Luxury wellness holidays and retreats in Spain
Best months to visit
For the hottest temperatures, visit during the summer months, but for those looking to avoid the crowds, the best time to visit Spain is in late spring (April to May) or early autumn (September to October), when the temperature is still pleasant. Some hotels close during the winter months.
From stylish, cosmopolitan cities, to peaceful, sun-drenched, Mediterranean coastline, to some of the best rock climbing in the world, Spain encompasses a rich variety of destinations. While Barcelona, Madrid and the restaurants of the Basque Country may be among the most visited spots in Europe, Spain is also a hub for wellness, with the slower-paced coastal areas and scenic islands lending themselves perfectly to a relaxing, luxury escape. With more than 3,000 miles of coastline, and more blue flag beaches than any other country, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing a destination for a wellness retreat. Whether at Six Senses Ibiza, the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, or the coast of San Sebastián, home to some of the best city beaches and culinary delights, Health Travel invites you to luxuriate in all that Spain has to offer.
Top places to visit in Spain for health & wellness
The Basque Country
While it may have gained notoriety as a party destination, Ibiza is also an excellent location for a luxury wellness retreat, with world leading practitioners and health experts ready to aid your health transformation at Six Senses Ibiza. Those who seek luxury and relaxation can enjoy the island’s crystal clear waters, edged by over 18km of soft, sandy beaches, before indulging in the wide variety of wellness treatments available.
On the Costa Blanca shores of the azure Mediterranean Sea, Alicante is an important harbour town with a wealth of cultural history. Representing over 1,000 years of both Islamic and Spanish history, the magnificent fortress that is Santa Bárbara castle is the perfect view point from which to drink in the stunning views of the town below before exploring it for yourself.
A true culinary delight, the Basque Country is renowned for its world class food and drink, especially the seaside town of San Sebastián, which is considered one of the best places to eat in the world. Indulge yourself in Michelin starred dining or pintxos before exploring the unique Basque identity and wildly beautiful countryside.
Here's 3 experiences to inspire you
Hike the King’s Pathway
Stretching across the El Chorro Gorge, 100m above the river winding below, the King’s Pathway, or El Caminito del Rey, was once one of the most dangerous crossings in the world. Now carefully restored, it’s a unique chance for avid adventurers to venture along the walkways on the side of a sheer cliff face. A thrilling experience through cliffs, canyons and valleys, and a fascinating variety of wildlife.
Go on a cycle tour of the Ibiza countryside
Explore the undiscovered paradise of northern Ibiza, weaving through secluded tracks to reach untouched beaches. Scale plunging cliff faces above the endless, turquoise Mediterranean sea, and stop at quiet hidden bays for a cooling swim. The perfect way to appreciate Ibiza’s sun-drenched natural beauty.
Discover the mesmerising Alhambra
Embrace Granada’s rich Islamic heritage by touring the Alhambra before relaxing in one of the city’s Arab baths. The Alhambra’s intricately detailed palaces and stunning structures are among the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Europe, while Granada also preserves some of the oldest baths and Hammams in Spain. A traditional Arab Hammam helps reduce stress, and provides essential vitamins and minerals.