Spain (España)


Valencia to Xativa, Spain (España)

Across Iberia

Leaving aside the modernity of Valencia, we explore the natural and historical settings that the "community" shares with the Mediterranean. The more we travel, the more its bright life seduces us.

Matarraña to Alcanar, Spain (España)

A Medieval Spain

Traveling through the lands of Aragon and Valencia, we come across towers and detached battlements of houses that fill the slopes. Mile after kilometer, these visions prove to be as anachronistic as they are fascinating.

La Palma, Canary IslandsSpain (España)
The Most Mediatic of the Cataclysms to Happen
The BBC reported that the collapse of a volcanic slope on the island of La Palma could generate a mega-tsunami. Whenever the area's volcanic activity increases, the media take the opportunity to scare the world.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain (España)
Fuerteventura's Atlantic Ventura
The Romans knew the Canaries as the lucky islands. Fuerteventura, preserves many of the attributes of that time. Its perfect beaches for the windsurf and the kite-surfing or just for bathing, they justify successive “invasions” by the sun-hungry northern peoples. In the volcanic and rugged interior, the bastion of the island's indigenous and colonial cultures remains. We started to unravel it along its long south.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
To César Manrique what is César Manrique's
By itself, Lanzarote would always be a Canaria by itself, but it is almost impossible to explore it without discovering the restless and activist genius of one of its prodigal sons. César Manrique passed away nearly thirty years ago. The prolific work he left shines on the lava of the volcanic island that saw him born.
El Hierro, Canary Islands
The Volcanic Rim of the Canaries and the Old World
Until Columbus arrived in the Americas, El Hierro was seen as the threshold of the known world and, for a time, the Meridian that delimited it. Half a millennium later, the last western island of the Canaries is teeming with exuberant volcanism.
La Graciosa, Canary Islands
The Most Graceful of the Canary Islands
Until 2018, the smallest of the inhabited Canaries did not count for the archipelago. Arriving in La Graciosa, we discover the insular charm of the now eighth island.
PN Timanfaya, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
PN Timanfaya and the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote
Between 1730 and 1736, out of nowhere, dozens of volcanoes in Lanzarote erupted successively. The massive amount of lava they released buried several villages and forced almost half of the inhabitants to emigrate. The legacy of this cataclysm is the current Martian setting of the exuberant PN Timanfaya.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
The Volcano that Haunts the Atlantic
At 3718m, El Teide is the roof of the Canaries and Spain. Not only. If measured from the ocean floor (7500 m), only two mountains are more pronounced. The Guanche natives considered it the home of Guayota, their devil. Anyone traveling to Tenerife knows that old Teide is everywhere.
La Palma, Canary Islands
The "Isla Bonita" of the Canary Islands
In 1986 Madonna Louise Ciccone launched a hit that popularized the attraction exerted by a island imaginary. Ambergris Caye, in Belize, reaped benefits. On this side of the Atlantic, the palmeros that's how they see their real and stunning Canaria.
Vegueta, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Around the Heart of the Royal Canaries
The old and majestic Vegueta de Las Palmas district stands out in the long and complex Hispanization of the Canaries. After a long period of noble expeditions, the final conquest of Gran Canaria and the remaining islands of the archipelago began there, under the command of the monarchs of Castile and Aragon.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
East of White Mountain Island
The almost triangular Tenerife has its center dominated by the majestic volcano Teide. At its eastern end, there is another rugged domain, even so, the place of the island's capital and other unavoidable villages, with mysterious forests and incredible abrupt coastlines.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Grand Canary Islands
It is only the third largest island in the archipelago. It so impressed European navigators and settlers that they got used to treating it as the supreme.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (España)
José Saramago's Basalt Raft
In 1993, frustrated by the Portuguese government's disregard for his work “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ”, Saramago moved with his wife Pilar del Río to Lanzarote. Back on this somewhat extraterrestrial Canary Island, we visited his home. And the refuge from the portuguese censorship that haunted the writer.
scarlet summer

Valencia to Xativa, Spain (España)

Across Iberia

Leaving aside the modernity of Valencia, we explore the natural and historical settings that the "community" shares with the Mediterranean. The more we travel, the more its bright life seduces us.

Gothic couple

Matarraña to Alcanar, Spain (España)

A Medieval Spain

Traveling through the lands of Aragon and Valencia, we come across towers and detached battlements of houses that fill the slopes. Mile after kilometer, these visions prove to be as anachronistic as they are fascinating.

