Spain Holiday Guide | AREA MAP

Escape on an amazing holiday to Spain with Teletext Holidays.  Take your pick of cheap holidays to popular Costa Brava, Costa Blanca or Costa del Sol on the mainland, relaxing escapes to the Balearic Islands, exciting getaways to the Canaries or city breaks to Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

Mainland Spain is renowned for its historic cities, beautiful country landscapes, miles of idyllic coastline and delicious food, so it's no surprise that its one the most popular destinations for Brits each year.  Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava are some of the most popular resorts so why not take advantage of some our fantastic all inclusive, package holidays.

Of our selection of bargain holidays in Spain, the Balearics is another hot favourite! The Balearic Islands composed of Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca; offers a combination of late night partying for the fun seekers, scenic hiking for the adventurers as well as quiet family resorts for those looking for a bit more relaxation.

The Canary Islands are ideal for year-round sun. These popular islands offer some of the best holiday resorts in Spain with a thriving part scene, idyllic beaches and plenty of water sport activities. If its adventure you are after, be sure to visit the sand dunes of Gran Canaria or Mount Teide in beautiful Tenerife.

Why not escape on an exciting break to one of Spain’s favourite cities? Explore historic Madrid, soak up some culture and sun in Barcelona or feast on paella in vibrant Valencia. Each region of Spain likes to stay autonomous, so each stay can feel like being in a different country.

  • Getting There and Around Spain

    There are countless flights to around 30 destinations in mainland Spain, the Balearics and Canaries with a combination of no frills, charter and scheduled airlines.

    You can take a ferry to Bilbao from Portsmouth and there are ferries from Barcelona and Valencia to the Balearics, should you fancy combining the two. Once in Spain there's a good train system, with high speed links between major cities and slower country trains along the coasts. Car hire is reasonable if you book before you travel, and an excellent choice if you are travelling independently or want to see more than just your resort.

  • Beaches in Spain

    Spain is blessed with over 5000 miles of coastline and an abundance of beautiful beaches to enjoy. Getaways in Spain will fulfil all your holiday needs, whether you are looking for a buzzing city beach, an action packed beach perfect for the family or an idyllic cove to escape the world.

    There are countless beaches along the coast of Costa del Sol with popular resorts including Torremolinos, upmarket Marbella and next door neighbours Puerto Banus, Mijas, Fuengirola, Estepona, Nerja.

    Other areas with great beaches include the Costas Blanca and Brava with resorts like Benidorm and Lloret de Mar, and wilder, less touristy beaches like windy but beautiful Tarifa and the gorgeous sands at Mundaka.

    The Balearic and Canary Islands are also renowned for their beautiful, sandy white beaches. Gran Canaria's Maspolomas is a tourist favourite; El Cotillo in Fuerteventura is a perfect haven for windsurfing enthusiasts; El Bollullo in Tenerife is unique with its black sand beach and beautiful scenery and Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza is the perfect place to party.

  • Sightseeing in Spain

    One of Spain’s must see sights is the incredible La Sagrada Familia, a magnificent church located in the Catalan capital of Barcelona.  This and other colourful works by Antoni Gaudi can be seen dotted throughout this popular Spanish city. For a dose of culture, be sure to visit the Prado Museum in Madrid – one of the biggest art galleries in the world. The Palacio Real in Madrid is another must see in this exciting capital. Toledo and Granada are shrines to the medieval and Moorish architectural styles with the breathtaking Alcazar and Alhambra leading each city's showcase.

    Modern architecture fans can visit Bilbao with its shiny Guggenheim Museum and Valencia with its futuristic Science Park.

    Tenerife's Tiede National Park is an excellent day trip from the coastal resorts for your holiday in Spain. Athletic types can even hike to the top of Spain's highest mountain, Mount Tiede, while the less energetic can enjoy the same views by taking the cable car.

    From Costa del Sol you can take a hair raising train inland to the dramatic town of Ronda, which is split in two by a vertigo-inducing gorge and once you've recovered from that, you can visit the elegant bullring, one of Spain's oldest, dating back to 1785. Grenada and Gibraltar are also day trip possibilities from the Costa del Sol.

  • Eating and Nightlife in Spain

    Spain is known for its unique and exciting cuisine. You're never more than a few hours from the sea in Spain and even if you're in Madrid you'll never go short of fresh seafood like bacalao (cod), almejas (baby clams) and bonito (tuna). The long days of sunshine also ensure there's plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to accompany your meals.

    Get a small taste of everything with the Spanish speciality of Tapas: shared plates of local specialities like chorizo, serrano ham, olives, tortilla omelette and toasted bread rubbed with garlic, tomato and olive oil. Paella, a famous Valencian rice dish, is another speciality not too be missed.  In the Canary Islands, the papas arrugadas - salted, baked potatoes served with hot red and green sauces are a firm favourite.

    Spain has some of Europe's best nightlife and people don't even think of going out to dinner until 10pm, let alone the drinking and dancing that invariably follows.

    Popular holiday resorts like Benidorm, Torremolinos, Magaluf, Playa de las Americas and San Antonio have bars and clubs that are open until sunrise so you can party all night.

  • Shopping and Family Attractions

    Each region of Spain produces a variety of pretty, well-priced handicrafts which are on sale either at craft shops, at weekly or daily markets in villages and towns, and even the occasional flea markets (rastros).

    Pottery is reasonable and comes in various regional styles; rugs, blankets and clothes are plentiful and lace work is popular in some areas. Leather goods like bags and belts are widely available and there are plenty of stalls selling gold and silver jewellery. The best known department store is El Corte Ingles and you can find branches in most cities.

    For a high fashion experience, visit Madrid’s “golden mile”, home to top Spanish brands, alongside international fashion names.
    Many of the more popular beach resorts have amusements parks or water parks where you can cool down in the hot summer months.

    PortAventura, Waterworld and Marineland are in the Costa Dourada/Brava region; Mario Park water park in Almeria; Terra Mitica and Aqualandia on the Costa Blanca and Tivoli World in the Costa del Sol.

    Many water sports are available on the beaches, much of which will be suitable for children and the wildlife and walking in the national parks will appeal to some kids.

Deal of the Day
Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

7 nights, All Inclusive, 
Dep: 04 Sep 2014,  from Stansted
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
7 nights, Bed & Breakfast, Dep: 04 Sep 2014, from Luton
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
7 nights, Bed & Breakfast, Dep: 05 Sep 2014, from Gatwick
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
7 nights, Bed & Breakfast, Dep: 05 Sep 2014, from Gatwick

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