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Spain

A country of diverse allures

Spain tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Spain has long been one of Europe's leading luxury holiday destinations, full of cultured cities and opportunities to soak up the Spanish sun on its sand-fringed islands or dive into local culture in a historic parador hotel.

Spain's seaside resorts have been a popular choice with holidaymakers for years, and a broad selection of flights to regional gateways mean that they continue to be so today - whether for a weekend getaway, a family summer holiday or as a place to get over the winter blues. The Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, and the Canary Islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote are a few of the best-known beach destinations, with modern resorts and interesting excursions to be had nearby.

Spain is a country with great regional differences, with distinctive languages and customs and culinary flavours in Galicia, the Basque Country and Catalonia. The country is the home of flamenco dancing, bullfighting and historic pilgrimage routes, offering something for every type of traveller. 

Spain is also a country of fine art and architecture, in the surreal Guggenheim in Bilbao; the Moorish influences of the buildings in Granada and Seville; and Gaudí's Modernist masterpieces in Barcelona. Wine is another draw and visiting local bodegas amid the vineyards of La Rioja is a great way to experience a more traditional, rural side of Spain. Malaga, on the southern coast in Andalucia, boasts fine art museums and a towering Gothic cathedral.

Many parts of mainland Spain are well suited to self-drive holidays, with the chance to take in historic cities such as the graceful capital, Madrid, or to witness one of the country's many exuberant fiestas along your route. The Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona and Las Fallas in Valencia are two of the better-known Spanish festivals, but there are others to discover in big cities and small rural towns alike.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
2 hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Special offers in Spain

The Salamanca Experience‬‬

5-day tailor-made break staying at Hacienda Zorita from £465 pp

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights pay 3 – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero (Douro) Valley. You’ll stay in an idyllic country manor with all of Salamanca’s heritage charm on your doorstep.

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £325 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Spain's Parador Passport
Book by: 01 December 2017

Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.

Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

Grand & elegant resort from £1,160 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early Booking Offer: save up to £273 per couple per week
Book by: 31 March 2018

Considered to be among the best resorts on Tenerife, this Leading Hotel of the World is a favourite among repeat holidaymakers. It’s been modelled on a typical Canaries’ village, complete with next-door beach, bell tower and staff in traditional clothing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife

Contemporary resort from £1,205 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £579 per couple
Book by: 31 October 2017

Located on the coast in the rural area of Guía de Isora, the 5-star Abama is a wonderful Moorish-style retreat where you can escape from the flurry of daily life.

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Top itineraries in Spain

The Salamanca Experience‬‬

5-day tailor-made break staying at Hacienda Zorita from £465 pp

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights pay 3 – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero (Douro) Valley. You’ll stay in an idyllic country manor with all of Salamanca’s heritage charm on your doorstep.

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £325 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Spain's Parador Passport
Book by: 01 December 2017

Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.

Rioja & Navarra Wine Route

5-day tailor-made self-drive from £525 pp incl. flights

Combine two of Spain's favourite wine regions in this memorable five-day self-drive route through the rural charm of the country's north.

Essential Andalucia‬

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £610 pp incl. flights

Offering superb value, this weeklong road trip will see you uncovering the Moorish wonders of southern Spain, brought to life with guided tours and stays in superb hotels. Highlights include visits to the palace-fortresses of Seville and Granada along with the Córdoba's cathedral-mosque.

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What our clients say about our Spain holidays

  • Excellent choice of hotel in Bilbao, attentive staff, good restaurant and a view of the Guggenheim. Advice on use of metro, visits to modern & fine art museum and old town well worth the effort. Special requirements for the New Year's Eve event at Santiago Paradore handled superbly. Finally very impressed with the ease of updating arrangements to cope with the two extra days accommodation required by our delayed return due to the storm affected ferry (non)sailing.

    David D

  • My wife and I decided we needed a short break in the sun at very short notice. I phoned and Pippa McCarthy dealt with our request and in a very short period of time came back with a package that suited our every need and turned out to be absolutely perfect from start to finish. We have sung Pippa's and Wexas's praises on several occasions already!

    James J

  • Emma Sanger of Wexas was very helpful, friendly and efficient throughout. The cliff top Jardin Tecina hotel was very good and the island was beautiful and so well organised for walking with amazing scenery and wild flowers. We were pleased with the staff, especially Lourdes from the Public Relations Department who gave exceptional service.

    Patrick P

  • We have always had excellent service from Wexas. We usually know what we want so do not usually require much advice but we are always pleased to have suggestions to save money or for more convenience for example.

    S S

  • This was my second trip with Wexas Just a short break but a very helpful representative - Valencia was a good destination and the hotel Hospes de Palau was very good being centrally located

    Philip P

  • Debbie has been very efficient at suggesting trips, making enquiries and pricing & getting back to me promptly on all matters so bookings are always entirely stress free.

