Fun loving? Thrill seeking? Or simply in need of an affordable break? A holiday in Spain has all the answers. With festivals galore and too many beaches to choose from, it’s no wonder that Spain is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. What's more, book in advance for Summer 2019 and take advantage of spreading the cost with a 25% deposit.
Four beautiful coastlines, with four unique personalities. Find your perfect beach holiday with our guide to Spain’s famous Costas.
The clue’s in the name with the Costa del Sol. This stretch of Malaga coastline has long been a favourite with sun-seeking holidaymakers, offering warm temperatures throughout the year. Resorts like Marbella and Torremolinos are famous for their beaches and nightlife, while the nearby region of Andalucia offers plenty of traditional Spanish charm.
Stretching over 200km, the Costa Blanca is home to some classic Spanish beach resorts, including Alicante and Benidorm. Around these towns you’ll find bars and nightlife, and themeparks and waterparks, making the Costa Blanca a great destination for family holidays. But if you fancy a bit of a change of pace, you could also check out the area’s more peaceful spots, like the Algar waterfalls and the picturesque town of Elche, or explore the historic sights of nearby Valencia.
Just to the southwest of Barcelona, Costa Dorada (aka the Costa Daurada) translates as the Golden Coast, named after the area’s sparkling sandy beaches. In addition to welcoming resort towns like Salou and Cambrils, the Costa Dorada is also worth visiting for its historic sights, such as the Roman ruins of the city of Tarragona and the Les Ferreres Aqueduct. You’ll also be able to enjoy art and culture, bars, nightlife and thriving LGBTQ scenes in nearby Sitges and Barcelona.
Translating as the “Wild Coast”, the Costa Brava is found in the northeast of Spain, close to the French border and the Pyrenees. Stretching from Blanes to Barcelona, the Costa Brava has several buzzing resort towns, like Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. However, it’s the area’s inspirational landscapes that are really worth checking out - such as the rugged coastlines of Cap de Creus and the Mede Islands and the blue waters of Aigua Blava - which captured the imaginations of artists like Dali and Picasso.
Lanzarote’s lunar landscapes are perfect for sightseeing, surfing or year-round sunbathing.
The capital of the Canaries, home to mountains, volcanoes, golden beaches and exotic wildlife.
The second-largest of the Canary Islands is famous for its white sandy beaches and excellent water-sports.
Go wild in the clubs, chill out on the beaches, or explore historic sites and breath-taking scenery.
The largest Balearic island offers buzzing beach resorts, wild nightlife and beautiful countryside.
Home to cultured cosmopolitan cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, as well as mountainous terrain and pristine coastlines, Spain is the ultimate destination for families, couples, solo explorers and groups alike. Let's not forget Spain's stunning islands such as the Balearic and Canary Islands, which has hundreds of hours of sunshine a year, electric nightlife and sandy beaches. Read more on Majorca holidays and Canary Island getaways if this sounds like your sort of summer holiday.
Sharing borders with France and Portugal, Spain is an ideal destination for ongoing travel around Europe. You can use it for a road trip - or consider taking advantage of the great rail network. Its southern coastal peak points across the channel to Morocco and the ferry crossing to Tangier can be taken from several Spanish ports including Gibraltar and Barcelona.
For the more discerning traveller, Spain’s cities are filled to bursting with cultural and historic attractions. Marvel at Gaudí's spectacular Sagrada Família or take in the views from Parc Guell in Barcelona. Alternatively, visit the Guggenheim Gallery in the northern Basque city of Bilbao. Nip south to run with the bulls in the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, or paint yourself tomato red at La Tomatina festival in Buñol near Valencia.
If getting out and about in nature is more your thing, then check out the glorious Costa Verde. It's got national parks, snow-capped mountain peaks and rushing rivers.
If it’s simple sun, sea and sand you’re after you won’t be disappointed as a holiday in Spain has it all, and more. There's thousands of white and yellow sandy beaches lining the coast, while Spain’s Canary Islands is a really relaxation destination. With black volcanic sands, endless blue skies and a whole host of activities and water sports to try, the likes of Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria won't leave you disappointed. Whether you want a relaxing spa break, a family-friendly hotel to explore a beautiful and captivating island, or a romantic getaway to share with that special someone, look no further than the Canaries.
Looking for a party during your Spain holiday? Although most cities in Spain offer an excellent night scene, the infamous island of Ibiza is arguably THE party destination of Europe, where you can live a nocturnal lifestyle and still come home with a tan.
Sampling the local cuisine during a holiday in Spain is no chore as the rich flavours of the country are exported and adored worldwide. The exquisite tapas of San Sebastián in the far north of the country, boasts an acclaimed reputation, while the Paella of the seaside towns is hard to beat. Sangria and red Rioja wines are a keen favourite while in the north the Spaniards have their very own special brew, sidra, to be found in the unique sidrerias of Asturias. Here's our guide to the best Spanish food and where to find it.
Dishes from different cities
This region used to have many miners, which is why it is well known for the large portions on every plate. So, unlike other Spainish restaurants, you can expect a 1st course, 2nd course, 3rd course and dessert. It’s also called the green paradise - mainly because it rains a lot (well a lot for Spain).
National parks can be found throughout much of Spain, both in the mainland and the Balearic and Canary Islands. One of the oldest is Ordesa y Monte Perdido, which sits near the French border. The park’s mountainous terrain is home to a wide selection of rare wildlife, including eagles, hawks and antelopes, making it an inspiring choice for a Spain national park holiday.