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For thousands of years Spain was one of Europe’s leading cultural centres, it now ranks third on the list of countries with the most Unesco World Heritage Sites. Occupying 85% of Europe’s strategically important Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a stunning showcase of the legacies from Carthaginians and Romans who fought over it, the Arabs who conquered it and Catholic Monarchs who recovered it and made Spain into the most powerful empire in the world. Though the 20th century saw Spanish civil war, the country escaped the destruction wrought by the wars that raged throughout Europe. Today Spain’s historic towns and cities are extraordinary living museums with castles and palaces from its Moorish past, striking Gothic cathedrals and great mosques standing alongside fantastic modernist monuments from the creative spirits of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí.
It was Spain’s popular Mediterranean coast that made the country a holiday hotspot, yet it has a beautiful and diverse landscape. The rugged mountains of the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada, lush plains of the Rioja, wetlands of the Doñana National Park and Cabo de Gata, the only desert in Mainland Europe where the hills that drop down to the coast are long extinct volcanoes.
Andalusia, with its pretty, white-washed, hilltop villages, is often referred to as the heart of Spain for it is the cradle of bullfighting and embraces the traditions of tapas, fiesta and flamenco. A cruise on the River Guadalquivir is a chance to discover the richest of Spanish heritage.
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The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa is a firm favourite for bridge holidays, with its excellent dining, friendly service and relaxing facilities.
Take a 14-night bridge break to both sides of the magical island of Tenerife, staying in fabulous H10 hotels.
The all-inclusive, adult-only AluaSoul Menorca features a spacious bridge room overlooking the ocean, as well as wonderful dining and delicious drinks.
Join us on a visit to the delightful H10 Costa Adeje Palace. The location is superb, with direct access to the long, level seaside promenade and to la Enramada Beach.
Join us for a 21-night twin centre stay in magical Tenerife. We explore both sides of this fascinating island, visiting Playa de la Cruz and Costa Adeje.
Join us as we travel from Burgos to León on this culturally thrilling portion of the Camino de Santiago that threads across the northern plains of Castilla y León, packed with art and architecture.
Enjoying the best location in Puerto de la Cruz, the H10 Tenerife Playa is highly rated for its excellent cuisine and service.
Experience the Mediterranean with Arena Travel. Spain attracts thousands of visitors every year and it is no mystery why; its major cities are packed full of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, religious art, and iconic monuments. Visually, Spain is stunning, and its passionate people will make you want to come back again and again.
From beautiful Seville to the wonderful city of Barcelona, Spain welcomes those looking to explore some of the oldest history in Europe. Renowned worldwide for its architectural ambition and works of art, discover sensational destinations brimming with iconic masterpieces – from Burgos to Figueres, there’s unique artistic heritage to unearth.
For spectacular scenery and mountainous landscapes – neither of which are in short supply – soak up the scenery by rail as you journey through the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava. Or, for those searching for Bridge holidays, our tours taking in Majorca and the Costa Calida offer the perfect blend of time to explore with Bridge afternoons and seminars. And for those searching for a place to express their creativity, our Stitchtopia tours to Sitges and Andalusia will be a perfect fit.
Browse key sights and the popular tours you can see them on.
Visit UNESCO world heritage sites, including the magnificent Mezquita, and the winding streets of Córdoba’s historic city centreView Tour
Journeying through Spain via a comfortable, cool train carriage will make the experience all the more enjoyable, with the additional bonus of being able to see all the glorious Spanish scenery stretch itself across your window.
One of the country’s most iconic rail journeys can be had on the Nuria Valley Railway. It is the only means of transport that accesses the valley.
From its capital, Madrid, to the wonderful city of Barcelona, Spain’s appeal stretches from those looking for a busy night in the city centre, to those looking to explore some of the oldest history in Europe. Its cities have everything you would expect from a bustling, energetic hotbed of activity, but with a Spanish twist to make them even more exciting.
Spanish cuisine differs depending on the region: coastal regions are heavily fond of rice and fresh fish, with paella as the archetypal dish. Central and Atlantic regions, however, are well versed in garlic- and cheese-based dishes. Spanish beer is pleasantly light, while their sangria is the perfect beverage for a day spent in the sun. The Spanish have a particularly quirky eating habit in that they like to eat late at night; make sure you venture out for a midnight supper while you are in Spain.
Spain is world-renowned for its architectural ambition, and the country is peppered with beautiful and historically significant cathedrals, castles and monuments. Music and dance are highly valued in the Spanish culture, and many festivals are celebrated throughout the year — any excuse for a song and a dance!