Spain Flights:

Flights to Spain

image of SpainSpain is a country in South Western Europe, taking up the majority of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the second most visited destination in the world and has a huge variety of attractions to appeal to visitors from every nation.

There are direct flights from South Africa to the capital city of Spain, Madrid, with Spain’s national airline, Iberia. Or you can take a flight with a connection in Cairo, Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris or London with the following airlines: Egyptair, Swiss, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, BA and SAA.

Flights from Cape Town to Madrid go either via Johannesburg, or connecting through Amsterdam or Heathrow with British Airways, KLM and South African Airways.

You can also choose to fly to Barcelona from Johannesburg with BA, KLM, Swiss, Air France and Lufthansa via Zurich, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris or London Heathrow, as well as numerous other cities in Spain. Or fly to Madrid then get a connecting flight to your final destination within the country.

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The Tourist Attractions of Spain:

As mentioned, Spain is a hugely popular country with people from all backgrounds and cultures because, as a tourist destination, it offers so much. The stunning coastal landscapes, beautiful rural mountain villages and culturally rich cities are just the tip of the iceberg! Spain has the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, with 40.

The capital and largest city, Madrid, is centrally located in Spain. This is a very culturally and artistically rich city which has been undergoing much modernisation over recent years and now boasts to be one the cleanest cities in Europe.

Madrid is a good city to visit for nightlife as it has the largest number of bars per capita in Europe, and during the day you can enjoy its extensive historical, including Medieval, architecture, royal buildings and many museums. You can tour the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), which despite its name is not actually the home of Spain’s royal family! And visit one of the busiest parts of the city, Puerta del Sol – a large plaza and popular meeting place.

Other important cities in Spain include Barcelona. Barcelona has become a hugely popular city to visit over the last decade or so as visitors come to see its modernist buildings and enjoy its beaches and nightlife. It is the second largest city in Spain and is located on the north east coast, and has many stunning Gothic churches as well as being most famous for its modernist Sagrada Familia church.

There are also various other cities worth visiting too. Cadiz is the oldest city in Western Europe; Bilbao is home to the famous Guggenheim museum; Seville is home to the world’s 3rd largest cathedral and Granada is surrounded by the scenic Sierra Nevada mountains.

Away from the cities, Spain is a great beach destination too with its warm Mediterranean climate and miles of sandy beaches. Some of the coastal areas have seen major development since the 1960’s, but there are still many miles of coastline which are untouched and extremely beautiful along the east and south east coasts.

Costa Calida is one such stretch where the mountains meet the sea and has many picturesque fishing villages to enjoy.

When Should You Visit?:

With such a varied landscape, the climate in Spain can vary hugely from place to place. The east and south east coasts are typically Mediterranean in their climates – with hot and quite dry summers and mild, wet winters. Inland, the mountainous regions obviously get far colder in the winter and many do experience snow. Madrid has a continental climate and hence summers can get very hot here whereas winters are often very harsh and cold, so not the best time to visit!

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