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    Singles holidays in Spain


    By Alison Spencer

    Spain is one of the most popular countries for singles holidays. Hotels and specialist tour companies have a range of offers regardless of your age or interests, from Andalucia to Zaragoza.

    Long-stay hotels

    For solo travellers aged 50 or more, Saga Holidays has no single supplements at its long-stay hotels in Spain. Many of the resorts are all-inclusive and great for meeting new people. Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on the Costa de la Luz has activities included such as cooking demonstrations and cocktail making, and excursions to various nearby towns. Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife has a pool and two golf courses.

    House parties

    House parties run by Travel One and Solos Holidays are even more sociable than hotels. Solo travellers get together for meals and excursions and have their own room at no additional charge. Travel One offers house parties in Calpe on the Costa Blanca, San Antonio in Ibiza, and in Lanzarote. You can also attend its famous Autumn Party in Mallorca. Solos Holiday has hotels in Corfu, Turkey and Crete. While these house parties are open to single travelers of all ages, most are aged 40-60.

    Wellness retreats

    The Healthy Holiday Company has wellness trips throughout Spain, from weight loss to holistic living. Shanti Som in Andalucia runs intensive yoga retreats, and a multi-day weight loss programme combining diet, exercise and yoga. The Sha Wellness Clinic on the Costa Blanca has a detox retreat that focuses on macrobiotics and re-balancing your system. Retreats run by In:Spa incorporate a bit of everything, creating a more holistic experience. Here, nutritionists, chefs, trainers and instructors work together to provide a wide range of services, from massage to fitness training to weight loss. Singles can choose an In:Spa program in Ibiza, or at La Vella Farga, near Barcelona.


    Cruises are a sociable way to see multiple locations throughout Spain. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a Canary Islands itinerary that, on select dates, has no single supplement. And while the trip is not solely for singles, you can elect to be seated with other solos at dinner and partake in any of the cruise’s activities. Fred. Olsen targets those 50 and older.

    Active holidays

    Solos Holidays offers a wide variety of holidays for single travellers looking to stay active while in Spain. For golf enthusiasts, they have trips to Mallorca and Lanzarote. The former is designed for those with a handicap and the latter for those without. The same operator runs various walking tours, two of which take you through the olive groves and along the beaches of Mallorca. You can explore the White Villages of Andalucia, the desert landscapes of Fuerteventura, or the cork forests and canyons of Cadiz and Cape Trafalgar. Each walking tour offers hikes at different levels of difficulty and are open to all ages.

    Personal development

    Cortijo Romero in Andalucia has put together a retreat that focuses on personal development and life transformation. Staying in a converted farmhouse in the mountains of Las Alpujarras, you’ll get a week’s holiday filled with courses that range from yoga to mindfulness to writing and professional development. The programme combines group activities, such as an excursion to nearby villages, with opportunities for solitude and reflection. While some couples attend, most participants arrive solo and range in age from early 20s to retired.

    Winter escapes

    If you’re looking for a mid-winter reprieve, Mercury Holidays offers single-friendly holidays in Malta, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Costa del Sol, and Mallorca. Most deals include flights and transfers in the prices. None charges a single supplement and some are all-inclusive. 

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