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From its unique architectural treasures to its proximity to spectacular beaches, Seville has everything you could want from a city break. Located in sunny Southern Spain, this beautiful city is the capital of the province of Andalusia and a popular spot for holidaymakers.
Holidays to Seville mean lots of exploring. Spend your time marvelling at impressive monuments, such as Seville Cathedral, while basking in the warm Spanish sunshine. Wander through idyllic cobbled streets, stop for a pitcher of Sangria at one of the vibrant bars, or spend an afternoon exploring the busy street markets.
The city is also ripe with Spanish traditions, such as flamenco dancing. Whether you visit as a family, a couple, or a group of friends, Seville holidays offer the perfect escape.
Architecture and Landmarks
Seville isn’t short of magnificent architecture. This 2,200-year-old capital city was once the subject of Roman and Moorish rule, and its landscape has dramatically shifted over time.
Seville still has several Roman structures today, such as the remnants of the Caños de Carmona. This was an aqueduct that connected Seville with the neighbouring city of Carmona. There are also the Roman columns at the Alameda de Hercules, one of which features a statue of Hercules, the hero of Greek mythology who is believed to have founded the city.
This Spanish hotspot is also home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Completed in the early 16th century, the landmark was built on the site of a former mosque when the Moors lost control of Seville. Visitors can admire the building’s impressive stonework and enjoy stunning panoramic views from its rooftop.
Seville is a vibrant city that’s full of character and charm. It’s a great spot to soak up some of Spain’s most famous traditions.
Flamenco is a form of song and dance that began in Andalusia and has been passed down from generation to generation. There are various places where you can watch this foot-stomping dance, including T de Triana and Casa del Flamenco. One thing’s for sure – you’ll be completely blown away by this incredible spectacle!
The best time to witness flamenco in Seville is during April when the city comes alive with its week-long annual festival, Feria de Abril. Throughout the week, the streets of Seville are full of people in brightly coloured outfits dancing flamenco.
Holidays in Seville promise plenty of delicious cuisine. Here, the streets are lined with delightful restaurants where you can enjoy a range of authentic Spanish dishes. Eating out is a well-loved pastime in Seville, and the city is home to over 3,000 tapas bars. In fact, the Spanish tradition of tapa food actually originated in Seville.
Some of the city’s most famous food creations include solomillo al whiskey (pork cooked in whiskey sauce) and salmorejo (cold tomato soup), which are popular in tapas restaurants. Those with a sweet tooth should sample tocino de cielo. This is one of Southern Spain’s most well-known desserts and has a very rich taste. Booking a food tour is a great way to try out different dishes while learning about gourmet traditions.
Costa del Sol
Basking in over 320 days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol is part of the aptly-named ‘Sunshine Coast’. Once famous for vibrant nightlife, Costa del Sol holidays can now be as up-tempo or as laid back as you want them to be. Family-friendly resorts, such as Benalmadena, offer everything you could possibly need if you’re taking a break with the kids, while couples might prefer the tranquillity of resorts such as Marbella and Pueblo Quinta.
There’s also the opportunity to enjoy a slice of old-school Spain, with a visit to the cobbled streets of Malaga’s Old Town and the Andalusian charms of Nerja. With almost 200 beaches to choose from, holidays to Costa del Sol are ideal for sun-worshippers, while those who’d like to get some sightseeing done will find plenty to see and do.
Things to do
Those with a head for heights will enjoy the awesome views from the cable car from Benalmadena town up to Monte Calamorro. Overlooking Benalmadena, the journey takes you up into the clouds, and on a clear day you can even see the coast of Africa! If you’d prefer something a little less vertigo-inducing, take a gentle walk along the promenade at Fuengirola, or relax in Marbella’s whitewashed old town before checking out the eye-wateringly expensive yachts in the marina.
Alternatively, head to the foothills of the Almijara mountain range to the neighbouring resorts of Nerja and Almuñécar, with their long beaches and palm-shaded promenades. After a day at the beach at Torremolinos, drive into the hills to visit some of the most picturesque "white towns".
Most famous for its beaches, Costa del Sol is home to the sun, sea and sand holiday. With a glass of refreshing sangria in hand, you can relax with a good book at Torremolinos, or splash in the crystal clear Mediterranean seas at the beaches in Fuengirola.
If you’re travelling with the kids, there are plenty of brilliant attractions to explore on your Spain holiday. From the Bioparc Zoo to the sea life centre in Benalmadena, there are endless possibilities for family fun on the Costa Del Sol. At Cocodrilos Park you can see all kinds of crocodiles in their large enclosures.
