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.

Harriet, Pip, Flora and Claudia 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
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Luxury Spanish Holidays: The Detail

Spain, or España, as the locals say is an old time favourite of Original Travel's. Despite its mega deal - package holiday, no carbs before marbs persona, we really are very fond of the country's diverse regions and cultural vibe, okay, and the food.

Did you know

  • The name Spain diverged from the word 'Ispania', which means 'land of rabbits'
  • Spain is the largest country in Europe and is five times bigger than the UK
  • It was one of the world's most powerful empires during the 16th century
  • Spain produces 45% of all the olive oil in the world
  • The most controversial sport in Spain is bullfighting, which represents tradition, art and history
  • There is no tooth fairy in Spain but a tooth mouse, called Ratoncito Perez

For a truly 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.

Fear not, we have the inside track on where to go and what to do, whether its flamenco in Seville, sightseeing in Granada, eating tapas in Barcelona, drinking fresh sumo de naranja in Valencia or visiting vineyards in Rioja. We also wouldn't advise luxury holidayers to shy away from the likes of coastal Andalucía's Costa del Sol and Marbella, because the beaches are brilliant and we know just the right places to stay.

Our super Europe team are here to help with every detail of your trip, from where to avoid the crowds to where to dance amongst the crowds. Want to surf in Bilbao? Or sunbathe in The Canary islands? The Original team are pretty passionate about the places they sell, and are keen to make your luxury Spanish holiday a good one. So ultimately whether you want to fiesta or siesta, nada problema, we can tailor make the right trip for you.


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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

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Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 6°C / 42°F
  • Rainfall — 4cm / 1.7 inches
Language

Spanish; Castilian

Currency

Euro

Visa Requirements

Not required

Religion

Catholic

Food & Drink

Paella, Tapas and Sangria

What to pack

Dancing shoes because no one parties like the Spaniards

Flight from London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

Best visit months

Year Round


Top picks for Spain

Hotel Cort

Hotel Cort

Mallorca

Hotel Cort is the almost perfect distillation of everything a boutique city hotel should be – intimate, fun, well located and with great rooms (mainly suites in this case) and restaurant. The fact that all this sits pretty in the middle of one of the most fashionable cities in Europe – Palma – makes the whole Hotel Cort package even more alluring.

Where to stay

Hotel Cort
Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

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

What to do

Guggenheim Museum
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Menorca

Menorca

Spain

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

Where to go

Menorca
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
Castell son Claret

Castell son Claret

Mallorca

Castell son Claret lies at the heart of a historic 325 acre estate which has been lovingly restored, throwing open its fine oak doors to guests in 2014 and in an instant becoming one of the best luxury hotels in Mallorca.

Where to stay

Castell son Claret
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
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
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
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
The outdoor lounge bar at Puro hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Puro

Mallorca

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

Where to stay

Puro
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
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
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
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
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
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

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