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Cultural Holidays in Spain

Whilst holidaying in Spain may typically bring to mind relaxing under the hot sun on sandy beaches, there is far more to this diverse country than just the sun and sands of the Mediterranean. Its long, turbulent history has left it a tapestry of different cultures and its beautiful cities are home to an abundance of art, architecture, music and gastronomic delights.

Whether you’re interested in spectacular day trips or longer overland adventures, the possibilities to experience some of Spain’s unique cultural highlights are abundant. You can discover the Moorish legacy in Andalucía and beyond, enjoy the charms and character of the thriving melting pots of Madrid and Barcelona, walk along the Camino de Santiago, discover the iconic landmarks of Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada by train or indulge your creative side with an arty eco-retreat in Southern Spain – there really is everyone whatever your tastes and interests.

Check out our journey planner for details on how to travel by train from London to Spain and featured below is a selection of some of Spain’s top cultural holidays - and you can reach all of them by train or ferry:

Making Paint and creating a painting at Los Gazquez

Art + Ecology Holiday, Andalucia, Spain

Cortijada Los Gázquez is an eco-retreat for the creatively minded. We run creative courses which tailor your experience of the environment in a way which allows you to maximise your understanding and creative response...
From 314 euros per person
Walking in Andalucia, Spain

Walking in Andalucia, Spain

Near Algamitas, Cortijo Rosario with views over Seville, Cadiz and Malaga is a renovated farmhouse in an agricultural community. Our walks take us through hills, white villages, olive groves and the granite peaks of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

From £879.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures all year around
Cycle the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Cycle the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

We begin in Leon with its winding narrow streets, cross the Castillan plains climbing to the 'Iron Cross', visit the village of Castrillo de los Polvazares, pass through vineyards & country on our way to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

From £1179.00 GBP

8 days
Various Sunday departures from May to October
Walking holiday in Andalucia

Discover the Highlands of Spain

Andalucía offers a quintessential Spanish experience. This 15-day trip reaches the true spirit of Al Andalus and the unique cultural heritage found in Seville, Córdoba and Granada. >> Free Gift: mention Greentraveller when booking: Explore Moleskin

From £1329 tour only

14 days
various departures: Saturdays from May to October
Chorizo and jalapeño

Northern Spain Real Food Adventure

Enjoy authentic, affordable food experiences as you visit Santa Catarina Market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class, tapas-hop in Logrono, discover the wine caves of Laguardia and indulge in pinxtos and traditional cider in San Sebastian.

From £1,800 (maximum group size 12)

10 days
Selected Tuesdays May to October
Walking the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spanish Heartland

Walking the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spanish Heartland

From the Sierra de las Mamblas we follow pilgrim routes to Nuestra Senora de las Mamblas, following the Muela, enjoy stunning views. One of the highlights follows a pilgrim's trail to the village of Santo Domingo de Silos, with its famous monastery.

From £719.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from April to October
Paella. Yum.

Best of Spain

Explore cultured Madrid, experience a fiery flamenco performance in Seville, wander among Gaudi's handiwork in Barcelona - this Spanish adventure is as colourful and diverse as the land itself.

£1960 (maximum group size 12)

15 days
Various Saturday departures March to November
Coastal coves

Madrid to Marrakech

Travel from Madrid to Marrakech via idyllic Algarve beaches, experiencing the artistic and cultural delights of Spain, the rich history and food of Portugal and the magical markets and coastal retreats of Morocco as you experience Europe and Africa.

From £1665 (maximum group size 12)

15 days
Various Saturday departures from March until November
Sacre Coeur - Intrepid Trip's cultural holiday

Paris to Madrid

From the romantic capital of France to magnificent Madrid, this adventure is full of art, nature, culture and history. Explore the history of French Chateaux, hike in the Pyrenees, kick back on Spanish beaches and discover the culture of Madrid.

From £2278 (maximum group size 12 people)

15 days
Selected Saturdays from April to October
Making Paint and creating a painting at Los Gazquez

Art + Ecology Holiday, Andalucia, Spain

Cortijada Los Gázquez is an eco-retreat for the creatively minded. We run creative courses which tailor your experience of the environment in a way which allows you to maximise your understanding and creative response...

From 314 euros per person

7 days
Saturday to Saturday two weeks out of each month e.g 24th-31st July plus short breaks and tailor made creative courses.
Blue Gate, Fes, Morocco

Madrid to Marrakech: Spain and Morocco by Train

Traverse the beautiful Spanish countryside and soak in the magic of Morocco on this wonderful 14-day trip. Experience two incredible cultures as you travel from Madrid to Marrakech, discovering stunning scenery, gorgeous food and friendly locals.

From £1,699 GBP

14 days
Various departures from September to December
Delicious custard tarts in Portugal

Real Food Adventure - Galicia & Portugal

Taste tapas in Santiago de Compostela, discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Travel on to Portugal, sip your way around the Douro Valley, enjoy a home cooked dinner & farm stay in Alentejo and finish your tour in Lisbon

from £1555

8 days
Thursday departures from May to October
Alhambra Palace in Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain

Walking in Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain

From Cadiar, in the river valley, to Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, we enjoy the unique beauty, culture and history of Alpujarra lying between high snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea, and is one of the gems of Spain.

From £799.00 GBP

8 days
Sunday departures from March to October
Stunning mountains in Las Alpujarras, Spain

Walking in Spain - With Chris Stewart in Las Alpujarras

A week walking with author Chris Stewart in Las Alpujarras, Spain. Based in a hotel in Mairena, take scenic walks and excursions that explore this alluring corner of southern Spain and then join Chris and his wife for meals and a tour of their farm.

£1040pp (based on 2 sharing)

7 days
7 nights in November
Setenil de las bodegas in Historic Andalucia, Spain

A Week in Historic Andalucia, Spain

Cortijo Rosario, in an area rich in Moorish history, is our base to explore Seville and Cordoba to the dramatic hill town of Ronda and the 'white villages' of Andalucia, there is a wealth of culture and local food and folklore to indulge in.

From £939.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures all year around
Catalan Coast Holiday

Catalan Coast Train Holiday, Spain

Relax and enjoy the stunning, rugged Catalan Coast from a base in the relaxing Spanish resort of Rosas. Visit magnificent Barcelona, charming Figueres and the incredible Salvador Dali Foundation on this Catalan Coast Rail Holiday.

From £825

8 days
Various departures from March to November