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Language: Spanish | Currency: Euro (€) | Local time: GMT+1 | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs
Madrid and Barcelona are chock-full of accommodation options, ranging from pocket-friendly hostels and group-appropriate apartments to the swankiest luxury hotels in Spain.
With its impossible-to-ignore Gaudí and Gothic showstoppers, miles of sandy urban beachfront and a boisterous street and bar scene, Barcelona is perhaps the obvious choice for a city break – and it features some of the top five-star hotels in Spain to boot.
Though it lacks the icons of the Catalan capital, Madrid makes up for it in other ways, with its blue-chip museums, boundless energy and 24-hour party scene.
Those two cities tend to hog the tourist limelight, but Spain has many other enticing urban holiday options up her sleeve.
There is the once-declining port city of Bilbao and its landmark Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim branch.
Then there is the home of paella, Valencia; the archetypical and incredibly atmospheric Andalusian capital of Seville; and the criminally underrated Cádiz, a salty port city populated by the kind of friendly people you could see yourself sharing a pint or two with.
Compare prices and book your city hotel in Spain well in advance, especially for weekend breaks.
If you are on the hunt for cheap hotels in Spain, look for package deals to resorts on Spain’s Costa del Sol , such as Torremolinos, Benalmádena and Fuengirola. Here, two- and three-star hotels and affordable seaside apartments offer access to broad swathes of sandy beach and heaps of facilities, including restaurants, bars, shops and golf courses.
If you’d rather give a wide berth to the wall-to-wall hotels and Spanglish pubs of the built-up coastal resorts on Spain’s coast, head inland for your 2018 holiday. Away from the sandy edges of Malaga in the interior of Andalucia, remote finca (farm) retreats provide much more serene, not to mention deliciously romantic, places to stay.
These are increasingly popular and are remarkably family-friendly too. Most have a pool and many include nature walks, as well as donkey and horse rides, bike rental and communal barbecues for outdoor meat feasts.
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Wine lovers hoping to sniff, swirl and sip as many Spanish vinos as possible should head to one of the boozy and bacchanalian wine-producing pockets of Spain. La Rioja, whose vineyards carpet the ochre-soil lands around the Ebro River, promises rich and fruit-laden Tempranillo-based reds as well as elegant hotels set in centuries-old buildings.
Rivalling Rioja for the attention of visiting oenophiles is Ribera del Duero, north of Madrid, where you’ll find a flurry of small-scale producers. Ribera is less well equipped for tourists, though there are several basic inns and cheap hotels that will do the job. The complex reds alone make it well worth the trip.
Bubble lovers will find Spain’s cheaper champagne alternative, cava, flowing freely in the Penedès region outside Barcelona.