Spain is one of Europe's most popular destinations for backpackers and vacationers alike. Cities like Barcelona and Madrid will keep you coming back for more, and chilling out on the beaches of southern Spain is a great way to spend the summer.
Local Language: Spanish is very similar to other Latin based languages such as French and Italian - You'll find similarities. In and around Barcelona though, the language is Catalan which can be very different from Spanish.
Visa Requirements: Canadians are allowed in Spain for 90 days without a visa.
Costs: Spain is cheaper than most of Europe. Budget at least $70
Spain is a very interesting country, with beautiful landscapes and really, really great night life. Just walking around the cities and watching the people and soaking in the culture will make you want to step back and say "wow.."
I spent several days in both Barcelona and Madrid, and I'd love to go back again for awhile. I didn't nearly scratch the surface of all that Spain has to offer. Madrid has an extremely interesting history, if you're at all familiar with the Spanish civil war. Barcelona is loaded with museums, architecture by Gaudi and the olympic village from the summer olympics. If you're in Barcelona be sure to check out the Picasso museum as well.
Spain gets VERY busy during the summer months. Make a reservation everywhere you go, be it Barcelona, Madrid, or elsewhere. You'll want to call a hostel or hotel at least a week in advance. It's really that busy. Spain is a wonderful country to travel in and everyone knows it. For hotels in Spain, check out Cheap Hotels and Hostels in Spain and motels in Spain and other Hotels in Spain
Spain has several destinations and many flights. It's often possible to get cheap last-minute deals to many of the islands such as Ibiza and Mallorca, as well as flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Cheap flights to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain