No one speaks English, it's amazingly cheap and Barcelona's not that dodgy.
Madrid is a mix of old and new; high culture and fun.
The towns around northern Spain are more agricultural than charming and historic, so this one could be a better route to take.
Barcelona is Europe's top city for short-haul visits, and for good reason.
Fancy some frivolous feeding and serious scholarship? After writing a book on his travels, David Dale offers an itinerary.
If you're interested in Basque cooking, San Sebastian really is the place to be.
"We eat ham at every meal," says Carlos. "We drink, we eat ham. We snack, we eat ham."
Incredible art is placed front and centre on the Spanish stage, with architecture born from rebellious and creative spirits such as Dali, Picasso and Gaudi. Throw Roman ruins, Islamic architecture and gothic cathedrals into the mix, and you have an enthralling destination. Cities are linked by diverse landscapes; mountain ranges, Mediterranean coastlines, and rustic villages that cling to dusty hilltops, not to mention the food... oh the food.