As one of the most diverse countries in Europe, Spain is a classic for a reason. Beautiful beaches, luxurious sunshine, Spain will spoil you rotten. And it’s got history and culture by the bucket-load. The country has tonnes of sites to see, ranging from the Alhambra to the Sagrada Familia. If it’s good food that you need, you have come to the home of tapas, paella, cured meat, crisp churros, punchy fruity red wines, and light refreshing beers. Although the local food varies between provinces, you can be sure that it’s exciting and delicious. And even if you want to spend a day skiing before you get a tan, pop on over to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Is there anymore could you ask for?
Whether it’s partying all night long on the Balearic Island of Ibiza, making a splash in a family resort in Gran Canaria, or a cultured journey of discovery and adventure in Granada, Spain has you covered. And let’s not forget the glorious beaches. Spain boasts some of the most stunning beach resorts and hidden lagoons in Europe. Many of the most popular spots are surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing hotspots. But if working on your tan is all that you desire, the Spanish climate is almost perfect all year round as well.
When it comes to classy holidays, the Balearic Islands really know how to spoil their visitors. Whether you pick Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, or one of the smaller islands, you can expect sunshine, gorgeous sandy beaches, and Spanish food and drink with a little bit of island flair. The islands are great, because while they’re all welcoming and fun for all ages, certain islands have built up a reputation for having a certain speciality. Ibiza is known as the party island, while Menorca offers a taste of the quiet life. Majorca is a family-friendly haven, while Formentera is great for couples looking to cosy up.
The big daddy of Spain holidays, the Costa Brava has been welcoming visitors for decades and remains to be one of our most popular destinations. And with gorgeous weather, blissful beaches, and about as many pretty villages and bustling towns as you could want, there’s a reason so many of us are still in love with the Costa Brava.
Colourful, busy, and with endless things to see and do, a city break to Barcelona gives so much more than dusty museums and endless walking. Think stunning architecture – with the brilliant touch of Gaudi throughout the city – fantastic food – tapas is an absolute must here, as is, bizarrely, Mexican – and loads of green spaces to relax and unwind.
The Canary Islands provide year-round sunshine, making them an ideal holiday getaway. Lanzarote offers natural beauty, with its black sand beaches and volcanic lunar landscapes. The artist César Manrique, who championed Lanzarote’s natural beauty, adds a cultural edge to this island. Gran Canaria is a great family-friendly destination, with beautiful sand dunes and long wide beaches. Playa del Ingles is one of the liveliest spots for nightlife, while along the coast there are a number of luxurious hotel and spa complexes. Then there is Tenerife, home to a mix of large resorts, popular beaches and a beautiful volcanic countryside, where you can find some authentic villages and hidden gems.
Full of art and culture and boasting a vibrant nightlife, Madrid is the perfect destination for a city break. The warm climate means that evening meals are late, long and generally outside in pretty terraces or rooftop restaurants. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo del Prado are among the wealth of galleries available, while the Salamanca district has an array of designer shops. Whilst in Madrid take the opportunity to experience some traditional flamenco. This is the city where the best performers live and perform, so catch a show or hunt out a little bar for a truly authentic sound.
With large expanses of beach and a vast choice of hotels, Spain’s white coast is a tourist favourite, and for good reason. There is something here for every taste, whether it’s hiking through national parks or enjoying a wild night out in Benidorm. Alicante is family friendly with year-round warmth and calm sandy beaches. Benidorm is a lively resort, with bars and clubs lining the beachfront and packed into the neighbouring streets. It’s not devoid of authentic Spanish charm, though – the pretty old town has some family-run restaurants where you can sample a delicious paella or tapas.
If you would like to see some of Spain’s best architecture, then head on over to Parc Güell in Barcelona. Here, you can see a number of Guadí’s famous works, including the Casa Batllo and the Güell Pavilions. Many of his works were influenced by nature, so they sit beautifully in the Spanish skyline.
Now, you can’t go far in Spain without stumbling upon some classic flamenco dancing. Many of Spain’s larger cities and resorts offer flamenco classes to their visitors. But even in small towns, you are likely to find someone who will be happy to teach you how to find the Spanish rhythm.
Based in the province of Cantabria, the Langre beach might just be perfection. Hidden away in the rural countryside of northern Spain, the beach hosts two acres of golden sand with ideal waves for surfing. With the lively city of Santander only 25km away, it’s a miracle this beach remains quiet and peaceful, but it always does.
Can you imagine a citywide food fight with just squishy tomatoes? In Valencia, it’s a reality. La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday of August during the week of festivities in Buñol. Started in 1945, the event is a favourite of many visitors to Spain, as well as the local people of Valencia.
La Corona volcano
Wander up Lanzarote’s magnificent La Corona volcano. The dramatic landscape has a lunar quality, with vast open spaces and blackened rocks that are unlike anything you will have ever seen. There are a number of routes up to the summit. You could hike, using one of the many trails, or book onto guided tour. Otherwise hire a car and brace yourselves for the twists and turns of the hairpin bends and the narrow roads. The views are breathtaking, so be sure to charge your camera.
A short drive north of Benidorm are the Algar Waterfalls. Meandering creeks and bubbling waterfalls combine with the lush green surroundings to make this an area of absolute tranquillity – which might be just what you need during a holiday on the Costa Blanca. There are a number of day trips and organised tours from the big resorts, or you can hire a car and take the short drive – it takes about 40 minutes. The waterfalls are classed as a protected wetland and entrance is by tickets only, they’re about 5 Euros each for adults.
Spanish food is renowned for being fresh, rich and not too spicy. If you are planning to eat your way through Spain, then you must try four essential dishes. First of all, Paella, the seafood rice dish that originated in Valencia. Next, Gazpacho, which hails from the southern region of Andalusia. Tapas is a must, and many dishes even come free with a drink. And finally, a Spanish omelette, the classic dish that appears all over the country.
For drinks, Spain is one of the main arteries of Europe’s wine country, especially reds. A smooth glass of Vino Tinto is inescapable if you want to experience Spain’s real culture. Three favourites of the nation are the famous Sangria, the Tinto de Verano (similar to Sangria but without Triple Sec and brand), and Kalimotxo, which is red wine mixed with Coca-Cola.
The restaurants range considerably in price across the country depending on where and when you visit. However, the quality, no matter the price, is high. Owing to the influence of chefs like Ferran Adria, food isn't just an art, it's a culture in Spain. So, expect quality service that borders on theatre in some of the finer restaurants. Of course, all will offer the traditional dishes mentioned above and their own local specialities. The bigger cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, are home to Michelin star dining experiences, whilst smaller towns usually have eateries owned by local families.
Whether you want to party with the locals, hike in the sunshine or relax in a world-class beach resort, easyJet holidays has a huge selection of package trips to Spain.
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