Hotels in Costa Almeria
Holiday resorts in Costa Almeria
Mojacar is a charming jumble of whitewashed, sugar-cube houses, perched on a hilltop and overlooking a golden-sanded beach. The village itself is an atmospheric labyrinth of twisting, cobbled streets and Moorish architecture, housing hidden cafés and quirky shops. Holidays to Mojacar are ideal if you want a slice of Spanish charm and a beautiful beach on which to soak up some sun.
Although the resort is believed to be the birthplace of Mickey Mouse creator, Walt Disney, you won’t find any theme parks in the village: holidays here are low-key, designed to help you leave all the stresses and strains of life behind you. With superb, rustic restaurants and traditional tavernas serving local cuisine and some stunning countryside to explore, you can make your holidays just what you want them to be.
Things to do
An ideal spot for families and couples who want to take things easy, Mojocar offers a wealth of things to see and do. If you can tear yourself from the sun-kissed beach, you can explore the incredible countryside by bike, or even ride a horse along the coast. The old town is the perfect place to take a wander or grab a leisurely lunch in one of the bustling squares. By night, enjoy a cool drink in a taverna and watch the sun set.
Mojacar’s exquisite coast has a 17 km sweep of soft sand that shelves gently into shallow waters, meaning a day at the beach can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are three stunning Blue Flag beaches that are exceptionally clean and well maintained. Thrill seekers can try their hand at a wide range of water sports; choose from jet skis, pedaloes, banana boats and even paragliding.
If you want to stay out of the water, recline on a sun lounger and soak up the summer sun and you take in the natural beauty of the golden sand, shimmering waters and mountainous backdrop of Mojacar’s coastline.
History and culture
Mojacar has a vibrant history that dates back 4000 years to the Bronze Age. It‘s rich in Moorish heritage, as Catholic Monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel took the town from the moors in the late 15th century. Mojacar’s name originally stems from the Arabic word ‘Munsagar’ and you’ll still find an element of Arabic culture in its architecture and old Moorish fortress.
You’ll be able to explore the well preserved ruins and experience the traditional customs. As you’re exploring, you may come across the Arabic hamsa hand symbol painted on front doors; this superstition warns off bad spirits and protected the homeowner from the evil eye.
Mojacar has a good range of bars and restaurants to enjoy throughout the evening. You could either have a delicious meal by the coast and watch the sunset on the shimmering horizon, or listen to live music and dance the night away in one of the cocktail bars. The nightlife may be a bit too quiet for some as there are only a few places open until the early hours of the morning.
If you’re traveling in summer, you may find a substantial amount of evening entertainment organised by your hotel including flamenco performances, karaoke and clubs for teenagers and younger children.
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Roquetas de Mar
If you’re looking for a quiet slice of Spanish paradise where the beach is the star of the show, then book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar. Popular with families and couples who want some laid-back leisure time together, this resort is the place to go if you want to enjoy the simple things in life. The beach is enormous, stretching a good 1,300 metres long and 80 metres wide, so there’s space for everyone!
By the time the sun sets the promenade starts to come to life, with families out for a stroll, and couples checking out the rows of tents lit by fairy lights and selling trinkets, jewellery and arts and crafts.
Don’t panic if you’re travelling with children because they won’t have time to get bored. There are water parks and aquariums just a bus-ride away and the low-key nightlife won’t keep little ones up past their bedtime.
Things to do
Whether you’re holidaying with the family, your partner or with friends, there’s always something to do in Roquetas de Mar. Beyond the temptations of the beach, you’ll find some excellent shops along the seafront during the day, and pop-up stalls aplenty by night. Foodies will enjoy the range of traditional Spanish food, from tempting tapas to fresh fish and local meats.
If you’ve got kids, spend a day visiting the local aquarium or heading out to the Caba de Gato national park, which has acres of lush countryside rife with rare birds and fascinating wildlife.
