Spain has an astounding number of airports, over 30, so where you fly into depends on where you want to spend the most time. The two main transportation hubs are Madrid and Barcelona, the urban seaside city in the north-east. Other main cities with airports are: Seville and Málaga in the South, Valencia in the East, and Bilbao and San Sebastián in the North. There are daily non-stop flights from London to all these cities. The country is divided into 15 cultural regions, like Galicia, Andalucía, Cataluña, Navarra, Rioja and Madrid. It's territory also includes the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. The islands of Ibiza and Mallorca are part of the Balearic Islands. Creating an itinerary by focusing on one of these regions (or combining several!) is a great way to tour the country.
Mallorca has some of the best beaches in Spain. Rent a car and discover secluded beaches like Cala Formentor Beach, Es Cala de Moro Beach and S'Amarador Beach. One of the best cities in Spain is the Andalusian city of Granada, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Come here to watch a live flamenco performance in a tiny gypsy cave. Or tour the famous gardens of the Moorish Alhambra palace. Spain is well-known for its food and wine culture and the Basque region is one of the best places to experience it. In Basque country, you can dine on fresh seafood that's been cooked in coals from the Bay of Biscay. You can make your own wine tour and sample Riojas and Txakolis. Or you can hang out in the Basque capital of San Sebastián which has an annual food festival and numerous chic restaurants.
Spain is a country with a layered history and diverse landscape. It's on the Iberian Peninsula bordering France in the North and Portugal in the West. The Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea surround the country on three sides. It's a mountainous country criss-crossed by several ranges like the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada. Spain has always been at the crossroads of major religions and empires. This has given it a rich and varied culture that is evident in its architecture, food and art forms. The cuisine of Spain is renowned for its seafood, cured meats, wine, sherry, cheese and paella. The climate is Mediterranean with hot dry summers and wet winters. In general, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Spain if you plan on doing a country-wide tour. The inland cities like Madrid and Seville are quite hot in the summer. But if you are planning a beach or mountain trip, summer could be ideal.
Spain's driving regulations are like other countries in the EU, but here are some things to keep in mind. The blood alcohol limit when driving is 0.5, which is less than the UK's 0.8 limit. Seat belts in the front and rear for all passengers are mandatory. Driving licences issued by EU and EEA countries are accepted in Spain. Unnecessary use of horns is prohibited. Children measuring less than 135cm must be wearing a child safety restraint device. In residential zones, the maximum speed is 20km/h, and on motorways the maximum speed is 80km/h. In Barcelona and Madrid, watch out for carpool and bus lanes marked "BUS-VAO." You must either have at least two passengers or be driving a motorcycle to use these lanes.