Best Destinations for Short Breaks to Spain

Best Destinations for Short Breaks to Spain

If you're going on a short holiday, perhaps a city break is the best option. You'll be staying close to the nightlife or the sights you want to see during the daylight so you'll make the most of your time. There are two obvious choices – Madrid or Barcelona. Overall, Barcelona is cheaper, there's more to do and arguably the food is better there than in Madrid. Barcelona plays host to more tourists than Madrid so Madrid might be attractive if you'd like to stay away from the crowds.

Beach Holidays

A quick and relaxing break on the beach might be all you're interested in. If so, Spain offers a lot of choice. What about a beach break in Ibiza? The wide and sandy beach Cala Llenya is safe for swimming and offers great opportunities for snorkelling. Mallorca's Es Trenc beach is another you should aim your sights at. It's ideal for windsurfing but as the only beach in Mallorca that's not been developed, you can also simply enjoy its unspoilt beauty.

Adventure Holidays

If you're interested in exploring or going for an adventure, choose Jaca or even the Pyrenees, the mountain range that forms a border between Spain and France. A visit to the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park near Jaca offers lots of opportunity for adventure thanks to endless valleys and beautiful mountain ranges. If that doesn't sound like a bit enough adventure, head to the Pyrenees National Park for a short walking holiday or see enjoy the place from horseback on a riding holiday.

Family Hoildays

A family holiday has to have something for everyone. It can't be too rowdy but it can't be too quiet either. It needs to offer adventure but it should also allow the parents to relax. Majorca is one of the best options. If you choose an all-inclusive hotel that's within walking distance of a great beach like Puerto Pollensa, you'll be guaranteed a great time. Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol has a 4 miles long coastline seafront promenade but it also has attractions like Aqualand, Crocodile Park and Paloma Park.

Best for History

As well as the places we've already covered like Madrid and Barcelona, there are a number of other destinations packed with historically significant architecture including Saville in Spain's Andalusia region. There's so much history there so bring your walking boots and be prepared to travel on foot to see the best sights including the Gothic Saville Cathedral and the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. Find your way to the Arenal district and take a walk around the Museum of Fine Arts when you want to get away from the heat.

To Consider Before Your Purchase

Consider the time of year to visit. You don't necessarily need to avoid the winter.

Our Notes

  • Take a last-minute deal and you could fly for as little as £20 each way.
  • Spain is a hot country but if you plan on visiting during the winter, expect sub-zero temperatures at night.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“Can’t say enough about our stay!” (Ericarrie reviewing Barcelona on Trip Advisor)

“If I am going to be in Madrid this is the hotel you need to stay. Right in the middle of the city and easy access to the metro.” (kathyhK9551WZ reviewing Madrid on Trip Advisor)

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