Spain holidays

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Why Spain

Miles and miles of beaches, world-famous cities, theme parks that world class – holidays in Spain give you a list of things to do as just as extensive as a tapas menu.

Experience the genuine Spanish charm of Flamenco dancers in polka-dotted dresses, impressive Moorish-style castles, matadors in the ultimate (but controversial) battle between man and beast – Spain can conjure up literally millions of different impressions. This country has been a favorite with British and European holidaymakers for many years, and that’s thanks to its great beaches, beautiful climate and the fact it just a short flight away from home.

In the Spanish mainland, holidays revolve around the Costa regions. In the north of the country in Catalonia, you will discover the rugged Costa Dorada and Costa Brava. A little further down the coast and you can discover the Costa Blanca’s white-sanded beaches. And at the southern edge of the country are the sunbaked regions of Costa de la Luz, Costa del Sol and Costa de Almeria.

Just off the mainland are the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. Select from the family-friendly Majorca, more low-key Menorca, for a more off-the-beaten trail experience there is Formentera and, of course there is the world-famous party hub of Ibiza. It goes without saying they all feature stunning beaches, picturesque countryside and the relaxed way of life this part of the world is typically known for.

In the Atlantic Ocean you will find the Spanish Canary Islands off Morocco’s coast. Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote comprise the big three destinations, while the island of Fuerteventura is also starting to grab a significant slice of the tourism market. For islands a little less touristy and with fewer visitors try La Palma or La Gomera.

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Climate

Spain can be considered a year-round destination. Spain’s climate varies across the country and can be seen as have three main climatic zones:

The Mediterranean climate is typified by warm/hot and dry summers and cool or mild and rainy winters. It dominates Spain’s climate on the Iberian Peninsula, with summer droughts affecting all but the country’s far north where the climate is predominantly Oceanic. This climatic categorization is further divided into the ‘Standard Mediterranean’ of the lowland regions and the ‘Continentalized Mediterranean’ of the country’s interior based on height above sea level and how mild of harsh the winters are. The ‘Standard Mediterranean’ mostly covers the coastal areas (with the exception of the northern Atlantic coast) as well as the basin of the Guadalquivir River and the lower reaches of the Guadiana and Tagus basins in the west. ‘Continentalized Mediterranean’ climate is what dominates in the vast Spanish table lands in the interior (Meseta Central).

The oceanic climate dominates Spain’s north, especially in the regions of Asturias, Basque Country, Cantabria, Navarre and Galicia. These regions get regular snowfalls in winter.

The climate in the south eastern part of Spain is semiarid as it is in the middle section of the Ebro valley in the north east, extending as far west as into southern Navarre. It also features in large swathes of the central table lands (La Mancha) and drier parts of the Andalusia and Extremadura.

Aside from the three primary climate zones, sub-zones such as the alpine climate in the mountain ranges and there is a tropical climate in the Canary Island’s coastal areas while a hot desert climate exists in parts of the South East Coast and the Canary Islands.

How to Spend Your Spain Holidays

Home to cosmopolitan cities brimming with culture, such as Barcelona and Madrid and stunning scenery from mountainous terrain to pristine coastlines, make Spain one of the world’s ultimate destinations. Away from the mainland do not forget about Spain's stunning islands the Canary and Balearic islands, which can brag of hundreds of sunshine hours a year, exciting nightlife and stunning beaches.

Due to the fact it shares borders with Portugal and France, Spain in Spain make it the prefect destination for continued travel around Europe.

For discerning travelers, Spanish cities are packed with historic and cultural attractions. Be awestruck by Gaudi's incredible Sagrada Família or admire the view from Parc Guell in Barcelona. Or head north to the Basque city of Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Gallery. Travel south to Pamplona to run with the bulls at the festival of San Fermin, or literally paint the town (and yourself) red with tomatoes at the La Tomatina festival in Bunol close to Valencia.

If the great outdoors is more your cup of tea, check out the stunning Costa Verde with its national parks, snow-peaked mountain and rivers on holidays to Spain.

If it is simply some sun, surf and sand you are looking for Spain will not disappoint. The country possesses an almost unlimited number of white or yellow sanded beaches on the coasts, while the Canary Islands offer the ultimate in relaxation. With volcanic black sands, seemingly endless blue skies and host of activities.

Be sure to sample the local cuisine in Spain and it is an easy task because you can find it in abundance. The famed tapas of San Sebastian in the country’s far north, it is hard to beat the Paella you find in the seaside towns. And sangria and the red Rioja wines are firm favorites.

While most cities in Spain possess a thriving nightlife scene, the island of Ibiza is possibly THE party capital of Europe.

