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Spain

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.

Helen Lippe

I used to live in Spain, so I know there is much more to Andalucía than just the sunny Costa del Sol. You can really get the sense of the region by extending your beach holiday and hiring a car. We've put together an eight-day itinerary showcasing the best of the area, staying each night in a unique historical house known as a Parador. Anything from a former palace to an ancient convent or a medieval castle, these historic buildings offer great locations and plenty of charm alongside modern facilities and fabulous dining.

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Destinations in Spain
Costa Del Sol
The Costa del Sol is home to some of the best-known towns in Spain, from ritzy Marbella and musuem-packed Malaga, to Nerja, with its caves and coves.
Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the second-biggest island in the Canaries, stretching from sand-swept Corralejo in the north to wild Jandia Natural Park in the south. A jagged volcanic landscape lies in-between.
Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria stars some of the best-loved beach resorts in Spain, from lively Playa del Ingles to the Sahara-style dunes of Maspalomas. The gorge-scored interior, meanwhile, is ideal for afternoon walks.
Ibiza
Ibiza’s reputation precedes it – this one-time hippie haunt is now a blend of care-free beach towns and daisy-white villages. The pine-backed dunes of Formentera island are just next door, too.
La Gomera
La Gomera might be one of the smallest Canary Islands, but it’s also one of the most scenic. Bright white villages spring up between volcanic black-sand beaches, mountains and valleys.
Lanzarote
Lanzarote is the most easterly island in the Canaries. It balances gold-sand beach resorts like Playa Blanca with UNESCO-listed national parks and volcanic cave systems.
Majorca
Majorca really earns its stripes as the most popular island in the Balearics. Beautiful beach resorts, artists’ retreats, mountain villages and a culture-packed capital city – it offers them all.
Menorca
Menorca is one of the smallest and quietest islands in the Balearics. Sandy coves and lighthouses jigsaw the coastline, sanctuaries and pine forests disappear inland, and there’s a Georgian capital.
Tenerife
Tenerife is full of surprises, looping beach resorts like Los Cristianos around the towering moonscape of Mount Teide National Park. Head north and you’ll find culture-filled towns and vineyard-striped hills.
 

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When to go

One thing’s for sure – Spanish summers are hot. On mainland Spain, summers are long and the rest of the year is pretty sunny too, peaking at 30°C in July and August. The Canaries are a good winter sun destination, with steady mid 20s sunshine for as many as 10 months a year. Over on the Balearics there’s more good news, with similarly hot average temperatures and around 11 hours of sunshine per day.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.

Tipping

Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Our pick of the top hotels in Spain
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort

Lanzarote, Playa Blanca

Hotel Bahia del Duque

Tenerife, Costa Adeje

Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa

Tenerife, Costa Adeje

Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador

Tenerife, Costa Adeje

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

Tenerife, Guia de Isora

H10 Timanfaya Palace

Lanzarote, Playa Blanca
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