If you like to be active on holiday, take a scuba diving lesson, or go and see the world’s longest stalactite in the Nerja Caves. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head back to the coast to feast on freshly-cooked seafood at one of the wonderful family-run restaurants.
Places to stay
Head west of Málaga for some of the best-known resorts in Spain. Bustling Torremolinos and its family-friendly neighbour Benalmadena share some of the most exceptional beaches in the Costa del Sol. Further west is Fuengirola with its Blue Flag beaches and ancient castle. Chichi Marbella attracts the wealthy and famous to its beautiful beaches and upscale port.
Estepona combines fun on the beach with a delightful old town of cobbled streets and narrow lanes. The Costa del Sol’s capital, Málaga, has an elegant traffic-free old town and seafront lined with some of the Costa del Sol’s top restaurants.
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The sun-soaked Costas are some of the top destinations for those looking for Spain holidays, and the Costa Brava is no different. Between the shimmering beaches with honey-coloured sands are quaint villages, historic towns and fun-filled waterparks that the whole family will love. With such a high concentration of natural and cultural attractions to explore, you'll never be short of things to do; is it any wonder it’s still one of the top places for Brits to head for some fun in the sun?
There's everything from thrilling banana boat rides to local museums packed with history, and water parks the kids will love; the choice is yours. Whether you’re booking your holidays to Costa Brava to experience the world-class nightlife of its seaside resorts, or to explore its Modernist or medieval architecture, this region has it all.
Things to do
Explore the beautiful city of Girona and see its magnificent cathedral and medieval quarter during your Costa Brava holiday. Admire the colourful buildings reflected in the waters of the Riu Onyar, see Girona’s other impressive Gothic and Romanesque landmarks, and dine in style at one of the city’s upmarket restaurants.
Love art? Check out the Portlligat Museum-House in Port Lligat, which was once the home and workplace of Salvador Dalí, one of the country's most celebrated artists. This impressive building, overlooking the sea, became a museum shortly after Dalí's death in 1982 and exhibits many of his best works.
Another place worth putting on your Costa Brava holidays places to see list is the medieval village of Besalú about a 35-minute journey from Girona, which is known for its wonderful Romanesque bridge.
Step away from the popular beaches and energetic bars and you’ll find honey-coloured buildings and a genuine, traditional Spanish atmosphere that gives you a glimpse into life in this welcoming Mediterranean destination. Back at the beach it’s sandcastle time, water sports galore, and theme parks that are the perfect family day out in the sun. Costa Brava holidays are still one of our favourites at any time of the year, and we know you love this destination as much as we do.
From historical Roman ruins, picturesque medieval villages, and theme parks that are purpose-built to maximise some family fun in the sun, holidays to Costa Brava introduce you to a wealth of attractions. Art lovers will make a beeline for Dali’s home just outside Cadaqués, where you’ll even find a seven-foot-tall stuffed bear in the entrance, and a wacky garden filled with treasures, sculptures, and artefacts to amaze and delight.
Close to the seaside town of L’Escala you’ll discover a Greco/Roman complex complete with pillars, walkways and surprisingly well-preserved remains. This is one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain and well worth a visit. Costa Brava holidays give you a chance to discover the attractions of Catalonia, one of Spain’s most unique and interesting regions.
From superb beaches that are perfect for sandcastle competitions, paddling, and having fun in the sun to purpose-built theme parks, the Costa Brava is a very family-friendly destination. However, while the slides, rides, and splash pools of the aqua parks are great there’s also plenty of natural wonders to discover as a family. Head close to the French border and you’ll find the Cap de Creus National Park, a wonderful spot if your family is into hiking, camping and exploring the mountains of Spain.
Costa Brava holidays are popular with groups of mates, who head here for the exceptional nightlife and fantastic bars, clubs and party scene that livens up the region every summer. There’s also a surprising range of nightlife on offer, too, from smooth jazz and Euro-House to Blues, classical, and lounge music, every taste is catered for on a Costa Brava holiday.
Check out La Lluna in Begur, indulge in a cremat (black coffee fortified with rum and spices) on the terrace in Can Gelpi, or party hard in Lloret de Mar all summer long.
Towns and Cities
You’ll find incredible medieval towns and villages tumbling down hills to the coast, or ultra-sophisticated cities filled with museums and art galleries right across the region. One of the prettiest medieval towns is Begur, with golden houses, cobbled streets, and very little in the way of crowds, even during the height of summer.
For party lovers the top city destination has to be Lloret de Mar, the capital of having a good time on the Costa, with 24/7 nightlife and affordable hotels. Leave the car behind and wander the tiny alleyways and cobbled squares of Peratallada, or spend the weekend in the city of Girona.
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