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.

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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

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
Mallorca

Mallorca

Spain

The best the Balearics has to offer, Mallorca is fast becoming one of the most sophisticated holiday hangouts in the Mediterranean.

Where to go

Mallorca
Sunbeds at Son Prull hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Son Brull

Mallorca

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.

Where to stay

Son Brull
Casa No 7, luxury hotel in Spain

Casa No 7

Seville

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.

Where to stay

Casa No 7
Running in Mallorca

Running in Mallorca

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.

What to do

Running in Mallorca
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
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
Ibiza

Ibiza

Spain

The White Isle is all right.

Where to go

Ibiza
An Orange Tree

Inland Andalucia

Spain

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

Where to go

Inland Andalucia
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
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
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
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
Cap Rocat hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Cap Rocat

Mallorca

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

Where to stay

Cap Rocat
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
Swimming Pool at Maricel hotel, luxury hotel in the Balearics, Spain

Maricel

Mallorca

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

Where to stay

Maricel
Menorca

Menorca

Spain

Menorca is the unheralded - to date - Balearic island that's ripe for exploration.

Where to go

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

Gran Hotel Son Net

Mallorca

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

Where to stay

Gran Hotel Son Net
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
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
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
Gourmet Tasting Tour

Gourmet Tasting Tour

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

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.

What to do

Gourmet Tasting Tour
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
Belmond La Residencia

Belmond La Residencia

Mallorca

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.

Where to stay

Belmond La Residencia

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