Interviews • February 27, 2017

2017’s Number One Travel Destination: Spain


Wines From Spain speaks with Pablo Sanchez, Air Europa’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. As a travel expert, Sanchez provided insider insight on Spain travel in 2017. With more Americans choosing to travel to Spain, 2017 is sure to be a busy year for exploring Spain’s many gastronomic and cultural delights. Whether it’s wine, food, design or a rich cultural history that travelers may be seeking,Spain offers quality and excitement across the board.


  1. Many of us are planning our 2017 vacations in earnest. Why would you suggest vacationers visit Spain?

Everybody wants to visit Spain! Spain is currently the third most visited country in the world based on the number of international tourist arrivals who spend at least one night in the country. Tourism is a major industry in Spain and in 2016 alone, over 75 million tourists visited Spain.

Spain is diverse, fun, affordable, safe, friendly and a must see in 2017. Here are just a few of the best things to see and do:

  • The world’s top wine regions
  • An ancient pilgrimage along the Camino to the city of Santiago de Compostela
  • Big cities full of life and culture like Barcelona and Madrid
  • Medieval castles and cathedrals in the cities of Salamanca, Segovia, Avila, etc.
  • A bustling and famous nightlife
  1. What are some undiscovered places to travel in Spain in 2017?

If you haven’t already, I recommend that vacationers visit the north of Spain and explore the less frequented areas of Basque Region, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. During the summer, temperatures stay at a comfortable 75-degrees and the wines, cuisine, culture and history of these areas is incredibly diverse. Exciting wine regions such as La Rioja, Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Rias Baixas are worth visiting while you explore the cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Gijon.


  1. What are your top three travel tips for visitors to Spain?
  • Enjoy the best week of your year to relax and have fun
  • Try to get out of the standard tours and experience Spain’s genuine side
  • Eat an abundance of healthy Mediterranean meals accompanied by delicious Spanish wines

During Spain’s Great Match Air Europa provided two lucky guests the chance to fly round-trip to Madrid. As a proud partner with Wines from Spain, Air Europa is proud to bring a taste of Spain to the United States with its brand new aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In September 2016, Air Europa became a member of SkyTeam, a 20-airline network that provides access to an extensive global network with 1,052 destinations, plus more frequencies and connectivity than ever before. 

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