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Holidaying in Spain

When planning a holiday abroad, there are so many things to take into consideration. If you’re planning a trip to Spain this year, here are a few sites that will help you when it comes to planning your perfect trip. There are a couple of sites that are dedicated to fun activities and also a travel blog or two so you are able to read about peoples personal experiences while they were abroad. Hopefully you will pick up a few travel tips along the way.

Where to Stay

www.costadelsol-vacationrentals.com/

Whether you are planning a trip to the Costa del Sol or Rural Andalucia this is the site for you. We have an excellent selection of first class private villas and apartments for rent, something to suit everyone's pocket, plus loads of useful information about places to visit and things to do whilst holidaying in the area.
 

Holiday Rental Spain -www.spain-holiday.com

This site is great if you’re thinking about booking a holiday to Spain but you’re not sure where you want to go. They have over 3000 holiday homes to browse through and you are able to get in contact directly with the owner. They have an “Inspiration” section which is great if you’re not sure what type of holiday you’re after and you can shortlist a selection of accommodation choices and share it with others via email.

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Spanish holiday homes from HomeAway -www.holiday-rentals.co.uk

If you know where you want to go in Spain and you’re looking to rent a Villa, this site is a great resource. You are able to find villas that can accommodate your specific needs, from number of people staying, sea view or wheelchair access. If you’re looking for things to do, the site also has a range of Holiday Ideas pages to inspire.

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 Holiday villas in Spain from Owners Direct -www.ownersdirect.co.uk 

While most people would think of Spain for a beach holiday, there are also some amazing ski resorts. While the Spanish Pyrenees are popular because the area is full of ski resorts all along its border with France, many people love the fact that you are able to ski in the south of Spain and then head to the beach on the same day, like you can in the Sierra Nevada. So if you fancy booking a villa in Spain for your next Ski holiday, have a look at this site before you go, the have a great selection of locations and their prices Per Night and Per Week.

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http://family-breaks.org.uk

If you’re planning to travel around the world with your family, then a backpacking holiday probably isn’t for you. Have a look at family-breaks.org.uk. They have loads of family travel tips and advice for travelling with youngsters. You can find out information from the best family travel insurance to get, to issues such as the right age for kids to start flying. There is also a great star rating alongside family-orientated holidays so you can look at other family’s reviews.

www.villassanblas.com

If you fancy a holiday that involves lazing by your own private pool and extras like a car waiting for you at the airport when you arrive, have a look at Villassanblas.com. They have a range of luxury villas in Lanzarote. And if you’re after a truly relaxing break, then take advantage of their holistic therapist specialised in oriental therapies and Reiki master healer who you can hire for treatments. And they come to you so there is no need to leave the villa!

Also, have a look at ABA Hotels for lots of useful information on Hotels in Europe with discount rates, city guides, maps and travel other travel information.

Destination Tips

Organizing an event in Spain and particularly in beautiful Barcelona? Let Barcelona On Line, a local destination management company in business since 1996 help you find the best Barcelona hotels for your accommodation and venues. Also check city info and the many activities that can be organised, not only for corporate visitors but also for people on a short Barcelona break or holidays.

If you are looking to make the most out of a trip to Spain, hiring a car is one of the most cost effective ways to see a lot in a short trip. For more information on car hire in Malaga Spain, visit malagacar.com.

www.costaeye.com

A great site for finding out what’s on when you’re visiting Spain is Costaeye. They have information about all the local events coming up. Ranging from the dates of the Spanish leg of the Arctic Monkeys’ tour to Fuerteventura’s annual Kite Festival. As well as information about events, there are also pages dedicated to specific towns and cities so if you want to find out more about that little old Spanish town you’ve been meaning to visit, this is a great place to start. Also, keep an eye out for their new Restaurant and Bar & Club Guide sections coming soon.

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www.andalucia-travelguide.com

This is a great blog that is full of lots travel info on Andalucía with a focus on Marbella and Puerto Banus. They have a great section on theme parks and fun days out. So if you’re looking for a family day trip while you’re on holiday, whether it’s a visit to the donkey Sanctuary or a trip AquaVelis water park, have a look here. The site also has opening times, prices and contact details for lots of the activities mentioned so you can check ahead if you have any special requirements.

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www.idealspain.com

IdealSpain is the largest internet guide to Spain and is full of lots of useful information for people visiting Spain and also those who are thinking of relocating there. There is a great section about buying or starting a business over there. Plus information on the Spanish legal system and social security payments so you can make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourselves into before you set off.

Activities

Golf Holidays In Spain -www.golfinspain.com

If you’re a keen golfer then you might want to have a look at this site. They have a great reviews section which users of the site can upload their own comments on a golfing spot. If you see something you like you are also able to book your break away here too . With the knowledge of experts in the golf and tourism sectors behind the site they have probably thought of everything you’ll need for a Spanish golfing holiday. Keep an eye on their blog for all the latest information in the industry and you can also follow them at Facebook

 

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www.sierratrekking.co.uk

Sierra Trekking are not only specialists in guided walking holidays in the beautiful region of Andalucía, they are also providers of UK based mountain skills courses such as Navigation and Nordic walking instruction. If you fancy trekking in southern Spain but then want somewhere lavish to relax when you’re finished for the day, try “Andalucia in Style”. You get to stay in 3 different luxury locations during the week long trip.They offer a range of holidays from easy to strenuous, budget to luxury and can arrange bespoke itineraries on request.
 

