Spain tours showcase the diversity of the country, where each fiercely independent region has its own culture, gastronomy and folklore. See Barcelona's modern architecture in Catalonia in contrast to Seville's iconic Moorish-Renaissance landmarks in Andalucia, explore the capital city of Madrid or see the dramatic Pyrenees mountains which create a natural border between Spain and France.
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- 7 Days - Malaga to Granada
- Fly Tour from £499
Experience Andalucía’s magical fusion of Spanish and Moorish cultures as you discover Seville’s vibrant streets and conquistador heritage, Granada’s wondrous Alhambra and the dazzling Mezquita mosque in Córdoba – and much more. Andalucía is simply one of the most beautiful corners of Europe yet for many it remains relatively undiscovered.
- 7 Days - Madrid and Back
- Fly Tour from £779
It seems incredible that despite Spain being one of the most visited countries on earth, so much of it still remains unknown! However, during the past few years the historic cities of inland Spain, its stunning countryside and unique monuments have been brought to the attention of the discerning traveller, so we have created this tour to see some of the best it has to offer.
- 8 Days - Valencia and Back
- Fly Tour from £799
Mention the Costa del Azahar and most people won't have heard of it. Yet it sits in the middle of the Mediterranean coastline of Spain, sandwiched between the better-known Costa Dorada and Costa Blanca, and looking out to the Balearics.
- 7 Days - Mijas and Back
- Fly Tour from £849
Enjoy the Spanish way of life in Andalucia, an enthralling destination boasting a mild Mediterranean climate. Admire the whitewashed houses clinging to the hilltop towns of Mijas and Ronda, discover Picasso's birthplace, Malaga, and relax on Nerja's sandy beaches.
- 8 Days - San Cristobal and Back
- Fly Tour from £849
The Canary Islands are renowned for their white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife, but our eye-opening tour takes you beyond the glittering resorts to where you’ll discover wildly beautiful islands of incredible diversity, charming colonial towns, historic ports and remote mountain villages. We’ll see truly incredible green spaces, with towns taking great pride in their impeccably landscaped parks, which showcase a diverse range of tropical and subtropical plants.
- 8 Days - Barcelona and Back
- Fly Tour from £899
For many centuries Spain didn’t exist as a unified nation, being more a collection of distinct regions such as Aragon, Castile, Cantabria and, of course, Catalonia. Often separated by high mountain ranges, they evolved independently to become strikingly different, and some even had their own languages.
- 7 Days - Calella and Back
- Fly Tour from £999
A typically relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere coupled with all the convenience of 21st century life make Catalonia a much-desired part of Spain. With both the city of Barcelona and long stretches of beach just moments away, Calella is the perfect base.
- 8 Days - San Sebastián to Bilbao
- Fly Tour from £1,009
Experience fascinating Basque culture, captivating towns and cities along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, spectacular scenery, Rioja wines, an inspired gastronomic heritage, and one of the world’s most avant-garde museums. Euskal Herria – better known to us as the Basque Country – is wonderfully varied and blessed with its own distinctive identity. Spanning northern Spain and southwestern France, it is a region of immense beauty and diversity, crowned by the dramatic peaks of the Pyrenees mountains which seem to pierce the sky.
Spain’s national parks showcase the country’s varied landscapes, from the snow-capped Sierra Nevada to the sun-baked plains of Andalucia and archipelagos dotted with sandy beaches. Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country form Green Spain in the north whilst the Costa Brava is one of the most dramatic coastlines in the Mediterranean with its rugged cliffs, secluded bays and hidden villages. Discover Spain’s magnificent Moorish architecture which reached its peak with Granada’s breathtaking Alhambra Palace and see the influence of the Spanish Renaissance at the impressive El Escorial palace complex.
Flamenco originated in Andalucia in the 18th century and is the most famous style of music and dance in Spain. It is an expressive art form with throbbing guitars, stamping feet and passionate gestures. See this emotional performance at intimate tablaos or during festivals where local people wear traditional flamenco dress and dance in the streets.
The Spanish love a good fiesta, from the running of the bulls in Pamplona and tomato-throwing at the quirky La Tomatina festival in Valencia, to the more sedate religious festivals during Semana Santa, or Holy Week. Spanish food is full of flavour and character with an incredible breadth of gastronomic experiences, from rustic tapas in a local village bar to a lavish meal in a Michelin-starred city restaurant.
The diverse landscapes of Spain have resulted in a wide range of wines including the legendary Rioja and Cava, a sparkling white wine that is Spain’s answer to Champagne. Jerez de la Frontera is known for its Spanish brandy and of course the fortified wine Sherry which is especially delicious when paired with some traditional jamon iberico, whilst sweet orange wine is popular in Seville.
