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SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE

Exploring España from Barcelona to Valencia

A view of Granada's cityscape from the Alhambra

Spain Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

Few countries know how to party and relax like Spain. When you visit, you can stay out until the wee hours dancing, roll out of bed and check out sites like Antonio Gaudí's Dr. Seuss-esque Sagrada Familia church, rest up by taking a siesta, and then liven up again with excellent wine and the company of friends over a large helping of paella.


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TOP 10 HOTELS IN SPAIN
The Best Places to Stay

Whether you're into beaches, museums, late-night tapas bars or even afternoon siestas, there's a place to satisfy your heart's desire, and a hotel there to welcome you in style.
Spain Hotel Search
ME Madrid, one of our Top 10 Hotels in Spain

Paella, a Spanish rice dish, comes in many varieties
BUEN PROVECHO
Top Restaurants Spain
The finest restaurants from Barcelona to Madrid and beyond. If you need help figuring out the difference between pollo and pulpo and other Spanish delicacies, get menu savvy with our Spanish Food Terms.
Spain Restaurant Search

TAKE TO THE WATERS
Top Spas in Spain
The spa tradition of Spain is more than 2,000 years old. You'll find the impact of the Romans and Moors reflected in the country's countless beautiful thermal springs and balnearios. Our guide has a list of the best places to "take the waters."
Balneario de Archena

ALICANTE

The infinity pool and and view of Sierra Helada Mountains at the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain
MACROBIOTICS AND MORE
SHA Wellness Clinic
Situated on a hilltop in the Costa Brava region of Spain, this family-owned spa specializes in wellness treatments and focuses on individualized macrobiotic diets for each guest. The modern facility features an outdoor infinity pool and a Dead Sea-like floatarium in a dark room with a night-sky ceiling.
Also, see SHA Wellness Clinic on our list of the Top 10 Detox Spas Worldwide

BARCELONA


EDGY IN BARCELONA
Gran Hotel La Florida
Offering phenomenal views of Barcelona, from your balcony, the terrace and pool, this 76-room urban resort was done by the acclaimed designers of the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Plus: a sexy spa, great dining and edgy surprises.
Gran Hotel La Florida

Architect Antoni Gaudí's Casa Milà in Barcelona, Spain
72-HOUR VACATION
Barcelona
The new Spanish cuisine spearheaded by Ferran Adria, the art and architecture of Gaudí and Picasso, Basque tapas and the magic of the Fonts de Montjuïc: Barcelona is a city full of delights.


BILBAO

TOP 10 VALUE HOTELS WORLDWIDE
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
This modern marvel faces Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum and is ideal for art and architecture aficionados. The stunning floor-to-ceiling atrium houses Mariscal's two-ton Fossil Cypress, while the furniture selection represents some of the most emblematic designs of the twentieth century.
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao, one of our Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide


CORTES DE LA FRONTERA

The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel in Spain
TOP 10 EXTREME HOTELS
The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel
Situated within three hectares of olive groves and cork oak forest, each yurt at this fully solar -powered retreat has two rooms decorated with antique Mongolian furniture and textiles from around the world, along with a private bathroom.

COSTA BRAVA

ADRIA'S AUDACITY
Culinary Genius
or Gastronomic Dead End?

Is Adrià a difficult to understand genius or is he just blowing hot air over the blue Mediterranean waters to generate waves of celebrity? Here's our take on the controversial Spanish chef from elBulli.
Ferran Adrià, the controversial Spanish chef of elBulli

Exhibit A: Melon Cantaloupe Caviar
MOLECULAR CUISINE
Texturas

In the mood for some liquid nitrogen ice cream, sodium alginate pearls and goose liver whipped cream? If you're not traveling to Spain anytime soon, worry not. Ferran Adrià's has launched his Spherification Kit for do-it-yourself molecular cuisine in the comfort of your own kitchen.

GIRONA

VINOTHERAPY
Peralada Wine Spa
Experiment with ampelotherapy, the indulgent practice of using only wine and grape-based body treatments, at this exquisite golf resort's rustic spa. Your skin will thank you for it.

