Spain is the land of diverse cultures & varied landscapes. The exotic Andalusia in the south is the birthplace of flamenco and siesta, the Basque country in the north follows its very own traditions and customs. The most beautiful beach vacations are spent on the Canary Islands between volcanoes and banana plantations or on the Balearic Islands between party beaches and Mallorcan culture. Hotels in Spain are modern & elegant or rural & Mediterranean. You can relax in a finca on Mallorca or during a vacation in a spa hotel in the Costa del Sol or on Menorca. Active holidaymakers come in the winter to the Sierra Nevada for skiing, in summer there are countless hiking routes and bike paths through rugged mountain landscapes, barren steppes or fertile meadows and palm valleys. Spain's metropolises of Barcelona, Seville and Madrid offer imposing cathedrals, the best tapas bars and non-stop shopping. Where to stay in Spain? Most important regions & places at a glance
Green forests, rugged mountains with unique rock formations and long sandy beaches for swimming, diving & sunbathing can be found on the Balearic Islands, one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans. On all islands you will find exquisite beach hotels and gastronomy. Mallorca is known for mass tourism and the Ballermann, but the largest of the Balearic Islands has above all numerous natural and cultural sights such as the impressive stalactite caves, the cathedral in Palma or the lively Mallorcan markets. In small hotels, such as the boutique hotel Es Baulo Petit on Mallorca's west coast or the boutique hotel Posada Terra Santa, you can get close to the authentic charm of the island. On Menorca, vacationers will find luxury in the 5-star hotels or tranquility among natural landscapes and medieval villages. Ibiza is considered the ultimate celebrity and party island, with many first-class spa hotels & yoga resorts.
Dreamlike sandy bays next to rugged rocky coasts and fertile palm areas next to barren volcanic landscapes can be found on the Canary Islands. Tenerife is the family island with many nature parks like the famous Loro Parque as well as a landscape with tomato & banana plantations, Lanzarote is the volcanic island for hikers and explorers with a unique crater landscape, a distinctive wine culture and stylish boutique hotels. Families can even book an entire villa at the Royal Garden Villas hotel. Those who want to spend a quiet vacation on Tenerife without family can book a room right on the beach at the Adults Only Hotel Red Level at Gran Meliá Tenerife. Surfers from all over the world meet on Fuerteventura. In the beach hotels on Gran Canaria, people party until the early hours of the morning between the tropics and barren desert landscapes.
Andalusia's typical Spanish image is shaped by the numerous customs that originated here: Whether flamenco, bullfighting, Don Juan, Spanish sherry or the typical architectural style with its long corridors and round arches. In Seville and Malaga, you can find all this between magnificent and noble hotels with colorful courtyards, tapas bars and handicraft stores. The beaches are turquoise blue and exotic, on the Costa del Sol the jet set meets in Marbella, the Costa de la Luz with Tarifa right on the Strait of Gibraltar is considered the ultimate surfer hot spot. Winter and outdoor sports enthusiasts are drawn to the Sierra Nevada with numerous opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and climbing.
The Pyrenees are not only known for their Catalan Cream, but also for the many vineyards & nature parks next to steppes and bizarre rock formations. The mild climate is perfect for a relaxing or active beach vacation: On the sandy beaches of the Costa Brava with the party town of Lloret del Mar, people party until the early hours of the morning, the "golden coast" Costa Dorada is popular with families. In the coastal town of Altafulla, for example, you can stay at the romantic Hotel Gran Claustre. Barcelona has numerous sightseeing highlights by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi and from Gothic times such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Barcelona is cosmopolitan & hip with many chic city hotels and cool design and boutique hotels, nightlife, shopping and events non-stop.
The Spanish capital Madrid has an impressive medieval old town with numerous boulevards and squares such as the imposing Plaza Mayor and the Palacio Real - the Royal Palace. In addition, numerous magnificent cathedrals, buildings, parks, galleries & museums, the most famous is the Museo National del Prado with works of art by numerous famous painters such as Bosch, Dürer and Titian. Shopping is available in elegant boutiques or lively street markets next to 5-star hotels and boutique hotels. In the evening, eat tapas to flamenco or chorizo to classical music.
The north of Spain with its rugged beaches is less developed for tourism and has its very own tradition - far away from flamenco & bullfighting. In the Basque Country you can experience Basque folklore with its own national language, for example in the larger cities of Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián, as well as a lot of untouched nature with steep coasts, wild forests, mountains and beautiful bays, ideal for hikers, climbers & those seeking peace and quiet. Galicia is home to the world famous cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, destination of many pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Many estuaries and wild nature, here you can meet wild horses & historical evidence of Celtic past.
Dinner: In most cases, Spanish dinner is not eaten before 10pm, and on weekends often not until around midnight. However, in the tourist centers & hotels you can often have dinner as early as 6pm.
Mentality: The Spanish mentality often seems a bit rough to Northern Europeans, but this is never meant in an unfriendly way. There is also less fear of contact, women greet each other with kisses, for example. In the Spanish culture, serenity is very important, punctuality is not taken very seriously. If you are drawn to the big city, you should not be too sensitive to noise.