Luxury Spain Holidays
Spain is the number one holiday destination amongst Brits, and it’s not hard to see why we flock to its shores every year. However, there’s a lot more to Spain than just sun, sea and sand. The Spanish people know how to live, and there’s plenty to enjoy here! With its great cultural cities such as Barcelona and Madrid, the Moorish magnificence of Andalucia, and the beautiful Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Mallorca, Spain is equally ideal for a city break or a relaxing beach holiday. Its people are proud, the beaches long, and the food and drink free-flowing and full of regional flavours.
Steeped in history and tradition, Spain has over 1,500 museums, ranging from art galleries featuring great masterpieces to modern science and technology museums. It boasts the third highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, including the legendary old towns of Salamanca and Santiago de Compostela. It's a land where vibrant passion has left its unique and indelible mark on the music, art, architecture and cuisine of the country’s colourful culture.
Time Difference: GMT +1 hours
Flight duration: 2 Hours 45 minutes direct to Malaga, 2 hours 15 minutes direct to Palma, 4 hours 25 minutes direct to Tenerife
Capital: Madrid (Spain), Santa Cruz (Tenerife) Palma (Mallorca)
Visa information: no visa required
British Airways flies from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to mainland Spain. Other airlines and more UK departure points are also available for flights to Tenerife and Mallorca.
British Airways Club Europe upgrades start from £90 to Malaga per person each way.
Couples and families, beaches, fantastic golf courses: Costa del Sol, Tenerife and Mallorca.
Historical interest: Palma and the old town of Marbella.
Local dishes such as tapas.
Sailing marinas Puerto Banus and Puerto Portals.
The temperate climate of Tenerife is great for winter sun.
Spain's climate varies from the temperate north to the dry, hot south. The best months are from April to October, although mid summer (July to August) can be very hot throughout the country.
Wherever you are in Spain, you’re never far away from a beach. Along the 5,000 miles of coastline you’ll find a huge number of beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. If you want to avoid the throngs of tourists on the Costa del Sol or the Costa Blanca, La Concha in San Sebastian and Playa de las Catedrales in Galicia are two of the best beaches in the country.
Spain’s religious and royal history has left the country with hundreds of beautiful monuments. The stunning Palacio Real in Madrid is the official residence of the monarch of Spain, while the Alhambra complex in Granada is one of Spain’s most popular attractions.
Barcelona features a number of Spain’s most iconic sights, including the Sagrada Família Church, the Park Güell and 1.2 kilometre, tree-lined street of Las Ramblas. The colourful city is also home to one of the most successful and admired football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, and a visit to the Camp Nou is a must for any football fan visiting Barcelona.
Many cultures and civilisations have passed through the country over the course of its history and left their mark, meaning that Spain enjoys a varied and rich cuisine that is synonymous with the Mediterranean diet. Each region of Spain has its own typical dishes and recipes. Trying one of the many varieties of paella and visiting a traditional market are vital parts of the Spanish gastronomic experience.
There are some legendary cultural events in Spain, including the famous La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival in Buñol and the San Fermin bull run in Pamplona, which both attract participants from all over the world.
One of the many reasons why Brits descend on Spain’s sun-soaked land every year is its lively nightlife. Bars and clubs stay open well into the early hours – you can watch the sun come up with a cup of ‘churros’ after a long night of partying. Ibiza’s nightlife needs no introduction, while Magaluf in Mallorca is another top destination for young revellers.
With its brilliant climate and efficient transport system, it’s no wonder why Spain is one of the most popular destinations in the world for sports holidays. With over 500 courses, Spain is the top European destination for golf tourism. Whatever your handicap, you can enjoy a wide range of courses from the major cities to the mountains. Tennis is also hugely popular here and Spain is one of the best places to practise on clay – just ask Rafael Nadal!
For those who prefer their sports in the water to on land, Spain offers a choice of the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean or the Cantabrian Sea for activities such as angling, sailing and kayaking.
Of course, Spain is very famous for the traditional sport of bullfighting, too. The highly ritualised and ceremonial bullfighting events run from March to October in most towns and cities. The Plaza de toros de la Maestranza in Seville, built in 1765, is the oldest bullring in the world.
Luxury Hotels in Spain
Operated and managed by the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton Company, the hotel itself offers luxurious and well-appointed rooms and suites, e...
This stunning, turreted 13th century castle sits on a hillside overlooking the bay of Palma. Once inside, the magnificent interior will t...
This beautiful eco-friendly resort is superbly located in Casares, in the heart of the Andalusian coast line, between Marbella and Sotogr...
Known across the world as the 'Island of Eternal Spring', Tenerife enjoys more hours of sun than any other part of Spain. Within this pri...
Anchored in Santa Eulalia Bay Marina, this stylish and eco friendly, family-run property is perfectly placed for visiting the picturesque...
Bordering the sea and dominating the skyline of Barcelona, this award-winning hotel and proud member of The Ritz-Carlton family is renown...
Taking its name from the nearby botanical gardens, Hotel Botanico is no shrinking violet when it comes to floral displays of its own. 25,...
With a secluded cliff-top location on Ibiza's stunning north coast, Hacienda Na Xamena guarantees spectacular views and an unforgettable ...
Offering some of the best views in South Tenerife, Hotel La Plantación del Sur is an impressive, luxuriously-appointed member of the 'Sma...
This beautiful property is fantastically situated on the Southern coast of Spain, directly on the glistening stretch of Costa del Sol’s G...
Luxury Resort Villas in Spain
Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean, Villa Padierna Palace Hotel's enviable location makes it one of the most desirable r...
The luxury villas are replicas of traditional Andalucian architecture, blending harmoniously into the surroundings, a world away from...
Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque is a unique beachfront resort with 9 restaurants, a large spa, tennis and squash courts, and a childrens a...
ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort
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