Your Complete Guide To A Spanish Holiday

There are few places in the world as lovely as Spain. Over the years, it’s established itself as one of the best holiday destinations on the planet. With tonnes of gorgeous beaches, phenomenal food, and bags of history, it really is a place for everyone.

Whether you want a beach holiday, or fancy doing a bit of cultural exploration, Spain has you covered. Today, I’m going to help you get the most out of your Spanish holiday and make the whole experience much easier and less stressful. Check out all my tips below to find out more:

Your Complete Guide To A Spanish Holiday

Best Tourist Locations

If you’re going to Spain, you want to know the best places to go/see. I’ll keep things simple and suggest Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. All three of these cities are big, which means there’s plenty to do. Madrid is home to some amazing museums, which are well worth your time. Barcelona is rich with Catalonian history and is home to some fantastic architecture. Valencia is a typical tourist city with loads of shops, beaches, and great weather.

For those of you wanting to see the sand more, then Spain has amazing coasts and lots of little islands like Mallorca and Ibiza. Visit any of these places if you want a great time and wish to have a holiday jam-packed full of cool and fun activities.

Language Barrier

You find some places around Europe where the locals tend to have a decent grasp of English. Or, at the very least, people in shops and restaurants know what you’re talking about. The likes of Greece and Germany are great examples of this. In Spain, there is a language barrier, and you don’t get as many English speakers here as you do elsewhere. Even in big cities like Barcelona, the local shop owners will struggle to understand what you want. So, my advice is to brush up on a little Spanish or bring a phrasebook with you. There are probably translation apps you can download too, and they will help you out.

I always think it’s good to try and speak the native language as it shows you have more respect for the country. Locals would much rather you try and fail in Spanish, than babble on in English at them.


With regards to accommodation, Spain has lots of great value options available for tourists. All of the major cities include hotels varying from cheap little budget ones to big five-star masterpieces. If you’re only in the country for a few nights, then a hotel is probably the best choice for you.

Alternatively, there are options available for anyone looking to stay a bit longer, say, a week or more. The idea of villa holidays in Spain is very popular right now, as the Spanish property market is more than good from a tourists perspective. This means lots of nice villas and apartments are up for rent at amazing prices. It’s the ideal accommodation choice for families and can be more affordable than staying in a hotel for a week.

For solo travellers that are briefly stopping by, you can always save money in one of the many hostels around the country.


Before you go to Spain it’s important you get to grips with Spanish cuisine. I’m one of those people that thinks if you’re travelling somewhere, you should eat the local food. Why bother going to a different country if you just end up looking for the same type of restaurant you find at home.

Spanish cuisine is delicious and is based on the concept of sharing. The most famous meal is Tapas, where you get to pick and choose from lots of mini dishes to share on the table. If you want the best tapas in Spain, many culinary experts point you towards Sevilla or Granada. These two places are most famous for it, so you should find some great dishes in every restaurant.

Aside from this, there’s a lot of fish on the menu, along with paella. That’s another thing you need to try as well as tapas. Don’t leave Spain without sampling these two iconic dishes. In my opinion, you should go to your local Spanish restaurant at home and compare it to the one you get on holiday. Then you’ll see how good the local Spanish cuisine is.

Your Complete Guide To A Spanish Holiday

These are my main things to think about when going on holiday to Spain.
Hopefully, you can take some of these points on board and have a much happier and less stressful holiday.
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  1. 29/09/2017 / 4:18 pm

    Love your blog aesthetic. Really beautiful

  2. 30/09/2017 / 10:31 am

    Thank you so much for this guide! I’ve only ever been to the Costa Blanca, but I really want to go to Barcelona! It looks like such a vibrant and arty city, and I hear it’s got some pretty awesome vegan restaurants too! I’ll definitely have to brush up on my Spanish I think though! <3 xx

  3. 30/09/2017 / 8:40 pm

    I used to go to Spain every summer when I was a teenager. I’ve always wanted to go to Barcelona as it’s steeped in history x

  4. 01/10/2017 / 9:33 am

    Great tips, these, but I’d add the ‘bring 3x as much money as you think you’ll need’ lol! We went on holiday to Spain this summer and loved it, but spent WAY too much!
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  5. 01/10/2017 / 9:41 am

    I definitely love going to Spain for the food and admittedly the weather x

  6. Adaleta
    11/10/2017 / 5:07 am

    This is so awesome !! What an incredible guide!! So fun 🙂

  7. kim
    11/10/2017 / 11:29 am

    This is such an informative post! I have never been anywhere that there was a language barrier, but I will definitely keep all of this in mind in case I venture to such a place.

  8. 12/10/2017 / 8:26 pm

    I live in Spain where I work as an English teacher. The language barrier thing is super true. However I speak Spanish, so for me its not a big deal. In fact, Spain is a great place to live if you want to practice Spanish because you’re forced to use it a lot. I will say that those three cities are great but there’s SOOOOO much more to Spain than those three. I live in Granada and you could easily spend several weeks in the region of Andalucia alone with cities like mine plus Cordoba, Malaga, Sevilla and Cadiz plus some of the smaller towns like Ronda. And that’s just the South. There’s all of Pais Vasco and Galicia, amongst other places.
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  9. 13/10/2017 / 9:03 am

    I love Spain and your post makes me want to come back again! Love your photos too!

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