Tips for Traveling in Spain
Taking up more than a third of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, which it shares with Portugal, Spain is vast and diverse in terms of both geography and culture. The country has 17 autonomous regions with proud populations boasting their own dialects and customs. Spain’s capital city, Madrid, makes a good jumping-off point for travel; sitting near the center of the country, the major metropolis is home to the Spanish Royal Palace and the famed Prado museum. While Madrid is an obvious historical and cultural must-see, Spain’s countryside and coastal regions are equally immersive — and perhaps more intimate. Encounters with locals and their traditions await thoughtful travelers.