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Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourism or business without a visa. 

Ensure you have an updated passport with you. It must be valid for at least six months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State if you have any more questions.

Make sure your passport is not damaged. Conditions that may require you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn-out visa pages, a hole punch, or other damages.

What type of food will we be eating?

Expect to enjoy some of the most delicious food on the planet!

Of course, you'll get to try what Spain is most famous for -: delicious tapas (small Spanish savory dishes) and fresh seafood.

Experience the local cuisine, such as patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), croquetas (croquettes), tortilla (Spanish omlette) to gambas al ajillo (prawns with garlic and olive oil), and pulpo a la gallega (octopus)!

If you have any diet restrictions or allergies, we’ll do our best to arrange a special menu for you since we want everyone to be well-fed.

Please be aware that vegetarianism and veganism in Spain are not as common as they might be in your home country, and choices in restaurants are very limited and will be basic. Expect your options to include soups, salads, cheese, yogurt, and fruits.

Those who are vegan or on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging, and we recommend you bring your own snacks from supermarkets or local markets.

What are the accommodations like?

You will be staying in a local and eco-friendly hostal (not a hostel) in the center of Barcelona. Hostals are usually small, family-owned accommodations in Spain and are not to be confused with hostels.

For most of your time in Spain, you will be staying in a country house built by local artisans and using natural and sustainable building materials. It is located in the middle of the mountains with endless panoramic views.  The on-site restaurant offers signature and plant-based cuisine, all prepared with organic products sourced directly from their own farm. 

Accommodations are double occupancy. Solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same gender.

You can request a friend to be your roommate during check-in.

If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge. Please contact for more details.

What is the physical level of this Spain trip?

Moderate - This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities.

Participants should expect to be active for 3-4 hours on most days. An active lifestyle is helpful, though not required, for enjoying the trip.

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! This trip is yours to enjoy, and participation in any activity is entirely optional. We also can help you set up other optional activities if you'd rather do that.

Just be aware that opting out of included activities does not reduce the price of your trip.

How much time do we spend in Barcelona?

The first two nights of this itinerary are spent in Barcelona. Day 2 will be spent exploring the main city sights, including the world-famous La Sagrada Família and a Trip Leader-led walking tour of the city. 

On the morning of Day 3, you will take a Trip Leader-led walking tour of the Barceloneta district (the city’s coastline) and the medieval and trendy districts of Barcelona: Born, Gothic, and Raval.

Is there a dress code for visiting La Sagrada Família?

Yes, there is a basic dress code that travelers should follow. La Sagrada Família is a Catholic church, so decent dress is required according to the following limitations:

  • It is prohibited to enter with transparent clothes.
  • It is prohibited to enter with trousers and skirts that do not cover at least mid-thigh.
  • Swimwear is not allowed.
  • Entry is not permitted with clothing designed for celebrations of any kind or with ornaments designed to distract or attract attention for artistic, religious, promotional, or any other purpose.
Where is Catalonia?

Catalonia comprises four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The region’s climate is diverse, with the coastal provinces (Barcelona, Girona, and Tarragona) enjoying a Mediterranean climate. Moreover, its coastline boasts some of the country's most spectacular beaches.

Known worldwide for its stunning architecture, numerous museums, art galleries, and cultural events, Catalonia is also a real visitor’s paradise. Barcelona City and its neighboring towns offer visitors more than one hundred museums. In addition, the works of architect Gaudí seem to be around just about every corner!

What types of transportation will we be using?

You’ll travel in comfortable, private vehicles from Barcelona to the farmhouse in Girona and then back to Barcelona. For your day trip, you will also have private transportation to Costa Brava and the Pyrenees mountains.

During your day trip to Nuria Valley in the Pyrenees mountains, you’ll enjoy a 45-minute ride on a public rack railway to see the valley and mountainous landscapes.

When is the best time to visit Spain?

April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit Spain. This period offers warm temperatures and fewer crowds, providing a pleasant travel experience.

Since July and August are very hot with lots of crowds, we don’t operate trips to Spain during this time of year.

What do I need to pack?

Check out the full Spain packing guide.

Do I need a power adapter?

Yes. Spain has two associated plug types, types C and F. Type C has two round pins, and plug type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Spain operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

We suggest purchasing a universal power adapter to charge your electronics.

What type of luggage is best?

The lighter, the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase, that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better. We take all forms of transportation and some guesthouses and hotels don’t have elevators. 

Don’t forget a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day.

Is there laundry available?

Laundry will be available at the farmhouse in Girona for an additional fee (ask your Trip Leader for details).

How much should I budget for food and activities?

We suggest bringing 300 EUR (~335 USD) in cash for places that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw Euros from any ATM in Spain, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.

Also, notify your bank and credit card company of your travel plans to avoid any issues with overseas transactions.

Can we use our credit cards in Spain?

Stores, hotels, and restaurants in Spain widely accept credit cards. However, smaller cafés and shops may not, so you should carry enough cash to cover small purchases. Please let your bank know you’re traveling overseas.

Can I drink the water in Spain?

It is safe to drink water from taps in Spain unless otherwise marked. However, tap water might taste different from what you’re used to. Restaurants always serve bottled water, but for environmental reasons, we recommend using a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.

Is Spain safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Everyone has the right to feel safe when traveling, and Spain is one of the safest countries in the world for LGBTQIA+ travelers.

Spain is a progressive country regarding LGBTQIA+ rights and equality, and public opinion is very positive, with most Spanish people supporting LGBTQIA+ rights.

Spain is a safe and welcoming destination for LGBTQIA+ travelers, especially in tourist hubs and big cities like Barcelona. LGBTQIA+ travelers may encounter more conservative views in rural areas and small towns, but the risk of experiencing overt discrimination in Spain is generally very low.

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