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Spain Travel Planner

Use our Spain Travel Planner for a fun boomer travel adventure in Spain

Updated: 02.27.2018. One could travel for years throughout the Iberian Peninsula and not grow tired of all that Spain has to offer. Full of rich historic sites, intriguing culinary hotspots and an overall zeal for the good life, a trip to Spain won’t leave you wanting for anything more. Use our Spain Travel Planner to make the most of your active boomer trip. And come back often as we continue to update and verify our recommended online resources and products for you. Or subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet Weekly Broadcast to be the first to know!

Spires of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela rise about the green Spanish landscape.

Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Whether you’re planning a land adventure or researching Spain cruise excursions as part of a Mediterranean cruise, online travel resources equal instant information at your fingertips. But we’ve found that too much information complicates research rather than speeding it up. That’s why we’ve included only the best online resources in our Spain Trip Planner. Bookmark our favorites for your Spain travel itinerary. We’ve also included our favorite apps.

Online Spain Travel Resources

If you believe in going straight to the source, Spain Info is for you. It’s the country’s official guide and an up-to-date resource for planning your trip beforehand or while in the country. You’ll find day trip suggestions, a cultural calendar, or search your trip by activity. The Spain travel tips section covers everything you need to know about health, safety, weather, money, entry requirements and more.

The My Itchy Travel Feet Spain Destination Guide shares some of the best places to visit in Spain. From biking in Barcelona to a road trip through the Lower Rias, you’re sure to find destination advice that fits your style of travel. So click through to the articles before planning a trip to Spain.

Looking for a place to stay? Start your for hotels in Spain search with us.

Frommer’s travel guides never disappoint and their Spain itinerary recommendations are great tools to find the best routes for your travel tastes. The travel advice includes one week and two week itineraries, family travel suggestions, how to explore the best in art and architecture plus a special section on Andalusia.

Are you traveling soon on a Mediterranean Cruise that calls on Spanish ports? Read our first-hand articles on Spain Shore Excursions before booking yours.

If you’re planning a Spain road trip, make sure to check out The Guardian’s Four Classic Road Trips through Spain and Portugal for some great routes! You’ll find road trip itineraries for Southern Spain, Northern Spain and then venture on into Portugal. We like the numbered road trip maps that include information on what to see and where to stay in Spain.

We highly recommend joining a medical evacuation program before leaving on an international trip. Don’t get stuck with a major illness or injury while you’re far away from home. A Medjet membership will get you to your home hospital if you’re injured. Click to enroll!

Of course, don’t forget to look through our own Spain travel apps for staying in the know while you’re on the go. We’ve included apps for finding the best beaches, a Spanish dictionary, Eurail planner, and several destination guides, including those to use when you’re offline.

The pink building of the Benedictine monastery in Montserrat, Spain, stands next to the jagged rock-topped mountains, accented by a blue sky.

If you’ve been there and done that in Barcelona, venture into the countryside to see Montserrat.

Spain Travel Guides, Books and Music

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Spain, Lonely Planet has you covered. Discover Spain includes over 40 full-color maps, suggested itineraries, insider tips on avoiding crowds (you know how we hate crowds) and how to save money and time on your trip around Spain.

Rick Steves 2018 Spain Travel Guide is the go-to man when it comes to those boomer travelers interested in broadening their understanding of a country’s culture. His guides are always on point, and his Spanish 2018 guide is a must when making decisions about where to travel in Spain. This guide includes the usual advice on what to see and how to make the most of your trip. But it really shines in the self-guided walking tour pages of the book.

Off-the-beaten-path travel in the Iberian Peninsula? Yes, please. Back Roads Spain Travel is a great way to get off-the-beaten-path in Spain while making your own adventure away from the crowds! Twenty-five themed drives introduce travelers to “charming villages, local restaurants and unique places to stay.” If you’re the type of boomer adventurer who prefers a road trip, get reading.

Ghost of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past is a thorough account of the country’s social and political changes throughout history. If you’d like to brush up on Spainish history before visiting, this book is a must read.

Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis will certainly get you in the mood for some Spanish travel. Great to listen to while packing your bags or to while away the hours of your international flight!

Two men walk along a street paved in limestone in Cartagena, Spain.

In Cartagena, the streets are paved in limestone.

Spain Travel Gear

“The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.” The song from My Fair Lady is mostly true. What does this mean for the traveler to Spain? Think hot and sunny. And prepare for it.

We’re often asked what to pack for traveling in Spain. Our answer varies. If you’re traveling on a two-week tour of Spain or an independent trip, packing light is the only way to go. Donna once traveled 21 days in China with a carryon. Mixing and matching outfits is key to traveling light. See how she did it.

If you’re traveling to Spain on a Mediterranean cruise, you’ll need a couple of daytime outfits for shore excursions and don’t forget comfortable walking shoes. Pack an outfit for city or museum tours and another one for adventure-type experiences, if that’s your style. Reserve most of the space in your luggage to dress for evenings on the ship. We think dressing up is part of the fun. On cruises, rather than packing light, we aim for packing smart.
Zero Grid Money Belt

For hiking the Camino de Santiago or other Spanish adventures, a Foldable Tilley Hat is a must for keeping the strong sun from damaging your skin. But if your journey involves touring Barcelona or relaxing on a Spanish beach, Scala hats offer stylish sun protection. Both are great hats for travelers, fold up for packing and travel well.

Zero Grid Money Belt is a great way to protect yourself from the unfortunate reality of pickpockets, which are very common in Spain. And it has RFID blocking technology to deter identity theft. Excellent for men or women, tuck the lightweight, Zero grid money belt under the waistband of slacks. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you’re a woman who cringes at the thought of wearing a money belt, the Travelon Anti-Theft Cross Body Bag is the next, best answer. It’s good looking, convenient to use and designed to thwart thieves that may be considering running off with your valuables.

Remember our advice for packing light? Eagle Creek Travel Compression Bags lets you pack in an organized and ultra-efficient manner, while saving space in your luggage. And they are an excellent choice for land trips. Remember those days of pulling everything out of your carryon to find that one item of clothing? No more—not if you’ve organized clothing with Eagle Creek compression bags.

With the number of electronic devices travelers use today, staying charged up is vital. And that can be quite confusing to those of us from North America. The Eagle Creek Travel Universal Adapter lets you travel with confidence knowing that you’ll always be able to plug in devices, no matter which country you’re visiting.

Have we given you enough ideas for how to travel in Spain? Check back as we continue to update the resources and advice so that you have the best trip possible.

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