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Spanish Holidays

Introduction

Spain is a fascinating place to visit for its rich history, vibrant culture, beautiful landscapes, tasty cuisine, and friendly, easy-going people. From snow-capped peaks in the south to pristine white sand beaches on the Balearic and Canary Islands, to fascinating art and architecture in Madrid and Barcelona, Spanish holidays are sure to please every type of traveller.

A flight from London to Madrid is just over 2 hours, and the time difference is one hour ahead of GMT. For those travelling to the Canary Islands, a flight from London to the largest island of Gran Canaria takes 3 hours, and there is no time difference with the UK. The currency used throughout Spain is the Euro.

Regions

Cibeles Fountain in Madrid

Madrid
Madrid is the capital of Spain, and an exciting destination for those looking for city break Spanish holidays. This is a great place to take in some arts and culture, as there are many museums and historic buildings scattered about the city. The city also features stylish restaurants, courtyard cafes, boutique shops, and pleasant parks and plazas. After dark, Madrid comes alive when thousands of bars and nightclubs open their doors to party seekers looking to dance the night away until the sun comes up.

The Sagrada Cathedral in Barcelona

Barcelona
Barcelona is another exciting city for its incredible architecture and attractive sights. Visitors can stroll through the Ciutat Vella to see the old part of town with its medieval architecture, or explore Eixample for its art nouveau buildings and Gaudi masterpieces. The beachfront board walk is a pleasant place to walk as it features views of the golden beach and blue waters off the coast. A walk through the city will also reveal elegant fountains and statues, interesting outdoor markets, and winding streets with trendy shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Beach in the Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol
This beautiful stretch of coastline in southern Spain has everything a holiday maker could want. There are stunning beaches, turquoise waters, world-class golf courses, trendy restaurants serving fresh seafood and dishes made with tasty local produce, chic nightclubs, and plenty of natural surroundings to explore. Popular holiday hotspots in the region include Marbella, Benalmadina, and Fuengirola.

Beach in the Costa Brava

Costa Brava
Costa Brava is a great place to find package holiday deals, as there are many appealing resorts here that overlook the sands of Spain´s north-eastern coast. Travellers will find golden sand beaches, scenic harbours, amazing cuisine, and exciting festivals in the towns and villages of the Costa Brava region. In addition, there are many opportunities for visitors to go sailing, fishing, hiking, and golfing in the area.

Beach in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands
These volcanic islands off the Atlantic coast of Spain are popular destinations for nature lovers, as they feature beautiful beaches, azure waters, interesting volcanic landscapes, and lovely walking trails through forests and up mountains. Gran Canaria and Tenerife are both home to numerous resorts that fill up with holiday makers during the summer months. Fuerteventura gets strong winds that make it an ideal spot for kite surfing and wind surfing, and Lanzarote is the spot to go for cheap fresh seafood and a happening nightlife.

Beach in Ibiza

The Baleric Islands
The Balearic Islands rest in the Mediterranean Sea and offer much for travellers on Spanish holidays. Visitors can relax on the beach or play a round of golf on Mallorca, party until the sun comes up at one of Ibiza´s legendary nightclubs, go snorkelling or sailing off Formentera, or visit deserted beaches and small fishing villages on Minorca. Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera tend to get very busy in the summer months, so it is best to book ahead here. For a more tranquil island getaway, Minorca is a good bet.

Weather

The weather in Spain changes depending on the region. In Madrid, the summers are hot and dry with temperatures hovering around 23 degrees Celsius. Winters here can get quite cold with occasional snowfall and average temperatures of 5 degrees. The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands enjoy warm summers and mild and wet winters, with average temperatures ranging between 16 to 23 degrees.

Cost of visiting Spain

Cost

Prices in Spain are comparable to other Western European countries, however, travellers may find cheap food and drink in the smaller towns and villages. The following are some standard prices of goods in Spain:

Item Price
Loaf of Bread £0.70
Bottle of Water £0.93
Pint of Beer £1.73
Bottle of Wine £3.63
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