Whether you want to relax on a beach, enjoy a city break or have yet to decide, inform yourself with our travel planning guide to Spain.
The aim of this website is to enable independent travel to Spain. Package holidays have their place, but you can see so much more of the country and really dig into the diversity of its food and culture by planning your own trip.
When to go?
While known by Brits for its summer sun package deals, Spain has so much more to offer beyond its beaches and is an ideal year-round destination. Perhaps a winter sun trip to the Canary Islands, an autumn hiking trip, or a spring city break is better suited to you? Our guide on when to go to Spain will help you decide when is the best time for you.
Passports & Brexit
At the moment, the United Kingdom is still a member nation of the European Union. This means that the existing freedom of movement regulations still apply and therefore British citizens can travel freely to Spain for a period of up to 90 days. Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, so passport checks will apply at the border.
If you’re planning to stay in Spain for longer than 90 days, you are required to register with the authorities. You do this in person at the nearest Office for Foreigners (Oficina de Extranjeros) or at certain Police stations. UK citizens who lose their passports while in Spain should contact the British Embassy on +34 91 714 6300 to request an Emergency Travel Document (ETD), which is accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Spain.
Many Brits worry about the risks of taking their family on holiday. For the British government’s current assessment of the risks of travelling to Spain, you can read the advice of the foreign office. Pickpockets are a known problem in major cities like Barcelona and Madrid, and organised groups often target obvious tourists with scams.
But safety goes well beyond crime. The biggest danger to Brits on holiday in Spain comes from too much exposure to the sun. You don’t need to be sunbathing to be affected. Dehydration can strike with very little warning, so drinking plenty of water is an absolute necessity. Read more on all these topics with our full guide to staying safe in Spain.
Although still perceived as a value destination by Brits, Spain has increased in cost over the past decade. Bargains are still easy to find, if you know where to look. The country uses the Euro. To reduce the chance of surprises, read our complete guide to money in Spain.
Whether you’re after some inspiration, a book to read by the pool or on the beach, or simply want to learn a little more about Spain to enrich your holiday experience, you’re sure to find something of interest in our Spain bookshop.
LGBT travel in Spain
With some of the biggest Pride parades in Europe, beachside resorts and a tolerant population, Spain is a top destination for LGBT travellers. Read our Spain gay travel guide to discover the best places to go.