Year round sunshine with winter temperatures in the late teens to early twenties. Ideal for that winter holiday.
Year round sunshine with winter temperatures in the late teens to early twenties. Ideal for that winter holiday.
Popular for cheap holidays in the sun, the Costa Blanca offers a mix of vibrant nightlife, fun beaches and quiet countryside villages.
Including popular beach resorts of Estepona and Salou, as well as the incredible city/beach destination, Barcelona.
The Balearics of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza are incredibly popular for Brits getting away on a sunny break to Spain.
With the likes of Malaga, Marbella and Torremolinos, the Costa del Sol remains a firm favourite holiday hotspot.
Spain is an ideal location for some much needed sunshine. Whether you're a family heading away for some fun on the beach, a couple getting in a romantic break, or a group of friends heading out to relax during the day and enjoy the nightlife, holidays to Spain have something for everyone. It's also one of the popular destinations for a late deal, with year round flights from across the UK and plenty of accommodation options available. Discover the exciting cities of mainland Spain or the beautiful blue flag beaches of the islands, and whatever you do, don't forget to try the tapas.
The Spanish coast is infamous for its large expansive beaches and popular resorts. In the north, the Costa Brava encompasses the likes of Barcelona and Salou, moving down to the Costa Dorada and into the Costa Blanca with popular Alicante and Benidorm. Head further south still and you'll reach the Costa Calida and Costa de Almeria before heading along the coast to Malaga and Marbella in the Costa del Sol, where you'll also find the likes of Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Estepona, before you reach Gibraltar and the Costa de La Luz.
Mainland Spain has become synonymous with Brits looking for a very cheap holiday in the sunshine.
The three main islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza have long been popular holiday spots for us Brits. Easy to get to with plenty of flights, lots of accommodation options ranging from 2-star apartments to 5-star all inclusive resorts, and a huge variety of activities, the Balearic Islands are one of Spain's best holiday hotspots.
Off the coast of Morocco lies the Canary Islands, popular with British holidaymakers for its year round sunshine and famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, black sand coast lines and volcanic scenery. A four hour flight from the UK, the Canary Islands are typically Spanish but with their own unique feel, yet still manage to cater well for holidaymakers from across Europe.
The largest of the Islands, Tenerife, offers a holiday for all types, whether you want to go hiking, enjoy the golf courses or simply relax by the pool or beach. Fuerteventura is the second largest island with some incredibly stunning sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. The island is much quieter than Tenerife but still offers plenty of accommodation types, restaurants and bars.
Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are also both perfect winter sun destinations in Spain, catering to the family, couple and groups. Each has their own unique feel, yet being undeniably Spanish, meaning you can combine fantastic food, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and a variety of hotels to choose from.
With such a diverse country, rich in history and culture, Spanish cities are such a great option for a quick break. Naturally everyone flocks to the likes of Barcelona, but you should definitely take a look at other beach cities like Valencia, Alicante, Cadiz, Girona and Salamanca. You may also find some hidden gems like Ronda and its famous bridge, Elche and the Orihuela region.
Summer is typically the busiest season for Spanish resorts. As everyone breaks up for the school holidays and wants to enjoy some much warmer weather, family friendly resorts start filling up, but this can push up prices in July and August. If you can travel during the school term, you can usally grab yourself an absolute bargain with budget breaks from as little as £99 per person for a flight and hotel package.
The winter months on the mainland can be much cooler, especially in the north, although southern Spain still enjoys much warmer weather than the UK. It's easy to see why so many people choose to spend their winters here. If you want some winter sun, the Canaries should be on your list. Lots of people choose to retire here because of the year-round warm weather. Even in December, January and February, temperatures can range from 20 to 30 degrees.
If your plan is to travel for a city break, summer can be pretty sweltering, sometimes too much, so April and May, or October can be good months to visit places like Madrid or Barcelona if you don't like the heat turned up too high.
Even if you want to get away just for a few days, there are some stunning cities to discover. Seville in Andalucia is definitely worth the trip, while both Barcelona and Palma provide the ideal combination of beach and city break. Valencia is another city full of culture wonder, and don't forget the capital city, Madrid which is good for a party and some sightseeing.
For those who just want to enjoy the warm weather and sun on their face, by the pool for a week or two, an all inclusive holiday in Spain is ideal. There are so many Spanish hotels and resorts offering all inclusive or even half board options, allowing you to book and pay for your holiday, without having to worry about an extras, unless you want to venture out of the hotel. In some accommodation, there's even All Inclusive Plus, giving you the option to try more restaurants in the hotel, enjoy premium alcohol brands and extra activities.
For the cheapest breaks, self catering can be the best option. Across the country there is a wealth of accommodation with mini kitchens, so that you can buy ingredients and cook your own meals. Of course, you still have the option to take a wander and see what the local cafes and restaurants have on offer. This can be a good option if you have picky eaters in the family, but even if you do, many restaurants have children's menus.
Talking of self catering, villa holidays in Spain are also a good option if you love your own space and freedom. A number of tour operators include car hire within the cost of your booking so you can get to and from the shops, as well as drive around the area to discover some of the local hidden gems.
