If you’re dreaming of getting away on the perfect holiday or summer vacation, consider visiting Spain. Maybe you’re longing to explore an interesting city or you just want to lie back and relax on the beach. Whatever type of trip you have in mind and whatever your budget, I’m sure you will find somewhere perfect to enjoy your holiday in Spain.
Over 80 million people visited Spain last year making it the 2nd most visited country in the World. Brits are the most likely to go on holiday to Spain but I have noticed that Spain is becoming more and more popular as a vacation choice for people from USA, Canada and Asia. I personally think Spain is a great holiday destination that offers something for everyone.
Let’s take a look at what Spain has to offer and why it’s the perfect holiday destination.
What Spain has to offer as a holiday destination
Spain has interesting cities
Barcelona, Madrid and Seville are up there with the big European cities in terms of what they have to offer for a city break. A city break holiday in Spain is a great way to soak up some Spanish culture and explore the sights and sounds of a bustling city. Spain also has lots of interesting cities that are within easy reach of the coast like Malaga, Valencia and Bilbao.
…Spain is perfect for city exploring
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Spain is rich in culture and history
Beautiful architecture is found all throughout Spain and many unique historical and religious sights to see. Spain has 46 declared UNSESCO World Heritage sites. These range from buildings of cultural importance to national parks. Including Roman walls and bridges, Gothic cathedrals, Old Towns and Moorish Castles.
Across the many regions of Spain you will find different local customs and traditions. Local holidays and fiestas are held to commemorate many important people and events in Spain’s past and traditions are fiercely protected.
… Spain is perfect for cultural immersion
Spain has amazing beaches
Over 570 of Spain’s beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag status for quality, accessibility, safety and environmental awareness. That’s one fifth of all the country’s coastline and you can expect clear water and great facilities on every one. The beaches in Spain range from soft golden sand to black volcanic rock. You will find natural beach coves, tucked away and idyllically quiet. Or long stretches of beach, bustling with activity and water sports.
… Spain is perfect for beach relaxing
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Spain has beautiful islands
There are two collections of Islands in Spain, the Balearics and the Canaries. Both offer an amazing choice for holiday location with a variety of local attractions. The Balearic Islands are located in the Mediterranean Sea and are made up of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera. The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean near Africa and are made up of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
… Spain is perfect for island hopping
Spain is easily accessed
Spain has 59 airports across the mainland and islands, making it easy to fly into from all over the World. There are also numerous domestic connections between Spanish airports and a great choice of local airlines. Most of the city airports are less then 20 kilometres from the city centre and it’s very easy to take public transport.
Extensive rail and coach networks connect all Spanish cities and regular ferries go to the islands and between beach towns. If you prefer to hire a car and self-drive, you will find road conditions excellent.
… Spain is perfect for a stress-free time
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Spain has great weather
The weather in Spain does vary from region to region, understandably so being such a large country. In the month of June for example the temperature can range from 15°c to 35°c from one side of the country to the other. Madrid has been recorded as receiving over 2,700 hours of sunshine per year.
Generally speaking Spain enjoys a hot and dry summer, mild autumn and wet spring. There are some areas of Spain that benefit from warm winters and the Southern regions of Spain are much hotter and drier then Northern Spain.
… Spain is perfect for a little sunshine
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Spain has delicious local food
Spain has all sorts of delicious local food and drinks. When you think of Spain it’s hard to not think of jamon, olives and sangria. There are some iconic dishes that originate from Spain such as paella, churros, gazpacho and tortilla.
Great quality ingredients are very important in Spain and every city and town has a central market where fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish are sold. Eating good food and taking your time to enjoy it is a way of life here. The tapas style of eating small portions and sharing makes dining very relaxed and social.
… Spain is perfect for culinary discovery
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Spain is very affordable
Nowadays, with so many travel providers fighting for your business, it’s easy to find a cheap deal for a holiday in Spain. Holiday comparison sites like Travel Supermarket, Ice Lolly & Expedia will show the best deals available. Prices to fly from the UK to Spain, including accommodation can start as low as £150 per person.
Many low-cost airlines fly into Spain and the selection of accommodation available covers every budget. Also, once you are here you will find that dining out, holiday activities and general shopping costs are very low.
… Spain is perfect for every budget
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Spain has amazing scenery
In between the interesting cities and beautiful beaches Spain also has amazing scenery. The landscape is varied and diverse, from the green open plains to the snow-capped mountains, Spain is a photographer’s dream. There are many natural parks, hiking trails and wildlife areas to enjoy in Spain.
… Spain is perfect for admiring natural landscape
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Spain offers a wide range of activities
There is no end to the activities, sports and entertainment in Spain. If you are looking for adventure you can enjoy surfing, paragliding or mountain climbing. If you like to relax you can get a massage, play golf or enjoy some retail therapy. You can learn to scuba dive, go skiing, zipline or hike in Spain.
If you prefer to be entertained you have a huge choice of shows from flamenco to bull fighting. If you like to get a locals inside info, you can take guided food tours, historic city tours or day trips.
… Spain is perfect for keeping active
Conclusion… Spain is the perfect holiday destination
I hope this article has convinced you that Spain is the perfect holiday destination? 🙂 There really is something for everyone here, no matter what kind of holiday you are looking for, consider visiting Spain.
The vast array of sights and activities here, offer enough to keep even an itchy feet explorer like me busy. I honestly have an endless list of places to see and things to do in Spain. As soon as I cross one place off I find out about another.
Of course, nowhere is perfect and Spain does have some flaws. The political disagreements within the country do present a bad press and the economic problems need to be addressed. Please don’t let what’s shown in the news put you off visiting Spain. These issues have very little impact on anyone visiting as a tourist.
Have you visited Spain before? I’d love to hear about your trip and what you enjoyed most… tell me all about it in the comments box below ↓↓
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Thanks for this post.
Always wanted to visit Spain.
If I don’t understand Spanish, am I going to have a tough time (like ordering food, asking directions, etc) or is English widely spoken there?
You should definitely visit Spain, you will have a great time! English is spoken, particularly in the big cities and tourist areas. Learning a few simple phrases in Spanish (check out this post I wrote – Useful Spanish phrases for traveling in Spain) or taking a phrasebook will help though.
And from a straight single lady’s point of view, Spaniards are also something that may attract me to visit Spain one day for holiday. And don’t forget about football, all these Messi vs Ronaldo shenanigans wouldn’t even happen if it’s not for Spanish league and the rivalry of Real Madrid vs Barcelona! 🙂
Haha that is true the Spanish guys are quite easy on the eye! My sister-in-law is always amazed by how hot the Policemen are when she visits 🙂 Football is very important here and watching a game or going on a stadium tour is a great thing to enjoy as a tourist. I have visited both the Camp Nou and Bernabeau and they are awesome!
For all these reasons you’ve mentioned – I have to visit Spain! It’s my ultimate destination after I watched a movie set in Spain. The culture, the food and the beaches are amazing! Thanks for a great post!
Which movie did you watch that inspired you to visit Spain? It is an amazing country and there is something here for everyone to enjoy. I hope you get the chance to visit soon!