Authentic Spain

The clack-clack of a flamenco dancer’s castanets. The red flash of a Matador’s cape. The scent of chorizo drifting from a backstreet tapas bar. Spain serves up a sensory overload, whichever part you pick.

The Costas

Spain’s coastline is legendary. In the north you’ve got the golden sands of the Costa Dorada. Head south for the lively Costa del Sol, Costa Almeria and Costa de la Luz, or make for the east coast and say hello to the Costa Blanca’s white sands.

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The Costas are also your gateway to some of Spain’s must-see cities, including Barcelona, Granada and Seville.

The Balearics

Just off the east coast of the mainland are the Balearic Islands. Majorca’s great for families, Ibiza is a hedonist’s heaven, and Menorca offers up a low-key vibe.

The Canaries

Spain’s other big draw is its cluster of Canary Islands. Pick from the big three – Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife – or plump for Fuerteventura or lesser-known La Palma. The one thing they all have in common? Year-round sun.

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Balearic Islands

This trio of islands – east of mainland Spain – are tried-and-tested holiday favourites. And while they’ve all got sandy beaches and camera-ready scenery to brag about, they each have a personality of their own.

Canary Islands

The Canaries are actually the tips of a volcanic mountain range, which explains the crazy mix of scenery – the islands showcase everything from tropical forests and moon-like lava deserts, to giant sand dunes. And then there are the beaches, which tick off white sandy sweeps and black-sand coves.


Open-all-hours beach resorts and sleepy, whitewashed villages. Cutting-edge restaurants and backstreet tapas bars. When it comes to mixing old and new, Andalucia’s got it just right. It’s got all the mod cons, but without losing the Spanish charm that made it so popular in the first place.

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