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Whether your idea of holiday heaven is a culture-filled city break, a laid-back beach holiday or a hedonistic week partying, you'll find what you're looking for when you book cheap flights to Spain. 

Why go?

Adopt the “viva Espana” approach during your breaks in sunny Spain and live life to the fullest and without a care in the world...

Spain is a firm favourite with British holidaymakers due to its sunny climate, mouth-watering food and range of beautiful beaches - from powdery white sand in Menorca to black sand in Tenerife. And with Spanish flights taking just two to three hours from the UK, the country is accessible for both weekend mini breaks and longer spells in the sun.

If you are looking for an action-packed city break, consider Barcelona. You can wander around world-class museums, admire the work of Gaudi and stroll down tree-lined Las Ramblas. Or, for a break from sightseeing, take a trip to Barcelona's beach, sip Rioja in a buzzing bar or work your way through a tapas menu while drinking beer.

Alternatively, book a flight to Madrid to explore the country's capital and to enjoy the city's lively nightlife and cultural attractions. Or, hop on a flight to Seville for stunning architecture, to explore the winding streets and to take in the world-famous Holy Week Processions over Easter.

Why not book a flight to Malaga and take in the sights of the cosmopolitan city of Malaga itself, visit the Picasso Museum, and enjoy the warm temperatures while sitting outside a pavement café and people-watching? Malaga is also a good starting point to explore the whole Costa del Sol region, from the holiday resorts of Torremolinos and Fuengirola to the playground of the rich and famous, Marbella.

Similarly, Alicante is the gateway to the Costa Blanca, and the fun and sun on offer in resorts such as Benidorm, Torrevieja, Altea and Calpe keep holidaymakers coming back year after year. Alicante City itself is worth a visit too, to flop on its great beaches, spend in the shops and to strut your stuff while on a paseo on the stylish seafront promenade “Paseo de la Explanada”.

If you fancy soaking up some sun, enjoying water sports, and staying in great-value hotels, why not consider a holiday in the Canary Islands? Popular destinations include Tenerife, an island with great nightlife, entertainment for all of the family and some unspoilt villages in the north.

Other Canary Island hotspots include Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. Take a flight to Lanzarote to explore the island's moon-like landscape, admire the creations of Cesar Manrique and get your heart pounding by wind surfing, mountain biking or diving. Gran Canaria is an island with mountains, rolling dunes and wild nights out. And Fuerteventura is the place to head for unspoilt beaches, water sports and a unique volcanic landscape.

Or, why not consider a holiday in the Balearic Islands? Flights to Ibiza take holidaymakers to an island famous for its nightlife, but Ibiza also offers resorts suitable for families on a beach break, foodies and shopaholics. Another popular option in the Balearics is Majorca. The island's airport Son Sant Joan (PMI) is just five miles east of the stylish capital city Palma, and within easy reach of Majorca's beautiful beach resorts. Menorca is a good option if you are looking for a family holiday and Cala 'n Bosch is a firm family favourite.

How to get there?

Arm yourself with our handy guide for a flight to Spain and then compare prices with TravelSupermarket...

There is an extensive range of services to Spain and her islands from more than 20 UK airports, with flights ranging from as little as two hours up to four and half hours on the longest flights to the Canaries. Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch, flybe and Jet2 have the highest frequencies, concentrating on the beach resorts of the Costas, Balearic Islands and Canary Islands. Easyjet and Ryanair also operate to many of the cities and are joined by Iberia and British Airways. Holiday companies such as Thomson and Thomas Cook also offer holiday flights to many beach-related airports.

You can find cheap flights to Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN), 11 miles to the south of the city. Low-cost and charter airlines fly to two other airports near Barcelona - Girona Airport (GRO), 60 miles north of the city and Reus Airport (REU) 65 miles south of the city. There are coaches on offer to Barcelona from both airports.

You can also reach Spain's cities with flights into Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD), Seville San Pablo Airport (SVQ), Malaga Airport (AGP) and Alicante Airport (ALC).

Flights into the popular Canary Islands arrive into these airports: in Tenerife there are two gateways - Tenerife South Airport (previously Reina Sofia Airport; TFS) and Tenerife North (previously Los Rodeos; TFN); Arrecife Airport (ACE) in Lanzarote; Las Palmas Airport (LPA) in Gran Canaria; and Fuerteventura Airport (FUE).

Airports in the Balearic Islands include: Ibiza Airport (IBZ); Son Sant Joan (PMI) in Majorca; and in Menorca, Mahon Airport (MAH) is the island's gateway and flights take between two and three hours from UK airports.

Other popular Spanish airports include Murcia San Javier Airport (MJV), an airport made popular by the number of low-cost flights that land there and an alternative option for exploring the Costa Blanca; Valencia Airport (VLC), a gateway to explore Spain's third largest city; Almeria Airport (LEI) in Andalucia, a largely unspoilt slice of southern Spain; Bilbao Airport (BIO), in the north of mainland Spain where culture lovers will be in their element exploring attractions such as the Guggenheim Museum; and Oviedo Airport (OVD), the capital of Asturias with a life-sized bronze statue of Woody Allen.

To get the best deal on cheap flights to Spain, book in advance and use the TravelSupermarket price-comparison tool to find the lowest fares.

Getting to and from the airport

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Spain has been welcoming British tourists since the advent of mass tourism, so it knows what it's doing and there are plenty of excellent options in place to get you and your family between the airport and your destination.

Hiring a car in Spain is one of the best ways to get around. It's cheap, you can pick your car up at the airport (saving the cost of an airport transfer), the road network is straightforward and it's a passport for adventures outside your destination. Just remember to drive on the right! You can find fantastic rates for car hire with TravelSupermarket when you book in advance, plus make savings on car hire excess insurance. Finding a parking spot in big cities such as Barcelona and Madrid can be daunting, so consider carefully whether you need a car if you only want to see the highlights of one city during a short break.

Whether you arrive into city airports, island airports or regional airports serving the resorts of the Spanish coastline, there will be public buses available to get you to your destination, plus licensed taxis in official ranks outside the arrivals terminal. Some will charge a fixed-rate and some per kilometre, so make sure the meter is on.

Some hotels in Spain offer airport shuttle services too, so check when booking.

Where to stay?

Whatever kind of holiday you are dreaming of, there's a hotel in Spain for you...

Spanish hotels are generally of an excellent standard and you won't be short of options, whatever your destination.

There's a wider choice of hotels across all star levels in the big cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Malaga, Bilbao, Murcia, Alicante and Zaragoza. Hotels in the cities are usually offered on a room-only basis, though you can find some luxury hotels in city locations that offer rooms on a bed-and-breakfast, half-board or all-inclusive basis.

In the resorts of the mainland and the islands, there's a good mix of hotels, some of which are room-only, some of which offer a continental-style cold breakfast, and some of which allow you to dine and drink around the clock.

Be sure to taste the local cuisine wherever you stay. Spain is renowned for the tasty bites known as tapas, mounds of paella, fresh seafood and, of course, some of the best wines in the world.