Holidays in Spain
Holidays in Spain – What makes Spain a perfect holiday destination?
Spain is the preferred holiday destination to over 60 Millions visitors and holiday makers each year, so why is Spain such a popular holiday hotspot.
Well people visit Spain for many reasons, the main ones being the enviable climate, the many blue flag beaches and the huge selection of holiday package deals to popular holiday resorts that have become the mainstay for tourism in Spain since the 1960’s.
Spain really does offer something for everyone whether you are an adventurous spirit, a veritable gourmet, passionate about art, architecture, water sports, golf enthusiast or just looking for a peaceful break, you will surely find a holiday in Spain that suits your needs.
As far as accommodation goes Spain offers a vast array of options from super 5 star luxury hotels, romantic holiday hotspots, amazing family resorts budget friendly hostels and an impressive selection of self catering apartments and villas for rent.
Top attractions for holidays in Spain
With holidays in Spain you can enjoy the centuries-old Spanish fiestas, carnivals and festivals, the vibrant nights in Ibiza, the Moorish and Roman art and architecture or the famous masterpieces created by Picasso and Juan Miro.
Madrid impresses with a spectacular and hectic pace of life, diversity and through its many tourists, eager to discover the wonders of the city. Here, you can visit the world renowned Prado Art Musuem, you can go to Flamenco shows or stroll around the bohemian Malasana district or immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife around the Gran Via neighbourhood. Another must see place attraction in Madrid is the impressive Royal Palace.
Barcelona is undoubtedly the most popular visited city in Spain and for good reason. It impresses with its culture, history, architecture and its wonderfully colourful diversity. The architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and the stunning church of the Sagrada Familia will definitely will impress you as will the fantastic dining options to suit all tastes and pockets.
Granada is a city that lives from agriculture and tourism, so, here, tourists are treated royally. The Andalucian city of Granada is famous for its historical buildings from the time of the Moors and from the Gothic and Renaissance period. Furthermore, Granada is famous for its countless artists playing guitar amazingly. Among other things, you can visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Generalife Gardens (Alhambra) and Albaicin district.
Santiago de Compostela is a truly impressive old town (which is why it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List ), so you should not miss the small and cozy streets of this wonderful city. Protected by strong winds, high cliffs and islands, La Concha in San Sebastian, is recognized as the best city-beach in Europe. San Sebastian in Spain is a perfect destination for cultural holidays in Spain.
Even though it’s a small town, Valencia is charming enough to keep tourists busy for a few days. If you arrive in Valencia, do not forget to try the famous Spanish dish – Paella Valenciana that was born right in this town.
Located between Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is a magnificent example of medieval town built in the mountains. The “hanging houses” are lifted directly into the rock, making Cuenca one of the most fascinating cities in Spain, a gem of the Castilla La Mancha province.
In Bilbao, you’ll discover the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most important museums in Spain. Here you may taste the famous pintxis small tapas plates. Bilbao is a major port and industrial center, situated on the River Nervion. Even so, Bilbao is in a permanent modernization, especially in the recent years, when the city boasts with a very efficient metro system.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, located off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, especially when we think of entertainment and frenetic nightlife.
Seville, the capital of Andalusia community is a must-visit. Spaniards love to have fun, so every Spanish city has fiestas. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during a fiesta, prepare to capture the true spirit of the Spaniards, who know how to do the show!
Nature and landscapes.
- Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Parkand Pirineos y Sierra de Guara (Pyrenees Mounts)
- Ciudad Encantada (a geological site near Cuenca) and Altamira caves
- Guadalquivir River valley, the longest of the rivers of Andalusia
- Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, beaches in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera
- On the Costa del Sol and LaManga, you can practice golf in excellent conditions.
- To the south of Granada or on the mountain chains of Pyrenees and Cantabria, you can enjoy skiing, caressed by the sun.
- If your into Windsurfing then Tarifa is the place for you, recognised as the wind capital of Spain and home to the world windsurfing championships.
- You can sunbath or enjoy the crystal clear water in some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain: Ses Illetes-Formentara, beaches on the Costa del Sol, Ibiza, Barcelona, and San Sebastian are amongst the best. On all the seaside resorts of Spain you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing and so many other beach and water sports.
Important Spanish Festivals
You will never be far away from a fiesta, carnival or festival in Spain, they are are everywhere, from large to small and celebrated all year round .
- January 6:”Dia de Los Reyes” Kings Day when children receive their gifts
- 15 to 19 March: “Fallas de Valencia”. The Valencia fire festival in March each year.
- June 29: “Fiestas de Haro” (the celebration day of San Pedro is celebrated in Bilbao risk a wine fight.
- July: San Fermin bull running festival in Pamplona (running the bulls by the brave ones on the streets of Pamplona or vice versa.
- August , the second Friday of the month. “Fiesta de Verano” in Malaga – colourful costumes and dancers parading in the streets.
Flamenco, where energy meets passion
It is said that the most beautiful Flamenco spectacles you’ll find in Andalucia, especially at weddings celebrations or one of the many festivals and fiestas held in Andalucia and around Spain each year.
The music and dance is full of passion and intensity and truly identifies the people of Spain on so man levels, holidays in Spain would not be complete without seeing the unique art of flamenco dancing.
Gastronomy in Spain – a way of life
Holidays in Spain would not be the same without trying out a full range of Spanish cuisine which consists of a great variety of recipes containing different ingredients, always fresh and of good quality. The Spanish culinary tradition focuses on the natural and freshness. Of the many Spanish recipes, some can be considered common to all areas of the country: stained tortillas, paella, chorizo sausages, cheeses and delicious stews. Even they are prepared differently from one region to another, Spanish taste them all with the same pleasure.
There are many recipes for dishes that are based on legumes – peas, dry or green beans. Spaniards are in love with soups and bread, both enjoying a significant variety.
Salads are not just as important as in other regions of the Mediterranean. Spaniards understand what they mean by salad, a rudimentary mixture of green leaves with cucumber slices. Instead, the vegetables are an important part in many recipes. Spanish cuisine uses potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans and mushrooms.
Another highlight of Spanish cuisine is the garlic that is combined with anything at any recipes, even in soups, just like the olives, either as olive oil, raw, marinated or served as an appetizer. Spanish cuisine includes recipes with meat. The chicken, rabbit and pig are used in food or in sausages. The Spaniards favourite is chorizo, a spicy smoked sausage.
In terms of drinks, the Spaniards begin their mornings with coffee, but the afternoon is sprinkled with plenty of sangria, a punch made of red wine and flavoured fruits, which is found everywhere in Spain. Enjoy!
Golf in Spain
Spain has become one of the top golfing destinations in Europe and is home to over 400 quality golf courses.
The PGA Cataluyna has been voted the best golf course in Spain on a number of occasions, a truly magnificent golf resort set in the forests of Girona around 30 minutes drive from Barcelona.
The undisputed king of golfing destinations in Spain is the Costa del Sol or the Costa del Golf as it is often referred to. A true golfing paradise with around 60 championship golf courses on offer including Valderrama Golf, San Roque Club, La Reserva Golf and the Royal Sotogrande Golf Club. Valderrama Golf Club was for a number of years home to the Volvo Masters and who can forget the 1997 Ryder Cup where the triumphant Europeans retook the Ryder Cup, it was all the more memorable as the Ryder Captain was the late great Seve Ballesteros.
Other areas around Spain popular with golfers includes La Manga by the Mar Menor in Murcia, Tenerife, the Costa Blanca and the Costa de la Luz. Where better to enjoy stunning golf holidays with such a wide choice available.