Spain is known all over the world as the inventor of tapas. It is estimated that 30% of tourists who embark on a Spain holiday do so just to have a taste of the aged ham, patatas bravas, paella, gazpacho and other delicious meals.
Spain is also the second largest country in Western Europe after France and just like Switzerland; it is surrounded by mountainous regions.
When you go on a Spain holiday, you might be tempted to hike up these magnificent landscapes and sunbathe on its sun-drenched beaches which are usually around the corner.
That’s right. Mountain and beach can be found side by side in Spain.
In addition, you will have a chance to pass through bougainvillea draped villages, frolic on stunning beaches, contemplate monuments in between sips of fine wine and take part in cultural celebrations.
To truly enjoy your Spain holiday, stay in a city for at least one night enjoying the sights, sounds, and taste of that place until it is time to move on to the next city.
Wine is found aplenty, and it is greatly encouraged. That is why whenever you order a drink in Spain, you get a complimentary snack. In some cities, you can actually have a full meal just by ordering liquor.
Things to do in Spain
- Sample wines from La Rioja region (Best Wine of 2013 according to Wine Spectator)
- Hike the volcano at Timanfaya National Park
- Down a meal cooked over an open volcanic vent in Lanzarote Island
- Take in views of the waterparks at Lago Martianez
- Watch marine life at L’Oceanogràfic
- Party at Ibiza Island
- Watch a bullfight at Andalusia
Spain holiday villas
- 7 bedroom Villa Monegra in Costa Del Sol
- 6 bedroom Villa Laila in Majorca
- 4 bedroom Villa Mojon in Tenerife
- 5 bedroom Villa Cherie in Costa Del Sol
- 6 bedroom Villa Alvaro in Costa Blanca
- 5 bedroom Villa Volentina in Majorca
- 5 bedroom Villa Ana Maria in Lanzarote
Spain tourist attractions
- Salvador Dali House Museum
- Alhambra Palace in Granada
- La Sagrada Familia
- Mezquita de Cordoba
- Alcazar of Seville
- Temple of Debod
- Maria Luisa Park
Spain tourist visa requirements
All tourists require a short-term visa issued for pleasure trips and sightseeing. Known as a Schengen visa, it is issued for a maximum duration of 90 days per 6 month period.
To be eligible for a Spain tourist visa, one must:
- Have a valid passport whose validity extends the duration of the visa you are applying for at least 3 months
- Have a passport with at least two blank pages
- Have a copy of their completed application form
- Provide a copy of their round-trip
- Provide proof of their financial ability to sustain themselves during their stay in Spain
- Provide a formal statement of their financial situation from their bank for the last 3 months, bearing original stamp & signature of authorized signatory
- Provide proof of valid travel insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000
- Provide travel itinerary for the entire duration of their stay & proof of hotel and flight bookings
Only European and Latin American countries are excluded from travel visa obligations.
With this visa, one can travel and stay in all the 26 countries that participate in the Schengen Agreement in addition to touring Spain.
Best time to visit Spain
When you want to schedule a Spain holiday is dependent on what activities you want to do while there. Here’s a short guide depending on your interests:
Gastronomy: Though delicious food is readily available throughout the year, the best time to enjoy Spanish delicacies is April to June and September to October when local produce is ripe.
Summer, the period in between is usually characterized by lighter meals such as salads, grilled fish, and cold soups.
Sunbathing: Summer is very hot in Spain. Temperatures reach highs of 40 degrees Celsius forcing tourists to look for cover.
Sunbathing in Costa Del Sol and other beaches is, therefore, best enjoyed in late June and early September.
Cheap hotels: Accommodation prices in Spain soar in the months of July and August when tourists flock Spain.
Prices are also high during Semana Santa around Easter.
January to March are the best months to travel to Spain if you have a limited budget.
Traditional fiestas: Since very village and region has its own festival, Spain is always celebrating, especially during Easter.
You can take part in social gatherings and public processions during the Holy Week in April or during the celebrations held in September to October.
Sightseeing: You can enjoy the sights in Madrid and other cities every month except July and August when tourists are many.
The only downside to traveling in spring or autumn months is the rain showers that fall.
Live music: Music festivals like the Bilbao BBK Live and Primavera Sound take place from April to July.
What to pack for a Spain holiday
- International power adapter
- Scarf (to cover your head in religious sites)
- Modest clothing
If Western Europe is on your wish list, check out the Spain holiday packages available or call an agent to customize your trip.
|Languages spoken||Spanish, Catalan, Galician & Basque|