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Despite its economic woes, Spain continues to be an exhilarating place in which to travel. Prior to the Great Recession, there was heavy investment in infrastructure. Today, a high-speed rail line links Madrid and Barcelona in fewer than three hours, while the 190-mph AVE express ...

Despite its economic woes, Spain continues to be an exhilarating place in which to travel. Prior to the Great Recession, there was heavy investment in infrastructure. Today, a high-speed rail line links Madrid and Barcelona in fewer than three hours, while the 190-mph AVE express takes just 2½ hours from Madrid’s Atocha station to the Andalusian city of Seville. Although much of the Spanish coastline is overbuilt, the interior is largely unspoiled. A new generation of chefs has revolutionized Spanish cuisine, and the country can now boast a galaxy of Michelin stars, notably in the northwestern Basque region.

WHEN TO VISIT

Spain has three main climatic zones: north, central and Mediterranean. Galicia, in the coastal northwest, receives abundant rainfall; Madrid typifies the high central plateau; Seville is 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Madrid, with August being unpleasantly hot; the Mediterranean region of the Costa del Sol is exemplified by Almería

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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