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Spain holidays

With miles and miles of beaches, plenty of colourful cities and fun-filled waterparks galore, Spain holidays have something for everyone. You’ll find year-round sunshine just a short flight away from the UK, whether you’re heading for bustling mainland Spain or the gorgeous islands off the coast. When you arrive on your holidays to Spain, you’ll discover a country brimming with charm, from the mountain villages and Moorish castles to the bustling resorts and delightful tapas restaurants.

17–30°C °C

Hot, dry summers and mild winters

2-5 hours

Spain has 25 international airports, with dozens of flights every day from departure points all over the UK

Recommended offers in Mainland Spain

H10 Delfín

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Adults-only 16+
  • Central location
  • Rooftop plunge pool

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Based on 913 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Medplaya Hotel Regente

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Outdoor pool and sun terrace
  • Evening entertainment in summer
  • 800m from Levante beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2051 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Don Pancho

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only (16+) from 1 May 2018
  • Modern and stylish
  • Close to the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1977 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 12 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Recommended offers in the Balearics

Ola Club Maioris

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Airtours Kids' Clubs
  • Splash park with slides
  • Quiet location, close to Palma City

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1509 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Cala Vinas

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adults-only (18+)
  • Picturesque sea views
  • 200m from a golden sand beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2125 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 18 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel More

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Charming family-run hotel
  • Only 10m from the sandy beach
  • Seafront setting

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 855 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 33 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Recommended offers in the Canaries

Sunlight Bahia Principe Costa Adeje

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Seafront location
  • Choice of four à la carte restaurants
  • 24hr snacks and soft drinks

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6343 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 214 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

Paradise Island

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On-site dinosaur-themed waterpark
  • Airtours Kidsʼ Club in summer
  • FREE Kids' places

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3296 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 100 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Occidental Jandia Mar

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Attractive garden setting
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Hotel-run kids' club

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5679 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 13 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

With a fantastic range of beaches, many Blue Flag awarded, you can see why this country attracts beach lovers, year after year. Holidays on the mainland are about the Costas; named the “Golden Coast”, this stretch of sandy beaches is drenched in sunshine. In the Canaries, you’ll find black volcanic sands in Lanzarote and Saharan shores in Gran Canaria, while in the Balearics, Menorca boasts secluded coves and Majorca enjoys sweeping bays. In Ibiza it's become a tradition to watch the spectacular sunsets.

When it comes to things to do on Spanish holidays, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In the country’s many beach resorts, you won’t be able to resist lounging around on the sand, soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine. And if you feel like picking up the pace, you could always try your hand at water sports; you’ll find plenty going on in places like Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Costa del Almeria in mainland Spain. But Spain has so much to offer beyond the coastline. It’s absolutely brimming with incredible landscapes, from Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks to Menorca’s lush wetlands. When it comes to keeping the kids happy, you’ll find a great choice of fun-filled waterparks that they’ll just love. 

The volcanic peaks of the Canary Islands are among the most breath-taking natural attractions in Spain. In Tenerife, you can ride the cable car up to the country’s tallest mountain, Mount Teide. Over in Lanzarote, you can discover dramatic landscapes in Timanfaya National Park. Menorca’s lush wetlands are rich in wildlife, and you’ll find lots of underwater caves to explore. Or you could take a drive through Majorca’s beautiful mountain range, Serra de Tramuntana, 

You’ll find an abundance of kid-friendly attractions across the country to keep the kids entertained. Whoosh down the slides at Benidorm’s Aqualandia (it’s home to Europe’s highest water chute). Just next door is the Mundomar marine park, where children can meet the cheeky sea lions. Children and grown-ups alike will be amazed by the swashbuckling shows at Pirates Adventure in Majorca. Or you could treat the little ones to a cowboy show in Gran Canaria’s Sioux City. And of course, you’ll discover a wealth of family-friendly beach resorts to choose from, too.

If you’re looking for legendary nightlife, you won’t want to miss out on Ibiza’s iconic clubs and bustling bars. But if you’re after a more laid-back evening out on your Spanish holidays, why not savour the flavours of Spain at a local restaurant instead? Try a chilled glass of sparkling cava or a dry fino sherry with tapas in Barcelona; spicy Padrón peppers and luscious serrano ham are well worth sampling. Tuck into a plate of paella in its home city of Valencia; here they make this famous saffron-flavoured rice dish with meat and vegetables rather than seafood. You’ll find beachside restaurants in Málaga serving up tasty plate of fritura malagueña (delicately fried fish). Over in Menorca, you’ll get to sample caldereta de langosta (lobster), while Lanzarote’s lunar-like vineyards are the home of Malvasía and Moscatel vintages.

Spain is best for...

Couples: With a wealth of beautiful beaches and pretty cities galore, many Spain destinations are perfect for two. Why not wander through Barcelona’s bustling streets before riding the cable car to Montjuïc? 

Families: Find your favourite spot on the Costa’s golden sandy Costas. When you fancy a change of scenery, you’ll find all kinds of waterparks and theme parks to keep the kids entertained.

Night owls: Whether you want laze away an evening in a traditional tapas restaurant in Madrid, or dance all night in Ibiza’s top clubs, you’ll find something to keep you entertained when the sun goes down. 


Fast facts

Language: Spanish, although English is widely spoken across Spain, especially in the tourist hotspots and resorts. If you’re heading off the usual visitor trails, pack a phrasebook or download our essential language app.

Currency: Euro (€).

Local time: 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Spain has 25 international airports, including ones in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Flight time from UK: Ranges from less than two hours to northern Spain to four hours 30mins to the Canary Islands.

Tourist information: Find further information about various Spain destinations over at www.spain.info 

Visa & health: British citizens don’t need a visa to for Spain holidays but you do need a valid passport. Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for up-to-date visa and health recommendations and advice.


Weather & climate

Temperatures: Expect a mild Mediterranean virtually climate all year round 
Best time to visit: Visit outside of peak summer months for cheap holidays to Spain.

The climate in Spain varies from region to region, but you can generally expect hot and dry summers, with temperatures hitting the high-20s (°C) wherever you are. Over in the Balearic Islands, things start to heat up in May, with highs in the mid-20s. Enjoy peak temperatures of 30°C in July and August. Things are similar over on mainland Spain, with sunny summers in the mid-20s, and mild spring and autumns seasons, too. Down south, the Canary Islands (or the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’) enjoy warm, sub-tropical weather. It hardly ever drops below 20°C in winter, with highs of around 25°C the summer months. The western islands have the most rain, but it's only the occasional shower during summer.


Getting around

By train: High-speed trains run between the major cities in mainland Spain.

By metro: There are metro systems in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao.

By boat: Ferries and catamarans connect the Canary Islands with each other, which you’ll also find in the Balearic Islands.

By hire car: Hiring a car is a convenient way of exploring at your own pace, and getting to hard-to-reach places.


Events

Tenerife carnival: Escape the cold winter in the UK and head to Tenerife in February to experience one of the biggest carnival celebrations in Europe.
Semana Santa: Easter brings celebrations all over Spain during Semana Santa (or Holy Week).

Clubbing season: Nightclubs in the Balearic Islands reopen for the summer from May onwards, finishing with huge closing parties in October.

Menorca Fiesta: Kick off the fiesta season in Menorca from 23–25 June, during the festival of Sant Joan.

La Tomatina: You’ll be seeing red during Buñol’s annual tomato frenzy, La Tomatina, in late August.

Sónar and Benicàssim: Music fans will want to book Spain holidays for June and July, when two of Europe’s biggest festivals take centre stage.


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