Looking for a break in the Spanish sunshine but unsure of which resort is right for you? Let me help you out! There are the ever-popular Canary and Balearic islands, but the mainland also has just as much to offer in terms of beauty and culture. So, instead of racking your brain over the many Costas and islands, I’m here to break them all down for you, and soon we’ll find you the perfect holiday!
For the perfect family holiday with year-round sunshine, there’s really nowhere better than the Canary Islands. Tenerife is full of gorgeous beaches built for water sports and made of two distinct halves: the lush, green north of the island, where you’ll find the highest mountain in Spain, and the rockier south. In Fuerteventura, you’ll love the volcanic landscape and miles of white sandy beaches, topped off with the cool African sea breezes.
Gran Canaria offers a variety of landscapes and is filled with modern resorts that contrast nicely with the picturesque towns. There’s also Aqualand, which is the largest waterpark on the island. Finally, you’ll be spoilt for choice for sun-kissed beaches in Lanzarote. And like Gran Canaria, there are lots of theme parks and waterparks to keep the kids busy!
Fancy a Spanish island with a shorter flight time? Take a quick break to the Balearics. Whether you’re after quiet time together in Majorca or Menorca, or out-of-this-world nightlife in Ibiza, there’s something for everyone. Fantastic All Inclusive hotels await you. But it’s not just about the hotel. Take a stroll through pretty towns, sample some local delicacies and soak up the culture in Palma. Or, have an unforgettable night partying to the beat of world-class DJs down the strip in Ibiza.
Costa Blanca’s got style. With year-round sunshine, fruit orchards, and modern villas, it’s no wonder it’s often dubbed as the ‘California of Europe’. Best known for Benidorm and Alicante, as well as being a favourite for Brits who flock there for retirement. Once you get a taste of it, you’ll be dreaming of living there yourself. Make sure to head to Santa Bárbara Castle before you leave for an incredible panoramic view.
The fun never stops in Costa Dorada. You can spend the long days chilling out on the beautiful beaches, or wandering around olive groves and vineyards. You have Salou just around the corner, which is a lively resort that has lots of things for the family days out. Costa Dorada isn’t as tourist-y as other resorts, but this fabulous stretch of beach starts in Barcelona. So, live in the moment and become a daytripper, sampling tapas and wine, and exploring the many wonders of this culture-rich city.
Costa de Almeria
The picture-perfect resort of Costa de Almeria is the ideal destination if you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing break. You’ll come away with so many holiday snaps after a trip down the many authentic squares, or a scenic walk on the hills or unspoilt golden beaches. Get a taste of Spain at one of the many restaurants serving fresh, local dishes. Then, hop over to Almeria itself and visit Cabo de Gata Natural Park for some amazing snorkeling or kayaking if you’re feeling adventurous!
Costa del Sol
Neighbouring Costa de Almeria, this is the more vibrant resort, where you’ll find the nearby Malaga and Marbella have quite the influence. Named ‘Coast of the Sun’, you should expect nothing less. As you drive through the hills and mountains, you’ll pass countless sleepy villages and perfect spots for wine tasting. But along the coast, you’ll find soft sands and beautiful blue waters, as well as cooking classes, spas, water sports, and over 40 golf courses. Don’t forget that a daytrip to Seville is a must to add an extra touch of culture with traditional flamenco dancing and stunning architecture.