Here at Totally Spain, we’ve been planning custom Spain & Portugal itineraries since the year 2000. More and more of our individual clients are taking much longer trips – anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks – and this is when we really get a chance to flex our muscles and get our creative juices flowing. To help you visualise just what you can (or can’t) squeeze in when travelling Spain for a month, here’s our insider advice to help you make that trip come true.
Insider Advice on Travelling Spain for a Month
Spain means a lot of different things to different people but the only thing we all agree on is that it’s quite a big and diverse country so you need to plan before you travel to make the most of your trip.
1 Not sure what to see in Spain? Whet your appetite with these inspirational posts!
- 25 Photos that Define Spain – Bucketlist Inspiration for your next Trip
- Best Cities in Spain
- Travel Spain’s Best Attractions
- Best Monuments and Museums in Spain
2 Getting Around Spain – Driving or Travelling by Public Transport?
A month is quite a long time to visit. Do you want to hire a car for some of your time? These posts will help you decide!
- Driving in Spain & Portugal – What You Need to Know Before You Go
- Spectacular Driving Routes in Spain
- Travelling by High-Speed Train in Spain
- The Benefits of Hiring and Private Driver/Guide in Spain
3 How much of Spain can you actually see in a month? Quite a lot actually!
It depends on a number of factors but with 4 full weeks, you can do as much as this:-
- In-depth city tour of Madrid plus a few day trips (how does Segovia, Toledo and Cuenca sound?)
- In-depth city tour of Barcelona, plus expert tour of Gaudi’s Barcelona & a day trip to the Costa Brava or Dali’s Catalonia
- A tour of Northern Spain including San Sebastian, Bilbao and either Cantabria’s Cave Paintings or La Rioja wineries
- In-depth tour of Andalusia visiting Seville, Cordoba & Granada
- A wild card (see point 12 below)
4 Who Is Travelling With You?
Before developing an itinerary, you need to think about your travelling party’s demographics, fitness and knowledge by asking yourself these questions:
- Is this your first time in Spain (or the first time for the majority of your group)?
- What is the general health and mobility level of the group? e.g. Can everybody stand around tapas bars or will you need a pre-booked table?
- Is this a multi-generational group? Are there buggies, child seats, early bedtimes and babysitting to factor in?
- Where does the group come from? For example, if you live on the sunny coast in California, you may not be so interested in spending time on the coast.
- What are your interests? If you work in the wine business or food trade, you may be really interested in meeting people working in similar businesses here (or not)!
- Where are you all flying in from? Will some or all of you need to factor in a day’s relaxation after the flight?
- Will you be up early or out late at night?
5 The Intensity of the Trip in Spain
Not only does it help hugely when everybody outlines the pace they want for a trip well in advance, it’s also important for you to understand people’s expectations when it comes to expert guides and bespoke services in each place. Do you think your travelling party will want:
- transfers booked from airport/train stations to hotels
- tour with a private guide in every new city
- tour with a private guide in the large cities only
- places booked on group tours in the large cities
- Tables reserved in advance everywhere you go (good for restricted mobility and large groups)
- Meals pre-booked before you travel (very handy for meat-free/dairy-free/gluten-free/kosher meals)
- all of the above
- none of the above
BTW there’s no right or wrong answers here. You just need to reflect on how you (and your group) like to travel…
6 Hotels/Accommodation in Spain
If you are booking (or have us doing the planning) at least six months in advance, you can really get good deals and can even try for upgrades and discounts – especially for the quieter nights. But before you look at booking anything, it really pays to understand how hotels work here. Check out our advice on:
- How to Get the Best Hotel Rooms in Spain
- Top Hotel Complaints & How to Avoid Having to Make Them
- The Most Impressive Paradores in Spain
7 Food in Spain
Spain’s gastronomy is a hugely important part of any trip here. If you can do a little research before you travel, you’ll really get so much more from your trip. We’ve covered all you need to know here. You don’t have to read them all, of course, but do try to read the ones that apply to you and your group…
- The Art of Gastronomy in Spain
- Why We Recommend Taking a Food Tour in Spain
- How to Survive Mealtimes – Just When Should You Eat While in Spain?
