Author: marianatalia.diaz@gmail.com (Natalia Diaz)

With its sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, World Heritage cities, incredible cuisine, and multi-faceted culture, few countries in the world can tick all the traveler boxes with such a diverse range of attractions as Spain. It is truly unique.  Given Spain’s long and storied past of Catholic monarchies, Muslim caliphates and New World conquistadores, one region can have a completely distinct character from the next. Here’s a rundown of the best places to visit in this standout Iberian destination. Squeeze every moment out of your next vacation with tips and tricks from Lonely Planet in our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox.…

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“¡Vaya, vaya! ¡Aquí no hay playa!” – which translates to “here, there is no beach!” – is a familiar refrain in Madrid, a good-humored lament to the fact that the Spanish capital lacks its own city beach. But what Madrid lacks in coastline, it certainly makes up for in spellbinding natural views, thanks to its proximity to the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and the Manzanares River that flows out into the lowlands. A dramatic, biodiverse terrain of rough granite rock formations, waterfalls, forests, glacial lakes and lagoons forms a spectacular backdrop to Madrid’s countless hiking trails, which link a…

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Criss-crossing destinations around Spain whether by land, air or sea is easy and convenient due to Spain’s efficient multi-modal public transport infrastructure which has also been upgraded significantly over recent years. Spain also gets high marks for universally accessible travel. Visitors with reduced mobility can move around just as safely and inclusively. The country’s public transport infrastructure such as trains, buses and terminals have been designed for accessibility, offering specially designated spaces and adapted features for people with disabilities and anyone with mobility challenges, young and old alike.  Train RENFE is Spain’s national railway company that runs about 5000 trains…

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It doesn’t take long for visitors to discover that there are few cities as easy to get around as Madrid. A public transport infrastructure that includes an efficient and reliable subway system, an organized bus network and late-night buses, long-distance high speed trains connecting to outlying Spanish towns, and even electric bikes with charging docks, all make Madrid a highly commuter-friendly capital.  Additionally, travelers with reduced mobility will be happy to find Madrid’s bus and subway vehicles and stations specially designed for universally accessible travel, one hallmark that makes the Spanish capital stand out as a world-class tourist destination. Immerse yourself…

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Madrid is a fascinating city with a storied history that spans nearly a millennium. With architectural wonders, world-class gastronomy, famed art museums and even an Egyptian temple within the city limits, the Spanish capital offers sights and attractions to satisfy all visitors. Here are 12 experiences not to miss in Madrid. Immerse yourself in the best experiences the world has to offer with our email newsletter delivered weekly into your inbox. The Prado is filled with a number of world-famous artworks © trabantos / Shutterstock 1. Visit the Golden Triangle of Art Madrid’s “Golden Triangle of Art” consists of three…

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