Highlights of Spain
Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage and in the 16th century it was a prosperous port that carried out trade with the New World. No trip to Seville would be complete without a visit to the magnificent cathedral, which was built on the site of the Almohad mosque, and today is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and the Alcázar Royal Palace with its superb Moorish and Christian architecture. Seville was the birthplace of artists including Velazquez and Murillo, and boasts one of the finest art collections in Spain at the Fine Arts Museum.
Madrid’s world-class art scene makes it one of Europe’s most exciting cultural destinations. The Paseo del Arte is home to three of the city’s best museums: The Museo Nacional del Prado, the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza with works by Titian, Goya and Degas. Historic sights in the city include the beautiful Plaza Mayor, lavish Royal Palace and the Cibeles Fountain which is one of the iconic symbols of Madrid.
Steeped in history, Cordoba was once the capital of Muslim Spain and its Moorish legacy can still be seen today in the beautiful Mezquita mosque, one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings. The city’s labyrinthine winding lanes are home to ancient palaces, golden-stone buildings, flower-filled courtyards and places of historic interest including the old Jewish quarter and the 14th-century Alcazar palace with its delightful gardens.
The Andalucían city of Granada is home to the cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and aromatic teahouses of the historic Albaicin Arab quarter, and the famous Alhambra. Dramatically set against the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada, this astonishing Moorish fortified palace complex is a triumph of Islamic art and workmanship. In the rustic Sacromonte quarter locals live in white caves carved out of the rock and it is possible to watch an authentic Flamenco show in a troglodyte dwelling.
Highlights of Barcelona include Gaudi’s extraordinary Sagrada Família, the world-famous Ramblas boulevard and the medieval Gothic Quarter. Barcelona’s art museums are world-class, from the celebrated Museu Picasso to the outstanding contemporary art museum, MACBA, and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice as the city has 4.5km of coastline with a wide range of beaches just a short walk from the city centre. The city is also the gateway to the revered mountain-top monastery of Monstserrat.
Magical Salamanca attracts visitors with its marvellous architecture including the exceptional Plaza Mayor, the Roman Bridge over the River Tormes, the old and new cathedrals and the unusual Casa de las Conchas, decorated with over 300 shells. Salamanca’s university is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world due to its intricately-crafted façade, and the Museu de Art Nouveau y Art Deco houses a stunning collection of sculptures and paintings in a beautiful Modernista house.
Ancient Toledo is one of Spain's most magnificent cities, with a dramatic location perched above the Río Tajo. During the Middle Ages Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities existed side by side and their legacy can be seen in the maze-like streets of the medieval heart of the city. Toledo’s Moorish Alcazar citadel was built in the 10th century whilst the impressive Gothic cathedral and Synagogue de Santa María La Blanca date back to the 1200s.
Valencia has a long and interesting history, with influences over the centuries by the Moors, Christians and Romans. Historic treasures in the city include the impressive Cathedral, the Gothic Palace de la Generalitat and the splendid former silk exchange at La Lonja. Winding through the heart of the city is a superb park, built on the old riverbed, which is home to the modern buildings of the Ciutat de las Arts I de les Ciencies and the futuristic Palau de la Musica concert hall.
Sometimes seen as a Barcelona in miniature, Girona’s medieval cobbled lanes are lined with museums, galleries, Gothic churches, fine Romanesque buildings and Modernista mansions. The multi-coloured houses and elegant bridges along the River Onyar are a sight to behold. A hike up to the ancient hilltop monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes is rewarded with amazing views over the Mediterranean coastline.
Discover Malaga’s fascinating monuments, from Moorish and Roman times through to modern museums and galleries including the famous Picasso Museum, Wine Museum and Malaga Museum. The Roman Theatre is the oldest monument in Malaga, dating back to the first century BC, and nestles at the foot of the Moorish Alcazaba fortress which offers amazing views over Malaga and out to sea.
Lying to the east of mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands each have their own distinctive charm and are home to spectacular natural beauty. Lively Ibiza has a reputation as a party island, but away from the main resorts this pine-clad island has secluded coves, hidden hamlets and scenic nature reserves to explore. Mallorca offers picture-postcard views, hilltop monasteries, stunning beaches and Palma’s magnificent 14th-century cathedral. Menorca is a quieter island than its neighbours with its rural interior and whitewashed villages contrasting with lovely golden sandy bays.
Renowned for their year-round sun, the Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination, particularly in the winter months. Tenerife has lively resorts, historic cities and huge expanses of National Park to explore, and the breezy island of Fuerteventura is ideal for watersports and offers golden beaches and turquoise seas. Lanzarote is a contrast of surreal volcanic lava fields and sandy beaches whilst Gran Canaria’s dramatic landscape ranges from pine-forested peaks to spectacular sand dunes.