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Spain holidays offer something special for everyone. Go snorkelling in the south coast’s warm Mediterranean waters. Discover Canary Island holidays, offering a subtropical climate, sun-drenched beaches and striking volcanic landscapes. Or make your way to the ultimate party island of Ibiza and uncover the White Isle’s more serene side too.

Book flights to Spain with British Airways and visit its amazing cultural sights. Take a trip to Madrid and explore the Prado gallery, or head to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim to experience the modern art of Bilbao. It’s easy to pack your Barcelona visit with Gaudi’s eccentric mosaics, while in vibrant Seville the Alcazar drips with Moorish influence.

Soar across to Alicante and wander through its old quarter, stroll along the glistening waterfront and savour the views from the Santa Barbara Castle. Visit vibrant Valencia, a city bursting with futuristic architecture like the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciancia’s.

Holidays in Spain

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Our recommended holidays in Spain

Whatever you want from your holiday in Spain, we’ve got the perfect hotel.  Decide between island paradises and the mainland’s marvels. With its consistently clement climate, Tenerife remains a popular holiday destination, and its hotel scene is better than ever. Have funky fun at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife in the popular, beachy Costa Adeje. If you want to stick to mainland Spain, then turn up the heat and bask in Barcelona. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy the W Barcelona’s stunning beachside infinity pool and hang out at the rooftop bar.

3 star holidays

Spain offers famously good value. Its resorts have a great record for delivering sunny holidays on a budget. If all you need is a bed near the beach, a sunny villa or a well-located apartment, look no further than our carefully-selected three-star hotels.

4 star holidays

If your budget doesn’t stretch to five stars, don’t despair. Spain’s four-star hotels are great value for money, and you can still enjoy great service and quality. Book Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, a smart four-star hotel in Lanzarote. Whether they feature gorgeous coastline views, wild water sports or tempting All Inclusive options, find the perfect hotel for your holiday from our range of preferred accommodation.

5 star holidays

Ensconce yourself in a Moorish palace in Seville, slip off your espadrilles at a sleek white villa in Ibiza or immerse yourself in cutting-edge design in Madrid. Want to dance around a pool in Ibiza? Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza throws some of the best parties on the island. Take your pick of the best hotels on offer across the country. There’s nothing quite like five-star luxury in Spain.

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Make the most of your Spain holiday

Discover the unique charm of Spain. This culturally rich country has so much to offer – explore historic sites, visit world-famous art galleries and savour mouth-watering cuisine.

Where are the best beaches in Spain?

Spain's coastline spans more than 3,000 miles. Here, you'll discover some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Along Marbella’s ‘Golden Mile', Playa Nagueles attracts celebrities and spotters alike. In Ibiza, Cala Jondal is one of the most scenic spots on the island - from secluded clifftops you'll overlook pebbled beaches, lined with olive trees, and turquoise waters sprinkled with fishing boats. Playa de la Tejita is Tenerife's longest beach, nestled between the picturesque Montana Roja and Los Abrigos fishing village. Its quiet location is ideal for nature lovers and water sport enthusiasts. Even the seaside city of Barcelona boasts a spectacular beachfront and it prides itself on being a year-round destination.

What are the best things to do in Spain?

1. Take a trip to Museo Nacional del Prado and see some of the world’s most impressive renaissance and baroque masterpieces.

2. Be inspired by the unique multi-coloured contemporary sculptures and architecture at Park Guell.

3. Rent a boat at El Retiro Park – it’s the perfect picnic spot to take in the city’s sights.

4. Experience both wildlife and the wild nightlife at a live music festival in Ibiza.

5. Step back in time at Spain’s famous palace of the Muslim kings of Granada, in Alhambra.


Where are the best places to visit in Spain?


No trip to Spain would be complete without admiring the distinguished displays from architect Antoni Gaudi. The most impressive of which is La Sagrada Familia, a magnificent gothic cathedral towering above the city. Las Ramblas also puts on a show, with its street performers and tasty tapas at La Boqueria – Barcelona’s oldest market.


Madrid is a must for all those wanting to experience urban Spanish life. The artistic capital is packed with vitality, where the Madrilenos are known as gatos (cats), for their tendency to enjoy late nights. So, if you’re looking for excellent nightlife, Madrid is the perfect city for you. It is also regarded as one of the best culinary spots, housing some of the most fabulous restaurants in the world.