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walkAlpujarra

walkAlpujarra organises walking or painting holidays in Spain, Andalucia, La Alpujarra, Granada. They provide Holidays with a personal touch, to give you a deep appreciation of rural spain. These holidays are guided or self led and are suitable for couples or groups. They can help you discover this beautiful and spectacular region of Andalucia by arranging walking holidays, painting holidays and city breaks.

Walking in Alpujarra

Spanish Highs Mountain Guides -www.spanishhighs.co.uk

If you do plan on visiting southern Spain and you’re after an activity holiday, Spanish Highs has information on walking, trekking, mountaineering, ski touring and snowshoeing in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains. There are plenty of resources and they’ve included information about everything you could need. If you need to know more about altitude sickness, avalanche blackspots or want to order their range of specially produced dehydrated food, you can do it all on this one site.

 

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www.top-spanish-recipes.com

Spanish food is an important part of life in Spain and so is their wine. If you are looking for your next holiday to include a trip to one of the many famous wine-making destinations, make sure you have a look here first as you'll find a map showing the main wine regions of Spain and some information on what each one is most popular for. They also have a tasty looking selection of Spanish recipes so you are able to recreate the fantastic dishes you had abroad, back here in the UK.

Also, take a look at ihspanishinmadrid.com. When learning Spanish, it is best to be immersed in the place where Spanish is the native language and IH SpanishinMadrid has the perfect solution.

Blogs

http://a-brit-in-spain.blogspot.com

Who better to get holiday advice about Spain from than a British couple who have relocated there? A Brit In Spain is a blog by John and Mary Middleton. They have lived in Spain since 2004 and their blog is an interesting account of their life in the popular holiday country of España. Living in the area means they can give up to date information ranging from the opening of a new shop to information about local events. Definitely a site worth checking out if you’re looking for a true Spanish experience while on holiday.

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www.happytimeblog.co.uk

Aaron and Georgie have been travelling the world since April 2008 and have set up this blog about backpacking around the world on a budget. It’s a very interesting account of the couples' travels around the world and they have a couple of posts on Spain that are worth checking out before you pack for your holidays there. If you’re heading to Barcelona then have a look at their posts on “experiencing catalonia”. You can have a look at their itinerary while they were there and get some inspiration for your next trip.

http://igotthetravelbug2009.blogspot.com/

TravelBugs is a blog set up by travel enthusiast Camilla. This is a great site to visit for travel related information. Here you can find posts full of tips such as “How to avoid paying Ryanair's credit card fees” and things to do for free in a number of different destinations around the world alongside “Tips for using E-tickets.” There is also up to date travel news in posts like “No more free VISA Electron on Ryanair purchases” Lots of very useful information for everyone, in particular, a more inexperienced traveller, from someone who knows what they are talking about.

www.budgetyourtrip.com

Budget Your Trip is a new website that is designed to help you keep an eye on your finances while you are away. Laurie and her husband started the website after they’d finished a year long trip around the world and had been unable to find a resource to help them plan and track their travel costs. They have created Budget Your Trip to fill that role. It’s a tool that will be useful to everyone who is looking to make sure they don’t overspend.

Abroad in Spain

Abroad in Spain Travel Blog is a site that looks at Spanish life through an American's eyes. It is written by Chris Showers, who moved to Burgos, Spain to become an English teacher after graduating in the USA. There are some really interesting posts about Spanish life about things that you’re not likely to find out as a tourist. These include knowing what the Spanish call a “guiri “ is and what are the essential items you will need to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Spain. Have a look here for a view on Spain that you’re probably not going to get from a guide book!

Puerto Pollensa Guide - If you are looking for information regarding the sublime north of Majorca then this guide is a great place for discovering what Puerto Pollensa and the surrounding towns have to offer. A family run website that has grown into a real community site with information regarding hotels, apartments, bars, restaurants and things to do in the resort and surrounding area.

I'd love to hear what you guys think so leave your comments in the box below!

Community comments (6)

Hey .. I love spain too.. publish some tips for tourists or travellers. I will be in spain in few weeks now :)) yuppyy

Thanks @uncommonspain! I hope you have a great trip. Are you going to write a guide for the site when you get back?

Roxanne

Hi Roxanne, I was looking at this page and thought you might be interested in adding a company that I have recently used. They were recommended to me and I was very impressed with their website. The reason being that they have most of the above on their website e.g villas, hotels, detailed area info, things to do, places to see, lists of restaurants, car hire, flight info, client comments, blog page etc etc. Also, which I found really useful, Spanish words and phrases as the locals like to hear you at least try..... which I did and regardless what my family say, I'm sure it was appreciative laughter and not sniggering I heard!! Take a look http://www.villaspain.co.uk

Hi @JayG20,

Thanks for your comment about Villaspain. It's a great resource for our readers.

I've been in contact with Villaspain and they said they would love to hear from you to say thanks for your great recommendation.

Roxanne

Thanks for pointing that out Gary, I've amended the mistake.

Hey Roxanne,

Great blog ... love the picture of the snow on the house. The kite one is mad, I think you have a spelling mistake in that item though, 'CoastEye' but apart from that it's really interesting.

G