The Best Places to Stay in Spain

Spain’s remarkable history makes it a compelling destination for travellers. Its origins go back to at least the 11th century BC, when Greek and Phoenician settlers first encountered indigenous Iberian tribes. As the Roman province of Iberica, Spain was the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, before becoming a substantial Visigoth kingdom.

Seven centuries of Moorish Islamic civilization – unique in Europe – created an artistic legacy of glittering palaces and mosques. By the early 16th century Spanish rulers controlled most of Europe and the New World, heralding a period of unprecedented wealth, and an explosion of building and artistic patronage. In the 19th and early 20th centuries a new dynamism and independent spirit emerged, expressed in exuberant modernista art and architecture.

This magnificent heritage is surveyed in Academy Travel’s 18-day tour of Spain from south to north, through the regions of Andalusia, Castille-Leόn and Catalonia. The itinerary commences with three nights each in the southern cities of Granada, Córdoba and Seville, home to Roman and Moorish treasures. Our four days in Madrid are an art-lover’s dream, with visits to outstanding galleries and royal palaces of the imperial period. The tour ends in Barcelona, a thoroughly modern city, but one with ancient roots.

Many of Spain’s historical cities can be explored on foot, and we have selected centrally-located hotels throughout to allow for individual exploration.

Listed below are some of Academy Travel’s carefully selected four-star hotels for the popular Grand Tour of Spain:

Each of the hotels in our itinerary have been selected principally for their character and central location and are 4-star in standard.

Granada, Hotel Villa Oniria

Address: Calle San Antón, 28, 18005 Granada, Spain 

A 19th-century mansion restored in Andalusian style.

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Córdoba, Hotel NH Amistad

Address: Plaza Maimónides, 3, 14004 Córdoba, Spain

Comprises two fully renovated 18th-century mansions.


Seville, Hotel Casas de la Judería

Address: Calle Sta. María la Blanca, 5, 41004 Sevilla, Spain 

Formerly part of the residence of the Duke of Bejar

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Madrid, Iberostar Las Letras

Address: Calle Gran Vía, 11, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Las Letras is a fully renovated former palacio.

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Barcelona, H10 Urquinaona Plaza Hotel

Address: Plaça d’Urquinaona, 2, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

A stylish adaptation of an original 19th-century building.

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