Hot-foot it to Spain for a luxury holiday brimming with fine food, fantastic sights and gorgeous beaches. Whether lusting after the crystalline waters of the Med, vibrant cities or charming bucolic backdrops, Spain hits all the high notes when it comes to European breaks.
Spain’s curious patchwork of cultures is owed to a rich but chequered history, which today can still be found across the country: from Basque identity on the borders with France, to Moorish influences in the south. In Andalucia, exquisite architecture introduced by the Moors is a real highlight of this fascinating region. There’s the town of Granada, with its majestic Alhambra Palace standing guard over the city, while Cordoba enthrals visitors with the ornate La Mezquita. Seville is another Andalucian gem possessing a picturesque warren of alleyways and outdoor tapas bars, the Alcazar Palace and grand, gothic Cathedral. What’s more, Flamenco is a strong tradition that, although synonymous with Spain to the outside world, is very much rooted in Andalucian culture.
Andalucia also happens to be edged by long ribbons of sun-bleached sands, making it an ideal destination for luxury beach holidays in Spain. Marbella is the glamorous party hub of Costa del Sol, with some of the coolest beach clubs and resorts in Europe, as well as championship golf courses and tennis clubs. To experience the best that Marbella has to offer, there’s nowhere else more iconic than the Marbella Club Hotel, a long-standing favourite bolthole for celebrities and royalty alike.
Then, strewn off the eastern coast of the mainland are Spain’s Balearic Islands: Menorca, Formentera, Mallorca and Ibiza. Each exudes its own unique character, whether that’s Formentera’s hippy vibe or Menorca’s family-friendly lifestyle. In Ibiza, parties are notorious but the wellbeing and wellness scene is certainly more up-and-coming. Mallorca is an all-round destination with a love for sailing, traditional rural villages and the dramatic Tramuntana Mountain Range. It’s also home to the sensational Belmond La Residencia hotel, an idyllic retreat surrounded by olive and citrus groves, plus first-class service and exceptional cultural experiences to match.
For a luxury city break in Spain, the country’s biggest cities – Barcelona and Madrid – jostle for attention, but each has something unique to offer visitors. Beachfront bars and gothic streets pervade Barcelona, while Madrid is one of the most laidback capitals you will ever experience, with restaurants and bars spilling out into the plazas and streets as well as fantastic museums and art galleries.
Whether travelling with the family, friends, as a couple or solo, Spain has so much to offer. Enquire today with Elite Travel Concierge to learn more about luxury holidays and hotels in Spain.