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. Fear not, we have the inside track on where to go and what to do on a luxury Spanish holiday.

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 Sevilla, 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
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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

Where to go in Spain

View Across Seville

Seville

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

Seville
Windmill

Canary Islands

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

Canary Islands
Wicker chairs at the water's edge - Marbella

Coastal Andalucia

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

Coastal Andalucia
Inland Andalucia

Inland Andalucia

Moorish towns of Granada, Seville and Cordoba combine with beautiful rugged scenery and coastline.

Inland Andalucia
The Balearics

The Balearics

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

The Balearics
Valencia and Eastern Spain

Valencia and Eastern Spain

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

Valencia and Eastern Spain
Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

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

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

What to do in Spain

City Tour of Seville

City Tour of 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.

City Tour of Seville
Seville's April Feria

Seville's April Feria

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.

Seville's April Feria
Flamenco

Flamenco

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

Flamenco
Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife Carnival

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

Tenerife Carnival
Climb Mount Teide

Climb Mount Teide

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

Climb Mount Teide
Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael

Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael

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.

Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael
Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

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

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael
Running in Mallorca

Running in Mallorca

‘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.

Running in Mallorca
Las Fallas

Las Fallas

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.

Las Fallas
Surfing

Surfing

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

Surfing
Gourmet Tasting Tour

Gourmet Tasting Tour

It was a tough job, but someone had to trawl all the pintxos (Basque for tapas) bars in San Sebastian to let you know which were the best.

Gourmet Tasting Tour
Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

The most striking symbol of Bilbao’s transformation from decaying industrial backwater to hip international metropolis is the Guggenheim Museum.

Guggenheim Museum

Where to stay in Spain

Interior at  Corral Del Rey, luxury hotel in Spain

Corral Del Rey

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.

Corral Del Rey
Casa No 7, luxury hotel in Spain

Casa No 7

Situated in the heart of the former Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz, Casa Nº 7 is an award-winning boutique hotel of historic character and refined simplicity.

Casa No 7
Hotel Amadeus, luxury hotel in Seville, Spain

Hotel Amadeus

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.

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

Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

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

Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
San Roque, luxury hotel in Spain

San Roque

San Roque is a design-led boutique hotel in a beautifully restored 18th-century manor house on the northwest coast of Tenerife.

San Roque
Main swimming pool at Abama, luxury hotel in Italy

Abama

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.

Abama
Pool at Casa Tomaren, luxury hotel in Italy

Casa Tomarén

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.

Casa Tomarén
Terrace at Casa el Morro, luxury hotel in Italy

Casa el Morro

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.

Casa el Morro
View from Finca Mavasia, luxury hotel in Spain

Finca Malvasia

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

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

Finca Las Longueras

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.

Finca Las Longueras
Beach at Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, luxury hotel in Spain

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real

Located on the northeast coast of Fuerteventura, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real is the only 5* grand luxury hotel on the island, and right on the beach.

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real
Pool at night at Hacienda de Buen Suceso, luxury hotel in Spain

Hacienda del Buen Suceso

Hacienda del Buen Suceso was converted into a luxury hotel by the prestigious Marquesado family, and the result has lived up to its name – a great success.

Hacienda del Buen Suceso
The swimming pool at Finca Cortesin, luxury hotel in Spain

Finca Cortesin

Finca Cortesín is a five-star hotel and golf resort on the Mediterranean coast of Andalucía, between Gibraltar and Malaga.

Finca Cortesin
Exterior at Marbella Club, luxury hotel in Spain

Marbella Club

Marbella Club is a refreshing blend of old and new, on Marbella’s coast line in the Costa del Sol.

Marbella Club
Hotel Puente Romano, luxury hotel in Andalucia, Spain

Hotel Puente Romano

Hotel Puente Romano is a coastal resort built in the style of an Andalusian village, with white washed walls and colourful bougainvilleas.

