The land of tapas and flamenco has long been one of the world's favourite Mediterranean escapes. It packs in islets and scintillating coastlines, all interspersed with fascinating Moorish citadels, grand palaces and thought-provoking galleries filled with works by Picasso and Dali. The sheer abundance of different holiday rentals in Spain, from lux villas with pools to quaint cottages in volcanic mountains, means you can now forge any sort of Iberian adventure you want.
Top Spanish holiday destinations
Buzzing Benidorm has a duo of pristine beachfronts and an energetic old town area that throbs with karaoke bars and tapas restaurants. It's very much the happy-go-lucky hub of the Costa Blanca, which spreads out from Alicante to offer oodles of other Blue Flag sands and relaxing holiday escapes for the whole family. Take holiday rentals in Torrevieja, which sit near the water-gushing slides of the Aquopolis aquapark, or the pads in Calp, where Roman relics converge on dramatic headlands and golden beaches.
You might just find that the Balearic Islands cast their spell on you. Majorca, the largest, has it all – from glowing beaches in the south to rugged mountains clad in olive and citrus groves. There are holiday rentals in Ibiza for the hedonistic types that want to let loose to thumping EDM and watch sunsets with cocktails in hand. And then comes Menorca, a place where families and couples can enjoy the laid-back pace of Spanish life by the sea.
Year-round warmth and sands that glow daffodil yellow against the sky-blue of the Atlantic Ocean are what keep most travellers coming back to the amazing island of Tenerife. For that, holiday lettings in Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje on the south coast can oblige, putting lively resorts, rows of sunset bars and palm-lined shopping promenades on the menu. Adventurers also won't be disappointed. Hidden cottages in the volcanic peaks around mighty Mount Teide and surf-blasted shacks on the north shore offer something altogether more out there.
Nerja is famed as one of the last remaining puebla blancas of Andalusia to but right up to the coast of the Mediterranean. It's a charming town of cobbled lanes and whitewashed homes, all clustered around high cliffs where promenades bustle with life and bobbing fishing boats can be seen below. It's just a taster of what's on offer along the world-famous Costa del Sol – a stretch of sunny coast that runs from the Moorish castles of old Malaga all the way to the sleepy harbours of Estepona, passing uber-chic holiday rentals in Marbella and Puerto Banus as it goes.
Spain encompasses glowing islands in the Med, archipelagos in the Atlantic and dusty provinces of sierras and white-painted hamlets. Between all that, you're bound to discover a real tapas menu of holiday homes in Spain. There's something for everyone, whether it's a deluxe family villa with a pool or a rustic cottage on the Andalusian ridges, a seaside escape in Fuerteventura or party pad in Ibiza's bumping San Antonio.
The whole east coast of Lanzarote is a beach lover's dream come true. Seeking out holiday lettings in Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca means putting shimmering sands studded with black-rock boulders next door, along with scuba schools and windsurfing outfitters aplenty. If you're after something more secluded and off-radar, the west coast beckons, with point breaks and barrel waves crashing into the cinnamon-tinted mountains from Caleta de Famara to La Santa.