The country of Spain occupies the greater part of the Iberian Peninsula with its closest neighbor, Portugal. Where to begin? The culture is as diverse as its distinct geographic regions. Magnificent cathedrals and castles, the Alhambra, the capital of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Toledo, and Cordoba are just a few great places to start.

Move on to the Pyrenees and the Basque coastal region (important for all Game of Thrones fans). Want someplace warmer? Head for the south and the Spanish Riviera. Adrenaline junkies should follow in Papa Hemingway’s footsteps and run with the bulls at Pamplona. Indulge in tapas, serrano ham, olives and wine.

Spain is rich in history and culture, and foodies love its unique cuisine. Wherever you decide to start hardly seems to matter. Just go!

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.