A land of fiestas, flamenco and fiery bravado, Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, and with good reason. The country enjoys month after month of hot sun, the beaches are glorious and the locals welcoming. From the bustling resorts of the “Costas” to the less-visited regions, Spain is rich in culture and bursting with rugged, dramatic scenery.
Holidaymakers flock annually to the resorts on the Costa del Sol, from down-to-earth Benidorm to glamorous Marbella. Young partygoers head to the Balearic Islands to dance in clubs nothing short of legendary. Art and culture abound in Spain’s second-largest city, Barcelona, where the avant-garde architecture of Gaudi is captivating.
Spaniards have been keeping the splendid beaches of the Costa del Luz, between the more crowded Costa del Sol and Portugal’s Algarve, almost to themselves for decades but this sun-drenched region offers miles of sandy coastline. To get away from the crowds, visit northern Spain, home to fascinating mountain villages, swathes of unspoiled beaches, and fantastic food and wine.
For some, a Spanish holiday is about relaxing on a beach, while others create unforgettable memories exploring an ancient city. There are exclusive sports clubs, luxury spas and modern tennis centres, or visitors can indulge in a wine tour to the vineyards of Rioja and Catalonia.
For maximum sunshine, Spain is best visited in July and August but the weather is generally pleasant and dry from spring right through to autumn. The Spanish islands enjoy warm weather almost all year round.
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