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Mitjana, Minorca
Welcome to Spain and her beautiful islands...

Sink your toes into the white sands of the Costas, soak up the year-round sun on peaceful islands floating in azure seas, or contrast traditional Andalusian villages with majestic cities.

Or perhaps explore and uncover the fertile plains and citrus groves of Murcia and Valencia, and listen to the abundant birdlife of southern Spain's marshlands.

Whatever your pleasure, the sun-kissed delights of Spain await you! See all our Holidays in Spain.

Stay and Relax Hotel Avenida QQQ

The locally rated 4-star Hotel Avenida is located in the heart of Benidorm on the edge of the old town, close to the sandy Levante beach and the beautiful seafront promenade.

Stay and Relax Hotel Helios Costa Tropical QQQ

The Hotel Helios Costa Tropical is set on the seafront in Almuñécar, on San Cristobal beach, just under a kilometre along a level promenade to the centre.

Stay and Relax Hotel Port Denia QQQQ

Located on the Costa Blanca, the historic seaside town of Denia is full of authentic Spanish character and charm. Beautiful beaches, open-air markets and Mount Montgó Natural Park can all be enjoyed from the all-inclusive 3-star Hotel Port Denia.

Stay and Relax Hotel Globales Mediterrani QQQ+

A charming resort on Minorca's west coast.

Stay and Relax Dom José Beach Hotel QQQ

With views over one of the most attractive beaches in the Algarve, the Dom José Beach Hotel is a fantastic place to unwind and discover the essence of this beautiful part of Portugal.

Stay and Relax Hotel Best Western Salobreña QQQ

Offering comfortable accommodation and a spectacular setting high above the Granda coastline and Mediterranean Sea, relax at the all-inclusive Best Western Hotel Salobrena.

Stay and Relax Gran Hotel Delfin QQQQ

Enjoy all-inclusive value at this locally rated 4-star hotel, the third hotel to be built in Benidorm with a perfect location next to a beautiful, sandy beach.

Stay and Relax Hotel SH Ifach QQQQ

Stay on the beautiful Costa Blanca at the contemporary 4-star Hotel SH Ifach, which enjoys a great level location between the vibrant marina and the old town of Calpe.

Stay and Relax Marinas de Nerja QQQQ

Located on the Costa Blanca, the historic seaside town of Denia is full of authentic Spanish character and charm. Beautiful beaches, open-air markets and Mount Montgó Natural Park can all be enjoyed from the all-inclusive 3-star Hotel Port Denia.

Stay and Relax Dom Pedro Golf Resort QQQQ

Enjoy a stay at this classic hotel, set in one of the Algarve's best locations and with some of Europe's finest beaches, championship golf courses and a modern marina all within easy reach.

Stay and Relax Tivoli Lagos QQQQ

The 4-star Tivoli Lagos is the ideal destination for a relaxing break on Portugal’s beautiful Algarve.

Stay and Relax Apartamentos Aguamarina Golf QQQQ

Enjoy a stay at the modern 3-key Apartamentos Aguamarina Golf which is ideally located close to the shops, restaurants and bars of Golf del Sur

Language

Spanish; Castilian -

Castillian Spanish is the official language, with other Spanish languages and dialects varying in different regions.

English isn’t widely used outside of the main coastal resorts, so you may find it very handy to learn a few words before you travel.

Tipping

Tipping is similar to the UK: the typical amount in restaurants is 10% (most establishments don’t add a service charge to the bill). Taxi drivers and porters expect a small tip too.

Population and size

Spain has a population of 47.4 million, which is relatively low in comparison to other European countries such as France and Italy.

At 505,988 square kilometers, Spain is more than twice the size of the UK.

Currency

Euro - The currency is the euro, divided into 100 cents.

Culture

The main religion is Roman Catholic, which accounts for around two-thirds of the country, along with a small minority of Muslims.


When meeting new people, a handshake is the common greeting among men, and a kiss on the cheek between women – the number of kisses can vary, so prepare yourself for two or even three!


You’ll also find that the Spanish eat much later than we do in the UK, with lunch between 2-3.30pm and dinner between 9-11pm, so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in a relatively quiet restaurant. Oh, and the Spanish love to party, so depending on when you visit you might find yourself embroiled in one of their many annual celebrations – including one that involves a battle with tomatoes!


Pablo Picasso is among Spain’s most celebrated sons, along with Antoni Gaudi, whose eccentric architecture dots the Barcelona cityscape. More recent times saw Spanish cinema come into its own with directors like Pedro Almodovar breaking into the English-speaking world. And films like the Guillermo del Toro’s darkly fantastic masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth, a Spanish-Mexican venture, solidified Spain as a big player in the film industry.

Phrases

A few basic words of Spanish to get you started…

Hola – hello

Adios – goodbye

Por favor – please

Gracias – thank you

Si – yes

No – no

Perdon – excuse me

No hablo espanol – I don’t speak Spanish

Timezone

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT, two in British summertime.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and all sockets take small round two-pin plugs. You’ll need an adaptor for your British appliances, so remember to bring one with you as you probably won’t be able to find one in Spain.

Climate

The climate varies depending on the region, but generally the further south you go, the warmer it will be. The weather on the south and east coast is fairly reliable all year round, enjoying a balmy Mediterranean climate, while the interior tends to stay hot and dry as it’s located on a plateau.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay. British citizens don’t require a visa.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in enclosed public areas and is not allowed on public transport, in bars or restaurants, except in designated areas. Be sure to remember this or you may be stuck with a hefty fine.

Flight time

London to Madrid and Barcelona – from 2 hours

London to Seville – from 2.5 hours


Spanish regions

Balearics

The Balearic Islands are composed of the major islands of Majorca, Minorca, and Ibiza.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands lie in the Atlantic Ocean, one hundred kilometers west of the Moroccan coast.

Cantabria

The coastline of the Cantabria region of northern Spain is sprinkled with fishing villages and coves.

Costa Blanca

Sunshine, 200 kilometres of sandy coastline, cliffs, coves, resorts and ancient ports – just some the attractions of the Costa Blanca.

Costa Brava

With its sandy beaches and rocky coves, the Costa Brava is a beautiful yet misunderstood destination.

Costa de Almeria

An area particularly popular with nature lovers and backpackers, the Costa de Almeria on Spain's south-east coast is completely unspoilt.

Costa de la Luz

Step onto the sandy beaches of Costa de la Luz and into Andalusia – land of bullfights, flamenco and sherry.

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol, or 'coast of sun', is aptly named. Stretching from Marbella to Gibraltar.

Costa Tropical

The Costa Tropical lies in the Andalusian Province of Granada in southern Spain.

Costa Verde

The aptly-named "green coast" enjoys attractive sandy coves set below dramatic cliffs