Spain

Experience the drama and adventure of Spain on a luxury journey

It’s hard to think of Spain as a single entity. It’s more like an infinite jigsaw. Each region, culture and custom fitting together to create a captivating canvas of pure wanderlust.

Meet the fiercely proud Basque people in the north, discover the Celtic province of Galicia, explore the Moorish architecture of Andalucia and feel the electric energy of Madrid and Barcelona. Spain has enough cultural traditions, architectural sites, natural beauty and tasty tapas to keep travellers engrossed for aeons.

There’s a flavour for everyone in Spain, and Abercrombie & Kent will help you find your favourite. From sultry nights and flamenco in the south to lazy days by the Mediterranean to mountain adventures in the north. Wherever you go, you’ll find beauty abounds in Spain’s landscapes, buildings and, most importantly, its passionate people.

Experience Spain's myriad treasures on a luxury tour

Each region of Spain could be its own country. Spain is made up of seventeen semi-autonomous regions, each with a traditional culture and language. In Barcelona, the people speak Catalan; in San Sebastián, they speak Basque; and in Galacia, they speak Galacian. Although everyone can speak Spanish, they’re fiercely proud of their native tongue and traditions.

Spain is not your typical European holiday

Cultural curiosities unfurl as you travel around Spain on one of our luxury small group journeys or on your own a bespoke private itinerary.  Whether you’re travelling with a close friend, your life partner or a multi-generational family group, you’ll be amazed by what’s in store.

Although situated in Europe, sometimes Spain can feel more like northern Africa – and not just because of the heat. Striking Moorish architecture is a marked change from the classical architecture of Europe. The Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Córdoba and the Real Alcázar in Seville are three unmissable gems.

Enjoy the contrasts of Spanish, European and African culture by combining your Spanish sojourn with a trip to Portugal, Italy or Morocco.

Enjoy a few cultural clichés

Wander into a bar in Seville or Granada, and you’ll likely witness a spontaneous flamenco show. Expertly picked guitar strings invite others to sing along. Then, of course, the dancing begins. Indulge in a Tempranillo rosé or a full-flavoured sangria while stopping in at one of the many tapas bars. Devour storied Iberico ham – a traditional delicacy that shouldn’t be missed. And the best bit, you can have a guilt-free afternoon nap. Siestas are expected between the hours of 2 pm and 4 pm. Outside of Barcelona and Madrid, you might find shops and businesses closed at this time, so you might as well join in.

Spain has lively cities and stunning countryside

Experience the culture and nightlife of Barcelona. Explore the heartland of Flamenco in Seville. And discover a world of art in Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia. But don’t just stay in the cities. Visit Ronda, the magical rocky outcrop that inspired Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway. Witness the beautiful vineyards of Rioja, the mountains of Málaga, the high cliffs of Galacia and pristine coves with not a sunbed in sight.

Unparalleled luxury accommodation in Spain

We pride ourselves on being able to craft immersive journeys that take you into the heart of a destination. Handpicked accommodation enriches your stay and allows you to rest your head in the lap of luxury. In Spain, that means waking up in grand palaces, chic urban establishments and atmospheric rural boltholes.

Hotel Alfonso XIII

In the heart of Seville sits one of Spain’s most prestigious hotels. Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII to give court guests the world’s most luxurious hotel, the architecture and atmosphere are palatial. More recent renovations reflect the Moorish culture of southern Spain. Decorative arches, intricate tilework, peaceful courtyards and stately rooms are enhanced by warm colours, dark wood and sumptuous fabrics.

El Palace Hotel

Opened by César Ritz – the king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings – El Palace is a luxury hotel on a grand scale. Located in the centre of Barcelona, just a short walk from Las Ramblas and the renowned shopping district, this 5-star hotel is a prestigious symbol of Spain’s tradition of exceptional hospitality. Step into a bygone era of marble columns, crystal chandeliers and gold fabrics that reflect an elegant opulence. Some rooms have the original Roman baths and antiques hand-picked by Ritz himself.

Spain highlights

  • Admire the striking architecture of Gaudí in Barcelona

  • Visit an authentic bodega to sample sherry in the famed region of Jerez

  • Take a culinary adventure in Seville with an evening tapas tour

  • Catch a traditional flamenco performance in its place of birth

  • Roam exquisite Islamic architecture in Granada, including the breathtaking Alhambra

  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum

  • Taste the wines of Rioja and the Penedès

Best time to visit Spain

Spain’s Mediterranean climate brings hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Summers can swelter, mainly south in Andalucia. For this reason, spring and autumn are the best time for exploring Spain in all its glory.

Spring

March to May is synonymous with warm weather and abundant fiestas. It’s easy to fall in love with Spain when almond blossoms cloak terraced hillsides. Petals in every shade from pink to white fill the air with a delicate perfume. Rugged mountains, marked by winter’s snowfall, pose regally against a crisp blue sky. The countryside is not the only thing in full swing. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona burst to life with colour and charisma.

One of the biggest celebrations in the springtime calendar is Semana Santa or Holy Week. Processions curl through narrow streets with sculptures representing biblical scenes carried aloft. Religious brotherhoods in dark robes step in time to beating drums. Women and children in traditional costume carry flickering candles. Towns glow under a spiritual halo as the religious and curious come together.

Summer

Spain is sundrenched from June to August. The heat can sometimes be overbearing, but if you pack light clothing and travel at a leisurely pace, summer can be rewarding. Beautiful coastal towns cling to cliff sides. Aperitivo is served on the beach. The inviting clink of glasses drifts from lively tapas bars, luring you in for another serving of Iberico ham, patatas bravas or sizzling garlic prawns.

Autumn

Pleasant temperatures, sunshine-filled days and thinning crowds make sightseeing all the more pleasurable between September and November. Landscapes turn from green to gold and orange leaves carpet forest floors. But our favourite reason for visiting in autumn: the wine harvest. The vines of La Rioja, already stripped of their grapes, are turning red and yellow. The autumnal landscape begs to be paired with a good red. Luckily, you never have to wander far to find one.

Featured Spain Journeys

Group of 2410 days, Call for a quote
Family Spain - Luxury Family Journeys

Catch the intoxicating spirit of Spain on an all-ages journey across the best of the country, discovering markets and wild works of art, rare animals in their element, and flamenco and paella-making lessons.

Group10 days, Call for a quote
Group of 1313 days, from AU$44,110
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Wings Over Spain & Morocco (2019-20)

​Explore two countries forever linked to the great Moorish culture that ruled them from the eighth to the 15th century

Group13 days, from AU$44,110
Group of 1814 days, from AU$16,180
Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Explore the best of the entire Iberian Peninsula on one spectacular journey, discovering how Moors, Jews and Europeans influenced the cultures of Spain and Portugal.

Group14 days, from AU$16,180
Private14 days, from AU$18,055
Journey around Spain

There’s so much to love about Spain and on this journey, you’ll experience the very best there is from south to north.

Private14 days, from AU$18,055

Featured Accommodation

Sea Cloud

The Sea Cloud exudes a timeless elegance, combining extravagance with a friendly charm.

Sea Cloud II

The Sea Cloud II delivers a level of five-star luxury certain to impress.

El Palace Hotel, Barcelona

Barcelona’s most iconic hotel, El Palace, was first opened in 1919 by famous hotelier Cesar Ritz and boasts a who’s who of illustrious patrons.

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