Spain really has it all – from the big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, the idyllic Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca, and the white coast of Costa Blanca, to the sunny south of Seville, Andalusia and the Costa del Sol.
An extremely diverse country, Spain is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cities, and is well-known for its traditional cuisine, friendly locals and vibrant culture – let’s not forget its legendary beaches too! If you’re looking for a seaside getaway with a hint of history, and never-ending servings of good food and great wine, then Spain is one holiday hotspot you need to discover!
Spain Holiday Factfile
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The best part about Spain is that it caters to every budget and interest. The capital Madrid has a thriving culture, famous for its flamenco shows and heritage sites. To the north lies the Catalonia region and the huge city of Barcelona. Head here to see Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi’s impressive works, traditional Spanish festivals and all-night bars, clubs and restaurants.
The 200km-long Costa Brava coastline is full of pristine beaches, with the seaside city of Bendiorm particularly popular thanks to its 1000-strong nightclubs and bars. Families will love the resort area of Costa de la Luz, with its endless leisure activities, lush natural parks and local wildlife. If you’re after a mix of big city sightseeing and relaxing beach days, Costa Dorada is just a quick ride away from Barcelona and boasts some of the best sunbaking spots in Spain. Swim in the crystal clear waters and then indulge in some freshly-caught seafood.
Attractions & Things to Do
In Barcelona, Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia are two of Gaudi’s most famous works. Hike up the steep slopes of Park Guell to appreciate the intricate mosaics as you take in panoramic views of Barcelona. The unfinished La Sagrada Familia is an architectural masterpiece and needs to be seen to be believed.
Try the local tapas and seafood in the Blue Flag beach resort of Benidorm, or get a taste of home with English pubs showing football games. Nature-lovers will definitely want to see the Donana National Park in Costa de la Luz, home to endangered species such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx.
For a traditional taste of Spanish life, you have to try the seafood specialties in Costa del Sol. Feast on pescaito frito, jamon serrano, Malaga wine and chocolate-dipped churros.
Annual Temperature & Rainfall
Spain has a varied climate, although in general it enjoys mild Mediterranean weather. Summers are dry and hot, especially in the south, with temperatures averaging 45ºC in Madrid and Seville. The coast is a popular place to escape the heat – while Barcelona has more bearable temperatures sitting around 29ºC. Keep in mind that autumn and spring can be quite unpredictable, with wet winters not uncommon.