Spain is a place guaranteed to steal your heart. Of all the European countries, there’s something incredibly magical about the liveliness of the people and its streets, the ornate architecture reflective of the cultures that have passed through its borders, the mouth watering cuisine and the creativity that bred some of the world’s most acclaimed artists and architects such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí. The landscape is vast and varied—from the mountainous regions like the Picos de Europa in the north or the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in the south, to the thousands of miles of coastline, or the lush greenery found in the Basque Country or Galicia. Add in a little siesta or fiesta and there’s no chance you can escape Spain’s unique charm.
FLY TO SPAIN
SAS flies to Spain from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route). With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, WiFi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
SUN AND WHITE BEACHES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
With thousands of miles of pristine coastline, it’s no secret that Spain is a top beach destination in Europe. No matter which coastal city you choose to visit, rest assured there will be a beautiful beach nearby. Some of Spain’s most popular mainland beach areas include the Costa del Sol, the Costa Brava, the Costa Blanca and the Costa Verde. In addition, a visit to one of Spain’s islands—whether it be the Balearic or the Canary guarantees some serious sunshine and stunning beaches.
The Costa del Sol is one of the most famous coastal destinations in Spain, running across most of the southern coast of Spain, and known for extravagant parties, endless hours of sunshine (hence the name) and spectacular beaches. The city of Malaga is located here, which offers vacationers not just superb waters, but also a city vibe, shopping and buzzing nightlife. Venture a little farther from the cities and you’ll find Tarifa, the most southern point of Spain. The beach here is among the windiest, and a popular spot for windsurfing, but the water is crystal clear, warm and wonderful.
A visit to the Costa Brava, running from the French border to Barcelona, offers a little different atmosphere—more family oriented and relaxed. Tons of little beach villages dot the coastline, the beaches are a little rockier, but you can walk for hours on the endless stretches.
The Costa Blanca, running from Valencia to Alicante and Benidorm is also a great place for an urban beach vacation. Alicante, in particular, boasts a stunning city beach, with turquoise waters so salty you can float on your back while have unobstructed views of the impressive castle watching over the city from the top of the hill above. In addition, the Costa Blanca is also home to Playa de San Juan, considered one of the top beaches in Spain. At a width of more than 275 feet in some parts there’s definitely space for everyone!
EXCITING MUSEUMS FEATURING WORLD-CLASS ART
Spanish museums and architecture are some of the top in the world. The capital of Madrid is home to many world-class museums including the Prado, with works from Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez and El Greco, and the Reina Sofia, where Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece the “Guernica” is showcased. In Barcelona, you’ll an entire museum devoted to Picasso right in the heart of the city, and just a few hours north, in Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, you’ll find the Salvador Dalí Theatre and Museum, designed by the outlandish artist himself and home to many of Dalís most famous works.
SPANISH ARCHITECTURE TELLS STORIES
Also in Barcelona, visitors can experience the works of one of Spain’s greatest architects, Antoni Gaudi. These include the Casa Mila, Gaudi Park, or the massive Sagrada Familia, an art nouveau inspired cathedral still in the process of construction nearly 100 years later. The architecture of the Guggenheim in Bilbao is sure not to disappoint, either. For more historic architectural gems, nothing can beach the incomparable vastness of the Alhambra, a Moorish palace home to Muslim kings, Spanish emperors, and Catholic monarchs, that is as impressive in its intricate details as it is in sheer size alone. In addition, Spain is home to a number of impressive cathedrals dating back centuries that are absolutely worth a visit.
CITY LIFE AND BEACH IN BARCELONA
The bohemian Barcelona is located right on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Art, culture, beach life, football and food dominate here, culminating to make one of the top qualities of life in Europe. With beautiful beaches just a stones throw from central city locations, it’s the perfect spot for visitors looking for a mix of both experiences.
In addition, you’ll find that Barcelona and the entire region of Catalonia have a unique culture and language (known as Catalan), separate from most of Spain. Winding through the old quarters, enjoying the local entertainment on Las Ramblas, visiting the Barcelona Cathedral or some of Gaudi’s impressive works, and nibbling on some delicious seafood dishes is the perfect way to spend a day in Barcelona—all washed down with a cold beer or tinto de verano (the less touristy version of sangria—a mix of red wine with lemon or orange soda, commonly served in the summer).
Spain’s second city also boasts many opportunities for shopping, from huge department centers, to chain stores, to local boutiques and street-side stands selling artisan goods.
SPANISH ROYALITY IN MADRID
The Spanish Capital of Madrid is located in the heart of the country—the exact center to be precise. It’s home to the foundation of the governmental history, from the days of the Catholic Kings to Franco’s dictatorship and today, the Spanish royal family. Pay a visit to the Royal Palace, and explore the surrounding gardens. A favorite spot for locals to relax, jog, play sports, do yoga, and just sip on a hot coffee or cold beer in the warm weather is Parc del Retiro, with a small lake and impressive statue in the center. Go to the city’s epicenter, Puerta del Sol and check out the symbol of the city, El Oso y El Madroño (the bear and the strawberry tree), then branch off in any direction from there. Just a short walk away, in the La Latina neighborhood, you’ll find some of Madrid’s top tapas bars including El Sobrino de Botín, the world’s oldest still working restaurant.
SPANISH SOCCER—A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
Football to the Spanish is like air for humans—vital. No matter what city you visit, local fans will tell you their team is the best and nothing quite beats the rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. A home game in either of these cities is sure to be exciting. Get there early to partake in the pregame festivities and make sure you brush up on the team theme song—which will be loudly sung at the beginning of the game—the top players and, of course the phrase vamos! (let’s go!).