Destination guide

Spain—a melting pot of experiences

Stretching between the pounding rollers of the Atlantic and the soothing waves of the Mediterranean, and protected by the dramatic peaks of the Pyrenees, Spain encompasses diverse natural beauty and rich history in equal measure. The cultural powerhouse of Madrid is complemented by the sparkling beaches of the Costa del Sol and the heritage landmarks of Granada. Spain vacation rentals offer the chance to stay in the shadows of Valencia’s futuristic architecture, soak up the colorful culture of Seville, trek through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, or party till dawn in the lively clubs of Malaga.

Things to do

Madrid—Spain’s museum hot spot

The Spanish capital, Madrid, boasts many of Europe’s most prestigious art galleries and museums. The highlight of any visit is a tour of the world-famous art collection of the Prado. This venerable institution houses priceless masterpieces by Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco, as well as works by Italian and Dutch masters. The pinnacle of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía's collection of 20th-century Spanish art is Picasso’s iconic "Guernica", along with famous paintings by Salvador Dali and Miró. The National Museum of Decorative Arts showcases a different side of Spanish cultural history through extensive displays of furniture, ceramics, glassware, textiles, and jewelry.


Spain's 4-season appeal

Spain vacation rentals are spread throughout the country, but the Mediterranean coast remains one of the most popular summer choices. Spain’s famous costas are renowned for their family-friendly beaches and stimulating water sports. Traditional festivals fill the streets with colorful parades, theme parks cater for thrill-seekers of all ages, and restaurants serve up tasty local specialties under a canopy of stars. Spain vacation rentals in the Pyrenees, along with the picturesque ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada National Park, are top of the list for winter-sports enthusiasts and nature lovers.


The rain in Spain…

Spain’s temperate climate provides the perfect conditions for sun-drenched summers on the beach and pleasant festive city breaks. Despite the popular saying, rainfall is rare on Spain’s semi-arid plains, being more typically found in the high valleys of the Pyrenees and along the Atlantic coast. Spain vacation rentals with a pool offer a refreshing respite from the sizzling heat of high summer, while cozy mountain cabins provide homey bases from which to enjoy the coming of spring after the winter snows have melted. The mild days of fall are ideal for exploring museums and heritage sites away from the peak-season crowds.

Natural features

Spain’s natural wonders

Nowhere are the natural wonders of Spain more keenly prized than in Doñana National Park. This vast area of Andalusia is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique biodiversity, which has no direct equivalent throughout the whole of Europe. Its marshland, shallow streams, and sand dunes provide supportive habitats for a wide variety of migratory birds, as well as endangered indigenous species such as the Spanish imperial eagle. Badgers, mongooses, and Iberian lynx are among its land-based residents, while over 20 species of freshwater fish are found in its rivers.

Where to stay around Spain?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 141,007 vacation rentals near Spain. From 26,296 Villas to 28,015 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Spain for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Spain?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Spain. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Barcelona: 4,270 vacation rentals
  • Madrid: 3,423 vacation rentals
  • Mallorca: 14,395 vacation rentals
  • Ibiza: 2,192 vacation rentals
  • Málaga: 13,494 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Spain! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Spain?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Spain:

  • Barcelona: 4,270 rentals
  • Madrid: 3,423 rentals
  • Málaga: 13,494 rentals
  • Marbella: 7,566 rentals
  • San Sebastián: 728 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Spain?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Spain are:

  • Barcelona Airport (BCN): 5,134 vacation rentals
  • Sevilla Airport (SVQ): 2,040 vacation rentals
  • Fuerteventura Airport (FUE): 1,598 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Spain?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Spain. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Valencia (YJV-Valencia-Joaquin Sorolla Train Station): 1,576 rentals
  • Las Ramblas: 4,415 rentals
  • San Sebastian (YJH-San Sebastian-Donostia Train Station): 778 rentals
  • Seville (XQA-Santa Justa Train Station): 2,014 rentals
  • Granada (YJG-Granada Train Station): 1,255 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Spain listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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