Luxury Spain holidays

For somewhere we think we know so well, Spain always finds a new way to surprise. Perhaps it’s the chance to stay in a medieval castle, a trip aboard one of the world’s most luxurious trains or a Renaissance palace hidden among a thousand-year-old fort. Whatever it is, Spain excites.

That’s without even mentioning the bits that we love so well. Of course, you can’t talk of Spain and not turn to its culinary riches, whether you’re indulging with perfectly cured jamón ibérico ham in a vibrant tapas bar or treating yourself to a seafood paella in a Michelin-starred restaurant. It’s all washed down with some of Europe’s finest wines, best sampled with a vineyard tasting.

However, food is just one expression of Spanish culture. From flamenco dances and Picasso’s masterpieces to Gaudí’s whimsies and the contemporary classics of Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum, a sense of creativity and deeply held passion seems to pervade everything here. It’s all predicated by a rich history of innovation. Although the Spanish city greats impress with the likes of sublime Gothic quarters, it’s perhaps best felt down south in Andalucia. Here, medieval severity, Renaissance grandeur and millennium-old Moorish exoticism plays out over palace-fortresses and mosque-cathedrals.

However, there’s plenty of humble charm to Spain. Santiago’s world-wonder cathedral and San Sebastián look-at-me Belle Epoque aside, northern Spain is blessed with sleepy fishing villages interspersed by quiet beaches. Then, if you look further afield to the Canary Islands, you’ll discover that Tenerife is much more than golden sands and year-round sun. For details, see the special experiences section below.


Special experiences in Spain

Sometimes it can be the simplest of things that can be the most special. That could be a walk on a secluded Basque-country beach, just-caught calamari served in a bustling pintxo bar or a glass of red on a rooftop bar in Barcelona. Whatever your tastes, our destination experts will be able to point you in the right direction, having travelled and even lived across Spain.

We also organise plenty of unique extras. In Tenerife, for example, you can expect to toast whale sightings with a glass of fizz and enjoy some of the world’s finest stargazing over dinner with a professional astronomer. Then, back on the mainland, why not bring the world wonders of Andalucia to life with a private guide and taste your way through the country’s finest vineyards in the company of a sommelier. Or, explore the charms of northern Spain with a luxury train journey.

Stargazing in Teide National Park, Tenerife

Stargazing in Tenerife

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

The Alhambra, Granada

Tapas spread, Spain

Tapas spread

Where to stay in Spain

Spain is blessed with some truly unique accommodation, with the paradors perhaps the most interesting. This network of luxury hotels has been converted from some of the country’s most important heritage sites, offering the chance to stay everywhere from Moorish fortresses and Renaissance places to 12th-century castles and thousand-year-old monasteries. Of course, our Spain specialists will also be able to point you in the direction of the best city slickers, spa get-aways and even one of the world’s most iconic trains. Then, over in the Canaries, Tenerife is enjoying something of a renaissance. Here, a smattering of properties pair the island’s golden sands and year-round sun with the best in luxury.

When to go to Spain

As the second-largest country in western Europe, Spain’s climate is varied. For the south, you should look to the shoulder seasons that sandwich the scorching summers, although spring-like winters make off-season travel more than viable. Then, it’s a sliding scale as you travel north, as winters become more pronounced and summers, while still hot, become more temperate. Again, the prevailing advice is to consider travelling either side of the summer to avoid peak temperatures and crowds. Lastly, over in the Canary Islands, you’ll be able to expect year-round sun. 

Suggested itineraries


Andalucia: a luxury road trip

Guide price from £1,870 pp

Knit together the world wonders of Andalucia with scenic drives, luxury palace stays and private tours included throughout.

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo

Northern Spain by luxury train: El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo

Guide price from £9,390 pp

Travel the length of Spain’s northern coast in utter luxury, enjoying wine-paired dining, nights in some of the world’s largest train suites and tours that range from spa visits to walks though quiet fishing villages.

Ribera del Duero

Gastronomy & wellness in central Spain

Guide price from £1,760 pp

Delve into the heart of the rolling countryside of the Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s most distinguished wine regions on this self-drive itinerary.

Rioja vineyards with castle int he background

A taste of Rioja

Guide price from £1,675 pp

From the Guggenheim Museum to the wine estates of Rioja, this no-fly holiday takes in the very best of northern Spain's culture and cuisine. You'll also enjoy stays in some of the region's finest Parador hotels.

Las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife

Tenerife: Beaches, vineyards & volcanoes

Guide price from £3,405 pp

See Tenerife's south at its best, staying in a luxury hotel, enjoying a private beach club and exploring with unique tours, from whale watching to wine tastings.

Hacienda Zorita, Salamanca

Flavours of Salamanca: Wine experience at Hacienda Zorita

Guide price from £1,445 pp

Step back in time at a 14th-century Duero Valley manor and reveal your inner wine connoisseur with sommelier-led tastings, indulgent and pampering spa treatments, and time to delve into Salamanca's rich history.