Spain is in the CET Central European Time zone which is one hour ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT).
Spain Flying Times.
The flying time to Andalucia is around 2 hours and 40 minutes, Catalonia 2 hours and 10 minutes, the Costa Blanca 2 hours and 30 minutes and Ibiza 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Most people travel to Spain by plane. There are direct flights to many major airports such as Barcelona (BCN), Gerona (GRO), Alicante (ALC), Murcia (MJV), Ibiza (IBZ) and Malaga (AGP) from most European countries. Spain is serviced by many airlines including Easyjet, Jet2, Ryanair, bmibaby, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Dont forget to pre-book airport parking to make great savings. Some opt to self drive to Spain and usually take an overnight hotel stop or two.
The Spanish weather along the coast is really warm and sunny nearly all year round. The Costa Blanca has even been recognized by UNESCO as having the ideal climate. Generally speaking it gets hotter as you move down from Catalonia to the Costa del Sol.
Spain holiday books to read
Driving over lemons by Chris Stewart makes for good light reading for those who dream of staying by the pool of their Spanish villa a little longer. A must read for anyone is the Laurie Lee classic As I walked out one midsummer morning and for those with infinite patience who enjoy a sophisticated chuckle about Spain of the past Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is the big one.
Spain food and drink
As one of the biggest exporters of fruit and vegetables in Europe you can be sure the Spanish keep some for themselves, as you will see. Add superb meat, serano ham and excellent Rioja wines and you can eat very well at the villa in Spain, which is why most clients spend all day in the pool and barbecue meals on the terrace.
Eating out in Spain
Meals out in Spain can be very good value, families are welcome and the menus multilingual. Tapas bars and restaurants are big favourites and tendency is to eat later as Spain comes to life around 10pm.
Villa and country house accommodation for school holidays in Spain
The Spanish school holidays differ from Britain so its worth taking this into account when you book a villa holiday in Spain. You can take advantage of quiet periods with good weather for Easter breaks, Spring bank holiday, even October half term. In July and August it does tend to be hotter and busier. If you are not tied to school terms then June and September are probably the best months and much cheaper.
What should you expect when you rent a villa in Spain.
The villas vary a great deal from the coast where they are more contemporary to inland where there are many converted farmhouses, fincas and manors. The older coastal villas usually have larger gardens. In the south around fashionable Marbella prices for holiday houses are generally higher by the sea. Linen and towels are usually provided and a security deposit required.
Our Spanish villas usually have a private swimming pool, many are near the beach and some have fabulous sea views. We have a fantastic range of self catering villas in Spain sleeping 2 to 18 people in the countries most desirable areas for villa holidays.
Our close ties with our local suppliers and our sister company located in Javea on the Costa Blanca gives us unrivalled access to the pick of the available villas at well negotiated prices. All our Spanish villas are inspected to ensure that they meet our high standards and many prospective villas are declined in the process. Our long experience of the Spanish market helps us to refine this process.
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