Spain is the favourite holiday destination for the British, with over 18 million visits alone in 2018. Many of those will be going to the beach resorts along the Mediterranean coast or the islands, but there is so much more to this fascinating country than just sea and sand. This is a country which really does have something for everyone, even in places you wouldn’t expect.
If you love short breaks, you would have probably have already visited the big cities of Barcelona and Madrid. Both unique, but packed full of history, great museums, great shopping and of course art. The Gaudi influence in Barcelona is the hallmark of the city, whilst lovers of modern art should head to the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
It isn’t just about the big cities in Spain though, Seville’s iconic Plaza de Espana, the Aquarium in Valencia, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, or Santiago de Compostela in Galicia – the final stop of the epic Camino de Santiago. We have visited all of these amazing cities and can give first hand accounts for recommendations on where to stay, what to do and where to eat.
Even in the traditional beach destinations can you find something different. Head away from the crowds in the Canary Islands by staying on La Palma or La Gomera, with a more authentically Canarian flavour, or head to rural Ibiza for a retreat away from the busy towns on the coast.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
SUMMER – Great for the beach!
SPRING & AUTUMN – Great for exploring, city breaks, and beach breaks in the Canaries.
WINTER – The Canary Islands are a great option for Winter Sun!
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There is something for everyone in Spain. Great food, architecture, music, scenery and the priority for many great beach resorts.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flights are available to Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split, Pula and Zagreb from the UK, although there are more flights available in the summer. City breaks are possible all year round in Dubrovnik or Zagreb.
Spanish, with various dialects – most notably Catalan. Although English is widely spoken in most areas, especially in coastal resorts.
IDEAL TO COMBINE WITH
Croatia is a fabulous place to explore, either as a twin-centre combining the mainland with an island, or as part of a multi-centre holiday taking in the fabulous Plitvice National Park.