    S S

  • Everything was arranged to perfection and worked brilliantly. All staff were very pleasant and professional. The hotel was fantastic and met all our needs.

    David D

  • We have never been given bad advice by anyone at Wexas. We love the attention to detail, & appreciate the car transfers etc. I would highly recommend them

    Vivien V

  • Our booking was complicated (by us!) because we later added another couple. Becky and Lisa were both very helpful in sorting out the details. Thank You!

    Don D

  • Good personal service, always answered the phone, always came back to me promptly, holiday ran without hitch, will use again, friendly helpful service.

    Philip P

  • Debbie was quite simply awesome! We had a wonderful holiday! She managed to tick all our wish list. Would go to same resort again next year.

    Melissa M

  • Maddie was excellent – very helpful and informative. I have used her for three trips now and they have all been impeccably organised

    John J

  • Lisa Ayling was a most helpful, approachable and efficient representative for our visit to Cordoba, Granada and Malaga.

    Peter P

  • We have used Wexas Travel for our travel arrangements over many years and have always found their service excellent

    Sheila M S

  • Everything worked very well and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Hotels were delightful - Wexas does its homework!

    Peter P

  • All documents received in ample time and all arrangements for flights, transfers and hotel all went smoothly.

    David D

  • Wexas have not let me down yet. And it is simpler than trawling through the internet and websites myself!

    Robert R

  • We have never been disappointed with any travel arrangements or holidays organised by Wexas

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  • The trip was very good and in the end everything worked smoothly. Overall excellent.

    Braham B

  • The service was great, as always.

    Rachel R

  • The usual professional service

    C C

Top places to stay in Spain

Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

Grand & elegant resort from £1,160 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early Booking Offer: save up to £273 per couple per week
Book by: 31 March 2018

Considered to be among the best resorts on Tenerife, this Leading Hotel of the World is a favourite among repeat holidaymakers. It’s been modelled on a typical Canaries’ village, complete with next-door beach, bell tower and staff in traditional clothing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife

Contemporary resort from £1,205 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £579 per couple
Book by: 31 October 2017

Located on the coast in the rural area of Guía de Isora, the 5-star Abama is a wonderful Moorish-style retreat where you can escape from the flurry of daily life.

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Fuerteventura

Contemporary resort

Corralejo’s undulating dunes set the scene for this luxury resort, tucked away on Fuerteventura’s popular northeast coast. And, while elegant rooms look out to landscaped gardens and the Atlantic Ocean beyond, guests are treated to everything from swimming pools and a kids' club to an indulgent spa.

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Mallorca

Contemporary hotel

Set atop a cliff on Mallorca's Sa Talaia headland, with commanding views across the town of Port Soller and the Mediterranean Sea, Jumeirah Port Soller, opened in April 2012, offers luxurious five-star accommodation in a scenic and peaceful corner of this beautiful Balearic island.

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Where to go in Spain

Paradors

Spain is full of extraordinary ancient buildings that have been converted into spectacular, exceptional accommodation options not usually available to travellers elsewhere.

Central Spain

Central Spain is dry, hot and arid and, bar the capital Madrid, is all too frequently overlooked. Castile-La Mancha and the Madrid region do, however, have a lot to offer for those willing to find it and is easily explored on a self-drive tour.

Catalonia

Catalonia, nestled in the far northeastern corner of Spain, is a distinctive region with its own ideas. Bordering France and Andorra in the north, the Spanish states of Aragon and Valencia in the south and west and the Mediterranean Sea in the east, it's a region noted for its great ‘national' prid…

Northern Spain

Northern Spain holidays are sometimes overlooked by travellers. And it's true that tourism here is a world away from the crowded southern coasts frequented by many holidaymakers.

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When to go to Spain

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Spain is a year-round destination with an abundance of attractions. As a rule of thumb, May, June and September (extending to April and October in the south) offer great weather and fewer crowds. The summer heat can reach an uncomfortable 45°C in cities like Madrid, Seville and Cordoba, but Barcelona is somewhat cooler and often humid. At the height of summer you can retreat to the northwest, the Atlantic coast or high mountains throughout the country for respite from the heat. Winter along the southern and southwestern Mediterranean coasts, the Balearics and the Canaries is warm and mild.

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    A city of historic intrigue, rich gastronomy and world-class museums, this is a love letter to Málaga, bringing you between its headline-grabbing sights and lesser-known gems.

  • Top 10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

    From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

  • Top 10 places to visit this autumn

    Whether it’s island relaxation in the sun or a Big-Five safari, this is a collection of our finest autumn escapes. There are also plenty of insiders’ tips, including America’s secret ‘fall foliage’.

  • Best of Andalucia

    Andalucia in southern-most Spain is sun-baked and sultry, offering hedonistic and cultural pleasures in equal measure. It's possible to ski the Sierra Nevada and swim in the sea on the same day in the province of Granada and spend the next immersed in the fairytale fortress that is the Alhambra.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7664 2264 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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