Loads of beaches, tapas and flamenco dancing
With a cheap holiday to Spain, you'll save money on your flights and hotel. So there's more in the bank for exploring the place. Plus, the sunshine and sandy beaches come free of charge...
Book a cheap holiday to Spain and your flights and accommodation come at a great price. There's plenty to do out there that won't put you out of pocket, too – whether it's eating tapas on the backstreets of Barcelona, beach–hopping in the Canaries or dancing in the sand on Ibiza. Here are a few more ideas...
This Balearic island is hemmed by a 360–degree sandy coastline, so you're never far from the beach. Alcudia, an upmarket resort town in the north, has got a 10–kilometre stretch. It's kitted out with sunloungers, beach bars, watersports – the works. Further south, you get diddy, secluded beaches strung between craggy cliffs, like the ones in Cala d'Or. Pack a picnic and a towel – these tiny coves don't go in for snack bars and loungers.
Stretched across the western coast of Andalucia, Costa de la Luz, meaning coast of light, is known for its vast, golden beaches. There's lots going on out at sea, too. You can catch a boat trip toward the Strait of Gibraltar to spot dolphins weaving through the water. Sometimes they run up alongside the boat, so don't forget the camera. If you're lucky, you might even see a humpback whale.
This mid–sized town on the Costa del Sol is a top–notch spot for taking the whole family. The huge sandy stretch is perfect for sandcastle construction, while the amped–up theme park and Sealife centre out of town are great for kids, too. Throw in the cobbled streets of the old town, tasty seafood places and loads of shopping, and everyone's happy.
Shopping is serious business in Gran Canaria. The whole place is duty–free, so it's not hard to spot a bargain. Especially considering there are hundreds of shopping centres. Head to Las Palmas for trendy, one–off boutiques and high street names like M&S and Mango. If you're after gadgets, the electrical shops at the Yumbo Centre in Playa del Ingles should see you right.
Thirty minutes out of the popular resort–town of Benidorm, you'll find a bit of a natural wonder. The Algar Falls are a bougainvillea–clad waterfall, with a shallow pool you can swim in. The current isn't too strong, but you might want to bring your flip flops. Getting there means a bit of a hike from a nearby town – so make sure you stock up on water.
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