Costa del Sol to the Canary Islands, there’s a reason Spain is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Gorgeous weather, beaches galore and vibrant culture all add to its charm.
Whether you’re heading to the Balearics or exploring the mainland, a holiday in Spain will never disappoint.
Alicante combines cultural attractions with warm, golden sunshine – not to mention a cracking coastline.
For that reason, it’s even hosted the coveted Ocean Race! Impressive galleries, a palm-lined promenade and chic marina give this city a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There’s also some top-notch beaches to kick back on when you’ve had your fill of sightseeing.
Speaking of which, stick Santa Bárbara Castle at the top of your list. Old churches, leafy parks, artisan shops.
Prepare to be wowed by the genius of Gaudí at La Sagrada Familia, explore the epic waterfront and get lost among the city’s quirky neighbourhoods.
When relaxation’s on the cards, take time out around Barceloneta Beach with its cool seaside bars and restaurants, but things get even more exciting at night thanks to Barcelona’s love for dining, drinking and good times.
Go tapas-tasting and cava sipping around El Born, where crowds from tiny bars spill out onto the streets.
With larger-than-life Benidorm taking centre stage, this iconic Costa is a playground for pleasure-seekers of all ages, all year round, wineries, great golf courses, tonnes of pubs.
Plus, there are the lantern-lit bars and art galleries of Alicante to discover, while the nearby mountains hide natural wonders, year-round cycle routes and secret villages.
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You'll find miles of sun-drenched sands, oodles of exciting attractions and heaps of British restaurants and chiringuitos serving barbecued feasts.
Over in modern Marbella and Puerto Banus, things get much glitzier. High-end, renovated hotels, sleek marinas and celeb-soaked bars make for the perfect party scene.
Estepona is great if you’re into golf, while whitewashed Nerja slows the pace with buckets of old-school charm. Over winter, the sun’s still going strong and the good times keep rolling.
Spain’s Costa Brava is a string of all-action holiday resorts sit alongside quaint fishing villages, culture-packed cities and a wild landscape bursting with adventures.
Tossa de Mar’s medieval walls, al fresco paella restaurants and Blue Flag sands have old-school Spain written all over them, while Lloret de Mar’s lively bars, brilliant beaches and wild waterpark are a big hit with fun-seekers.
Style comes at Platja d’Aro and L’Estartit is a real hotspot for all sorts of water sports.
Uncover Spain’s best-kept secret as you hit the unspoiled beaches, desert landscapes and mountain peaks of the oh-so-calm Costa de Almeria.
It’s the most authentic slice of Spain, where even big-screen films were shot! Dig deeper and you’ll see atmospheric Roquetas de Mar is the flagship resort oozing go-slow charm and a string of golden sands.
Golf’s big in these parts too, plus you’re well placed for discovering Almeria’s Moorish-flavoured Alcazaba and Granada’s world-famous Alhambra.
A whopping 50 miles of pristine sands set the scene for a classic beach holiday with the the ever-popular resort of Salou with its Blue Flag strips and string of attractions.
The world-famous, all-singing all-dancing theme park, PortAventura World, pulling in the crowds for its unforgettable rides, spectacular shows and thrilling entertainment for all ages.
Salou’s quieter neighbour, Cap Salou, while Cambrils ticks the box for a sophisticated stay with a traditional twist.
Girona is a Catalan classic with plenty of personality, it makes a doable day trip if you’re holidaying in the Costa Brava, so get ready to explore hidden treasures within medieval walls and gorge on gourmet treats.
Cobbled lanes makes up the old Jewish Quarter and a beautiful Baroque cathedral towers over the central square, where the Flower Festival, Girona also has popular cycling routes, arcaded houses hanging over the river, a bridge designed by the Eiffel Tower’s creator and quirky museums.
Malaga is a seaside city full of life, with the Instagrammable Playa de la Malagueta alongside its grand castles and gardens sitting on the shimmering Mediterranean.
And it boasts riches stretching way back to Roman times, we’re talking ancient arenas, Moorish fortresses, baroque cathedrals and neoclassical palaces.
But it’s Malaga’s modern side that gives it an edge, whether you swing by in summer or winter. It’s the birthplace of Picasso after all, so no wonder contemporary art is big news her
Blissful beaches meet shimmering sunsets on this beautiful boho island, where a contrast of superclubs and family-flavoured resorts sit side by side.
The White Isle may be famed for its party scene, but there’s a sleepier side of traditional towns, secret coves and pine-coated hills to leave you feeling zen.
And the resorts come in all shapes and sizes, Playa d’En Bossa has a playful spirit with its watersports and buzzy beach bars, while Playa Es Cana’s Hippy Market will stir your senses.
When it comes to showing off every type of holiday, Majorca wins hands down, with action-packed resorts bursting with epic waterparks and shows, looking for luxury theirs swanky ports, VIP beach clubs.
For the outdoor life there's rugged mountain peaks, countryside scenes of the north to get lost in, while culture vultures, shoppers and bar-hoppers have their pick of things to do in cosmopolitan Palma, with everything from buzzy prom-backed stretches to idyllic cosy coves & beaches.
Menorca’s charm is sure to leave a lasting impression, this serene island is blessed with dreamy pine-fringed bays, due to its outstanding beauty, Menorca’s landscape is UNESCO-protected.
Explore it along the Camí de Cavalls path or take a hike to the top of Monte Toro, it's also a haven for culture, with two fascinating cities Ciutadella and Mahon, plus 3,000-year-old monuments.
In the evenings, night markets, harbourside gin cocktails and impressive sunsets set the scene for good times.
Fuerteventura’s famed for its dreamy line-up of Caribbean-esque beaches, wonderful water sports and relaxed seaside resorts, so it’s set to impress on the R&R front. And the resorts range from go-slow to get-up-and-go.
By day, firm favourites Corralejo and Costa Caleta are two top choices for old-fashioned family fun, thanks to their mix of striking sands and attractions galore.
By night, it’s all about the al fresco restaurants and live shows.
The sun shines year-round on this lovely island, where you’ll enjoy a welcome as warm as the weather, good times are always go around the fun-loving beach resorts.
Authentic towns will greet you with coffee-drinking locals and peaceful town squares, and rugged rock formations call for adventure.
Lanzarote lines up stunning shorelines in the sun, theres stacks of natural wonders waiting to be explored in this UNESCO protected biosphere reserve, from lime-green lagoons to quirky caves.
Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen tick off their roll call of attractions, check out the artisan markets and tour the volcanic vineyards.
Water sports are popular, and the terrain makes it brilliant to explore by bike or trek to the top of ‘fire mountain’ for a volcanic barbecue feast.
The grand capital of Gran Canaria captures everything that’s great about the Canaries, from golden beaches to tropical gardens and classic architecture.
Discover bustling market halls and glossy shops as you get to know this stylish spot. But take some time to go history hunting as you weave between the pretty plazas and tapas bars of the atmospheric Triana and Vegueta districts.
Best of all, when you need a break from busy street life, you can quickly swap it for urban beach life on Las Cantera
The mighty Mount Teide is waiting for you, and the wow of the playful resorts like Playa de las Americas serving up fun in the sun all year round.
The action-packed south is where much-loved resorts come alive with vibrant beaches, bar-lined strips and tax-free shops to give you that ultimate holiday feeling.
You'll love the Thai-inspired thrills at the world-famous Siam Park waterpark, and in the evening enjoy the stargazing, wine tasting and wellness retreats across the islands.
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