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Spain is one of our favorite countries to visit.  Great food, fantastic wine, loads of history, friendly locals, high speed trains, and it’s very affordable.  What’s not too like about food and travel in Spain?

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5 Tapas Ideas to Create Your Own Tapas Menu
Valencia a Great Place for Special Spanish Dishes
Madrid Food Guide: Where the Locals Eat

Planning a Trip to Spain

Beautiful Accommodation in SpainFind hotels cheap

Accommodation options in Spain are plentiful and you can find something to suit any budget.

Boutique hotels and small luxury accommodation abounds in Spain. There is no shortage of beautiful accommodation from historic castles, to luxurious bed and breakfasts, to modern boutique hotels or plenty of self contained apartments and homes if you would like more space.

To browse current hotel prices and availability in Spain. To compare booking engines and prices we recommend Hotels Combined


Transportation: Getting Around While in Spain

Spain has very good train, bus, and road infrastructure. A rather large country, travel times can be long between cities.

There are several high speed train routes as well and these can cut travel times substantially. The train network is also connected to the Eurail network to make travel within Europe easy and convenient.

Given travel times to the airport, and the need to be there several hours early, train travel can be an efficient low stress option. The main train terminal is usually located in the center of town, and there are no luggage restrictions.

For Car Rental in Spain

Car rental and fuel in Spain, and most of Europe, can be expensive, especially if you want to travel between countries. For international car rental we use Holiday Autos. The price quoted includes all taxes and fees and it also searches local providers. Download our rental car checklist to compare your quote.

Within Europe there is also an auto leasing scheme for non-EU residents.  If your trip lasts more than 21 days and crosses international borders, it may be a more affordable option than renting a car.  You can find out more about the program here.

Flights to Spain

There are many low cost airlines servicing Spain both internationally and within Spain as well. Vueling Airlines, a low cost carrier is headquartered in Barcelona. They hub in Barcelona and Rome.

Be aware of luggage fees on the low cost carriers, they can often be more than the cost of the airfare. (Which can make the train an attractive alternative.)

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Travel Insurance

And don’t forget travel insurance!  You just never know when you will need travel insurance. Are you covered? Can you afford not to be? This is where travel insurance from a reputable company can be worth its weight in gold. We use World Nomads Travel Insurance, you can get a quote here.

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Madrid Food Guide: Where the Locals Eat

What makes Madrid such a great place to visit? Apart from the weather, history, culture and the affordability, there is also the food! Check out our Madrid Food Guide to find out what special, Spanish dishes the locals eat and where they eat them. Before we move onto the Madrid Food Guide, let’s just revisit the list of reasons noted above as to why you would visit Madrid. The weather is magnificent and although a little warm in summer, it … Read More

Valencia a Great Place for Special Spanish Dishes

Is Valencia worth visiting to enjoy special Spanish dishes? Absolutely. It’s home to Spain’s most famous dish as well as six Michelin-starred restaurants. Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and sits on the Mediterranean Coast. It has a warm and sunny climate. Much of Spain’s brilliant produce grows in the area surrounding this grand, old city. So, yes, it is a great city to visit as a tourist and not just for the food and wine. The old, city center … Read More

5 Tapas Ideas to Create Your Own Tapas Menu

This tapas menu with 5 great tapas ideas is perfect for your Spanish themed dinner party. Great casual dining with friends and family. This menu features 5 great Spanish recipes perfect served as tapas for entertaining at home. All are easy to prepare and cook. Enjoy some relaxed Spanish culture, flavors and fun. Spain holds its own when it comes to the number of Michelin-starred restaurants. And the Spanish culture abounds with special Spanish dishes providing incredibly good value in … Read More

Simple Grilled Calamari Recipe for Easy Cooking at Home

Fresh calamari is healthy, tasty and easy to buy. This simple grilled calamari recipe is possibly the easiest and quickest meal you can put on the table. There are so many ways to cook fresh calamari. I love to eat deep fried calamari or pan fried calamari when I go out and I often do. But who wants to cook that at home and clean up all the mess after frying? For easy cooking at home, this simple grilled calamari … Read More

How to Make Spanish Albondigas: An Easy Meatball Recipe

Here is an easy meatball recipe – Spanish style. Cooked in a rich tomato sauce with classic, Spanish flavors, albondigas are hearty. A great 1-pot dish. Albondigas may not be a word many people outside of Europe know of. I certainly didn’t before our visit to Spain. In fact, the word albondigas, derives from Arabic. Food culture and migration is such a fascinating subject. Simple to make and from everyday ingredients, the meatballs gently simmer away in a rich and … Read More

Portobello Mushroom Recipes: Spanish Garlic Mushrooms

Welcome to the world of Spanish tapas, now so popular around the world. If you are looking how to make delicious garlic mushrooms look no further than these easy Spanish Garlic Mushrooms. Ready in just 15 minutes, full of Spanish flair and made from everyday ingredients, Spanish Garlic Mushrooms are great as an appetizer or a light main meal. Or, in combination with some other dishes, why not follow the Spanish culture and serve garlic mushrooms as part of a … Read More

Spanish Garlic Prawns: A Simple Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

Simple to prepare and just fabulous as part of a Spanish themed dinner or tapas set, you will love these Spanish garlic prawns. Do you call them shrimp or prawns? As you can see from the title of this recipe I have a foot in both camps so I am using the 2 words interchangeably today. But honestly, who cares? These shellfish are popular throughout the world and rightly so. In addition to this garlic shrimp recipe, we also discuss the … Read More

Valencia Tourist Attractions: Mercat Central Valencia

Our day begins with a visit to fabulous Mercat Central Valencia. It is one of the top Valencia tourist attractions to visit, with an amazing array of food! But first things first, we need coffee! Luckily, Mercat Central Valencia has one of Valencia’s best coffee shops. So, first stop is Retrogusto.  As I sip my cappuccino I feel it coursing through my veins preparing me to explore the rest of the magnificent Mercat Central Valencia. For a moment, as I … Read More

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