Boasting the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Cities of any country, as well as a diverse range of sun-filled beach and package holidays, Spain is a perennial favourite with all sorts of holidaymakers from the UK. Spain was one of the first holiday destinations overseas that we flocked to in our masses, and the enduring popularity of cheap holidays to Spain shows no sign of stopping in 2013 and into 2014.
Spain holidays can offer it all - from world-class clubbing in Ibiza to the Anglo-centric resorts with huge beaches on the Costa del Sol, to the stunning cities such as Seville and Barcelona, and the heavy-hitters in the culture stakes like Bilbao and Madrid. And all Spain holidays are bathed in such more sunshine than you could ever hope for if you stayed at home!
But gone are the days when the only way to get to Spain was on a package holiday, whisked from plane to resort and back again - although this is still a great way to enjoy a Spain holiday on the cheap. More and more people are branching out and booking their hotels and flights separately, to tailor-make their Spanish holiday experience. Add a hire car in Spain and the whole country is your oyster!
There are so many cheap flights to Spain holiday destinations that you'll be spoilt for choice. Thanks to low-cost airlines you can now get to virtually all of Spain for less than a return train ticket here in the UK, so there's just no excuse not to arrange yourself a cheap holiday to Spain and soak up the sun, delicious food and great culture.
It's not a secret that Ibiza is one of the coolest party destinations in the world, whilst Majorca Rocks on the nearby island of Majorca is fast gaining in stature too. If you're just after a cheap holiday to Spain that involves the beach and the sun then great value resorts abound. You could choose from Majorca, the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca and the Costa Brava. Resorts include Benalmadena, Benidorm and Lloret de Mar, and everywhere you will find options for all inclusive holidays in Spain as well as lively towns, pretty beaches and a good scattering of other attractions too.
But holidays to Spain needn't be all about the beaches, there are some amazing city break destinations in Spain as well. Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Seville are big hits with us Brits, and with art, culture, history and more we can see why. Up-and-coming destinations for a city break in Spain include Bilbao, Cadiz and San Sebastian, the last of which is best known as being a hotspot for Michelin-starred food, so make sure you take you credit card.
For a large percentage of us, a holiday in Spain means nothing more and nothing less than days spent sunbathing and swimming, accompanied by eating and drinking, which carries on into the night with partying! Fancy branching out? How about a day trip to picturesque Ronda, time spent strolling the Alhambra Palace in Granada, or a quick trip to the futuristic style of the Science Park in Valencia.
If you want to mix it up without moving too far from your sunlounger, then you could time your holiday to coincide with one of the local festivals. Many resorts boast annual festivals, but be sure to book early in 2013 or 2014 to get the cheapest prices! Or of course you could make the event to focal point of your holiday in Spain. Read on for inspiration...
They have more than their fair share of parties in Spain with festivals, street parties and more across the country - if you want to learn more go to our Spanish destination pages for details of these regional events. Here are a couple of the main ones, most of which come with a warning to "attend at your own risk"!
Fallas Fiesta in Valencia certainly kicks off this list with a risky one. Loud explosions and firecrackers abound as giant caricatures of politicians and celebrities are paraded through the street and set on fire. But it's not an ordinary fire, this one is crammed with fireworks! Three million people aren't put off by the danger each year.
Semana Santa is the celebration of Holy Week, which is a Big Deal in catholic Spain, so avoid going on your holiday here if you want things to be open like normal and to have a peaceful time. Villages, towns and cities alike all put on a great show, but head to Seville, Grenada and Malaga for the best. Here you'll find huge wooden floats depicting scenes from the bible.
Running of the Bulls is probably Spain's best known event, as well as one of its most dangerous. It's as simple and as complicated as six bulls chasing hundreds of runners as they make their way through the narrow streets of Pamplona, which is enough to make a million people show up to watch.
Tomatina Tomato Fight in Bunol near Valencia is definitely the messiest and silliest festival. This huge annual event involves everyone flinging tomatoes at each other for exactly one hour - and then the party carries on without a further bad word (or tomato) thrown.
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