Beach, city or both?

Spain is a country full of diverse travel destinations, many of which stretch beyond the mainland. With two major island groups – the Balearics and the Canary Islands – you’ll find a tempting mix of cosmopolitan cities, scenic coastlines and culinary treats in Spain.

Spain really does have it all, and it serves it up with some of the best weather in Europe. Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or the middle of June, there’s always somewhere good to travel in Spain.

Menorca Cova d'en Xovoi cave bar sunset

Why visit Spain:

What comes to mind when you think of Spain?

Beaches? Tapas? Football? Flamenco?

There are so many different sides to Spain that it’s impossible to sum this country up in one sentence. Some might associate Spain with its laid back beaches and all-inclusive resorts, but there’s much more to experience if you’re willing. Beyond the beach, Spain’s impressive mix of quaint villages and vibrant cities offer endless opportunities to explore.

A trip to Spain can be as laid-back or as adventurous as you like. It could even be both! The beauty of Spain is that you’ll never have to venture far to try a new food, activity or experience. There’s simply so much going on if you’re willing to open your eyes to it and so much waiting to be discovered.

Spain is the kind of country where you can rock up and see where you journey takes you, but these travel guides and tips will help you make the most of your time there.

Essential reading: Choosing a Spanish island?

So, you’ve decided on a Spanish island getaway. Great choice! Now it’s time to decide which one to visit… Here’s a side by side comparison of two of my favourite Spanish island to help you decide.


ONLY IN Spain: The impressive Maspalomas dunes

Gran Canaria is known for its beach resorts, but there’s more than just year-round sunshine and pristine beaches on this island. Here are the best alternative things to do in Gran Canaria.


A lesser known gem: The unique island of Menorca

There’s a good chance you’ve never even heard of Menorca, a tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea. But, despite its compact size, Menorca offers some of the most unique experiences in Spain.