Review

This tour was one of our favorite things about our trip. It was absolutely the best food we ate the whole time we were in Spain. Our tour guide Amy was so lovely, knowledgeable, and personable. She curated a beautifully diverse menu and drink selection. Absolutely top notch!

Food

Our tour guide Amy was spectacular!
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Airport transfer (return)

Spain

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Our driver was on time and very efficient.

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Luis Fernandez de Vega, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mindy,

Thank you for taking the time to send such a complete review. It is very important to me because it helps me improve my service and way of proceeding.

I’m glad to read you enjoyed each of the tours I arranged for you. Believe it or not it took me more than 2 years to select the right tour guides and companies in each of the areas of Spain to offer more than tours, experiences that offer more than a guided explanation of the cities.

Regarding the travel book, I can just... read more

Dear Mindy,

Thank you for taking the time to send such a complete review. It is very important to me because it helps me improve my service and way of proceeding.

I’m glad to read you enjoyed each of the tours I arranged for you. Believe it or not it took me more than 2 years to select the right tour guides and companies in each of the areas of Spain to offer more than tours, experiences that offer more than a guided explanation of the cities.

Regarding the travel book, I can just apologize and say I try to improve every day and have noted each of the erratum in it. People traveling with me usually uses it as a guide, not as a bible, and they all do well. Luckily none of the errata resulted in a wrong meeting points or wrong schedules or you would have missed the tours. Luckily all that was well arranged since you didn’t miss anything. I understand it is disappointing not to find the recommended restaurant in my travel book open because of bankruptcy due to covid and I need to update that information. Still, I think being so unlucky for 3 errata in a 152 pages document is a bit unfair. It also has lots of information about the area and cities you visit, maps, tips and so on and I think all that was useful. Just to point out the positive points of the travel book, not just the bad ones.

Please trust I’ll be learning from this and will try to make this travel book a better document (though actually I’m preparing an e-guide that will make this other one disappear) for the next travelers. I really hope you enjoyed my presents along the trip, my continuous follow up and the ability to solve anything within minutes. Hopefully you can value that as well and if you think in a future trip to Spain or Portugal you can keep me in mind. I’ll love to read from you every some time so please, keep in touch.

My best wishes for a great 2022 ahead!

Luis