In search of fun and thrills? Or looking to simply take an affordable break? Holidays in Spain offer all the answers. It is little wonder Spain is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. And the range of destinations alone is incredible. Here are the most popular:

Tenerife – the largest of the Canary Islands, it is famed for its carnival, rugged volcanic landscapes and pristine sandy beaches.

Lanzarote – the lunar-like landscapes here are perfect for sightseeing, and year-round sun, surf and sand.

Gran Canaria – the capital of the Canary Islands is home to mountain peaks, volcanoes, golden-sanded beaches, culture and exotic wildlife.

Fuertevenura – represents the second-largest Canary Island and is famed for its white-sanded beaches and fantastic range of water-sports for Spain holidays.

Barcelona – is one of the coolest cities not just in Spain but in all Europe, with a vibrant live music and arts scene, incredible cuisine and world-famous architecture.

Benidorm - A Costa Blanca favorite, with beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife and a scenic Old Town.

Ibiza – experience the wild clubs, relax on the beaches, or go exploring historic sites and the breath-taking scenery.

Majorca – the largest of the Balearic Islands offers buzzing beach resorts, wild nightlife, beautiful countryside and fine dining.

When to Go

Spain enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate throughout much of the country. In the Balearic Islands the temperature starts to rise in May, when highs reach the mid-20s degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). There Summer temperatures peak in July and August, when the mercury regularly tops 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).

The picture is much the same in mainland Spain, with very mild springs and autumns, and summer months that enjoy plenty of sunshine and temperatures sitting in the high 20s degrees Celsius (80s Fahrenheit) and are perfect for Spain holidays.

To the south, the Canary Islands are home to very mild, sub-tropical weather and are known as the “Islands of Eternal Spring” because temperatures rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in winter and 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) in summer.

How to Get to Spain

Spain's main Airline is Iberia but numerous airlines offer flights to Spain from the UK, including British Airways, Ryanair and EasyJet. American Airlines, United and Delta all fly direct from US.

Flights tend to be the most expensive in the summer months, from June through September, while the cheapest time to fly is from November through December (excluding the Christmas season).

Flight times to Madrid for example from London are about two hours and 20 minutes; from New York  a flight averages seven hours and 15 minutes.

The main rail route to Spain from the UK is via the Channel Tunnel, taking a connection from Paris to Spain. There are direct trains from Portugal and France to Barcelona and Madrid and Barcelona.

By boat, it is easy to travel to and from Spain to France and Spain’s islands.

Planning Your Spain Holidays

If you have travelled to other western European, like France, Germany, Italy etc., you may believe that Spain is just as expensive. However, it does not need to be, a meal in a small cafe may set you back an average of 4-6 Euros per person but in a restaurant prices could increase to 20-25 Euros per person.

Tapas bars are reasonably cheap, especially in the Andalusia region where they first originated, and you can often get free tapas with a drink or at happy hours.

Public transport in Spain is generally cheaper than that of France, and a three hour trip by bus to the southern countryside costs only 5-6 Euros on average. So if you have a limited budget it is still possible to enjoy cheap holidays to Spain.

A colorful mix of tapas, flamenco, sun, surf, sand and sangria – a holiday to Spain offers something for everyone. With rear-round sunshine, mainland Spain and her islands are ideal holiday destinations and that is the reason for Spain’s enduring popularity.

If you want to discover fascinating cities, quaint rural towns or just kick back in the sun on a beach, you will find all of that here.

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Where to Stay

Tourism, both international and domestic is Spain’s main industry in Spain, so it should be no surprise to any visitor that there is an eye-wateringly vast range of accommodation available all throughout the country on holidays in Spain. Hotels in Spain typically offer media pension or pension completa (half-board/full-board) room rates, that differ in the amount of meals included in the price. The larger city hotels typically offer weekend discount rates and most of them will charge extra for car parking, while bed and breakfasts and countryside lodges rarely do. Of course, it is always well advisable to book accommodation in advance, particularly if festivals are taking or at the popular resorts along the coasts from late spring to October. Most hotels in Spain offer Wi-Fi service however they are mostly charged based on hourly rates.

Hotels are graded from one to five stars but there are some variations regionally. Hotels graded three stars and above are required to have bar/café services with breakfasts available and many of those in these categories offer full restaurants.

Bed and breakfast: The twin types of budget accommodation in Spain are the pension and hostel (guest house), and both provide private rooms with or without bathroom. They are typically family-run and may also provide meals. Their classification varies across the regions, but this type of accommodation option are generally graded from one to two stars. Prices may differ greatly depending on their location (be it city or countryside).

Here are some of our picks of where to stay on Spain holidays: