Expressions Holidays has over 25 years’ experience in offering luxury, tailor-made holidays for individuals featuring a personal selection of luxurious hotels, full of regional and local charm and character, which offer exceptionally high standards of comfort, service, facilities and cuisine. Many of our personally selected luxury hotels are among the most acclaimed in Spain; others are full of rustic local Spanish character and charm and we offer a number of Paradores in historic buildings throughout the country.Spanish Expressions offers tailor-made luxury holidays to regions throughout Spain, from Galicia to Andalucia, including Castille and Aragon at the heart of Spain, but also the Balearics and the Canaries. With Spanish Expressions you can visit popular regions and resorts such as Andalucia with its historic cities of Granada and Seville, its ‘pueblos blancos’ behind the coast and also the coast itself from Malaga to Cadiz. We also offer you many, many less well-known regions such as Asturias, Extremadura and the Basque Country.Each of the regions featured here contains a personal selection of luxury hotels. Holidays are created for stays at each hotel, of any number of nights and include a flight and a hire-car or local private transfer, depending on the location of the hotel. However, travel arrangements can be varied to include self-drive from the UK, rail travel from the UK, rail travel within Spain (particularly popular between Madrid and the cities), and hotels and regions can be combined to give a multi-centre or a touring holiday.We will construct a holiday according to your requirements, based on our knowledge and experience.An increasingly important feature of Spanish Expressions which reflects our specialist knowledge and expertise in Spain is our range of special interest holidays, which might be golf or spa, constructing an itinerary for clients wanting to find wild flowers in Lanzarote in Spring, exploring the wineries and winetasting in Rioja and the Duero valley, following the ancient historical tracks and paths from north to south and east to west across Spain. Search our website for ideas of luxury holidays to Spain by region, by holiday type and by activity. Regions will give you suggestions of hotels to stay in as well as touring holidays that feature that particular region and special interest holidays and activity holidays that take place in that region. Expressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.Click on the tabs above to find out more about us and our holidays. Regions of Spain (mainland and islands) can be viewed from the menu on the right above. Click on the ideas boxes below to discover more about our luxury holidays to Spain.
Our holidays are tailor-made package holidays that include several elements such as hotel accommodation, transport to Italy, transport in Italy and perhaps special arrangements such as pre-booked sightseeing, opera tickets, cookery courses, spa treatments or special meals.Expressions Holidays provides a framework for flexibility, personal requirements and individual arrangements. Everything we offer on this website and in our brochure can be booked as it is, or more often than not, customised at the request of clients. This might mean adding extra nights, reducing nights from suggestions, upgrading room types and including special arrangements. A typical holiday to Spain will include 7 nights in one of our hotels, a flight out and back and a hire-car or a private car transfer, depending on the location. However, there is always a choice of departure date, duration, hotel room, flight route and cabin, local transport (perhaps a private luxury transfer instead of a hire-car or even with a hire-car, an upgraded model, perhaps automatic or cabriolet), combination of places (you can choose to visit as many different hotels for as many nights in each as you want) and local arrangements. Instead of flying to Spain, you might want to drive yourself (ferries to Santander or Bilbao or through France with overnight stops) or go by train. We can accommodate all these options.So, one of our holidays offers numerous elements that you, the client, choose. How to look for a holiday that is right for you?We suggest you search for the type of holiday you want to start with. This might be a straightforward hotel stay on the Costa Brava or in Andalucia, so search hotel stays by region. Or, you might want to visit a number of places, so have a look at our suggested touring holidays, which give you suggested combinations of hotels and regions that complement each other well. Or, you might know that you want to play golf, visit vineyards or explore the food of Spain. In this case, start with our special interest-themed holidays.Hotel stays by regionSuggested touring holidaysSpecial interest-themed holidaysThen once you have had a look, speak to us and let us guide you using our knowledge and experience of the country.What we do after speaking to you and finding out about what you are looking for, is to put together the ‘package’ for you, creating a day by day itinerary and a price, often with upgrade and downgrade options. We find it most productive for us and our clients if we talk through the quotation, explain the day by day details and the pricing options. Then you have the full facts available in order to make your decision about your detailed holiday arrangements.Our holiday components in a nutshellOur hotelsEach hotel featured by Spanish Expressions has been personally selected to deliver exceptionally high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Many of our luxury hotels are among the most highly acclaimed in the whole of Spain. Some have more local or rustic charm and character, but all are authentic and typical of their region. Although most of our portfolio of hotels tend to be 4 or 5 star hotels, each hotel has unique qualities and an authentic individuality and we can offer you all the Paradores in Spain and the islands. We offer you a choice of room types at each hotel, so whilst the sample prices we quote are usually just based on a standard or entry-level room, we can offer you upgraded rooms, junior suites and suites. Really according to the variety of rooms each hotel has. In Spain, we almost always include bed and breakfast in the basic holiday price but if the hotel offers half board then we can offer you half board at a supplement. We know the hotels we work with and we have built up an experience of them over the years. We send our Spanish sales team to Spain on a regular basis to visit new regions and to revisit old ones. Let us share this knowledge with you can guide you in your choice of holiday hotel. TravelSpain can be reached in about two hours by air or in almost 24 hours by boat and once in Spain distances are considerable with Bilbao in the north to Algeciras in the south covering about 1000 kms. The travel options we offer reflect the diversity possible for holidays to Spain. Travel can be by air, by train, by own car, with hire-cars, with private transfers, and by local ferry in the Canaries for example.Again, the choice is yours. You choose your departure date, method of transport, duration and number of hotel stays.By air. We include British Airways flights from London in the basic price but we can book other airlines for you if the route is more appropriate. Easyjet, Monarch, Jet2 and Flybe are the most popular airlines in addition to British Airways but there are also charter flights from regional airports that we can book for you too. With British Airways we can offer you Club Europe as an option. Many of our holidays will involve flying into one airport and out of another. By rail. Rail travel to Spain is an increasingly popular option because it is a great way to see the countryside and to cover long distances in relatively short times. You can travel all the way from the UK to Spain by taking the Eurostar to Paris, then continuing onwards by high-speed train via Catalonia or the Basque Country. It will be necessary to stay overnight in Barcelona or San Sebastian before travelling to your final destination, or you might choose to break your journey in Paris or another French town or city. High-speed AVE trains link Spain’s major cities, facilitating travel between regions. By own car. It is very easy to travel by ferry to northern Spain with your own car. Brittany Ferries offers weekly ferries from Plymouth to Santander (journey time around 20 hours), twice weekly ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao (journey time around 24 hours) and twice weekly ferries from Portsmouth to Santander (journey time around 24 hours). LD Lines offers weekly ferries from Poole to Santander (journey time around 26 hours) and Poole to Gijon (journey time around 25 hours).Hire-car. A hire-car is an absolute necessity for many of our holidays as without one the transfer is long and expensive and you need to be able to get out and about whilst at your holiday destination. Using a hire-car is a very cost-effective and convenient means of getting from the airport to your hotel and back, and also allows you to explore the area during the course of your stay. We work with Avis in Spain.Private transfers. We organise private car transfers for many of our clients. A transfer is particularly appropriate for destinations that are a single centre, perhaps on the coast and not too far from the airport.Local ferries. It is also possible to travel between destinations by ferry, particularly in the Canary Islands where a number of ferry companies run regular services between islands. Sightseeing and eventsOther items we might include in certain holidays or you might ask us to include can be theatre tickets, private guides for sightseeing, entrance tickets and wine tastings.Expressions concierge serviceWith Expressions Holidays we don’t advertise a separate concierge service as all our clients have a concierge service automatically with all our holidays. Your sales consultant will act as your personal concierge and make sure that we arrange all aspects of your holiday that you want us to arrange, from local guides to restaurant reservations.Search our website for ideas of luxury holidays to Spain by region, by holiday type and by activity. Regions will give you suggestions of hotels to stay in as well as touring holidays that feature that particular region and special interest holidays and activity holidays that take place in that region. Expressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.Click on the tabs above to find out more about us and our holidays. Regions of Spain can be viewed from the menu on the right above. Click on the ideas boxes below to discover more about our luxury holidays to Spain.
Spanish Expressions is a tailor-made destination specialist holiday programme, created by Expressions Holidays with 25 years’ experience as an independent, specialist tour operator, selling hotel holidays of quality. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.Personal and professional serviceSpanish Expressions has been researched and created by our Spanish speaking professionals who know Spain and its culture extremely well. Your holiday booking will be created and looked after by our Spanish-speaking sales team. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We pride ourselves on our speed of response, accuracy of information, answering the brief you give us and providing you with the level of detail you demand. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.Peace of mindExpressions Holidays offers you peace of mind from the moment you book until you come home. We make confirmed arrangements for you, with every element booked and nothing left to chance. In the unlikely event that you require assistance when you are abroad (unfortunately, unforeseen events can mean that sometimes clients have to return home), we are just a phone call away. We do not employ local representatives in Spain but all clients are issued with a 24-hour emergency contact number.
Spain is a passionate and dynamic country with extraordinary variety in its scenery, culture, cuisine, climate and language. Think of the fusion of hundreds of years of history with influences from the Celts and Romans, through to the Moors, the Catholic Monarchs, the Napoleonic Wars and more recently the Spanish Civil War, General Franco and then the emergence of a European democracy. Overlay this rich historical tapestry with the delights of the experiences of current-day Spain: golden beaches, seductive flamenco dancing, dramatic bullfights, extravagant festivals and mouth-watering tapas and paella. You have an extraordinary holiday land where you can relax, explore, enrich and enjoy. Regions of SpainOnce a divided land of rival kingdoms, the country today retains a fascinating diversity of language and culture, cuisine and art, with a journey of just a few hours taking you through scenes of total contrast. From its Roman relics to Muslim palaces, from baroque cathedrals to Modernista constructions, the country is strewn with artistic and architectural treasures.
Spain's old urban centres – spurred on by more than 30 years of democracy and rapid economic development – are a treasure trove of architectural jewels, with Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque churches, Moorish fortresses and Renaissance palaces. Here, an army of local and international architects has left a slew of daring signature buildings in Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid. Away from the exhilarating cities – where dinner rarely starts before 9pm, and nights go on long into the early hours – Spain’s beaches form an irresistible part of Spain’s holiday offering, whether it’s the classic sun, sea, sand and water-sports resorts of the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, or the quieter, rugged delights of the Costa Brava. However, while coastal and island holidays remain extremely popular, many visitors are also turning inland to countryside which is littered with medieval towns and hilltop castles, wild, windswept coasts and whitewashed villages virtually unchanged in centuries. Mountainous national parks offer stunning hiking in alpine environments, while the north coast offers rolling green hills, huddled fishing villages and isolated sandy coves.Unmissable holiday experiencesParador hotels, housed in converted historic buildings, from monasteries and palaces to fortresses and convents; Gaudi’s iconic architecture and the Gothic quarter in Barcelona, where La Boqueria, the city’s colourful market, is also an absolute essential; the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao and Madrid; El Classico, one of the fiercest sporting rivalries on the planet, when Real Madrid take on Barcelona; the Semana Santa easter celbrations in Granada and Seville; Granada’s remarkable 800-year old Moorish architecture, including of course, the Alhambra Palace; eating tapas in village and town squares, watching the world go by; the Balearic Islands, from the spectacular Cap Formentor on Majorca’s northwest, along with Majorca’s wonderful beaches and medieval towns of Pollenca, Soller and Deya, to the crysal coves of Menorca and buzzing Ibiza; the guaranteed winter sun and surreal volcanic interior of Lanzarote, along with the other Canary Islands; hillwalking in the Pyrenees, with mountain refuges and village restaurants serving fabulous rustic boar stews washed down with home-made reds; San Sebastian, an elegant Baque city on a crescent beach; Seville, the Andalucian capital, home of flamenco and mesmerising festival parades; Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia, super coastal scenery and wilderness; the lovely hamlets of the Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevadas; the stage-set, stunning 16th century towns of Extremadura; Toledo, homeland of El Greco, with a fascinating medieval old town in heart of Castilla; Santiago de Compostela, a stunning medieval city that marks the end of a centuries’ old pilgrimage; Picos de Europa, towering above the beach-studded Asturian coast; Cuenca, with its ‘hanging houses’, seemingly dangling from the clifftops of this UNESCO-protected medieaval town.
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CapitalMadrid Airportthe main gateway to Spain is Madrid’s Barajas airport, although many airlines serve other centres, particularly Barcelona, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. CurrencyEuro (£1=1.24 Euros) Size195,000 sq miles Population46 million Average temperatureClimate varies dramatically from region to region, with the meseta (high tableland of central Spain), Ebro basin and Andalucia scorching in summer (up to 45 degrees Centigrade), cold and dry in winter. The Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands get a little more rain than Madrid, and the south can be even hotter in summer. The Mediterranean, particularly around Alicante, also provides Spain’s warmest waters (reaching 27°C or so in August). Barcelona’s weather is typical of the coast – milder than in inland cities but more humid.
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