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From cultural wonders to island idylls

Spain tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Deservedly popular among our clients and specialists, Spain is a country of diverse allures. Its exuberant present is informed by a rich past, locals-only tapas bars serve world-renown Spanish wines and artists’ cities look out over the gold-and-green beauty of its pretty landscapes.

Epic self-drives & idyllic beach escapes

It’s all best explored on a self-drive, linking historic cities, world-class wine regions and those always-enticing stretches of sun-kissed coast. Let our specialists tailor a trip to take in the very best of it, perhaps linking stays in the country’s historic parador hotels. This network of converted castles, palaces, fortresses, convents and monasteries offers the chance to experience the very best of Spain's architectural heritage.


Parador de Siguenza

Alternatively, take the chance to relax and unwind with a week, or more, on one of Spain’s island idylls, showcased in the far-flung Canaries and the Balearics’ Mediterranean delights. Call us, or browse these pages, for the latest special offers. And, there’s something for train enthusiasts, too, with the superb El Transcantábrico taking in the country’s great northern wonders in consummate style.

Spectacular landscapes at every turn

It’s not uncommon for Spaniards to refer to Las Españas – the Spains. It’s a concept evidenced by geography, with such great mountain ranges as the Pyrenees to the north and the Sierra Nevada in the south separated by miles upon miles of sweeping plains, itself interspersed with golden-beach coastlines and verdant wine regions.There’s also the enticing proposition of an island retreat to the Canaries or Mediterranean.


Rioja wine region

And, dotted across these landscapes, you'll find villages unaffected by time’s passing, whether it’s idyllic whitewash towns perched on Andalucian hilltops or the Basque Country’s medieval settlements wrapped in crumbling fortifications.

Spain’s city greats

From their architecture to their culinary delights, Spain’s cities rival any in the world with Valencia’s up-to-the-minute architecture rivalling Barcelona’s twisting masterpieces and Madrid’s 18th-century repose. However, it’s in Al Andalus – Islamic Spain – that you’ll find the truly unique. Here, the lost Moorish civilisation lives on in great castles, grand palaces and mosques that rank among the Islamic world’s finest.


Barcelona from above

Wherever you choose to visit, expect an enticing array of locals-favourite tapas bars mixed in with some of Europe’s very best gourmet dining, all influenced by the country’s rich mix of cultures and bounty of produce, from the freshest seafood to those famous stews and paellas and delicious cured meats.

A wealth of cultural wonders

There’s much to unite Spain’s autonomies. There’s a shared appreciation of the arts, with such modern greats as Gaudí and Picasso owing much of their inspiration to the country’s religious architecture. The sky-piercing cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, for example, has been inspiring pilgrimages for almost a thousand years. But there’s also a certain passion for life – termed duende – that courses throughout Spain. It’s felt everywhere from flamenco shows to those ever-controversial bullfights.


Flamenco dancer in Valencia

 

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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

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

7-night luxury holiday from £1,600 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Pool at ABAMA Gold and Spa Resort

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife

Guide price from £1,235 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £289 per couple
Book by: 30 November 2019

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.

Vincci Seleccion La Plantacion del Sur, Tenerife

Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur, Tenerife

Guide price from £935 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking discount save £300 per couple
Book by: 30 November 2019

Tear yourself away from the next-door beach to enjoy the gourmet dining, indulgent spa treatments and poolside relaxation of this luxury property on Tenerife's sun-drenched southwestern coast.

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca

Belmond La Residencia

5-night luxury holiday from £1,320 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 5 and pay for 4 nights discount – Save up to £265 pp
Book by: 31 December 2019

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.

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Top itineraries in Spain

Hacienda Zorita, Salamanca

Salamanca Wine Experience‬‬ at Hacienda Zorita

6-day tailor-made break staying at Hacienda Zorita from £645 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 5 and pay for 4 nights discount – Save up to £100 pp
Book by: 31 December 2019

Staying in a 14th-century country manor among the vineyards of the Duero Valley, you'll enjoy sommelier-led tastings, spa treatments and the chance to explore Salamanca’s heritage charm.

Parador de Siguenza

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £375 pp incl. flights

Spain's paradors are a network of historic palaces, fortresses and castles converted to luxury hotels. Take a look at our favourite parador itineraries or get in contact to tailor-make your own, with plenty of superb-value offers available.

San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja

Rioja & Navarra Wine Route

5-day tailor-made self-drive from £590 pp incl. flights (no-fly option available)

Taste your way through two of Spain's finest wine regions as you explore the quieter, rural charm of the country's north on super-scenic drives and stays in historic accommodation.

Alhambra Fortress, Granada

Essential Andalucia‬

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £755 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Complimentary Alhambra & Generalife Tour – Save up to £455 pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

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

    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

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

7-night luxury holiday from £1,600 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Pool at ABAMA Gold and Spa Resort

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife

Guide price from £1,235 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £289 per couple
Book by: 30 November 2019

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

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

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

Parador de Siguenza

Paradors

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

Madrid, Spain

Madrid & Central Spain

Infectious energy, artistic riches and gastronomic innovation – the sweeping brush strokes that texture Madrid’s city canvas are broad indeed. Take it all in on a city stay, then head out by car to explore ancient towns in a stunning rural setting.

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia from above

Barcelona & Catalonia

From culture-packed Barcelona breaks to self-drives through the wider Catalonia region, let our specialists guide you through the colourful cities, postcard-perfect coastline and idyllic countryside of Spain’s northeastern corner.

San Sebastian

Northern Spain

From sleepy fishing villages, mountain walks and quiet beaches to world-class vineyards, near-ancient cathedrals and look-at-me contemporary architecture, the charms of northern Spain are wonderfully diverse.

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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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    Save yourself the hassle of heading to the airport and cut down your carbon emissions by choosing one of these flight-free breaks as your next getaway.

  • Plaza de Espana, Seville

    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.

  • Gardesana Occidentale road near Tremosine, Lake Garda

    Four of the best European road trips

    Between the headline acts and lesser-known gems, these are the finest self-drives on the Continent.

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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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