Peralada Wine Spa


GRANADA

El Rancho de Ferrer
RELAXING RANCH
El Rancho de Ferrer
Take advantage of the solitude at this exclusive guest ranch, once an abandoned village. If you feel like spending a quiet night in, guest cottages come equipped with kitchens and living rooms.

TOP 10 HOT EUROPEAN HOTELS
Hotel Casa Morisca
Dating back to the fifteenth century, Hotel Casa Morisca ("Moorish house") was named for the Muslims who remained in Granada after the Spanish conquest. The patio still boasts the original morisco pool, and the entire structure features a strong North-African design influence.
Suite at Casa Morisca, Spain

IBIZA

Ibiza Yoga
YOGA RETREAT
Center Yourself
Not exactly what you'd expect from the notorious party island, Benniras Beach is a quiet oasis where visitors can practice yoga and enjoy vegetarian cuisine while rubbing elbows with local beach bums.

MADRID

TOP 10 CASTLE HOTELS
Parador of Alarcon
If a sense of the past is what you desire, Parador of Alarcon will satisfy your craving. A medieval village adjacent to the Jucar River gorge surrounds the eighth century Moorish castle. Although Parador of Alarcon prides itself on its flawless preservation, each of its fifteen rooms offers all the modern comforts.
Parador of Alarcon, Cuenca


Palacio de Comunicaciones
BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
Madrid
It's hard to think about work when you're in one of Europe's most vivacious capital cities. Located on the elevated Castilian plain, Madrid is one of the few places where mixing business and pleasure is not only encouraged, it's compulsory.

EXPLORE THE CAPITAL
Visiting Madrid?
Centuries-old tradition meets modern luxury in this grand city. Take your time exploring the tascas (tapas bars) before enjoying the nightlife in this vibrant Spanish city.
Madrid has modern and traditional influences

MARBELLA
Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort
TOP 10 GOLF RESORTS
Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort

Located just ten minutes from Marbella, the Guadalmina Golf Hotel sits on the seafront, boasting views of Gibraltar and the North African coast. All of the recently refurbished rooms feature sea or golf course views.

PENAFIEL

SPAIN'S WINE COUNTRY
Hotel AF Pesquera
After a four-year renovation, this 36-room boutique hotel opened in April 2011 in an airy, 100-year-old, former flour factory in the regional capital of Ribera del Duero and features a restaurant, spa, fitness center and meeting rooms.
Relax outdoors in this sitting area at Hotel AF Pesquera in Penafiel, Spain

RIOJA

Hotel Marqués de Riscal
CITY OF WINE
Hotel Marqués de Riscal
Located in the heart of the Rioja wine region, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal is no ordinary overnight destination — it's a "city." The original Marqués de Riscal winery was transformed by architect Frank Gehry into the "City of Wine"after a $77 million, eight-year renovation project.

SEVILLE

72-HOUR VACATION
Seville
How do an afternoon tapas crawl, strolls through the barrio's famous El Centro and spontaneous flamenco performances sound to you? Here's your prescription for three delectable days in Seville.
Flamenco Dancer in Seville, Spain

VALENCIA

Valencian Cuisine
TRAVEL FEATURE
Vibrant Valencia
Valencia, in Spain's Levante region, is a testament to great beauty, surprising modernity and a gentleness of life palpable in its street festivals and nightlife. Here are some of the highlights, from art and artisans to the region's fine food and lively festivals.

LIVING IT UP IN VALENCIA
The Westin Valencia Hotel
Located just eight miles from Valencia airport, and within walking distance to the city's main sites, The Westin Valencia is embracing the future while maintaining its Mediterranean charm.
The Westin Valencia

SPAIN

Spanish Home Cooking

THE FOOD OF SPAIN
Spanish Cooking

If you can't get to Spain anytime soon but want to cook like a Spaniard, check out Spanish Home Cooking - Cocina Casera.

See also: Mediterranean Vegetables

 

 

BOOK A ROOM
Hotels in Spain
If you've saved up your vacation days for a trip to Spain, make your hard work count. Find your ideal accommodations using these hotel ratings, reviews and descriptions.
Stay at Hotel Palace GL in Barcelona, Spain

 

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