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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 including Hacienda Zorita from £445 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £144 per couple, stay 4 pay 3
Book by: 31 October 2017

This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero 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

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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.

Belmond La Residencia

Historic hotel from £1,690 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking offer save up to £282 per couple
Book by: 01 August 2017

Experience Belmond's award-winning luxury at this collection of converted 15th-and-16th-century manor houses nestled in amid the sandstone peaks of Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains. From the gourmet El Olivo restaurant to its spa, pools and unique excursions, this is one of Spain's finest hotels.

Al Andalus‬‬

7-day tailor-made rail journey from £4,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Al Andalus save up to £680 per person (Superior Suite)
Book by: 30 June 2017

This weeklong rail journey will see you travel in royal luxury between Andalucia’s great Moorish cities, returning each evening to the fine dining, piano lounge and opulent cabins of the Al Andalus train.

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Top itineraries in Spain

The Salamanca Experience‬‬

5-day tailor-made break including Hacienda Zorita from £445 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £144 per couple, stay 4 pay 3
Book by: 31 October 2017

This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero 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 £535 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 self-drive from £645 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 historic 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Vivien V

  • 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

ME Madrid Reina Victoria, Madrid

Contemporary hotel from £455 pp incl. flights

With so much on the doorstep, ME Madrid Reina Victoria is the perfect base for city slickers, art lovers, historians and gastronomes alike

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Grand & elegant hotel from £540 pp incl. flights

Billed by The Guardian as one of Europe’s hippest new hotels, this central offering features contemporary rooms, spa treatments, inventive dining and a spectacular rooftop pool and cocktail bar with views over the city.

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques, Madrid

Historic hotel from £675 pp incl. flights

A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this 19th century former palace counts the Royal Palace, Teatro Royal and Almudena Cathedral among its prestigious neighbours. And, from its historic garden setting to its panoramic rooftop views, it’s a haven of tranquility in the beating heart of Madrid

Hotel Cala Sant Vincenç, Mallorca

Contemporary hotel

Just minutes from the golden sands of Mallorca's pretty northern shore, this traditional boutique hotel pairs all those must-have modern comforts with private balcony rooms and sweeping Mediterranean views. It's all complemented by fine wines, tempting Mallorcan menus and a stunning outdoor pool.

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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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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.

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