The land of picadores and conquistadores, rollicking bullrings and flamenco clubs, the shimmering Costa del Sol and Costa Brava, Spain remains unquestionably one of the most popular destinations in all of Europe among Americans. And why not? There's not only plenty here for every type of traveler — from the sun seeker to the culture buff — but also some truly wallet-friendly flight prices on offer from the United States. This list from Hopper reveals the five cheapest airports to fly to in Spain. Enjoy!
Art lovers will simply go mad for the myriad galleries and exhibition centers of Bilbao: the mind-boggling Guggenheim Museum, with its twisty, curvy exterior shell, the Museum of Fine Art, where El Greco meets Goya meets Gauguin, and the curious Museum of Artistic Reproductions, bursting with replicas of Parthenon friezes and Michelangelo statues alike. Oh, and flights into Bilbao Airport from the United States come with an average price tag of just $1,045 round trip.
Sat neatly on the edge of the beautiful Costa del Azahar, between the sun-kissed sands of El Saler and Playa de Malvarrosa, the city of Valencia is a patchwork of modernist majesty and cutting-edge curiosities, where thought-provoking museum areas like the City of Arts and Sciences abut UNESCO-attested buildings like the 15th-century Llotja de la Seda. Today, the town is also the fourth cheapest entry point to Spain, boasting an average price tag on flights originating in the United States of $1,017 round trip.
The gateway to the Costa del Sol beckons visitors with the promise of Mediterranean sun, sand and sea. Just along the coast from the city's pretty Gothic-Baroque core, beaches like Playa de la Malagueta and Playa de Huelin boast earthy seafood joints, while colossal Moorish castles crown the dusty hillsides. Flying into Malaga could also prove a moderately cheap option for travelers hitting Spain from the United States this year, with the average price tag on flights currently sitting at around $1,005 round trip.
With more than 1.6 million people searching for seats on flights across the Atlantic to the most visited city in Spain every month, there'll no doubt be plenty of travelers happy to hear that Barcelona's El Prat Airport is the second cheapest entry point to the country, touting an average ticket price of $977 round trip on air routes touching down from the United States. That should ease up the budget a little for tours of the magnificent Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum and the acclaimed Catalan Museum of Art, to name just a few!
Ah, Madrid — where to begin? This sprawling city is a lively hub famed for its fun-loving Madrilenos, its glorious plazas of Baroque palaces and bubbling fountains, its folksy foods and taste-bud-tingling tapas joints, and its wild flamenco shows and sunny parks. Oh, and it's also officially the cheapest entry point to the country, with flights into the city's Adolfo Suarez–Barajas Airport coming in with a meager price tag of just $942 round trip! Visitors from certain U.S. airports can often find much lower prices, too, especially during the off-season. That sounds pretty good to us.