There are several Blue Flag beaches along the coast, which provide a variety of spacious settings for you to relax in. You’re bound to find something you like, as some are made from a mix of shingle and sand, whilst others are made of sand that is powdery and white. However, what they all have in common is that they’re safe, clean and shelve gently into calm, warm waves.
Swaying palm trees and lush greenery is the backdrop to most of the beaches, which all have fantastic amenities and nearby cafés. Relax on sun loungers and take in the picturesque views of the coast. If you want a more upbeat beach day, Playa de Las Salinas is close by and provides a variety of water sports, ranging from jet skiing to paragliding.
History and culture
Once a small fishing village, Roquetas de Mar can be dated back to the Roman era. Its traditions can still be seen through their annual festivals, Moorish narrow streets and whitewash houses that blanket the hillside. Visit the military castle along the coast and learn about the history of the resort in the fascinating museums.
Visit Roquetas de Mar for a laid back holiday with a mix of modern amenities and beautiful landscapes. There’s a great range of restaurants, activities and shopping opportunities like The Grand Plaza Park and the weekly street market.
The nightlife in Roquetas de Mar is rather low key with the majority of after dark activities found in the bars, restaurants and hotels. This said, the evening entertainment does continue late into the evening, so it’s the perfect place for a late dinner and a cocktail or two afterwards. Dine on a delicious meal and choose from a range of menus including Chinese, Indian, Italian and traditional Spanish cuisine. Enjoy the upbeat atmosphere and live music found in the bars around the resort.
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Lanzarote holidays sitting in your ‘maybe’ pile? Well, with stunning stretches of sand, gorgeous weather and all-singing-all-dancing beach resorts, you’ll want this highlight of the Canary Islands on your ‘book it’ list instead! And when you look beyond the coastline, you’ll discover a landscape so unique you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet.
Why you’ll love Lanzarote holidays
• Beach life to suit your style: Whether you stay for five days or two weeks, chances are you’re heading to Lanza for the beaches! Get away from it all at Papagayo, throw yourself into Famara’s surf scene, or unwind on Playa Blanca’s white sands with everything you need in easy reach.
• The jaw-dropping scenery: Lanzarote’s so special that the whole island is protected by UNESCO! Check out the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya National Park, the weird and wonderful lava tunnels, and the dramatic views from the Mirador del Rio lookout.
• Exciting waterparks: Swoosh down adrenaline-pumping chutes and paddle in tot-friendly splash zones. Stay at the Relaxia Lanzasur Club and Aqualava Waterpark will be next door!
• Buckets of local flavour: Lanzarote’s got plenty of authentic character, from its pretty sugar-cube buildings to family-run restaurants. Explore the quaint village of Yaiza, take a stroll around Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town harbour, and amble along the narrow streets in La Puntilla, Arrecife.
• The art: Yes, really! Renowned artist-architect César Manrique lived here, and you can see his legacy everywhere from the famous El Diablo volcanic restaurant to the beautifully designed cactus garden – and even the cave-based nightspot, Los Jameos del Agua.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote
Holidays to Lanzarote pack a punch with a tempting array of beach spots, watering holes and awesome hotels. Not sure where to make your base? Get started with our quick guide to the top destinations on this little island.
Costa Teguise: Winning the hearts of those in search of the ultimate combo of chill time and playtime. Think gentle waters for safe family days by the sea, the fantastic Aquapark Costa Teguise and Lanzarote Aquarium, plus a laid-back nightlife scene.
Playa Blanca: Lanzarote’s south coast crowd-pleaser! Adored for its Blue Flag sands and modern marina, no wonder it remains a sunseekers’ favourite. Make yourself at home at the 5 star H10 Rubicon Palace for a top spot on the seafront.
Puerto del Carmen: Once a fishing village, now a thoroughly vibrant beach town with plenty of waterfront restaurants. At its edge are swish Puerto Calero, charming Matagorda and the laid-back delights of Playa de los Pocillos.
