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

Stay and Relax Hotel Globales Mediterrani QQQ+

A charming resort on Minorca's west coast.

It’s time to experience relaxation the Minorcan way at this fantastic value, all-inclusive hotel that's new to Saga.

Stay and Relax Hotel Agamenon QQQQ

Enjoying an enviable location overlooking Es Castell’s pretty bay, the locally rated 4-star Hotel Agamenón is a haven for those seeking relaxation in the Minorcan sun

Stay and Relax Hotel San Luis QQQQ

The resort-style Hotel San Luis offers the perfect opportunity to either relax or explore some of the nearby attractions.

Stay and Relax Hotel Delfin Mar QQQ

Relax at this friendly hotel in Santa Ponsa or head out on included or optional excursions to discover markets and monasteries, caves and cathedrals.

Stay and Relax Hotel Riu Bravo QQQQ

This large and lively, cosmopolitan 4-star hotel is surrounded by beautiful shady gardens.

Stay and Relax Hotel Globales Sumba QQQQ

The white sandy beach at cala Millor in Majorca is just a short step from this excellent all-inclusive Globales hotel.

The locally rated 4-star Hipotels Marfil Playa Hotel offers friendly service, excellent facilities and a fantastic location amid palm-framed grounds 150 metres from the beachfront promenade of Sa Coma.

Stay and Relax Hotel Cala Viñas QQQQ

The 4-star Hotel Cala Viñas has a stunning location on Majorca’s south coast, making it ideal for a relaxing beach holiday. Enjoy a truly peaceful holiday on Majorca's south coast at this locally rated 4-star hotel.

A host of historic and cultural cities await on this lap of the western Mediterranean aboard MSC Preziosa.

Ocean Cruise Spanish Adventure

Uncover the centuries of history and fascinating cultures at the heart of some of the most famous cities of the Iberian Peninsula.

Step aboard Saga Sapphire as she heads to the Mediterranean Sea and traces the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

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


Places in the Balearics