Spain Holidays: An Overview

Sometimes overshadowed by the charms of France and Italy, and weighed down by a persistent package holiday image problem, Spain remains an all time Original Travel favourite for its scintillating cities, complex cultural history and island hangouts.

Dave and Flora are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Fiestas and festivals! No other country does fiestas better, and there are so many to choose from - Las Fallas in Valencia, Feria De Abril in Seville, Carnival in Sitges, and Semana Santa, to name just a few. They're vibrant and colourful: flags and decorations line the streets, and all the locals and visitors gather together for music and dancing.
  • Relaxed social gatherings in traditional tapas bars are at the heart of Spanish culture and lifestyle, and Granada is still the Spanish capital for free tapas with a round of drinks
  • The picturesque white villages of Andalucia, which are made up of beautiful sparkling white house and churches, are beautiful. Stroll around the pretty narrow streets admiring the views, stopping for the occasional cerveza
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

The little coves and undiscovered beaches of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. Hire a boat for the day and head to Cala Deia - the water is pure turquoise and it’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Dave, Original Traveller

A note on price

A weekend getaway to Barcelona or Seville can usually be organised for around £400 per person (including flights). A week-long luxury Spanish holiday staying in some of the best hotels in the country, including guided cultural visits, cooking lessons and horse-riding in the countryside, will cost in the region of £3,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for Spain

Hotel Amadeus, luxury hotel in Seville, Spain

Hotel Amadeus

Seville

Located in the historic centre of Seville between Santa Cruz neighbourhood and the Juderia, Hotel Amadeus is way more music themed than even the name might suggest.

Where to stay

Hotel Amadeus
Running in Mallorca

Running in Mallorca

The Balearics

‘Running’ and ‘mountains’ might not be two words you want featured in the same sentence, but the island of Mallorca has some of the finest mountain scenery, and trails on which to explore them, anywhere in the Mediterranean region.

What to do

Running in Mallorca
Climb Mount Teide

Climb Mount Teide

Canary Islands

Closer to Africa than Europe, Tenerife is dominated by the Teide volcano, Spain’s highest mountain, whose lunar landscapes are fascinating to explore.

What to do

Climb Mount Teide
Aerial View of Valencia

Valencia and Eastern Spain

Spain

Long overshadowed by other Spanish cities, Valencia is fast becoming as stylish as Barcelona and developing into a fashionable short break destination.

Where to go

Valencia and Eastern Spain
View from Finca Mavasia, luxury hotel in Spain

Finca Malvasia

Canary Islands

A family run boutique hideaway, well off the beaten track.

Where to stay

Finca Malvasia
Pool with mountain view at Finca las Longueras, luxury hotel in Spain

Finca Las Longueras

Canary Islands

Finca Las Longueras was built in 1895 as an autumnal residence for an aristocratic Gran Canarian family. Known affectionately as ‘Casa Roja’, due to its crimson exterior, the hotel is reminiscent of a patrician past.

Where to stay

Finca Las Longueras
Interior at  Corral Del Rey, luxury hotel in Spain

Corral Del Rey

Seville

The hotel's original 17th century building has been meticulously restored and incorporates an atrium patio, Roman marble columns and original carved wooden beams, with the bedrooms situated around the galleries of the central courtyard.

Where to stay

Corral Del Rey
Seville's April Feria

Seville's April Feria

Seville

The feria in Seville is a Spanish fiesta at its best, giving the gentry of Andalucia an opportunity to see and to be seen, and us a chance to experience all things Andalusian - sherry, Sevillanas, toros, flamenco dresses and horses.

What to do

Seville's April Feria
Boats in a Marina

The Balearics

Spain

There is something of a revolution going on in the Spanish Islands.

Where to go

The Balearics
Wine Bottle Corks

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

Spain

San Sebastian and Bilbao are the two main cities of the Basque Country, or Euskadi as it is known in the Basque language.

Where to go

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja
Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael

Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael

Inland Andalucia

Want a relaxing holiday and to learn a skill while you're at it? We can't think of many better combos than a stay at one of our all time favourites - Hacienda San Rafael in Andalucia - with a superb photography course thrown in to boot.

What to do

Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael
Wicker chairs at the water's edge - Marbella

Coastal Andalucia

Spain

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast. (Sounds better than the Costa del Sol).

Where to go

Coastal Andalucia
Surfing

Surfing

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

There’s something innately sophisticated about surfing on a beach slap bang in the centre of a city.

What to do

Surfing
Flowers at Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, luxury hotel in Italy

Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

Seville

Now beautifully restored, the building preserves traditional Andalucian architecture, combined with stylish, contemporary interiors.

Where to stay

Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
City Tour of Seville

City Tour of Seville

Seville

Seville is a showcase of the era of Muslim domination in Spain, with La Giralda - the tower of the stunning cathedral - the best-known of the remaining Islamic monuments.

What to do

City Tour of Seville
Las Fallas

Las Fallas

Valencia and Eastern Spain

In a country renowned for it’s extraordinary festivals, Las Fallas is the most unusual of the lot, and fortunately there’s not a goat or a bell tower in sight.

What to do

Las Fallas
Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife Carnival

Canary Islands

One of the more bonkers events you will ever go to, but an excellent weekend away.

What to do

Tenerife Carnival
View Across Seville

Seville

Spain

Andalucia's largest city has enough attractions to last weeks; tapas, sunshine and delightful architecture and hotels.

Where to go

Seville
Flamenco

Flamenco

Seville

Whether you want to learn the history of this most Spanish of dances, or indulge in a little yourself, we can arrange it.

What to do

Flamenco
Windmill

Canary Islands

Spain

Yes, that's right. The Canary Islands. Cast aside those preconceptions and head to one of Europe's most pleasant surprises.

Where to go

Canary Islands
Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

Inland Andalucia

'Riding in the hills of Andalucia’ has a rather nice ring to it, and with good reason.

What to do

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael
Terrace at Casa el Morro, luxury hotel in Italy

Casa el Morro

Canary Islands

Owner Raquel Hidalgo spent 10 years converting an 18th century mansion above the village of Uga into a rustic hideaway, and the result is the stunning Casa el Morro.

Where to stay

Casa el Morro
Pool at Casa Tomaren, luxury hotel in Italy

Casa Tomarén

Canary Islands

Casa Tomarén is a converted 18th century farmhouse that has been carefully renovated by its owners to create an Indonesian and Moroccan style haven in the Lanzarote countryside.

Where to stay

Casa Tomarén
Main swimming pool at Abama

The Ritz Carlton, Abama

Canary Islands

Proof that big can mean good, the Abama is an exclusive resort in Tenerife offering five-star accommodation and a first class range of facilities, particularly for families.

Where to stay

The Ritz Carlton, Abama

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