Arrecife: the capital of Lanzarote. Pick an Arrecife hotel and get your history fix from the town’s old fortresses and museums or enjoy a shopping spree, all on your doorstep. Don’t worry, Arrecife has beaches too!
Escape to the sunny shores of south eastern Spain by booking holidays to Costa Blanca. For those looking for Spain holidays, the region is one of the most popular destinations in the country, with stunning scenery, brilliant nightlife, and an endless array of cultural and natural attractions for you to explore.
This region's award-winning, gentle sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, while for thrill-seekers the giant Terra Mitica theme park is nearby. There’s also a fun-filled water park, Aqualandia, with tubes, slides and rapids which make a great day out for the whole family during your Costa Blanca holidays. Head inland from the sun-drenched resorts for historic towns and villages set in lush mountains. Many of these settlements date back to medieval or ancient times, and give a completely different experience to the usual touristy resorts along the coast.
Things to do
If you're interested in learning more about Spanish history, visit Santa Barbara Castle, a wonderful 10th century fortress near Alicante city centre. Standing on the dramatic rocky summit of Benacantil Mountain, it includes a ruined church, dungeons, cannons, and more fascinating artefacts. You can visit it for free and enjoy stunning views of the coast from the castle walls.
Another sight that's definitely worth putting on your Costa Blanca holidays itinerary is Tabarca, a glorious island just off the coast near the resort of Santa Pola. Originally fortified to protect its residents from pirates back in the 18th century, Tabarca is surrounded by dazzling emerald waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. See the island's historic walls, and enjoy some delicious seafood at one of its sea-view restaurants before you take the ferry back to the mainland.
If you're spending your Costa Blanca holidays in the Benidorm area, spend some time at the Terra Mítica theme park, which is divided into five ancient-themed areas such as Rome and Egypt. From thrill rides to big shows, it's guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours, and is a great alternative to the beach.
In Benidorm you’ll find picturesque beaches, palm-lined promenades, and incredible seafood restaurants with a buzzing, friendly atmosphere. Famed for its fun-loving nightlife, the resort is also home to a quaint old town where you’ll come across beautiful buildings and intimate cafes, serving up coffee and delicious tapas.
With its historic sites, sought-after eateries and lovely marina, Alicante is a true all-round resort and a firm favourite on the Costa Blanca map, like Benidorm. As you explore the old town or walk along the seafront, you’ll be transported to another world, while its nightlife is the stuff of legends.
Cultural attractions in Costa Blanca
Beyond the beach, you’ll discover traditional towns surrounded by lush green mountains, perfect for a day of hiking. Explore the castle at Guadalest, walk among the whitewashed buildings of Altea, or take the tourist train to medieval Xàtiva for a fascinating day out in the Spain of times gone by.
Santa Barbara Castle, Alicante
One of Spain’s most impressive fortresses, Santa Barbara Castle has existed for well over 1,000 years and was built on the dramatic slopes of Mount Benacantil. You can reach the castle via a lift, although if you’re up for a challenge, you can also hike to the top.
Placa del Castelle, Benidorm
Visit this beautiful balcony next to the coast, where you’ll enjoy superb views of the city. Observe the historic church and see the cannons that were once used during the wars between Britain and Spain in the very early 19th century.
Theme parks in the Costa Blanca
Spend a day with the family at the Aqua Natura water park for adrenaline-pumping slides, a fun-filled alternative to the beach. It's a great spot to keep the kids happy.
One of the highlights of any holiday to Benidorm is a visit to Terra Natura, a huge wildlife park with four themed areas. If you’re fascinated by venomous species, then don’t forget to visit the Pangea zone, where you’ll see everything from African scorpions to tarantulas and lizards. Then glide on the zip wire above grazing elephants at the Asia section, where you can see the king cobra, crocodiles, pythons, and other species native to the world’s largest continent. See Mediterranean wildlife at the Europe section, then head to the Americas section to learn about the toucans, jungle turkeys, armadillos, jaguars, and other New World species.
