If we could use one word to describe Spain, it would be diverse. This is a country where the landscape ranges from desert to subtropical forest, where rugged mountains give way to gold-sand beaches, and where quaint, whitewashed villages sit just a few miles from cosmopolitan cities.
Down in the Canaries, the islands showcase dramatic volcanic vistas, desert scenery and year-round sunshine. As for the beaches, you'll find everything from toffee-coloured dunes and huge sweeps of white sand, to bays edged with dark, volcanic grains.
The Balearic Islands, meanwhile, offer up sandy beaches, pine forests and fashionable towns. Majorca is an old favourite, with plenty of family-friendly activities and some postcard-pretty villages in the Tramuntana Mountains. Ibiza has a split personality - on the one hand, you've got stylish bars and nightclubs, while on the other there are virgin beaches, rolling countryside and quiet seaside resorts. As for Menorca, its calling cards are its white-sand coves and peaceful, under-the-radar feel.
In the south of mainland Spain lies the Costa del Sol. Down by the coast you'll find lively towns and sandy beaches, while further inland are hillside pueblos blancos (whitewashed towns) and sight-packed cities like Granada, Cordoba and Seville.
Spain family holidays
Spain has been a family holiday favourite for years, and it's not hard to see why. There are sandcastle-ready stretches of sand everywhere from the Canaries to the Costa del Sol, while the list of activities ranges from waterparks and wildlife adventures to glass-bottom boat rides. As for places to stay, Spain does a great line in family-friendly hotels. A few of our favourites include Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lopesan Baobab Resort and Insotel Punta Prima Resort & Spa.
Hotels in Spain
We've got a fantastic collection of luxury hotels in Spain. Treat yourself at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife, which features gorgeous sea views, luxe interiors and lush gardens. It's also a great pick for foodies, thanks to a pair of Michelin-starred restaurants. For a peaceful escape, try the contemporary Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, nestled in Majorca's Tramuntana Mountains, or Hotel Santo Tomas, set beside a quiet Menorcan beach.
For more options - both on the mainland and in the Canary and Balearic islands - see our full list of hotels in Spain.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.