Escaping just the 2 of you, from everyday life is like a dream come true. Whether you decide to go for an adults only hotel or not, spending quality time together has never been more important. Depending on your style of holiday, try lesser known areas if you want something quiet and peaceful, like the pretty coast of Port Pollenca in Mallorca, or a peaceful escape to a golf resort like the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf, near Jerez on the Costa de la Luz. And no, you don't have to play golf to enjoy a golf resort. Simply take in the views and savour the atmosphere.
Travelling with children, toddlers and babies can be a nightmare, so you want to make sure you've got all the facilities you need in your accommodation, from kids' clubs to child friendly dinnertime buffets. There are so many resorts that cater incredibly well to families, with brands like TUI MAGIC LIFE and Hard Rock Hotels. If you're booking two rooms, you should request interconnecting rooms if they have them available, and you can even book into a room specifically designed for kids.
Now we aren't saying lying by the pool isn't fun, but it's great to escape the confines of the hotel and spend a fun day at a local water park. Often the parks, have complimentary or low-cost coach transfers, or you might even find you're close enough to walk. Top water parks in Spain include Siam Park in Tenerife, Aqualandia in Benidorm, and PortAventura's Caribe Aquatic Park in Salou.
Low-cost airlines have paved the way for really cheap Spain holidays and travelling from across the UK has never been easier with airlines like Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2 and British Airways flying from lots of regional airports including Belfast, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester. Do bear in mind the airports available to you. Some airlines may fly into smaller airports which are further away. Plane is by far the quickest and easiest way to get there but if you aren't a fan of flying ferry (and driving by car), and even a train or coach could be an option but they do take much longer. Ferries run from the UK to Santander and Bilbao in the north of the country, which can be a good option if you either want to visit areas like Galicia, Asturias and the Costa Verde, or even the Costa Brava by car.
We always recommend booking a flight inclusive package, however, if you do choose to book each element separately, make sure you have some good travel insurance. Some of the more popular operators to book with include Expedia, Travel Republic, Teletext Holidays, On The Beach and Love Holidays.
Once you've arrived, you might not want to spend an hour or two on a coach transfer from the airport to your accommodation. If this is you there are a couple of places you should take a look at for short transfers. Try destinations like the Golf del Sur in Tenerife, Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura, Playa de Palma beach in Mallorca, and Torremolinos near Malaga Airport, which are not only short drives from the airport, but also close to the sea.
Coronavirus has turned our travel plans upside down and we are all dreaming of when we can next enjoy an escape to Spain's beaches and bars. In light of Covid-19 events, it's important to book a package holiday which that are financially protected through the ATOL and ABTA schemes. Check with your booking conditions or ask you tour operator or travel agent whether they are protected in this way. You should receive an ATOL certificate when you book.
Even when travelling after Coronavirus, it's important for us to keep staying safe and healthy abroad and you should always follow the local laws, guidelines, rules and restrictions. You may need to quarantine when you arrive or return, depending on your circumstances and where you have been, so always check with authorities before you travel.
Spain is well known as the destination for bargain hunting Brits, looking for a cracking deal, and there are plenty of offers to take advantage of. From discount codes with TUI to money saving free kids places with Jet2 Holidays, you should always keep your eyes peeled for what's available. Provided you can be flexible with when and where you travel, and which hotel you stay at, you'll have budget breaks at your fingertips. Last minute travel including short breaks and beach holidays this week or even tomorrow could mean you're sipping on sangria in Sitges this weekend. Promo code websites can be a good source of information about the latest deals involving codes, and booking hotels directly can mean extra savings or 7 nights for the price of 5 or 6.
It is hoped that Spain will accept British nationals on holiday in next Summer. For the latest information and travel advice, you should check with the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office.
Mainland Spain is often considered the cheapest part, with areas like Alicante, and Salou in the Costa Dorada, however, you should also take a look at Majorca and Gran Canaria too.
If you are flexible with travel, Spain holidays can cost under £100pp for a short self catering break, however, you should expect to pay between £200-400 per person for a cheap 7 night escape.
It is not yet confirmed when holidays to Spain will resume. It is hoped that international travel may start from 17th May, however you should check with the latest government guidelines.
Northern Spain is a good option if you aren't flying and instead travel via ferry. There are some lovely beaches up there, and if you're taking the car, you've got so many destinations to discover, from Vigo on the Atlantic Coast, to Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea, and including the Rioja wine region.
While we focus on budget breaks, there are some absolutely beautiful luxury hotels if your budget can stretch. If you love the tranquility, some of the standalone places, like golf and spa resorts can offer you that. Meanwhile, you can enjoy places like the W Barcelona, Ritz Carlton Abama or the Jumeirah Port Soller which provide the very best in 5 star fine dining, luxurious surroundings and impeccable service. Make sure to also take a look at holidays to Puerto Banus and Marbella too.
There is also the option to upgrade your room, suite or villa when booking too. Whether you just want that little extra space, a balcony with a beautiful sea view, or your own private swim up pool, adding on extras to the price is always possible. You can even organise a private car transfer from the airport instead of a coach transfer. Keep an eye out for the hotels with spas too. Blissful treatments and hydrotherapy circuits are the best way to wind down after a hard day of sunbathing by the pool.
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