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Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Spain

Spain, a passionate and culturally rich country famous for its historic cities, diverse landscapes, enduring cultures, and traditions.

More diverse than most people imagine, Spain is a collection of iconic sights, sounds and smells. Travel to the hot Andalusian plains for grand cathedrals and white hilltop villages or the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa for remote jagged mountain tops.

Hear the rhythm of flamenco in Madrid’s backstreets and taste wine and tapas from hidden bars in the Basque region. Spain is culturally abundant with passion interwoven into the very fabric of everyday life. Famous yes for glittering beaches but it is Spain’s historic cities, contrasting landscapes, enduring cultures, and traditions, which bring it to life.

The Courtyard of the Maidens patio in Royal Alcazars of Seville, Spain
Spain

Why choose Spain

With some of Europe’s most celebrated historical cities, charming, whitewashed villages, craggy mountains and fertile valleys, Spain is a collection of the known and unknown. Move away from the obvious highlights to find hidden wildlife with the lynx of Andalucía or bears in Cantabria and Asturias. Stay in charming homesteads to experience authentic Spanish hospitality and meet artisan food producers in San Sabastian to the Marques de Riscal winery in La Rioja.

Plaza Espana, Sevilla, Spain
Spain

Why travel to Spain with Steppes

Many have rightly explored the Islamic beauty of the Alhambra in Seville or marvelled at the architectural majesty of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, but few have discovered the hidden corners of this diverse country, from the Mercado de Abastos in Santiago de Compostela to a private lodge working to restore the lynx population in Andalucía. Steppes have a keen eye for local suppliers, eclectic wildlife and cultural guides while ensuring travel continues to enhance communities and engage in a positive and restorative way.

Bright blue glass like lake surrounded by mountains and grassy slopes with thatched shack on shores.
Spain

Spain beyond the classics

• Taste delicious red wine at lesser known vineyards of Rioja and Alava while exploring the buzzing local towns dotted with pilgrim churches
• Explore some of the smaller villages such as A Guarda, a fishing port in Galicia close to the Portuguese border. Home to a pretty harbour and fresh seafood, worthy a few days of gentle walking.
• Spend a few peaceful hours at Aljaferia found in the less visited Aragon region, considered a jewel of 11 century Islamic architecture.

Explore Spain

  • Seville
  • Basque Country

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Explore the Cantabrian Mountains

With an expert naturalist, walk through pristine mountain terrain in search of Iberian wolves, Brown bear, wildcat and other interesting mammals.

Suggested Holiday Idea

View Wildcat

Watch the very beautiful Wildcat hunting for rodents in the grass.

Observe the Iberian wolf

Observe family groups of Iberian wolf feeding their young in the Cantabrian Mountain range, some of the best-preserved habitats in Spain.

Stay in Andalucia

Stay in one of the many pretty white villages that dot Andalucia.

Alhambra Gardens

Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

The Basque Country Walking Trails

Walk in the national parks and coastal mountains with an expert guide.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Frequently asked questions about Spain

How long are the flights to Spain from the UK?

Direct flights from London to Madrid or Barcelona take around three hours.

Can I use my mobile phone in Spain?

Spain has excellent mobile phone coverage. Due to the country being within the EU, roaming charges are the same as those in the UK. However, minor charges may still apply. For further information, check: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/mobile-phones/mobiles-abroad/check-your-phonebefore-you-roam/.

What is the international dialling code for Spain?

34

What is the time zone in Spain?

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT. It observes daylight saving time.

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Wildlife Conservation

Steppes Travel has partnered with the European Nature Trust (TENT) in order to connect people to nature and to raise funds for projects that protect and restore European wilderness. The wild areas of Europe are a sometimes-overlooked option for immersive wildlife experiences however, right on our doorstep lies some of the most outstandingly beautiful swathes of wilderness and national parklands, rich with wildlife. Each of our engaging and impactful wildlife experiences takes you to explore some of Europe’s most hidden wild secrets, providing you with access to conservation experts, local projects on the ground and exceptional wildlife sightings.

WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN

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