Millions of tourists visit Spain each year: evidence that cheap Spain holidays aren’t just about siestas and fiestas- although they are somewhat of a bonus!
Spain boasts a rich history and natural beauty, with a diverse landscape of beautiful sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains and lush countryside. Showcasing amazing architecture, Spanish cities are drenched in the atmosphere of the past and present, and offer a mix of traditional and cosmopolitan with an array of museums and monuments interspersed with modern bars, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Holidays in Spain are so diverse and full of variety, you could return every single year and still manage to see everything you wanted to! Book your cheap Spain holidays with On the Beach to make sure you get the perfect holiday at an unbeatable price!
If you are searching for a beach-based break then you will love the Spanish Costas, the most infamous being the Costa del Sol. Nicknamed the ‘sunshine coast’, Torremolinos has over 7km of soft golden sand, while Costa Blanca is famed for its pale white promenade, the Costa Brava boasts cream-coloured shores and the Costa de la Luz presents ideal snorkelling territory.
If you'd prefer snow to sand, book a trip to Andalucia instead. With snow-capped peaks and a smattering of sunshine, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to Europe’s southernmost ski resort – ideal for topping up that tan while you take in a spot of exercise.
Elsewhere, Barcelona and Madrid make the must-have aperitifs for a trip to central Spain, as well as a superb City Beach Break too. Paving the way for archaeological sites, impressive castles and medieval towns across the rest of the country, the two cities have the perfect balance of flamboyant history combined with an altogether cosmopolitan culture.
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Boasting all year round beautiful weather, Spain is perfect for a holiday at any time of the year. A vast country, the climate varies from coast to coast, meaning a trip to the Costas won’t hold the same forecast as a city break to Madrid. Even the weather conditions from east to west differ as they’re affected by the Mediterranean and Atlantic respectively.
As a general guide, central Spain is incredibly hot in summer so it’s worth taking into account that you won’t have the opportunity to take a dip in the sea to cool down if you do visit in peak season. The coastal regions enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate with warm springs, hot summers and mild winters – the perfect recipe for a quick-fix getaway; while the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Pyrenean region remain the coldest parts of Spain, with snow and minus temperatures expected in winter.
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A Spain holiday really does have it all. A variety show of activities and respite, it’s not difficult to see why this European gem is where the original package holidays first stemmed from. Famous in the 50s for being the country where the British began to holiday, Benidorm soon made a name for itself as the party capital of the country, right up until the late 80s, when the Spanish islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Lanzarote started gaining in popularity amongst those looking for a faultless beachside break.
Continuing to attract all age groups from nine to ninety, today thrill-seekers will be kept quiet thanks to the copious amounts of water sports and skiing pastimes on offer, beach buffs can loll in the sun all day at one of the many beaches dotted around the coastline, whilst party animals have the pick of the bunch thanks to the bigger, built-up resorts and their selection of pubs and clubs blasting out mixes from midnight until morning.
Further inland you’ll find the crux of Spanish culture - a great starting point if you’ve never visited the country before. From mosques in Madrid to Castilian cathedrals and Cordoba castles to Barcelona’s ruins, why not delve into our collection of cheap city breaks and book yourself a bargain holiday so you can wise up on each region’s roots before you hit the beach.
As a result of the British invasion in the 50s, most Spanish inhabitants speak fluent English and are at ease with the influx of tourists that grace their shores 365 days a year. Not all deeply religious, the dominant faith in Spain is Roman Catholic and when they’re not tending to tourists wants and needs, Sundays are spent at church and with the family.
Made up of different latitudes between north and south, most holiday hotspots in Spain have a unique topography, and whether you’re discovering the barren plains of the south, the flourishing forests in the north, the rolling mountain ranges or the sweeping sandy beaches, there’s a terrain for every tourist to enjoy.
The Spanish way of life is slow, laid-back and the polar opposite of the way most Brits live. Family and good food comes first, making meal times a focal point every day of the week, and because of afternoon siestas, most Spaniards don’t tend to eat until later in the day, so if you go out looking for restaurants, don’t be surprised if some of them don’t start opening their doors until 8.30 / 9pm.
Throughout Spain holidays, you’ll find everything from burger shacks to Italian offerings but for a traditional trip, make sure you search out a Spanish eatery. Cheaper than most foreign chains, Spaniards eat out on a regular basis so prices will remain competitive. Although the food across Spain and it’s multitude of islands has regional variations, the staple Spanish cuisine revolves around fresh fish, tapas, ham, cheese and olives, as well as Chorizo sausage and chilled Gazpacho soup. Just make sure you order a bottle of Rioja to keep the locals happy. Their famed Spanish wine, and the natives’ drink of choice, the gluggable wine goes well with any and every Spanish dish you’ll find on the menu.
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Spain is a perfect year-round holiday choice for many. With outdoor adventure, cosmopolitan cities, world class museums and art galleries, and a vast number of beautiful beaches and secluded coves, a holiday in Spain is ideal for families, couples, friends, singles and experienced travelers.
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