10 great reasons to visit Spain in 2017

It’s always easy to find a reason to visit Spain. Topping many travelers’ lists are tapas, aka the world’s best bar food, miles of sandy beaches (many of them along the mild waters of the Mediterranean), and of course, some of the world’s best wine.

On top of that list, you can add friendly locals, beautiful architecture, natural scenery, and more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than you can possibly experience on any one trip. And if you need any extra convincing, just compare prices in Spain to other popular destinations in Europe, and you’ve got a can’t-miss vacation that’s easy on your pocketbook.

Still need more reasons? Here are 10 more reasons to visit Spain in 2017.

1. The favorable Dollar to Euro exchange rate

Spain has always been a budget traveler’s paradise. The country’s inexpensive wine, food, and public transportation are even more wallet-friendly when the Euro takes a nose-dive, and since 2016, it’s started a downward trend that looks like it’ll last well into 2017.

At the time of writing, $1 buys €0.96, which means you can now estimate prices at a 1 to 1 ratio. Score!

2. Cheaper flights to Spain courtesy of new providers

Now you can fly to Spain from the US cheaper than ever with Norwegian Air. Starting in June 2017, the budget air carrier is adding flights from the U.S. cities of Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark Liberty, and Oakland to Barcelona with fares starting at $179 each way.

Related: 10 Tips for flying Norwegian to Europe

And if you can’t wait until June, you can always grab a budget fare to another European hub city and add a Spanish city to your European itinerary with bargain fares from low-cost airlines like Vueling, RyanAir, easyJet, and Air Berlin. For the cheapest fares, book as far in advance as possible (or gamble on a last-minute fare days before departure) between two major destinations – think London and Barcelona, Paris and Madrid, etc.

Fly the Cheapo skies within Spain on Ryanair. Photo: magnus_d

Fly the Cheapo skies within Spain on Ryanair. Photo: magnus_d

3. Competitively priced air travel within Spain

While the increased competition in transatlantic flights is bound to lower the price of fares to Spain from abroad, it’s also important to note that the growing number of low-cost providers flying between Spain’s regional airports have made it cheaper than ever to fly inside the country.

Flying from Madrid or Barcelona to amazing cities in Spain like Granada, Santiago, and Malaga would cost you a pretty penny before this year. For the most part, you were limited to full-service airlines like Iberia, however, now budget carriers Ryanair and Vueling offer bargain fares booked year-round by savvy locals and travelers alike.

Start planning your 2017 trip! Search for budget flights in Europe.

4. World-famous musicians in Barcelona and Madrid

Who says you can’t build your trip to the Iberian Peninsula around a musical event? Beyond major music festivals like Primavera Sound in Barcelona (May 31- June 4) and the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid (July 6-8), concert halls in Spain’s two largest cities will host quite a few world-famous acts for 2017.

Related: Affordable hotels in Barcelona near top attractions

Barcelona will feature Lana Del Rey on February 1, Sting on March 21, Macy Gray April 1, and Suzanne Vega on June 10.

Madrid: Beginning in April and continuing through early summer, some big names in music will stop in Madrid: Bruno Mars (April 3rd), Guns N’ Roses (June 4), Aerosmith (June 29), Food Fighters with Belle and Sebastian (July 6th), Green Day (July 7th), and Kings of Leon with Wilco (July 8th).

To find more musical events, search by city and genre of music, and for discounted concert tickets, try atrapalo.com.