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 villages of Andalucia, which are made up of sparkling white houses and churches, are beautiful. Stroll around the pretty narrow streets admiring the views, stopping for the occasional cerveza

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 have lived 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.


Top picks for Spain

Guggenheim Museum, San Sebastian

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

Menorca

Menorca

Spain

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

Where to go

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

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

A River Winding Alongside the Vineyards of Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

Spain

The Basque Country and Rioja offer world class wine, award-winning gastronomy, outstanding contemporary art and architecture, culture, surfing, beaches and charming cities. Not a bad little combination.

Where to go

Seville Skyline, Andalucia

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

A Cobbled Staircase in 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

San Sebastian  Tapas

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

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

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

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

An Orange Garden

Inland Andalucia

Spain

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

Where to go

Surfing, San Sebastian

Surfing

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

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

What to do

Mount Teide, Tenerife

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

Seville

Seville

Spain

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

Where to go

Blue Room at Corral del Rey

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

Hacienda San Rafeal

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

Sea view from hotel pool at Can Simoneta, luxury hotel in Spain

Can Simoneta

Mallorca

Set out over expansive lawns with breathtaking views over the bay Canyamel, Can Simoneta combines space, views and privacy in incredible style.

Where to stay

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

Palms Against Blue Sky in the Canary Islands

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

A Glimpse of the Sea Through a Spanish Window

Ibiza

Spain

The White Isle is all right.

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

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

Horse Riding, Spain

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

We just wanted to let you know that you did a fantastic job for us before, during and after our holiday. We were really impressed by your enthusiasm and efficiency and it made a huge difference as it meant we could just switch off completely and enjoy ourselves

Charlotte

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