Traveling To And Within Spain

Mainland Spain is​ situated on​ the​ Iberian peninsula in​ the​ southwest of​ Europe. it​ also encompasses two groups of​ islands. the​ Islas Baleares (Balearic Islands),​ in​ the​ Mediterranean,​ Mallorca the​ largest island is​ just over one hundred miles off the​ eastern coast and the​ Islas Canarias (Canary Islands) which are situated approximately five hundred miles to​ the​ southwest and lie off the​ Atlantic coast of​ Morocco. Mellila and Cueta are two Spanish enclaves in​ Morocco on​ the​ African continent.

Whilst Spain is​ one of​ the​ world's leading destinations for the​ package holiday there is​ more to​ this country than the​ beaches of​ the​ costas and islands. the​ independent traveler will want to​ move around see what more Spain has to​ offer.

Getting there - There are thirty one airports on​ the​ mainland serving the​ following cities and towns: a​ Coruna,​ Albacete,​ Alicante,​ Almería,​ Asturias,​ Badajoz,​ Barcelona,​ Bilbao,​ Burgos,​ Cordoba,​ Girona,​ Granada,​ Jerez de la Frontera,​ Leon,​ Madrid,​ Malaga,​ Murcia,​ Pamplona,​ Reus,​ Sabadell,​ Salamanca,​ San Sebastian,​ Santander,​ Santiago,​ Sevilla,​ Valencia,​ Valladolid,​ Vigo and Zaragoza. in​ the​ Canaries the​ islands of​ El Hierro,​ Fuerteventura,​ Gran Canaria,​ La Gomera,​ Lanzarote and Tenerife and in​ the​ Balearics Ibiza,​ Menorca and Mallorca all have airports. Gibraltar,​ the​ British colony at​ the​ southern most tip of​ Spain,​ also has it's own airport. British Airways and the​ Monarch fly daily to​ Gibraltar from several departure points in​ the​ United Kingdom and Monarch has some very good deals on​ seats. Major carriers provide scheduled flights to​ Spain but it​ is​ also a​ principal destination for budget airlines with return flights available for less than 100 Euros from other European cities. it​ is​ also possible to​ pick up bargain seats on​ the​ many charter flights serving the​ tourist industry. Air travel within Spain,​ with the​ exception of​ a​ couple of​ budget airlines,​ is​ expensive.

Major roads provide access from Portugal to​ the​ west and France which borders Spain to​ the​ northeast. Road travel within the​ country can vary. Many roads are not of​ a​ good standard but Spain has received billions of​ Euros in​ aid from the​ European Union and much of​ this has been spent on​ the​ infrastructure and so it​ is​ also possible to​ travel on​ some of​ the​ newest and finest roads on​ the​ continent. the​ country is​ well served by many bus companies linking the​ major towns and cities with express services. There are also a​ wealth of​ local bus services.

The train service is​ well developed enabling access to​ the​ country from both Portugal and France and fast travel between towns and cities within Spain. Fares are cheap compared to​ some other major European countries. Madrid and Barcelona are served by extensive Metro (underground railway) networks.

In addition to​ the​ many inter island services ferries run from the​ mainland to​ both the​ island groups and the​ two enclaves in​ Morocco. the​ Canary Islands are served by a​ boat running from Cadiz. the​ journey is​ long,​ some 48 hours and the​ sea conditions often make for a​ rough passage. it​ may be preferable to​ fly although as​ we have already pointed out this can be expensive. Ferries from Tariffa and Algeciras,​ in​ the​ Andalucian province of​ Cadiz,​ run to​ Tanger in​ Morroco. Ferries also link the​ enclave of​ Cueta with Tariffa,​ Algeciras and Malaga. Mellila,​ the​ other enclave is​ served by a​ boats out of​ Malaga and Almeria. the​ Balearic Islands have services to​ the​ mainland running to​ Barcelona,​ Valencia and Denia.

More information about Spain can be found at​ the​ Spanish Travel Guide
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