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How to explore Spain in luxury

Madrid, Spain.

If you’re travelling with a group of friends or family, renting a villa in Spain is a real treat.

Spain is a fascinating country with Mediterranean, continental and oceanic climates to enjoy. A popular sunshine spot for Brits, you can enjoy it even more when you make luxury the name of the game.

Though you will probably spend the best part of your days out exploring or relaxing on the beach, having somewhere relaxing to come home to is just as important. If you’re travelling with a group of friends or family, renting a villa in Spain is a real treat. You’ll have a tastefully decorated, spacious base for your adventures. Here, you can enjoy home cooking and games nights as you see fit.

Getting a pool all to yourselves is another definite perk.

Private tours
Whichever part of Spain you choose to explore, you might get more out of a private tour! With one of these, you can have the luxury of a local tour guide all to yourselves. This means you can see the sights at your own pace and linger that little bit longer to take holiday snaps. They can often work with you to put together a bespoke itinerary for the tour, also.
You might enjoy a private tour of Valencia, where you can see the large Gothic Silk Exchange, the world’s largest aquarium and the “Valencian Sistine Chapel”.

Or you might like to see the majestic beauty of the Alhambra Palace and the beautiful Nasrid palaces in Granada.
There are just so many options.

Travel options
If you’re planning a luxury holiday in Spain, you’ll likely be taking some of your favourite outfits. Eating tapas and sipping wine in the sun somehow just feels better when you’re dressed well. So why not treat yourself to extra baggage on the flight to ensure your prized possessions don’t arrive there looking creased and squashed?

You may also want to give yourself a bit of extra legroom by booking business class for the journeys.

Visit lesser-known spots
Spain is the most popular spot for British tourists, so obviously some parts of it can get incredibly cramped.

And yet Spain is 2.1 times bigger than the UK and the Spanish population is lower by a difference of about 20 million people. So if you do a little bit of homework and find the country’s hidden gems, you can certainly enjoy a peaceful holiday away from the hustle and bustle!

It’s easy to find peaceful fishing villages in Spain where you can appreciate the coastline without constantly bumping into other tourists.

For example, there’s the village of Calella de Palafrugell on the Costa Brava. There are tiny coves, whitewashed houses and quiet, pristine beaches here to enjoy.

And then there are places further inland like Alcalá del Júcar. This idyllic village spreads from the river banks up to the rocky outcrop where you’ll see an old Arab fortress standing proudly. Wander the windy roads, cross the Roman bridge and eat or drink in various restaurants and bars that are based in converted caves.

Fine dining
Trying local cuisine is often a big part of a Spanish holiday, especially one where you’re willing to pull out all the stops.

You could even try some in a Spanish Michelin-starred restaurant near your accommodation!

Certain parts of the country have their own famous dishes for you to try. For example, Valencia is known for the quality of its paella. Andalucía excels at fish-based dishes and tapas. Aragon is a major fruit growing area, so you can expect the pears, apples, cherries and plums there to be extra fresh!

When it comes to planning a luxury Spanish holiday, it’s important to take your time. This way, you can ensure that your holiday is the relaxed, extra-special experience you want it to be.