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Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Spain

Not your typical Steppes Travel destination; but still one where we can take you right to its heart. The Basque Country is a particularly eclectic location with UNESCO-listed reserves and unique culinary experiences.

Spain is a passionate and culturally rich country famous for its glittering beaches, historic cities, diverse landscapes and many enduring cultures and traditions.

The Courtyard of the Maidens patio in Royal Alcazars of Seville, Spain
Spain

Why we like Spain

With some of Europe’s most celebrated historical cities, charming whitewashed villages with meandering cobbled streets, craggy mountains, fertile valleys, cork forests and twenty-three natural parks, Andalusia is one of Spain’s most diverse regions. Spain may not be an obvious choice for Steppes Travel but we think it’s the perfect destination perfect for a long weekend with a climate to suit everyone from hot, dry summers to mild winters heralding clear sunny days and cooler evenings.

Plaza Espana, Sevilla, Spain
Spain

What to expect on your Spanish Holiday

Andalucia is located in southern Spain fringed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco. This region is rich in contrast and home to everything that is quintessentially Spanish, conjuring up images of colourful fiestas, passionate flamenco dancers, tapas and chilled sherry, clear blue skies and glorious sunshine. Its coastline of golden sands boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year.

Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Spain

Successive invaders have left their mark on Andalucia, most notably the Moors who ruled here for almost eight centuries. The monuments left in their wake represent some of Spain’s greatest architectural heritage. The Alhambra, described as ‘the most sensual building in Europe’, is a definite must see. While the Mezquita, Cordobas’ great mosque, Seville’s Royal Palace and La Giralda, the tower adjoining the city’s huge Gothic cathedral, are examples of the architectural brilliance of the North African conquerors.

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  • Seville
  • Basque Country

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Electric Snowmobile Safari

Explore the frozen reaches of Sweden on an extended snowmobile adventure.

See the Northern Lights

The northern lights – the Aurora Borealis – are particularly spectacular during the winter months in Lapland.

Winter Activities

Dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice sculpting, snow biking, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledging are all great fun and perfect for active travellers of any age.

Local Seafood

Sample fresh sardines, a local delicacy.

Kas Town

Wander the winding cobbled streets and soak up the local atmosphere in the harbour town of Kas.

Konya

Visit Konya, the home of the beautifully spiritual Whirling Dervishes.

Knidos Ruins

Explore the Datça peninsula with its pretty harbour town and ancient ruins at Knidos.

The Fairy Chimneys

Hike through the dramatic Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia.

Board a Traditional Gulet

Access remote coves and bays, unreachable by the masses, onboard a traditional gulet.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take to the air in a hot air balloon to view the magical lunar landscapes of Cappadocia.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Corral del Rey £££££

  • Spain
  • City

Originally a 17th Century casa palacio, this 300-year-old building is now a boutique hotel that has been meticulously restored and converted. The 17 rooms and suites offer chic accommodation that fuses contemporary with Moorish design. Many original features of the building have been preserved including marble columns and carved wooden beams. The entire city can be viewed from the poolside rooftop.

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Hacienda de San Rafael £££££

  • Spain
  • Boutique
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Hacienda de San Rafael was formally an olive farm and has now been renovated and converted into a small and intimate hotel. The eleven duplex rooms are situated around a bougainvillaea filled courtyard, each with its own veranda and the interior décor combines fabrics, antiques and artefacts sourced on the owner’s extensive travels to Asia and India. The Hacienda also has three casitas offering the ultimate in rustic chic. They lie in a private garden with a shared infinity pool.

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Harmony V £££££

The Harmony V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts found in the famous ports of the world. The yacht is 55 metres long and 8.2 metres wide. There is a spacious lounge and bar which leads into a dining area. Both areas offer large windows offering beautiful views. The expansive sundeck offers a shaded outdoor area for all-day dining and a bar as well as sun chairs and loungers. The swimming platform on the Harmony V’s stern will allow for easy access to the ship and for a wide range of sea-related activities.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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Frequently asked questions about Spain

Can I use my mobile phone in Spain?

Spain has excellent mobile phone coverage. Due to the country being within the EU, roaming charges are the same as those in the UK. However, minor charges may still apply. For further information, check: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/mobile-phones/mobiles-abroad/check-your-phonebefore-you-roam/.

What is the international dialling code for Spain?

34

What is the time zone in Spain?

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT. It observes daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Spain from the UK?

Direct flights from London to Madrid or Barcelona take around three hours.

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