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Holidays to Spain are all about embracing the good things in life. Just over an hour away from the UK, this land of sun, sea and sangria buzzes with an infectious exuberance – and the people who call it home love a fiesta as much as a siesta.

If it’s a city break you’re after, you’ll find Spain’s urban centres to be some of the most captivating in Europe. Modern and lively, they’re also brimming with culture and soaked in history. You can delve into Spain’s fascinating past by visiting its vast cathedrals, Reconquista castles, Romanesque churches and Moorish palaces – not to mention its epic array of world-class museums and galleries, a number of which focus on the creative spirits of artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí.

Head away from the cities, though, and you’ll soon discover an incredibly diverse, and undeniably beautiful, landscape. There’s the vine-cloaked hills of La Rioja – Spain’s most famous wine-growing region – the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the sun-baked plains of Andalucía and the staggering cliffs of the Atlantic northwest. And that’s just on the mainland. The Balearics have their share of fertile valleys and secret coves, while the Canary Islands have a different vibe entirely, what with their volcanic, almost otherworldly scenery.

But of course this country’s greatest attraction is its shoreline, and the golden beaches that occupy it. The promise of sun and the lure of the sea is the reason most people book a holiday to Spain – and have been doing so consistently since the Sixties. But beach breaks here certainly aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal – there’s as much variety along the coast as there is in the rest of the country. You’ll find sprawling stretches packed with exciting activities and family-friendly attractions in the Costa del Sol, while the Atlantic Coast offers up surfing hotspots. Meanwhile the Canary Islands are stacked with unusual black-sand beaches, and Ibiza, with its anything-goes attitude, is the place for hedonistic beach parties backed by stunning scenery. Over on Menorca and Majorca, things are generally more chilled – but certainly no less eye-catching – making them a great choice for a romantic break or a fun-filled family holiday.

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Spanish food

Eating and drinking’s an integral part of Spanish culture – and no holiday to Spain would be complete without a little indulgence. Traditional cuisine tends to focus on unfussy, no-nonsense dishes, with recipes typically handed down through generations. Olive oil features heavily, what with Spain producing more of it than any other country in the world, and signature herbs include parsley, oregano, rosemary and thyme.

Fresh fish and seafood is the order of the day in most coastal regions, but you’ll find things are a lot more meat-heavy if you travel inland. Spaniards consume all kinds of meat and poultry, but they’re particularly known for their spicy chorizo sausages and cured Iberico ham. And of course you’ll encounter paella and tapas wherever you go.

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Spain’s foodie credentials also extend to wine, with red, white and sparkling varieties produced throughout the country. The Rioja and Ribera del Duero are famous for their Tempranillo, Jerez de la Frontera is the home of sherry, and cava – Spain’s answer to Champagne – is primarily made in Catalonia. If you’re partial to a tipple, think about booking onto a vineyard tour – it always makes for a fun day out. And at some point during your holiday to Spain you should definitely treat yourself to a jug of sangria.

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Beaches in Spain

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, bordering the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay, Spain’s blessed with its fair share of beautiful beaches. Its sandy shores are divided up into various sections, known as costas, each of which comes with its own distinct sense of style.

The sun-soaked Costa del Sol, in the south of the country, is one of Spain’s most popular beach regions. With 125 of them to choose from, you’ll find everything from family-friendly activities to watersports and crazy beach parties. Catalonia’s Costa Brava is far more rugged, and beloved for its unkempt beauty, while the Costa Blanca is home to some of Spain’s biggest resorts – like Benidorm and Alicante – and is particularly famed for its nightlife. But whichever coast you choose on your holiday to Spain, there’ll be loads of time for tanning as well as excellent opportunities for diving and snorkelling – if that’s your thing.

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Of course the Spanish islands offer a whole load more of the sandy stuff, and even if you’re planning a city break you can still fit in a little bit of beach time. Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia all have brilliant urban beaches – but if you want to enjoy slightly more sun, sea and sand, why not opt for a multi-centre holiday?

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Things to do in Spain

Spain is nothing if not varied, so you’ll have no trouble finding things to do on holiday here. Its cities are incredibly cultural, all of them packed with museums, art galleries and loads of historic buildings. In Barcelona you can learn all about Pablo Picasso at his namesake museum, and check out Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces like La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. Meanwhile, Madrid’s Prado Museum is an absolute must-see for art lovers, and if you’re a history-buff heading to Andalucía, you should make a pilgrimage to Granada to visit the impressive Alhambra Palace.

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Besides cultural attractions, another thing Spain has in abundance is golf courses – it’s one of the top golfing destinations in Europe. So whether you’re visiting the islands or the mainland, you’ll have ample opportunity to practise your swing. But if golf’s not your thing, don’t fret. Holidays to Spain can involve tonnes of other activities, too. The Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada offer excellent hiking and biking in summer, and skiing in winter, while its ample coastline means there are plenty of watersports to be enjoyed. Or if all you really want to do is fly and flop, that’s certainly an option too.

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Best time to visit Spain

Holidays to Spain are a viable option at any time of year because the climate varies from region to region. Central Spain – including Madrid – is a place of extremes, with very hot, humid summers and brisk winters. Temperatures regularly dip below zero and snow is common in the higher towns and cities. So if you’re contemplating visiting this part of the country, you’ll probably want to aim for spring or autumn.

