Beginners guide to Spain



Spain is the larger of the two countries that make up the Iberian peninsula—the other being Portugal, and is home to about 41,000,000 Spaniards. This figure is boosted by about 150,000 British who have been seduced by the warm climate and easy pace of living. Castilian Spanish is spoken along with a dozen regional dialects. In 2002 Spain adopted the euro and joined the Eurozone. To the northeast, along the Pyrenees mountain range, Spain borders France and includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

A country of large geographical and cultural diversity, Spain is sometimes a surprise to people who only know its reputation for great beach holidays. Lush meadows in the Northern provinces contrast with snowy mountains in the east and near desert in the South. Modern Spain has overcome civil war and fascism in the 20th century to stand proud and centred in itself. With great beaches, fun nightlife, many historic cities and cultural regions , Spain makes a great destination for any kind of trip.

A to Z of places to stay in Spain:


Alicante. Old Town has World Heritage designation.

Barcelona. A lively cosmopolitan city that is the capital of Catalonia. Famous for the architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

Benidorm. A Valencian city where you can enjoy a seaside tourism and lots of pubs and discos. Famous for its skyscrapers and beaches.

Bilbao. Former industrial city, home to the Guggenheim Museum.

Cordoba. The Grand Mosque ('Mezquita') of Cordoba is one of the world's finest buildings.

Coruna La. A picturesque city in the northwest of Galicia. Typical Galician Architecture and great cultural life.

Granada. Stunning city in the south, surrounded by snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, home of the Alhambra.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Capital of the archipelago famous for its original and individual architecture.

Madrid. Capital of Spain. Lively city with great museums and wild nights.

Malaga. Capital city of the Costa del Sol. A fine, typical Spanish city, hometown of Picasso and its Picasso Museum, with one of the most popular beaches.

Marbella. Situated in the Costa del Sol it is an luxury resort town with exclusive restaurants, hotels and clubs.

Murcia. A gateway to the Costa Calida and South of the Costa Blanca, Murcia is a university city.

Pamplona. Famous for the San Fermin 'Running of the Bulls' Festival.

Santiago de Compostela. Destination of the historic pilgrimage.

San Sebastian. A wealthy city with a large sandy beach bay.

Seville. Beautiful, beautiful see the Giralda.

Toledo. Former capital, now city of gold plates.

Valencia

Vigo. Busy fishing port. Old Town with tiny cobbled streets.

Zaragoza. You can see roman ruins and see the 'mozarabe' brick architecture.


Spain has year-round availability as a holiday destination. Whether you want a basic holiday apartment on the Costa del Sol or a luxury self-catering holiday villa in the peace and quiet of the mountains, holiday rental has never been simpler and the Mediterranean coast from the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada down to the Costa Blanca now offers a high standard of holiday accommodation. There is a wide selection of quality self-catering apartments and villas to rent in Spain, available for holiday or vacation rental. Whether you are seeking a short-term vacation, or long-term accommodation, luxurious villas, a holiday hideaway, or a beachfront apartment rental, there is a truly splendid choice available for you.

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Villas and apartments in Spain

Luxury detached villa with heated pool in beautiful beachside location

Casa Laurana is a beautiful south facing five bedroom villa which is approximately 185 square metres in size. The extensive refurbishment of the villa was completed in 2010. The villa is light and airy and laid out in on one level. It is tastef...

4 double bedroom central Sitges apartment sleeps 9, moments from everything

Apartment Constancia is a spacious, very sunny and trendy apartment located in a private residential area that is only moments walk from the town centre and beaches. 4 double bedrooms, (three doubles and one twin) plus a single fold up guest bed,...

Villa Don Ernesto. Spectacular Villa with 10x5 private pool and sea views

Don Ernesto Villa is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Moraira. In an idyllic urbanization on a very quiet dead end street. This property has everything you need to enjoy the best days of the year ... The villa has a plot of 1000 m2 wi...

Villa Irena , Benissa Costa

Wonderful and comfortable villa with private pool in Benissa, on the Costa Blanca, Spain for 10 persons. The villa is situated in a residential beach area, at 1 km from Cala Baladrar beach and at 3 km from Moraira. The villa has 5 bedrooms and 3 ...

Two Bedroom Ground Floor Apartment With Enclosed Garden And Conservatory

This lovely ground floor apartment is in the Valencia’s urbanization of Villa Martin. Within 15 minutes walk of the famous Villa Martin Plaza and the commercial centre of Los Dolces. This lovely apartment is ideal for self catering holidays. Just ...

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