Holidays to Spain switch it up from siesta-filled days on the beach to hip-swinging, sangria-fuelled fiestas after dark.
Pick ‘n’ mix Spain
Spain’s holiday destinations are like a chocolate selection box. There are the mainland Spain faves in Valencia, Andalucia and Catalonia. But you’ve also got bundles of islands – the Canaries and the Balearics – providing even more options. Wherever you drop your suitcase, you can expect second-to-none sandy beaches, oodles of attractions and tasty tapas.
A choice of coasts
This country’s got countless Costas to its name. Some of the big shots include the family-friendly Costa del Sol and Costa Dorada – home to Blue Flag beaches and theme parks. City breaks to Barcelona and Girona aren’t off the cards, either – they’re daytripping distance from the Costa Brava. Then you’ve got the chilled Costa de Almeria, Costa de la Luz and Costa Blanca, where you can stroll around twee fishing villages or nod off on a people-free beach.
A batch of islands
Another thing Spain’s not short of is islands. This place has stockpiled two archipelagos. First up, there are the Canary Islands, where Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria do most of the talking. The year-round toasty temperatures mean they’re sunbathing hotspots, but biking, hiking and watersports are in good supply, too. The Balearic Islands top up the beach count. Menorca’s got the cute coves, Majorca’s capital brings the culture and Ibiza’s clubs are attractions in their own right.
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Spain’s trusty beach resorts have been coming up trumps with holidaymakers for yonks, and Andalucia’s got a brag-worthy trio to shout about. The Costa del Sol delivers a simple recipe of restaurant-bordered sands and hotels that have mastered home comforts. Costa de Almeria rocks big and small beaches, like Roquetas de Mar and Cabo de Gata. And Costa de la Luz slots in to complete the trilogy, with rip-roaring watersports and a dot-to-dot of tanning territories.
If you’re on the hunt for a tried-and-tested beach holiday destination, look no further. Each of these Mediterranean Sea-surrounded islands offer prime package holiday settings, all less than a three-hour flight from London. Visitors flock here during the summer months for their beach and fishing village-speckled coastlines, natural sights and party credentials.
This group of Spanish isles is way closer to Africa than Spain. This works to their advantage – guaranteeing plenty of sun for their batch of beaches. Other than a shared climate, they’re a mixed bunch. Pleasing holidaymakers is the name of the game in Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Fuerteventura and La Palma are the shy ones, but they’re still packed to the brim with sleepy coves and hiking trails.
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