Book hotels in Spain to spend days lazing on soft sands before tucking into tasty tapas under a blanket of stars...
Of course, Spain is not just about sun, sea and sangria; the country has much to offer in terms of architecture, culture and history.
The city of Granada, situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain, is home to the Alhambra, a palace and fortress that dates back to the 9th century. Cordoba, also in Andalucia, 80 miles north-west of Granada, features another architectural wonder in the form of the Mezquita (Spanish for "mosque"), which dates back to the 8th century. The Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, is one of Spain's most visited attractions. La Playa de la Concha in San Sebastian, on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, is renowned for being one of the best city beaches in Europe, while Pamplona is famous for El Encierro, or the Running of the Bulls, which takes place each July.
Beach or mountain, city or village, choose where you will stay when you visit impassioned, beautiful Spain...
Hotels in Spain are scattered throughout the major cities, including Madrid, the capital city, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Bilbao, Valencia and Zaragoza. They are equally plentiful along the Costa Almeria, Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Dorada and Costa del Sol and on the Balearic and Canary Islands, including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. All of the major Spanish and international hotel chains, including Abba, Barcelo, Hesperia, Marriot, Holiday Inn, AC Hoteles, NH Hoteles, Tyrp, Viva, Sirenis, Riu, H10, Sheraton and Sol Melia, are represented.
In Spain, hotels are by no means limited to chains. The Spanish government operates what are known as "Paradores de Turismo", or tourist hotels, which are located in converted castles, monasteries, palaces and other buildings of historical significance. All these hotels offer at least three-star accommodation, with an emphasis on local character and cuisine.
There is no national classification system for hotels in Spain, but, although each regional government has its own legislation, there is typically not much difference from region to region. A three-star hotel room must typically be of a certain size - eight square metres for a single room and 16 square metres for a double - with a bathroom, air conditioning, central heating and a telephone.
The attractions of Spain are varied and appeal to all kinds of traveller. Discover what will put ticks in your holiday boxes...
Every village, town, resort, island and city in Spain has something special to offer. Here are just five of the best:
Top five attractions
The palace and fortress of the Alhambra, in the city of Granada, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in all of Spain. You'll want to spend the best part of a day touring the site, though there's much more in Granada to warrant a longer stay.
This icon of the Barcelona skyline is a Catholic church that is, as yet, unfinished. Antoni Gaudi, the mastermind of so many of Barcelona's unique architectural treasures, came on board in 1883 and lavished his amazing touch on the project. The current estimated year of completion is 2026.
Royal Palace of Madrid
In between the incredible shops and museums of the Spanish capital is the Royal Palace, or Palacio Real. The façade is stunning and the public can tour much of the interior when the royal family isn't using the building for ceremonial purposes (check before you visit).
Spain's highest peak is on the Canary Island of Tenerife. It's a beautiful crown on an equally grand island and you can reach the top via a ride on a cable car.
One for the youngsters, this theme park is the most visited in Spain. It's in Salou, an hour south of Barcelona. As well as the theme park, there's a waterpark, golf courses and hotels. Early booking is advised if you want to stay at PortAventura, especially in summer.
Never needing an excuse to party, the Spanish dish up a feast of annual fiestas...
Whenever and wherever you visit, you can be sure of finding something exciting to see and, more often than not, be a part of. Here are just three of the very best:
Carnival; February: Marking the start of the religious fasting period of Lent, the carnivals of Spain are celebrated with joyous abandon around the country and its outposts. Some of the best are in the mainland destinations of Cadiz and Tarragona and on the islands of Ibiza and Tenerife.
Encierro in Pamplona; July: The running of the bulls is the biggest event of the San Fermin Fiesta and an ancient tradition. Men run ahead of the six bulls that will take part in fighting that afternoon and hope to avoid the horns of the beasts.
La Tomatina in Bunol, Valencia; August: This mass tomato fight has unknown origins but never fails to draw crowds of thousands - you even have to buy tickets these days as there's a limit on the number of tomato-wielding revellers. It's a crazy and rather messy event and the party continues well after the final tomatoes have been thrown.