Spain is an exhilarating place in which to travel. Today a high-speed rail line links Madrid and Barcelona in fewer than three hours, while the 190-mph AVE express takes just two and a half hours from Madrid’s Atocha station to the Andalusian city of Seville. Although much of the Spanish coastline is overbuilt, the interior is largely unspoiled. A new generation of chefs has revolutionized Spanish cuisine, and the country can now boast a galaxy of Michelin stars, notably in the northwestern Basque region.
Spain has three main climatic zones: north, central and Mediterranean. Galicia, in the coastal northwest, receives abundant rainfall; Madrid typifies the high central plateau; Seville is 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Madrid, with August being unpleasantly hot; the Mediterranean region of the Costa del Sol is exemplified by Almería.
Six hours ahead of New York (EST).
Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.14 as of February 2019.
Madrid, Tel. (34) 91-587-2200. Consulate: Barcelona, Tel. (34) 93-280-2227.
To phone hotels and restaurants in Spain, dial 011 (international access) + 34 (Spain code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.