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Sun, sangria and siestas
Spain lands you in one of Europe’s most vibrant countries with something to captivate every traveller. Couples will love the vibrant street life and exciting culture, while those of a more adventurous bent can explore some of the world’s most dramatic mountain ranges. The focus is on family here - and children are assured a warm welcome everywhere they go.
If you’re considering a holiday in Spain, food is likely to be at the forefront of your mind. In every city, town and village you’ll find tapas - small plates of perfectly seasoned local meats, seafood and vegetables. Each region has its own speciality; from Asturias’ salmon in cider to Cantabria’s delectable venison stew.
The variation in landscape and culture means you can move from desert plain to mountain village to bustling coastal city in just a few hours. There’s so much to see, you’ll need a lifetime to experience it all.
Luxury holidays in Spain offer the best of everything. In the ancient cities you can shop for international brands and exquisite local handicrafts or spend an afternoon relaxing in a street side restaurant. This is a nation with a well deserved reputation for food and wine. Seven of the world’s 50 best restaurants are located in Spain.
Here at Sovereign, we understand your holiday begins long before you head off to the airport. The anticipation is part of the fun, so our Trusted Advisers are always available to give tips on how to get the most from your destination.
Both our top picks are located in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. On the outskirts of the city is Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa – a chic, modern resort set in verdant grounds, with tennis courts, a gym and a spa. There are several onsite restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred Dani Garcia Restaurante.
The Canary Islands are open to UK customers and are welcoming visitors once again. Spain's Mainland & Balearics however, remain restricted with the FCDO advising against all but essential travel.
If you are due to travel to the Canaries (which include Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomara, Lanzarote and Tenerife) a negative COVID Test must be taken within 72 hours of your flight arrival time. This will be verified by the accommodation supplier and check in will not be permitted without proof. Testing must be completed by all passengers including, children/infants. Also, a visual health assessment and temperature check will be completed on your arrival and you must provide contact information 48 hours prior to travel by downloading the SPTH app or on the following website www.spth.gob.es – a QR code will be issued and must be shown on arrival. Lastly, 48 hours before you return to the UK, a passenger locator form must also be completed. On return to the UK from your holiday, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
Please familiarise yourself with the information found on www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements . For general booking FAQs, head to our Travel with Confidence page.
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.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
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.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.