March 29, 2021 ·

Vacations in Spanish. Useful Holidays Vocabulary


Vacations in Spanish. Useful Holidays Vocabulary

Vocabulario de vacaciones en español:

Who doesn’t love a nice vacation? And wouldn’t it be even better if you were able to use another language to communicate when necessary? 

So be it that you need some vocabulary for your next trip to a Spanish speaking country, or be it that you’re working on a school project for Spanish about your vacations, we can help you! 

So let’s start with a basic question:

Where are you going?

  • To the coast! = ¡A la costa!  
  • La playa = the beach
  • La arena = the sand
  • El sol = the sun
  • El río = the river
  • La toalla = the towel
  • El trajo de baño = the swimming suit 
  • El boliche / la discoteca = the night club
  • La sombrilla / el parasol  = the beach umbrella 
  • To the mountains! = ¡A las montañas!
  • Las montañas = the mountains 
  • La nieve = the snow
  • El paseo = the promenade 
  • Las flores = the flowers
  • El atardecer = the sunset 
  • Esquiar = to sky
  • Los esquís = the skies 
  • Las botas de esquí = sky boots 
  • La piedra = the stone 
  • La cabaña = the cabin 
  • To the countryside! = ¡Al campo! 
  • Los caballos = the horses
  • La silla de montar = the saddle 
  • Las riendas = the reins 
  • El bosque = the forest
  • Acampar = go camping
  • El campamento = the campsite 
  • La carpa = the tent
  • La fogata = the campfire
  • La bolsa de dormir = the sleeping bag
  • La linterna = flashlight
  • La mochila = the backpack
  • El hacha = the axe
  • El ciervo = the deer
  • El oso = the bear
  • Los pájaros = the birds
  • El búho = the owl
  • El lobo = the wolf
  • El granero = the barn 
  • Las vacas = the cows
  • To the city! = ¡A la ciudad! 
  • El museo = the museum
  • La entrada = the ticket
  • La entrada = the entrance
  • El recital / concierto = the concert
  • El bar = the bar
  • La plaza = the square
  • El monumento = the monument
  • La estatua = the statue
  • La torre = the tower
  • El edificio = the building
  • El rascacielos = the skyscraper 
  • La tienda / el negocio = the store
  • El restaurante = the restaurant 

So, now you know how to call some very important things that you’ll probably need to refer to during your trip. However, you might also need some verbs!

These are some actions in Spanish we do on vacations:

  • Pasear = to promenade 
  • Visitar = to visit
  • Nadar = to swim
  • Jugar = to play
  • Escuchar = to listen, to hear
  • Comer = to eat
  • Probar = to taste
  • Tomar / beber = to drink
  • Desayunar = to have breakfast 
  • Cenar = to have diner
  • Almorzar = to have lunch
  • Bailar = to dance
  • Correr = to run
  • Hacer ejercicio = to work out
  • Navegar = to sail 
  • Surfear = to surf
  • Bucear = to scuba dive 
  • Escalar = to climb 
  • Mirar = to watch

Lastly, we will give you some more vocabulary that you’ll probably need to use. Más vocabulario útil (More useful vocabulary)!

  • El hotel = the hotel
  • El aeropuerto = the airport
  • El equipaje = the luggage
  • El autobús / micro = the bus
  • El barco = the ship
  • La bicicleta = the bike 
  • El extranjero = the foreigner 

How to communicate to a friend or family member who wants to know about our vacations in Spanish:

Well, we can start with a friendly greeting! 

  • Querido/a… = Dear… 
  • ¡Hola! = Hi!
  • ¿Cómo estás? = How are you?
  • Te extraño = I miss you 
  • Yo estoy muy bien = I’m very well 
  • Next we can talk a little about the place we’re visiting. For example… 
  • Me encanta… = I love… 
  • Este lugar es genial / Este lugar está buenísimo = This place is awesome
  • La estoy pasando muy bien = I’m having a great time!
  • Este lugar es hermoso = This place is lovely

Next we have two options. We can use the Present Tense to tell our friend what we do everyday –our vacation routine– or we can use the Past Tense to tell them what we have already done. In order to do that, we are probably going to use some of the verbs and nouns listed at the beginning of the article!

For instance…

  • Todas las mañanas desayuno en el hotel = Every morning I have breakfast at the hotel
  • Ayer visité el Museo del Prado = Yesterday I visited the Prado Museum
  • We can also use the Future tense to tell them what we’re planning to do! 
  • Mañana pasaré el día en la playa = Tomorrow I’m going to spend the day at the beach
  • Lastly, we can ask our friends how they are doing back home:
  • ¿Qué tal todo por allá? = How’s everything going over there? 
  • Obviously, we are free to tell them that we think about them… and also got them some souvenirs! 
  • Compré regalos para todos ustedes = I’ve bought some presents for all of you!
  • Tengo un regalo para vos = I have a present for you
  • Tengo muchas fotos para mostrarte = I have a lot of pictures to show you

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Let’s try to put this together and write a short vacation email to a friend in Spanish?

Querido Andrés, 

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? Yo estoy bien. ¡Me encanta Villa Nenúfar! Este lugar es genial. Los bosques y montañas son muy lindos. El hotel también está muy bien. 

Todos los días desayuno en el hotel, luego voy a caminar por el campo y a nadar en el lago. 

Ayer paseé por la ciudad y visité el museo más famoso, en donde hay muchos cuadros muy importantes. Luego almorcé en un restaurante y por la noche fui a un bar a beber cerveza y escuchar música. Conocí a unos turistas alemanes con quienes fui a bailar. 

¡Mañana iré a andar a caballo y después a bucear a la playa! 

¿Qué tal por allá? ¡Los extraño a todos! Junté caracoles de la playa para llevarles. 

¡Nos vemos en una semana!


Dear Andrés,

Hello, how are you? I’m fine. I love Villa Nenúfar! This place is awesome. The forests and the mountains are lovely. The hotel is very nice too. 

Yesterday I walked around the city and visited the most famous museum, where you can find some very important paintings. Afterwards, I had lunch at a restaurant and at night I went to a bar to drink some beer and listen to some music. I met some German tourists with whom I went dancing. 

Tomorrow I’m going horse riding and later scuba diving! 

How’s everything going over there? I miss you all! I collected some seashells from the beach to give you guys!  

See you in a week!


So there you have it! If you want to know more about writing emails and texts in Spanish, keep up to date with our blogs! 

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