Our guide to holidays in Spain:
1. Savour the Spanish flavours
Yes, we can't stop banging on about food. We know. We just can't help it because tapas is THAT good. If we had to recommend one thing to you during your holiday is finding a food tour and experiencing the influences of local culture on Spanish cuisine. Let experienced guides whisk you around your resort to discover the best local and national Spanish dishes. We won't blame you for overindulging. That's what holidays are for.
2. Unleash your inner dancing queen (or king)
Whether you’re seeking the laughter of Benidorm’s cabarets, flamenco classes in Barcelona, or just a night on the tiles in Lloret de Mar, Spain’s nightlife scene is one of the best in the world, so don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes.
3. Get your adrenaline pumping
No matter your age, Spain has some of the best theme parks in Europe for you to visit during your trip. From the thrills of Salou’s PortAventura World to the historic adventure of Benidorm’s Terra Mitica, make it a day to remember by tackling one of these fun-filled parks.
4. Take a tour of a Spanish winery
Going on holiday means soaking up the culture and wine is ingrained in Spain's. Those who like to sample a glass of wine from time to time will know that some of the best wine is made in the country. If you fancy a bit of winery exploration and a chance to pretend to be all fancy, Spain is home to plenty of wineries for you to embrace. Some hot spots for Spanish wineries include west of Barcelona and north of Murcia, so if you're a wine connoisseur then maybe those spots are for you.
5. Visit the old towns
Our favourite Spanish resorts are more than just the beaches, hotels and sunshine. Check out the Spanish old towns, such as Marbella Old Town, Benidorm Old Town and Murcia Old Town - where you can wander the charming streets and take in the beauty of the historic buildings and quaint cafes.
6. Experience the beautiful game in Spain
It’s hard to not get swept up in the Spanish passion for football so take the opportunity to see what it’s like behind the scenes at FC Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou, the 3rd largest football stadium in the world. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during footie season, why not treat yourself and join in the fun by watching a live game.
What is there to do in Spain?
Couple? Family? Group of mates? There are plenty of things to do in Spain for every type of holidaymaker.
Things to do in Spain for families
Costa Brava holidays and trips to Tenerife often come out on top when it comes to family favourite destinations. There’s no wrong answer when you’re asking where’s best for families in Spain, though. It all comes down to things to do, doesn’t it? Salou on the Costa Dorada is a great choice if you’ve got some budding thrill-seekers on your hands. Children of all ages will love the PortAventura theme park here. Further adrenaline-pumping rides can be found in the five themed zones of Terra Mitica in Benidorm or Sol Kathmandu in Magaluf. Prefer your slides with a side of splashing? Try Siam Park waterpark in Costa Adeje for an amazing array of swimming pools and flumes.
For more relaxed family time together, taking a tour of the local area can be a great option that’s both fun and educational. Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote is the ideal backdrop to learn about nature – this unique landscape has even doubled for alien worlds as a filming location for Doctor Who!
Things to do in Spain for couples
Spain’s love language is all about romantic sunsets and laying side by side on sun loungers. Simply put, this country is the ideal match for a couples holiday on the beach. Photogenic Spain offers plenty of selfie opportunities, but taking in the vista from the Balcon del Mediterraneo in Benidorm is worthy of your Insta feed for sure – you’ll find it in the Place del Castell gardens, offering panoramic views of the surrounding beauty. Other iconic holiday snap spots include Barcelona's Sagrada Familia and Tenerife’s El Teide – the highest mountain in Spain.
Taking time for the two of you is key to a memorable romantic escape, and exploring hand-in-hand is one of the best ways to enjoy each other’s company abroad. Ibiza Town’s historic Old Town is a warren of intimate restaurants and cute boutiques to discover. We also recommend the fishing village roots and tucked-away coves of Majorca resorts like Cala D’Or and Palma.
Things to do in Spain for groups
When it comes to stag dos, hen parties and mates escapes, Spain will spoil you for things to do and places to stay. Benidorm is built for good times in the sunshine, whether it’s the famous strip of nightclubs, karaoke bars and home-from-home pubs, or the banana boats at the beach. San Antonio in Ibiza is another Spanish party hot spot.
Spain is a football nation and, if you love the beautiful game, it has plenty of stadiums and top-notch clubs to visit. The big one has to be Barcelona; peek behind the scenes at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou – the biggest football stadium in Europe. You can even take a guided tour of the changing rooms, pitch and the club’s historic museum. Ground-hoppers are encouraged to visit local football grounds wherever you visit in Spain – it’s a fantastic way to meet the locals, and you might even get a group discount on tickets if you book with your squad!
Things to do in Spain for foodies
One word: tapas. Spain’s food scene is a Mediterranean marvel, with sumptuous sharing plates and fresh, flavourful seafood galore. We recommend seeking out a chiringuito as soon as you can after checking in to your hotel. These special Spanish beach bars often offer the best atmosphere and the most authentic taste of local cuisine that you can find anywhere in the country. Sommeliers – wine lovers to you and me – will be in heaven when they learn of the award-winning vineyards and wineries that Spain has to offer. Cava – the Spanish answer to champagne – is a must-try tipple at Codorníu, which is located close enough to Barcelona for a sophisticated day trip. When it comes to local delicacies, many regions of Spain have their own signature dishes or twists on classic flavours. Canarian cooking is a prime example of this – be sure to sample as much of the menu as possible.
What events can I go to in Spain?
Carnival (February) – Non-stop partying, colourful crowded streets and music that will blow you away. Some of the best Carnival celebrations can be found in Cadiz and Sitges.
Primavera Sound (June) – Fancy a few days of watching world-class musicians in the beautiful city of Barcelona? Get your hands on tickets to the Primavera Sound festival for an unforgettable weekend.
Mad Cool Festival (July) – Another music festival to keep your eye on, Mad Cool in Madrid offers a weekend filled with performances from big names and endless fun.
FIB Festival (July) – If you love Indie music and the Spanish sunshine then FIB Festival in Benicassim (Costa del Azahar) is perfect for you.
The August Fair (August) – If you’re staying in Malaga, look out for the August Fair, which is known as one of the best summer events in the area. Browse the markets, watch the traditional dances and enjoy the music, it’s a wonderful cultural event that’s not to be missed!
Where’s the best nightlife in Spain?
When it comes to partying, Spain takes first place. If you’re looking for a break where you can relax on the beach then head into buzzing streets filled with bars and clubs in the evening – you’re spoiled for choice! Most of the Spanish holiday resorts have incredible nightlife for everyone. Benidorm is famous for its super-fun nightlife and there’s no doubt that it's one of our favourites! The cities of Alicante and Barcelona are filled with a variety of nightlife options from cosy hidden-gem cocktail bars to bouncing super clubs where you can dance all night. If you’re a party animal that likes to have fun in the sun and not just in the night time, Lloret de Mar is packed with beach bars and nightclubs to satisfy your cravings to boogie around the clock.
What's the food like in Spain?
Delicious. Absolutely delicious. There are so many different dishes to try in Spain, the most popular being of course, paella. This rice dish is cooked with meats or seafood and is jam-packed with flavour – it’s definitely a must-try when visiting Spain. If you’re an indecisive eater, you’ll love Spanish tapas. The little dishes of delightful different foods will please even the fussiest of eaters. From garlic prawns to meatballs, sticky chorizo to patatas bravas - there’s so much to choose from. If you’re looking for something to wash your food down with, a glass of traditional sangria is always a winner.