- The Menu-del-Dia in Spain – Regional & Seasonal Dining at an Amazing Price
- The Ultimate Guide to Real Spanish Paella
- A Guide to the Weird, Quirky & Odd (Foodie) Things in Spain
- The Art, Love & Tradition of Sharing Food in Spain
- Ultimate Guide to Spanish Tortilla- The Perfect Potato Omelette
- Guide to Travelling as a Vegetarian and Vegan in Spain
- Guide to Eating, Buying and Enjoying Cheese in Spain
- A Food Guide for Families with Young Kids Travelling in Spain
- The Best Museum Cafes & Restaurants in Spain
8 Wine & Wineries in Spain
Not only is the wine wonderful here in Spain but the wineries are equally spectacular. We urge everybody to visit at least one winery in Spain – but which one is the right one for you?
- Guide to Touring the Ribera del Duero Wine Region
- Rias Baixas and where to go in Galicia for Great Beaches, Wineries, Palaces & Seafood
- A Visit to Laguardia and the Rioja Alavesa Wineries in Spain
- An Award-Winning Guide to the Rioja Winery Region
- Totally Bodegas – Which are the Best Wineries in Spain to Visit?
- A Visit to Bodegas Vidular To Taste Cantabria Coastal Wine
- Wineries with Art in Spain – The Best Bodegas for All Things Fine
9 Doing it Differently by Adding a Theme to your Itinerary in Spain
We love adding layers to our itineraries with themes that mean something extra special to the visiting family or group. Would any of these themes mean a lot to your group?
- Touring Alcazars & Castles in Spain
- The Best Plazas in Spain
- Architectural Touring in Spain
- The Best Spanish Gardens, Courtyards, Parks & Palace Grounds
- Agricultural Tourism in Spain
- The Amazing Spanish Food Markets
- The Best Cathedrals in Spain
- The Best Bridges in Spain
- Spain’s Coolest Vintage Cars & Must-See Classic Car Museums
- Theatre Festivals & Open Air Theatres in Spain
- Best Walled Towns in Spain
10 Breaking the Ice and Getting Stuck in – Handy Activities While Travelling in Spain
Whether you are travelling solo or in Spain with the kids, in-laws or members of your historical society, there’s nothing like an activity to get everybody mingling and happy. Would one of these activities suit your group?
11 Romance in the Air?
If you are taking this trip to celebrate a special landmark or anniversary, or want to pop the big question (or even relax after the wedding), we have lots of ideas for you here:
- Guide to a Romantic Spanish Weekend Break
- Propose in Spain with 10 Amazing Places to Pop the Question
- Guide to Planning a Honeymoon in Spain
- The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Spain
12 Wild Cards for Your Trip
Want to make this trip even more unique? Why not add on some time in:
- Portugal offers amazing value, with a completely different cuisine, history and architecture.
- Gibraltar/Tangiers on a Daytrip from Spain
- Unusual Andalusia – Digging a little deeper into the region
- Go off the beaten track to see our 14 Hidden Spanish Sights
- Explore Jewish Heritage Sights in Spain and Portugal
- Visit Extremadura and its Medieval Cities, Conquistadores & Jamon
13 Advice & Tips to Read Before You Leave Home
Don’t make the mistake of arriving into Spain ill-prepared. Here’s what you should be reading one month before you fly!
- 21 Tips for Travelling in Spain
- Advice for Pre-booking Top Museums & Monuments in Spain
- Mobile Internet in Spain – How to Make & Take Calls & Access the Web Cheaply While Travelling
- Money Saving Travel Tips in Spain
- A Practical Guide of What to Pack for Spain
- How to Understand Tipping & Gratuities – Just When Do You Tip in Spain?
- Travel Checklist for Spain & Portugal – Be Totally Prepared
- 25 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Spain
14 And know what to bring back home with you…
All you need to know about great gifts and shopping in Spain:
- Should Spanish Shoes be the one thing you bring back from Spain?
- A Guide to the Best Shopping in Spain
Thanks for reading and we really hope our advice helps you plan and enjoy your time in Spain!