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If you’re thinking about a beach break in the Balearics or along the Mediterranean Coast then the summer months are the best time to visit. July and August are particularly popular – the weather’s almost guaranteed to be great, but if you’re not keen on crowds consider going in early summer or early autumn instead. You might also want to avoid spending summer in the south of Spain. Andalucía can get blisteringly hot and humid, with temperatures regularly hitting the high thirties. Spring and autumn are far more pleasant, and even at the height of winter it rarely gets below 13°C. But if you’re looking for some proper winter sun, consider the Canary Islands – there’s a risk of rain between November and April but even then average highs remain in the low twenties.

 

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Essential Information

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain. From 1 January 2021 there will be a 90-day limit for visa-free travel

Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro (€)

Time difference: GMT + 1 hour

Flight duration from London: 2 hours 15 minutes direct to Madrid or Barcelona

Capital city: Madrid

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Spanish food

Spanish food

Eating and drinking’s an integral part of Spanish culture – and no holiday to Spain would be complete without a little indulgence. Traditional cuisine tends to focus on unfussy, no-nonsense dishes, with recipes typically handed down through generations. Olive oil features heavily, what with Spain producing more of it than any other country in the world, and signature herbs include parsley, oregano, rosemary and thyme.

Fresh fish and seafood is the order of the day in most coastal regions, but you’ll find things are a lot more meat-heavy if you travel inland. Spaniards consume all kinds of meat and poultry, but they’re particularly known for their spicy chorizo sausages and cured Iberico ham. And of course you’ll encounter paella and tapas wherever you go.

Show More
Show Less

Spain’s foodie credentials also extend to wine, with red, white and sparkling varieties produced throughout the country. The Rioja and Ribera del Duero are famous for their Tempranillo, Jerez de la Frontera is the home of sherry, and cava – Spain’s answer to Champagne – is primarily made in Catalonia. If you’re partial to a tipple, think about booking onto a vineyard tour – it always makes for a fun day out. And at some point during your holiday to Spain you should definitely treat yourself to a jug of sangria.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in Spain

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, bordering the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay, Spain’s blessed with its fair share of beautiful beaches. Its sandy shores are divided up into various sections, known as costas, each of which comes with its own distinct sense of style.

The sun-soaked Costa del Sol, in the south of the country, is one of Spain’s most popular beach regions. With 125 of them to choose from, you’ll find everything from family-friendly activities to watersports and crazy beach parties. Catalonia’s Costa Brava is far more rugged, and beloved for its unkempt beauty, while the Costa Blanca is home to some of Spain’s biggest resorts – like Benidorm and Alicante – and is particularly famed for its nightlife. But whichever coast you choose on your holiday to Spain, there’ll be loads of time for tanning as well as excellent opportunities for diving and snorkelling – if that’s your thing.

Show More
Show Less

Of course the Spanish islands offer a whole load more of the sandy stuff, and even if you’re planning a city break you can still fit in a little bit of beach time. Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia all have brilliant urban beaches – but if you want to enjoy slightly more sun, sea and sand, why not opt for a multi-centre holiday?

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Spain

Spain is nothing if not varied, so you’ll have no trouble finding things to do on holiday here. Its cities are incredibly cultural, all of them packed with museums, art galleries and loads of historic buildings. In Barcelona you can learn all about Pablo Picasso at his namesake museum, and check out Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces like La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. Meanwhile, Madrid’s Prado Museum is an absolute must-see for art lovers, and if you’re a history-buff heading to Andalucía, you should make a pilgrimage to Granada to visit the impressive Alhambra Palace.

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Show Less

Besides cultural attractions, another thing Spain has in abundance is golf courses – it’s one of the top golfing destinations in Europe. So whether you’re visiting the islands or the mainland, you’ll have ample opportunity to practise your swing. But if golf’s not your thing, don’t fret. Holidays to Spain can involve tonnes of other activities, too. The Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada offer excellent hiking and biking in summer, and skiing in winter, while its ample coastline means there are plenty of watersports to be enjoyed. Or if all you really want to do is fly and flop, that’s certainly an option too.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Spain

Holidays to Spain are a viable option at any time of year because the climate varies from region to region. Central Spain – including Madrid – is a place of extremes, with very hot, humid summers and brisk winters. Temperatures regularly dip below zero and snow is common in the higher towns and cities. So if you’re contemplating visiting this part of the country, you’ll probably want to aim for spring or autumn.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re thinking about a beach break in the Balearics or along the Mediterranean Coast then the summer months are the best time to visit. July and August are particularly popular – the weather’s almost guaranteed to be great, but if you’re not keen on crowds consider going in early summer or early autumn instead. You might also want to avoid spending summer in the south of Spain. Andalucía can get blisteringly hot and humid, with temperatures regularly hitting the high thirties. Spring and autumn are far more pleasant, and even at the height of winter it rarely gets below 13°C. But if you’re looking for some proper winter sun, consider the Canary Islands – there’s a risk of rain between November and April but even then average highs remain in the low twenties.

 

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Essential Info

Essential Information

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain. From 1 January 2021 there will be a 90-day limit for visa-free travel

Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro (€)

Time difference: GMT + 1 hour

Flight duration from London: 2 hours 15 minutes direct to Madrid or Barcelona

Capital city: Madrid

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