Spain

Overview

The virtues of a luxury holiday in Spain have long been extolled. It has the Mediterranean climate and lifestyle, the culture and cuisine, the luxury villas and the beaches, and the beauty to rival anywhere in the world.

Spain is a land of many cultures offering a myriad of experiences. From bullfighting rings to Europe’s premier golf courses, pintxos bar-hopping in Bilbao to gourmet dining in Barcelona, slow-paced beach retreats, piquant cities, full of flair and energy. What binds it all together is the zesty attitude of the Spanish of living life to the fullest.

It’s also a beautiful and diverse country incorporating the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada to the sizzling desert landscapes of Andalucía, peppered with whitewashed villages and medieval cities. There are the lush estuaries of Galicia, and vast swathes of vineyards and olive groves, and over 2,000km of Mediterranean coast.

The beaches of Spain extend far beyond the overcrowded Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. Catalonia’s Costa Brava is a coastline of pure drama with craggy cliffs, crashing waves and sweeping, empty beaches. An influx of sleek designer hotels has seen it become one of the hottest luxury holiday destinations in Spain. On the Atlantic coast, Galicia is home to hidden sandy gems that rank alongside the world’s most spectacular.

There is an impressive line up of luxury villas in Spain. Lightfoot Travel’s specialists will offer impartial advice on the best accommodation for your needs, whether you’re looking for a chic urban boutique, a designer villa overlooking the sea or a rustic countryside retreat. For a true luxury holiday experience, you could stay in a parador – a sumptuously converted castle or monastery.

Spain has an extraordinary variety of cities. In the sundrenched south, the Andalucían cities of Seville and Granada are the classic Spain of tapas, bullfighting and flamenco. They’re renowned for their stunning Moorish architecture, especially Granada’s Unesco-listed La Alhambra fort. At the other end of the spectrum, Valencia – farther north on the coast – is famed for its cutting-edge buildings and cultural attractions.

The star of the show in Catalonia is undoubtedly Barcelona. Among the world’s most vibrant cities, it lists golden beaches, fantastical Gaudi architecture and the Gothic quarter among its many highpoints. Just southwest is beautiful Tarragona, renowned for its Unesco Roman ruins. Catalan cuisine is revered throughout the world, and the famous 3-Michelin-starred restaurants of El Bulli and El Celler de Can Roca top the dining bill here.

In the Basque lands, the addition of the Guggenheim Museum has sparked a cultural renaissance in industrial Bilbao. In the heartlands, Madrid is a darling of the art world with its Golden Triangle of Museums; although it’s equally famous for its vibrant dining and nightlife scenes. The neighbouring “Imperial City” of Toledo is another tick on Spain’s impressive Unesco list.

When booking a luxury holiday to Spain with Lightfoot Travel, our experts will use their own insider knowledge to design you a perfect tailor-made itinerary.

Spain Regions

Basque Country

It may be one of the most visited countries in the world, but Spain still has a couple of surprises up its sleeve. And with a laundry list of reasons-to-go that includes revered regional cui…

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Andalucía

In the southern part of Spain, bordering Portugal to the west and sitting just across from North Africa, you’ll find Andalucía, a region of contrasts. Ancient cities and deserts dot the l…

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Barcelona

Flamboyant Barcelona sits on the shores of the Mediterranean, a stunning mix of Gothic and avant-garde architecture in the Catalan sunshine. It’s a cosmopolitan city with a smoking-hot fas…

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Madrid

These days it seems all the plaudits go to Barcelona, but sizzling Madrid, matches – exceeds, even – the Catalan capital for pure energy, culture and its insatiable appetite for art and …

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Spain Itineraries

Spain Properties

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Finca Cortesin

Andalucía, Spain

This luxury boutique hotel lies in exquisite landscaped gardens on a 500-acre estate overlooking the Mediterranean, near Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Finca Cortesin’s grand design …

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Gran Melia Colon

Andalucía, Spain

Gran Melia Colon is luxurious boutique hotel located in central Seville, Spain and just a short 12 minute walk from Seville Cathedral. Located in the heart of Seville, the city hotel is in …

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Gran Melia Fenix

Madrid, Spain

This award-winning luxury hotel is located on the Plaza de Colon in the exclusive Salamanca district in Spain’s vibrant capital, Madrid. Considered one of the finest hotels in Madrid, Gran…

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Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

Madrid, Spain

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is set over 100-sqm of historic gardens in the exclusive Los Austrias district in Spain’s capital, Madrid. Housed in a grand 19th century palace, this lux…

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Hotel Arts Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Arts Barcelona is a striking waterfront hotel situated on Barceloneta beach, adjacent to Port Olimpic in Barcelona, Spain’ssecond largest city. Renowned for its unique contemporary a…

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Hotel Casa Fuster

Barcelona, Spain

Initially a privately commissioned home, Casa Fuster is a grand early 20th century building that was lovingly restored and transformed into a hotel in 2004. Casa Fuster sits on Passeig de G…

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Hotel Maria Cristina

Basque Country, Spain

This luxury boutique hotel overlooks the Urumea River in the heart of San Sebastian in northern Spain. Hotel Maria Cristina is a carefully restored, belle-époque palace that exudes style an…

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Hotel Omm

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s Hotel Omm has many labels; designer, gastronomic, spa. Located on a side street just off the Passeig de Gràcia, the city’s most expensive shopping street, it’s modern, min…

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Hotel Villa Magna

Madrid, Spain

Hotel Villa Magna is an award-winning luxury boutique hotel that lies in the heart of Spain’s vibrant capital, Madrid, overlooking the grand Paseo de la Castellana in the exclusive Salaman…

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Palacio del Retiro

Madrid, Spain

This grand hotel lies in the historic centre of Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, AC Palacio del Retiro is a luxury boutique hotel that combines…

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Ritz Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Set in a grand 1910 palace in heart of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of culture, Ritz Madrid is the epitome of classic luxury with stunning architecture and opulent rooms filled with antiques a…

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The Principal Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Set in a 1920s Spanish Renaissance style building, this luxury boutique hotel combines historic splendor with contemporary interior design and has a sophisticated, yet laidback vibe. The Pri…

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Westin Palace

Madrid, Spain

This luxury palace hotel overlooks the Neptune Fountain in the trendy Las Letra neighbourhood, in the heart of Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital. Westin Palace is a Belle Epoque grand dame f…

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