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Introduction

Spain has long been one of Europe's leading holiday destinations, full of cultured cities and opportunities to soak up the Spanish sun during a flop-and-drop beach holiday on its sand-fringed islands or along the mainland Costas.

The Spanish seaside resorts have been a popular choice with UK holidaymakers ever since the advent of mass tourism in 1960s and 1970s. A broad choice of flights to a number of 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, but Spain also has plenty of modern attractions as well - including luxury shopping boutiques, great golf and energetic nightlife in its big cities and popular resorts.

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.

Many parts of mainland Spain are well suited to self-drive holidays, with the chance to take in historic cities such as Toledo or 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

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

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 is a part of the country that's sometimes overlooked by travellers. And it's true that tourism here is a world away from the crowded southern coasts frequented by many holidaymakers.

When to go

"The present era is so proud that it has produced a phenomenon which I imagine to be unprecedented: the present's resentment of the past, resentment because the past had the audacity to happen without us being there, without our cautious opinion and our hesitant consent, and even worse, without our gaining any advantage from it."Javier Marías 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 …

Top itineraries in Spain

Spain’s Parador 5 Night Card

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £495 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Spain's Parador 5 night card
Book by: 01 December 2016

Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a 6 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.

The Splendours of Andalucia

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,065 pp incl. flights

A journey through the past and present of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. This itinerary invites you to immerse in the history of Al-Andalus through a cultural package full of fascinating experiences. Follow the trail of the glorious kingdom of the Nasrids along the Routes of Al-Andalus.

Barcelona City Break

4-day Tailor-made city break from £420 pp incl. flights

Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage with the Gothic Quarter being the centre of the old city. Many of the buildings date from medieval times and several are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Northern Spain self-drive

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,005 pp incl. flights

Discover ancient kingdoms, spectacular seascapes and lofty mountains on this wonderful route through northern Spain - a world away from the crowded 'costas' that lie to the south.

Top places to stay in Spain

Gran Melia Salinas, Lanzarote

Accommodation

Gran Melia Salinas is a one-of-a-kind luxury hotel on Lanzarote's Costa Teguise. Discover the best service and facilities on the island with unspoiled beaches, dreamy swimming pools and unique tropical gardens.

Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden, Tenerife

Historic hotel

Hotel Botanico is located in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife, and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, and the Puerto de la Cruz botanical gardens are nearby. The picturesque old town is just a few minutes away with the hotel's shuttle.

Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa

Contemporary resort

The stylish 5-star resort has large salt and freshwater pool areas, a luxury spa and huge subtropical gardens, based in the south of Tenerife.

Hacienda de Abajo, La Palma

Historic hacienda from £785 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 7 nights and pay 6 - Save £149 per couple per week
Book by: 31 October 2016

La Palma is one of the smaller, quieter Canary Islands, with forested hillsides and black-sand beaches. Hacienda De Abajo is a beautifully restored 17th century sugar estate surrounded by botanical gardens and banana plantations, it's adults only and boasts a spa and heated outdoor pool.

Special offers in Spain

Spain’s Parador 5 Night Card

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £495 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Spain's Parador 5 night card
Book by: 01 December 2016

Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a 6 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.

Hacienda de Abajo, La Palma

Historic hacienda from £785 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 7 nights and pay 6 - Save £149 per couple per week
Book by: 31 October 2016

La Palma is one of the smaller, quieter Canary Islands, with forested hillsides and black-sand beaches. Hacienda De Abajo is a beautifully restored 17th century sugar estate surrounded by botanical gardens and banana plantations, it's adults only and boasts a spa and heated outdoor pool.

La Hacienda, Gran Canaria

Traditional hacienda from £575 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking discount - save £90 per couple per week
Book by: 30 October 2016

Ideal for independent travellers, this small rural hotel in Arucas is a real find. Set amongst a working banana plantation, this charming 18th century property has been carefully restored by the owner, who has managed to retain original features and use locally made furniture.

‭Iberian Inspiration‬‬‬

12-day escorted tour from £2,065 pp

Special
offer

Save up to £519 per couple
Book by: 15 December 2016

Explore a heady mix of treasures that range from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and attention-grabbing cuisine

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    Conveniently located on the ancient Mediterranean trading route, Mallorca offers the discerning visitor a surprising combination of history, unspoiled traditions and stunning island scenery.

  • Europe's Best Coastal Holidays for 2016

    Europe's many seas means there are a huge number of quality beaches to enjoy. Different countries, cultures, foods and landscapes vie for your attention so it's easy to pick a great spot. Here is our list of the best places to lay down your towel.

  • Make the most of your holiday money with the strong pound

    With British holidaymakers continuing to demand great value along with exceptional experiences, the news that the pound continues to strengthen against other currencies on the back of Britain's economic recovery comes as welcome news.

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.

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