Seeking sunshine, after adventure or just looking for a chance to kick back and relax? Holidays to Spain are just the ticket. With long stretches of sand as well as charming cosmopolitan cities, you’re sure to find an ideal spot for your getaway – whether you’re embarking on a family holiday or a romantic retreat.
If you’d rather spend your days lazing at the beach, why not visit the Canary Islands? Offering an intoxicating combination of sunshine, sand and sea, as well as a dose of Sangria – you’ll never be too far away from beautiful beaches and endless blue skies. Thrill-seekers should head to the Costa Brava to try out a range of water sports – you’ll have plenty to do on holidays to Spain!
Sightsee by day, party by night
After dark is when things really hot up. If you’re looking to let your hair down, head to one of the excellent Spanish spots – Barcelona is renowned for its eclectic nightlife while Benidorm boasts a number of nightclubs to keep you up until dawn. If you really fancy donning your dancing shoes on your holidays in Spain, head to Ibiza – this party island is non-stop fun.
But you can really catch the scent of some pretty decent dance floors practically anywhere in Spain. With music in year ears and dance moves under your skin, be ready to unleash a few new pick-up lines and keep up to date with how folks party around the world while on your 2016 Spain holidays.
English speaking: Yes, widely spoken
Local Time: GMT+1 Hour
Airport name: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)
Flight time: Approx 2h 30m
Distance to city centre: 9km
Transfer options: Shuttles, taxis and buses can be utilised from the airport on arrival. We also offer a range of transfer services which can be purchased along your booking journey in the Extras section.
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Spain holidays transport you to a country full of passion and life, from historical cities and charming culture, to snowy mountains and sunny beaches.
As one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, it’s safe to say that Spain’s wealth of attractions are variable enough to suit the tastes of any visitor. Culture vultures will relish the cathedrals, churches and castles in cities like Madrid, while artistic types will love venturing around the many museums and galleries found across various Spanish cities, Such as the home of Picasso, Malaga.
Beach bums will embrace the immense coastline, boasting sandy beaches, hidden bays and blues seas, encompassing those classic summer holidays to Spain, while hikers and nature lovers will embrace the rugged landscapes found in the Andalusian mountain ranges and across the Canary Islands – the volcano-clad island of Tenerife springs to mind.
Spain (and especially Andalusia) is every holidaymaker’s dream come true – its laid-back atmosphere is best seen in its great traditions: siestas (a nap comes in handy any time), flamenco (which is as much about dancing as it is about the guitar and singing), and good alcohol – it’s about time Sangria stepped down!
Across all of Spain’s cities it is easy to experience the country’s unique and captivating culture. Found in the form of architectural prowess, flawless museums, intriguing historical sites and a wonderful culinary scene – Spain holidays drop you deep into a vibrant ethos that is pleasantly infectious.
Head to Barcelona for 4-star luxury on the famous Las Ramblas while seeking a glimpse of Gaudi’s architectural treasures in the form of Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s neverending story of a basilica, which has been in construction for over 130 years.
Head to the capital, Madrid, where you can sip a cool beer in the grandeur of Plaza Mayor before exploring the engaging museums district. Once you’re there, approach the Royal Palace of Madrid and see how the Spanish kings and queens measure up to our own.
Outside ‘the big two’ you’ll discover some equally alluring sites of Spanish culture and history, especially in the form of the world-famous Alhambra in Granada. You may not have cared for sights very much, but this Moorish complex of buildings with a fortress at its heart is a must-see and will sure enchant you with its harem vibes. Once the Alhambra has triggered your senses, the Palacio de Generalife will complete the experience. A feast for your eyes, to call these gardens nature’s wonders would be a tad of an understatement. We bet you’ll be glued to your camera the whole time! Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada and boasting grand plazas, imposing cathedrals and charming churches, Granada has plenty of strings to its bow.
The historic city of Malaga is another big draw for culture vultures, home of Picasso and holding the title of the oldest city in Spain – the city’s wonderfully-preserved Moorish castle is a true highlight of the Costa del Sol. We are firm believers that good things come in twos, so for a high-brow sightseeing operation you could stop by the intricately supple Colomares castle in the nearby city of Benalmadena.
Every Brit should ponder a stop in Valencia to learn the secrets of the mystical Holy Grail in the Valencia Cathedral. With its amazing mix of five different styles, the cathedral deserves your undivided attention!
Beach getaways and holidays in Spain go hand in hand, offering families and couples from all walks of life sunny breaks by the sea, with sandy stretches and countless water sports keeping holidaymakers occupied and satisfied. With little ones and joy in mind, water parks deserve a mention too. The Costa del Sol has long been a huge draw for tourists seeking some Spanish sunshine, and today the region is as vibrant and alluring as ever. Lively resort towns like Benidorm, Marbella and Torremolinos provide the perfect family destination, promising beach, activities and great food. But you don’t have to head south to experience the treasures of Spain’s coast – in the north near the border of France you’ll find more strips of sandy perfection and a burgeoning surf scene, particularly around San Sebastian.
The offshore islands on holidays to Spain provide another big draw for holidaymakers seeking beach thrills and Spanish culture, yet on an island with its own unique identity. The Balearics offer just that, with vibrant nightlife, stunning natural landscapes and beautiful beaches adorning the likes of Ibiza and Majorca (while you’re there, don’t miss out on the gothic Palma Cathedral in the island’s capital). Along the coast of Northern Africa, the stunning Canary Islands promise even more island paradise for sun worshippers. The islands experience a huge amount of sunshine all year, with Tenerife and Lanzarote home to spectacular volcanic landscapes, national parks and museums, and of course those lovely expanses of sand we all pine for.