Although Ibiza is renowned for its party island credentials, there is more to this charming island than meets the eye. Discover hidden gems – from extraordinary beaches to luxurious boutique hotels, overlooking cryptic sea caves and boasting stunning sunsets beyond the Mediterranean coast.


The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and arguably the warmest of all the regions in Spain – Tenerife benefits from a subtropical climate and offers consistently warm temperatures year-round. Take a hike or better still, venture out in a cable car to wonder at the popular attraction Mount Teide National Park volcano; a UNESCO World Heritage site with the highest mountain peak in Spain.

What is Spain famous for?

The Spanish are relaxed and hospitable people – renowned for their traditional siestas, which provide an ideal time to slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life. Many come to Spain in search of the tastiest paella and to sample traditional tapas and jamon. There is an abundance of artistic influences such as Picasso, Dali and Gaudi, expressed through the country’s architectural designs. Spain is blessed with some of the best sandy Mediterranean beaches, plus Spanish festivals, like Tomatina, which embody authentic Spanish heritage. Fancy yourself as a flamboyant Flamenco dancer? Watch from afar or join in – it’s an integral part of Spanish tradition after all.

What is the weather in Spain like?

The weather in Spain is more varied than you'd think. If you're near the Atlantic coast it may be cooler, humid and rainy. As you go inland the climate is more arid, with relatively cold winters and often very hot summers. The southern and eastern coastal regions, such as Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, Valencia and Málaga, have a more typical Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures and sunny forecasts. While places like the Canary Islands experience an African climate, mild in winter and very hot in summer. In the mountainous regions of the Pyrenees and the Sierras, temperatures differ depending on altitude.

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Spain fly-drives

Hiring a car on holiday allows for the ultimate freedom to explore.

Malaga fly-drive holidays

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Tenerife fly-drive holidays

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Discover your Spain

In search for a holiday to fit your budget? Take a look at our cheap holidays to Spain. The contemporary Baobab Suites is a five star contemporary hotel in Tenerife. Prices vary, but if you choose a quieter time to visit, you can book a bargain. Spend your money wisely, with a cheap All Inclusive stay. The Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun in Lanzarote offers a five star, family-friendly resort. Make a splash in a choice of pools, let the children run wild at Kids Club and kick back in the spa. Choose a week which works for your wallet.

Experience all that Spain has to offer on a holiday by our specialist villa provider, James Villas. Soak up the Spanish sun while reclining by your private pool. Or unwind on the stunning beaches of the Costa del Sol. Choose from handpicked Canary Island villas in the vibrant beach resorts of Tenerife and Lanzarote. Or discover the beautiful Balearics, where incredible scenery and family-friendly coastal spots await in destinations like Mallorca and Ibiza.

Looking for an All Inclusive retreat? Head to Lanzarote and stay at the Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort. Savour a beachside location, relish a variety of dining and take part in an array of activities. Or choose to holiday at the three star BlueBay Lanzarote. Start your day with a buffet breakfast, lounge around by the pool, then stroll down to the beach in the afternoon. Golf fans can venture to the nearby Costa Teguise golf course and families can make a splash at the Costa Teguise Aquapark. Take an All Inclusive break in Tenerife at the Be Live Experience Playa La Arena. Unwind poolside, play a spot of tennis and tuck into tasty bites.

Just alongside Barcelona’s sandy beaches, the Hotel Arts Barcelona sits in a brilliant location. Plenty of iconic sights are nearby, so the whole clan can wander around or hop on the metro to see Gaudí’s greatest works. Dreaming of an island break to Lanzarote? The Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is a beachfront resort with something for everyone – a great choice for families. Enjoy direct beach access, eight restaurants – and Kikoland, the hotel’s enormous kids’ club, where mini-Messis can enrol in football camp.

The Canary Islands

Seven beautiful volcanic islands just off the coast of North Africa make up the Canary Islands – and you can fly to three of them with British Airways. They share a heap of sunny beaches, but adventurous types can also enjoy countless activities. Learn about Gran Canaria’s brilliant hiking opportunities, head to Lanzarote for underwater safaris and make the most of the spectacular scenery in Tenerife. The Canary Islands get great weather all year round, and are sunny and warm throughout the seasons.

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The highest mountain in Spaindramatic Mount Teide dominates Tenerife’s skyline

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