Cumbre Vieja, La Palma, Eruption, Tsunami, A Televisioned Apocalypse
La Palma, Canary IslandsSpain (España)

The Most Mediatic of the Cataclysms to Happen

The BBC reported that the collapse of a volcanic slope on the island of La Palma could generate a mega-tsunami. Whenever the area's volcanic activity increases, the media take the opportunity to scare the world.
El Cofete beach from the top of El Islote, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain (España)

Fuerteventura's Atlantic Ventura

The Romans knew the Canaries as the lucky islands. Fuerteventura, preserves many of the attributes of that time. Its perfect beaches for the windsurf and the kite-surfing or just for bathing, they justify successive “invasions” by the sun-hungry northern peoples. In the volcanic and rugged interior, the bastion of the island's indigenous and colonial cultures remains. We started to unravel it along its long south.
Visitors in Jameos del Água, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

To César Manrique what is César Manrique's

By itself, Lanzarote would always be a Canaria by itself, but it is almost impossible to explore it without discovering the restless and activist genius of one of its prodigal sons. César Manrique passed away nearly thirty years ago. The prolific work he left shines on the lava of the volcanic island that saw him born.
Mirador de La Peña, El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain
El Hierro, Canary Islands

The Volcanic Rim of the Canaries and the Old World

Until Columbus arrived in the Americas, El Hierro was seen as the threshold of the known world and, for a time, the Meridian that delimited it. Half a millennium later, the last western island of the Canaries is teeming with exuberant volcanism.
View of La Graciosa de Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
La Graciosa, Canary Islands

The Most Graceful of the Canary Islands

Until 2018, the smallest of the inhabited Canaries did not count for the archipelago. Arriving in La Graciosa, we discover the insular charm of the now eighth island.
PN Timanfaya, Mountains of Fire, Lanzarote, Caldera del Corazoncillo
PN Timanfaya, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

PN Timanfaya and the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote

Between 1730 and 1736, out of nowhere, dozens of volcanoes in Lanzarote erupted successively. The massive amount of lava they released buried several villages and forced almost half of the inhabitants to emigrate. The legacy of this cataclysm is the current Martian setting of the exuberant PN Timanfaya.
Teide Volcano, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Volcano that Haunts the Atlantic

At 3718m, El Teide is the roof of the Canaries and Spain. Not only. If measured from the ocean floor (7500 m), only two mountains are more pronounced. The Guanche natives considered it the home of Guayota, their devil. Anyone traveling to Tenerife knows that old Teide is everywhere.
Playa Nogales, La Palma, Canary Islands
La Palma, Canary Islands

The "Isla Bonita" of the Canary Islands

In 1986 Madonna Louise Ciccone launched a hit that popularized the attraction exerted by a island imaginary. Ambergris Caye, in Belize, reaped benefits. On this side of the Atlantic, the palmeros that's how they see their real and stunning Canaria.
Cathedral of Santa Ana, Vegueta, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Vegueta, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Around the Heart of the Royal Canaries

The old and majestic Vegueta de Las Palmas district stands out in the long and complex Hispanization of the Canaries. After a long period of noble expeditions, the final conquest of Gran Canaria and the remaining islands of the archipelago began there, under the command of the monarchs of Castile and Aragon.
Palm trees of San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife, Canary Islands

East of White Mountain Island

The almost triangular Tenerife has its center dominated by the majestic volcano Teide. At its eastern end, there is another rugged domain, even so, the place of the island's capital and other unavoidable villages, with mysterious forests and incredible abrupt coastlines.
Gran Canaria, island, Canary Islands, Spain, La Tejeda
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Grand Canary Islands

It is only the third largest island in the archipelago. It so impressed European navigators and settlers that they got used to treating it as the supreme.
José Saramago in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, Glorieta de Saramago
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (España)

José Saramago's Basalt Raft

In 1993, frustrated by the Portuguese government's disregard for his work “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ”, Saramago moved with his wife Pilar del Río to Lanzarote. Back on this somewhat extraterrestrial Canary Island, we visited his home. And the refuge from the portuguese censorship that haunted the writer.

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How to go


VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES

Portuguese citizens only need to present their Citizen Card to be able to enter Spain. Brazilian citizens can stay up to 90 days without a visa.

HEALTH CARE

No specific vaccine to consider when visiting Spain. 

Take your European Health Insurance Card with you so that you can enjoy healthcare at a reduced cost and with special conditions, in case you have any unexpected problems.

For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).

TRAVEL TO SPAIN

Avia

Several airlines fly from Portugal to several cities in Spain, including the Balearic and Canary archipelagos. Among the most popular are the TAP, a Iberia, a Easyjet and Vueling. Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Malaga, Valencia and Seville are destinations that you can easily reach from Lisbon or Porto for between €50 and €150, return trip.

