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Year after year, Spain continues to be the most popular destination for British tourists. And it’s easy to see why. Here, life runs at a slower pace under golden sunshine and with tapas and sangria aplenty. Spain is a country bursting with colourful traditions for you to immerse yourself in, whether it’s a flamenco fiesta or a huge tomato fight! With so much to do and explore, this page will help you to narrow down your options. We’ll walk you through the tried-and-tested resorts as well as some of Spain’s more hidden gems.

 

 

In 2018, more British tourists flocked to Mallorca than any other destination in the world. Mallorca is the largest of the four Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) and is well equipped to serve the thousands of tourists that arrive every year, with plenty of resorts and hotel packages suitable for all the family. Mallorca’s capital city is Palma de Mallorca, where you can explore stunning cathedrals and grand architecture dating back to the 13th century, as well as vibrant bohemian neighbourhoods and busy markets. Most resorts in Mallorca offer regular transport connections to Palma de Mallorca. Away from the tourist hotspots, Mallorca is also home to remote mountains and quiet hillside towns still bustling with age-old traditions. It is truly the star of the Mediterranean.

 

 

The Canary Islands are a group of seven islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Many of them are hugely popular destinations amongst British travellers, such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. Much like the Balearic Islands (such as Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza), nowadays the Canary Islands are packed with seafront resorts offering competitive holiday packages. But there’s also a whole other world beyond the hotels and the resorts. Not many holidaymakers know that the Canaries’ are bustling with rich pine forests, desert landscapes and rugged volcanoes. These are the Canaries’ best kept secrets. The golden sun shines all year round in the Canary Islands. As temperatures can still reach 19 degrees even in the winter months, the Canary Islands are a perfect choice for a winter getaway.

 

 

Barcelona is often mistaken for being Spain’s capital city, perhaps unsurprisingly given its rich cultural importance. La Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly the city’s star, and is also the most visited monument in Spain. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in the 1880s to be a form of atonement for Barcelona’s sins, construction is expected to finally be completed in 2026, exactly 100 years after Gaudi’s death. This means that it took longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids! Barcelona is also home to Park Güell, a strange, enchanting garden also designed by Gaudi and now listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. What’s more, Barcelona is the perfect blend of city and sea. Located on the northeast coast of Spain, Barcelona’s city centre lies just 10 minutes away from four main beaches, which you can reach via Barcelona’s excellent public transport.

 

 

Seville won the title of Lonely Planet’s best city to visit in 2018. It is a city steeped in history, one that will win you over with its stunning architecture, jaw dropping churches and quaint, twisting streets. Its Old Town alone – stretching only two square miles – is home to three Unesco World Heritage sites. One of these is Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede (or, simply, Seville Cathedral), the world’s largest cathedral. You can also visit the Metropol Parasol, the largest wooden structure in the world and wander through the twists and turns of its open-air walkways. Nicknamed ‘the mushrooms’ by the locals due to its smooth, rounded canopies and pale colour, it offers some of the most spectacular views of the city. Whichever hotspots you choose to explore, travellers are welcomed by friendly Sevillian locals who are eager to share the rich traditions of their spectacular city.