Cheap Flights to Spain
Flights to Spain
Flights to regions in Spain
Spain is located in south-western Europe and is officially known as the Kingdom of Spain. It is one of the three countries in the world that have both coastlines along the Atlantic and Mediterranean. It shares the Iberian Peninsula with its border neighbor, Portugal. It is known to have the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Cities as well as a large number of World Heritage Sites, second only to Italy.
Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe with an entertaining nightlife, beautiful beaches and many historical sights. It is also known for its delicious cuisine thanks to its large geography and cultural diversity.
Spain has many interesting and stunning cities. Some of the most popular are Madrid and Barcelona.
When in Madrid, take a stroll down the Gran Via which is a fashionable shopping street in central Madrid. It is a lively street known to be the street that never sleeps and is home to Madrid’s many hotels and movie theaters most of which are already converted to shopping malls. After a shopping fix, take some time to visit the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia or simply known as The Sofia. It is the country’s national museum of 20th century art. It is located along the Paseo del Prado which is also where you will find the Museo del Prado and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. The museum is dedicated to Spanish art and showcases collections from Spain’s greatest masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Then for a bit of nature, spend the day at one of the largest parks in Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro which literally means “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”. The Buen Retiro Park is located at the edge of the city center. It is one of the city’s main attractions and filled with stunning sculptures, monuments and serene lake. You may also be lucky and catch one of the many events hosted in the park.
A trip to Barcelona is also a must for when visiting Spain. It is Spain’s second largest city and is considered to be one of the most visited cities in the world. It is home to many famous landmarks with interesting architectural spots by the well-known Spanish Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi including Park Güell, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. It is also home to the iconic Sagrada Família which is a Roman Catholic church designed also by Antoni Gaudi and was left unfinished. Formally known as the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is open year-round from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening. In the months of April to September, their hours extend to 8 in the evening.
If you are already in Barcelona, a trip to Monsterrat is also recommended. It is a mountain located near the city, in Catalonia. This mountain is well known for being the site of the Santa Maria de Monsterrat, a Benedictine abbey. Visitors can reach the abbey either by road, by the Montserrat Rack Railway, or by cable car, the Aeri de Montserrat. To reach the lower stations of the cable car and railway, you must take the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya train from Barcelona's Plaça d'Espanya station. Once at the abbey, take some time to go up the Funicular de Sant Joan which goes up the top of the mountain that has stunning views and cliff faces. Taking the Funicular de la Santa Cova meanwhile descends to a shrine.
How to get around Spain
Getting around Spain may at times be confusing but once you understand their systems, it should be fairly easy. Trains are relatively clean but services are mostly fast and reliable. Long-distance trains are more reliable and always get in time. However, do note that short-distance trains particularly around Barcelona can experience delays. When taking the train is not an option, flights within Spain are not too expensive compared to train tickets and the time you save traveling would usually make up for the added cost. Do keep in mind that taking a high-speed train between Madrid and Barcelona would be quicker when you take into account the time spent on airport transfers and security checks.
Another option would be to take the bus. It is considered to be the easiest way to get around most locations in Spain. Bus routes to major cities are point to point and frequent. Take note that each route would have a different operator and usually just one operator per route.
If you’re the more adventurous type, exploring major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona can be done by bike. Spain is a good country for cyclists with many cycling lanes available. Do remember that Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe with some cities several meters above sea level so if you decide to travel by bike, make sure you are in good shape to do so.
How to get to Spain
Arriving in Spain can be done through plane, train or boat depending on where you start off. If you are coming from outside Europe, taking a flight to Spain would be the best option. The country has many airport and the busiest of which are the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN), Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) and the Málaga Airport (AGP). The national carrier is Iberia but low cost airlines that fly to Spain include Vueling, EasyJet, and Ryanair.
If you are coming from France, you can opt to take a high-speed train that connects Paris with Barcelona and Madrid. Travel time from Paris to Barcelona takes around 6 hours. There are also connections on the other end of the French border as well as trains from Portugal.
If you are coming from the United Kingdom, ferry services from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Portsmouth to Bilbao are operated by Brittany Ferries. The journey may take around 24 hours. There are also ferries available to Spanish Balearic islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Minorca.
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