Comboio

Portugal and Spain have several train connections. The most popular is Lisbon-Madrid operated by Renfe and toured by Trenhotel Lusitania. This route can be done for as little as €30.  Another very advantageous one is established by trenhotel Surprised (Lisbon-Hendaye-Irun).

Car

The Spanish capital is 6 hours by car from Lisbon, almost the same time as Porto. Most of the fastest routes – almost only in Spain – are not equipped with tolls.

Must Do's


  • Sevilha
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Toledo
  • Segovia
  • Malaga
  • Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca
  • Grenada and Alhambra
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Picos de Europa 
  • Pyrenees
  • ​Canary Islands, in particular, Parque Nacional del Teide

Explore


INTERNAL FLIGHTS

the national airline Iberia covers most of the country but does not always have the best deals for certain destinations. Other companies operating domestic flights in Spain include Vueling, a Air Europe and Ryanair.

TRAIN

the national company Renfe operates an extensive rail network that allows you to reach most of the country easily and quickly, even faster if the train in question is an AVE (Spanish high-speed). All long-distance trains require a prior reservation, which seems to be possible with non-Spanish credit cards on the company's website, after a long period of technical unavailability for these cards.

TRUCK

An extensive network of buses from different companies runs through most of Spain with more or less frequent connections. The buses are of excellent quality and, depending on the service and the route, offer different classes.

CAR RENTAL

An option to consider only if you do not have your own car and are thinking of exploring the confines of Spain with little time. Count from €10 per day for an economy vehicle (in low season) which can be lowered the longer the rental period. The roads are of good quality and have much less tolls than the Portuguese ones. As a rule, fuel is slightly cheaper than in Portugal.

SHIP

It is a valid transport solution for trips to the nearest islands off Spain, between the Balearic or Canary Islands. Spain and in particular the Costa Brava, Costa Central, Costa Daurada, Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera are also popular destinations to explore by private or chartered boat. The summer months are the most suitable in most parts of the country, except for the Canaries where almost the entire year is good for sailing.

When to go


Any time of year is good to visit Spain, as long as you take into account that the country has four distinct seasons of the year and that, due to the altitude and interiority, certain areas have more extreme temperature extremes than in Portugal.

In winter, in the higher areas of northern Spain, temperatures can drop sharply below -10°C. Instead, at the height of summer, in Seville and other parts of the vast plateau Spain, Extremadura and Andalusia, approach 45ºC several times. The areas in the northern provinces facing the Bay of Biscay or close by are the wettest and greenest in the country.

The high season for Spanish tourism runs from June to September, but certain areas preserve large numbers of tourists and even foreign “residents” for most of the year. This is the case of the Balearic archipelago and even some of the most popular areas of the Canary Islands. 

 

Money and costs


The Spanish currency is the Euro (EUR). Spain has a slightly higher cost of living than Portugal. You will find ATMs and the possibility to pay with credit and debit cards all over the country.

ACCOMMODATION

As far as the price is concerned, camping is the basis of accommodation in Spain, it can be practiced in excellent conditions in numerous parks in the country. Here are the hostels, dedicated to backpackers and other more thrifty visitors. may have daily rates from 15€, 20€ in certain neighborhoods of Madrid and Barcelona. In recent years, with the contribution of several foreign sites, the rental of Spanish houses prepared to welcome visitors has become one of the most popular solutions. 

The hotels complement the offer of accommodation with different types and prices, from the most avoidable to the most elegant boutiques, lounge or simply luxurious. Spain is guaranteed to be one of the European countries with the best hotel offer.

The Paradores are the equivalent of Pousadas de Portugal, a chain of hotels located in historic places of great significance and managed by the Spanish state. The stay can cost between €80 and €250 per night, per double room, with additional values ​​for meals. 

 

FOOD

Like the cost of living in the country in general, food in Spain is priced somewhat higher than in Portugal, which vary from region to region and increase considerably in the most tourist destinations. Expect to pay €25 to €40 for a full meal in an average restaurant.

INTERNET

Several Portuguese mobile phone operator packages already include conversation and navigation minutes in Spain, for a pre-established price. If you want to avoid the extra expense, count on Wi-Fi points in cafes and restaurants that allow customers to use them. With a few exceptions, the most sophisticated hotels and inns should also offer access. You can also purchase a personal and portable Hotspot modem that you can use nationwide using smart phone, tablet or portable. Among the companies that provide this service are the tripnet and All Day Internet.