Follow Rafael Estefania through Madrid as he uncovers a Tobacco factory turned artist hideaway, sings along at a piano bar and watches the sunset from a little-known public terrace.
The Noche de San Juan festival on 23 June celebrates the summer solstice with ceremonial bonfires and a parade of witches.
A centuries-old tradition held each June in the small town of Castrillo de Murcia involves jumping over mattresses of baptised infants to cleanse their original sin.
In northern Spain, Lonely Planet photographer Dominic Bonuccelli tries his hand at the unusual activity of Basque pelota, which once held the world record for fastest ball speed.
Tapas are a dish meant to foster conversation, and in no place does the quintessential Spanish cuisine make more of a buzz than in the capital of Catalonia.
For those with the time and inclination to take the road less travelled, these three lesser-known gems are just a short distance from their more famous siblings.