Holidays in Spain: popular travel destinations, romantic cities and road trips to the sea

Holidays in Spain – hot summers, mild winters and miles of sandy beaches: this is how we know and love Spain. The southern country is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans, and not without reason. Much of the country’s border is by the sea, so Spain has around 3,900km of coastline on the mainland alone. In addition, there are about 1,060km of coastline, which extends over various Spanish islands such as Mallorca, Formentera or Ibiza. Where exactly Spain is in Europe, which regions are the most popular and what you can experience and discover as a holidaymaker in Spain, that will tell you here. Use our tips to plan your next trip to Spain, preferably in Roof tent !

Spain: big cities, mountains, sea & water sports

Spain not only has the Germans’ favorite island – Mallorca – to offer! With a size of more than 505,000 km², Spain not only offers dreamy islands such as Formentera, Menorca or Mallorca, but also a large mainland with picturesque mountain regions, wild coasts, numerous beaches and internationally important cities such as Madrid or Barcelona. If you want, you can travel around Spain for months and always discover something new. Add to that the warm, spirited culture and delicious Mediterranean food! We would like to introduce you to 5 popular holiday regions and make it easier for you to plan your next holiday in Spain!

Map and location in Europe

Spain is located in the southwest of Europe and only borders directly on two countries: France and Portugal. With its extremely long coastline, Spain borders the North Atlantic in the north and the Mediterranean, the Balearic Sea and the Alborán Sea in the south. With its proximity to the North African border, Spain has a hot, rather dry climate that can lead to very high temperatures in summer, especially in the south of the country. Spanish islands are only found on the south-eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.

Top 5 holiday regions in Spain

Spain promises warm temperatures, sunny days, Spanish temperament and above all a dreamlike landscape. So it’s no wonder that Spain is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans – and not just because of the island of Mallorca. The country also has a lot to offer holidaymakers on the vast mainland and other Spanish islands! For example, if you want to go on a camping holiday with surfing lessons here, the possibilities are endless. We have searched for the 5 top holiday regions and Spain for you, and have summarized them for you below. You too can find your ideal next travel destination in Spain!

Islands: Balearic Islands & Canaries – Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Tenerife, La Gomera and Co.

Who does not know the Spanish island of Mallorca. But with the prejudices that many have against the island, which is now decried as a party mecca, the actual quality of the Balearic island is completely lost. Mallorca, but also Ibiza or Formentera have so much to offer in terms of landscape and culture: Mediterranean old towns, rough coastal landscapes, dreamy bays and, above all, enchanting beaches. Road trips across the island, hiking tours or beach holidays – all of this is possible here!

What many do not know: Even the Canaries such as Tenerife basically belong to Spain. Geographically, they are already part of North Africa, but politically they belong to Spain and therefore to the EU. Fantastic, warm climate and the location on the Atlantic or Mediterranean make the Spanish islands all dream travel destinations! When choosing the island, you should pay particular attention to the infrastructure and leisure activities. If you are looking for peace and quiet, Formentera is the place for you. However, if you want to stroll through pedestrian zones from time to time or pursue various activities, you should look for accommodation on larger islands such as Mallorca.

The Canary Islands belong geographically to North Africa, but are under the Spanish government. The islands are located off the North African coast, far from mainland Spain, and can only be reached by boat.

Major cities: Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona

In addition to enchanting landscapes, Spain also has a large urban and cultural offer. The large country in the south-west of Europe has some internationally important metropolises such as Madrid or Barcelona. The state capital Madrid in particular is known for its size and importance in football, as is Barcelona. As a major Spanish city, Valencia is also extremely relevant. Whether you stroll through the old town on mild evenings, explore the coast and the beach of Barcelona, embark on historical explorations, take advantage of the cultural offerings at museums or browse the pedestrian zones on a shopping trip: Spanish metropolises have something for every holidaymaker’s heart to offer. These metropolises can be reached quickly from Germany by air. But a road trip through the inland is also worth a trip!

Northeast coast of Spain: hotspot for surfers – Bilbao, Santander & more

The north coast of Spain stretches along the Bay of Biscay, especially a hotspot for surfers! A number of SurfCamps with opportunities for camping with surfing lessons have rented here over the years. Cheap bus trips are numerous and absolutely affordable. So you don’t have to go to Australia or America to experience the hang-loose lifestyle! In addition to the north coast on the Atlantic, the “green north” of Spain also offers other highlights such as the Pyrenees or, as a cultural delicacy, Santiago de Compostela, as well as cities such as Bilbao or Santander. The travel destinations on the north coast offer varied landscapes, beautiful beaches, some of which are kilometers long, as well as charming small towns and fishing villages.

Insider tip! The Cíes Islands are definitely worth a visit! Untouched beaches and a rich flora and fauna enchant the visitors here. Rodas beach was even named the most beautiful beach in the world in 2007. A limited number of daily visitors make a trip to the island particularly intimate. If you are looking for idyll and closeness to nature, you have come to the right place.

Costa Brava: rocky coast, Pyrenees, Lloret de Mar & Girona

Especially in the north of the Costa Brava, imposing rock massifs of the Spanish foothills of the Pyrenees characterize the landscape. The beaches on the coastline are therefore particularly impressive between the French border and the mouth of the Tordera River. Those who enjoy hiking or cycling will enjoy the rugged hinterland, and windsurfers will also find good conditions in the holiday resorts on the Costa Brava. The cultural center of the region is Girona. In the south of the Costa Brava, the rugged coast with flat, wide sandy beaches shows a friendlier face. Lloret de Mar is literally one of the most popular strongholds for young party tourists in Spain.

Andalusia: Costa del Sol, Málaga, Costa de la Luz & Seville – the south of Spain

If you don’t just want to go on vacation, but also want to get to know the Spanish soul better, you should travel to Andalusia. One of the most popular stretches of coast is the Costa del Sol with its many holiday resorts, as well as Málaga as a cultural center and transport hub: Andalusia’s largest airport is located there. Further to the west you will find miles of wide Atlantic beaches of the Costa de la Luz, as well as many Spanish tourists, as well as kite surfers and surfers. Bullfighting, flamenco, tapas – all these traditional Spanish goods are of Andalusian origin, and the influence of the past rulers has left spectacular structures such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita Cathedral of Cordoba and the Royal Palace Alcázar of Seville. In spring the orange trees bloom here and give the cities a very special magic. “White villages” such as Ronda with its spectacular bridges and the bullring, or Grazalema, idyllically situated in the mountains, show a completely new side of this unique region in southern Spain.

Tip: vacation in Italy

Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations. “La dolce vita” attracts around 41,000 tourists from all over the world every year. Italy is not only known for design and fashion, but also for its vast mountain landscapes, seemingly endless coastlines and sandy beaches, rich history and gourmet paradise. The southern European country is as varied as hardly any other, which means that a vacation alone would not be enough! Architecture, painting, literature, film or music , the Italians have always been involved when it comes to art and culture. Many people immediately think of Rome, a holiday home in South Tyrol or Tuscany when they think of Italy. But the country has much more to offer. Whether city trips, camping in Tuscany, a road trip through South Tyrol past the Alps, it will certainly not be boring there. Here we show you the most beautiful destinations for camping and relaxing.