Hotel Puente Romano
Exterior with pool at Hacienda San Rafael, luxury hotel in Spain

Hacienda San Rafael

A family-run, former olive farm in a beautiful rural Andalucian setting, halfway between Seville and Jerez.

Hacienda San Rafael
Casa Olea, luxury hotel in Spain

Casa Olea

Travel professional Tim and his hotelier wife Claire converted this remote and run-down cortijo (olive farm) in the heart of Andalucia to a luxurious and comfortable bolthole that remains true to its roots and its location.

Casa Olea
La Almuna exterior, luxury hotel in Spain

La Almuña

Hugh and Jane Arbuthnott, whose home this has been for 20 years, are excellent hosts and incredibly knowledgeable about the area; with them you will see places and aspects of life unattainable to others.

La Almuña
Poolside at Casa La Siesta, luxury hotel in Spain

Casa La Siesta

Casa la Siesta is just as romantic as the story of the two owners – a pair of young English language students who met at a nearby Spanish school, fell in love, packed in their jobs back home and bought this ramshackle hacienda.

Casa La Siesta
Palacio del los Patos, luxury hotel in Andalucia, Spain

Palacio de los Patos

The hotel consists of two buildings: a beautifully restored 19th-century urban mansion, and a stylish modern annex.

Palacio de los Patos
Palacio del Bailio at night, luxury hotel in Spain

Palacio del Bailio

The Palacio del Bailio is a beautifully restored former palace, set around patios and gardens in the heart of Cordoba.

Palacio del Bailio
Trasierra hotel, luxury hotel in Andalucia, Spain

Trasierra

This 16th Century hacienda is surrounded by three thousand acres of olive and orange groves and is ideal for those looking for a beautiful and peaceful rural retreat.

Trasierra
Cap Rocat hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Cap Rocat

Cap Rocat, once a military fortress located in the most secluded area of the bay of Palma, has been transformed into a boutique hotel.

Cap Rocat
The exterior at Gran Hotel Son net, luxury hotel in Spain

Gran Hotel Son Net

The Gran Hotel Son Net is a converted 17th century finca in a beautiful rural setting in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains.

Gran Hotel Son Net
The outdoor lounge bar at Puro hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Puro

Located in the neighbourhood of La Lonja, right in the heart of the historic old town, Puro is Palma’s hippest boutique hotel.

Puro
Sunbeds at Son Prull hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Son Brull

It is hard to fault this lovely hotel close to the bay of Pollenca in the North East of Mallorca. It is also very hard to haul yourself away from the hotel's grounds to sample the delights of this stunning part of Mallorca.

Son Brull
Swimming Pool at Maricel hotel, luxury hotel in the Balearics, Spain

Maricel

The Maricel, long one of Mallorca’s most famous establishments, has been beautifully renovated and reborn as one of the island’s chicest properties.

Maricel
Portixol hotel at, luxury hotel at The Balearics, Spain

The Portixol

A popular eating and meeting place since 1956, the hotel has been completely refurbished and transformed for a new generation.

The Portixol
Front garden at La Residencia hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

La Residencia

Set in the attractive hilltop village of Deià, between the sea and the rugged Sierra Tramuntana, La Residencia is one of the best hotels in the Mediterranean.

La Residencia
Hotel Aguas de Ibiza, luxury hotel in Spain

Hotel Aguas de Ibiza

Hotel Aguas de Ibiza is a stylish and sophisticated hotel on the quiet Santa Eulalia waterfront.

Hotel Aguas de Ibiza

Details for Spain

A little more info

LUXURY SPANISH HOLIDAYS

For a fabulous luxury Spanish holiday, add in some extraordinary festivals (in particular Las Fallas in Valencia and the Carnival in Santa Cruz in Tenerife) and some of the best food in the world - most true in the Basque Country - there is something for everyone here. Several of the Original Travel team were brought up or live in Spain, so we feel confident we know the most secret haunts and family-run haciendas to make your luxury Spanish holiday a memorable one.

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Dave and Flora are our Spain experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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