This brilliant water park is the perfect place to cool off in the hot summer sun. If you’re looking for an alternative to the hotel pool or the beach, this is the place to be. With adrenaline-pumping water slides, adults and children alike are guaranteed hours of fun. It’s right next door to Aqua Natura, too.
Chill out at the huge wave pool, then zoom down La Cresta, a rollercoaster-themed water chute where you’ll get to experience zero gravity. After, if you’re feeling brave enough, try the Zigzag Giant Slide, where you’ll zoom down 105 metres of twists and turns before you reach the water.
Ride down the 104-metre-long Black Hole, then race family and friends down the 50-metre-long multi track to see who arrives at the bottom first.
Natural attractions in Costa Blanca
Whether you’re relaxing on white sand beaches, hiking through pine forests, or trying out some watersports, holidays to Costa Blanca will certainly tick all of the boxes. From the pretty coves of Dénia to the dramatic landscapes of Montgó Mountain Nature Park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
One of the most impressive natural sights is the Serra Gelada-Nord National Park, which has beautiful trails and steep cliffs overlooking the emerald waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Another place to look out for is the scenic Guadalest Valley near Alicante, where you can visit the Algar waterfall and enjoy stunning views over the large reservoir.
Places to stay
Beach-lovers head to Benidorm with its long golden beaches, picturesque old town and vibrant nightlife. Alicante combines great beaches with superb restaurants and a rich cultural history. Its attractive seafront and marina bustle with bars and cafés. As the coast curves around the cape, you reach Dénia and its pretty beaches lying at the foot of Montgó Mountain Nature Park. High cliffs look down over the quiet coves and sparkling blue waters of Jávea. Further north is the lively resort of Gandía and its historic old town, long sandy beach and impressive 14th-century castle.
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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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One of the few places to really qualify as a paradise on earth, Costa Dorada is the destination of choice for those seeking to combine the sea, sand and fun of traditional Spanish holidays with a slice of real Catalonian culture.The Spanish themselves come here for their breaks, attracted by the long golden sands that give the place its name, which translates as the ‘Golden Coast’. There’s no surprise it's on our list of favourite resorts, whether you’re travelling here with friends, family, or as a couple.
Things to do
You’ll find plenty of things to do on your holidays to Costa Dorada, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or your significant other. Those with children will enjoy a thrilling day out at one of the nearby theme parks, while romantic couples might enjoy a trip to explore sun-bleached Roman ruins or marvel at some of the finest examples of Modernist Architecture, anywhere in the world. Groups of friends with a taste for the Great Outdoors can take advantage of the variety of activities on offer, including golf, water sports and cycling.
If you’re travelling with children, the whole family will love a trip to PortAventura. One of the largest theme parks in all of Europe, it’s packed full of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, live shows and there’s even a water park. If your kids prefer making sandcastles on the beach, the soft sands of Llevant Beach in Salou are nearby, while the Paseo Maritimo is perfect for a sunset stroll by the sea.
For a sense of history, a visit to Tarragona is a must. It’s a beautiful town dotted with Roman ruins. You can visit the amphitheatre or take a tour of the Archaeological Museum, before enjoying a meal at the vibrant town square. In nearby Reus, you’ll see incredible modernist architecture and a museum dedicated to the town’s most famous resident, Antoni Gaudi.
If you love to be active on holiday, Costa Dorada has everything from scuba diving to horse riding and mountain trekking. Many of the towns, including the charming Sitges, run segway tours as a unique way to see the local area.
No matter when you visit Costa Dorada, the region’s full of vibrant celebrations and fiestas. The Festival of St Joan Catalonia honours the shortest night of the year with fireworks, bonfires and dancing, while Sant Pere Festival in Reus and Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia are must-sees.
Places to stay
Found in the south of Catalonia, the Costa Dorada stretches 216km down the east coast of Spain facing the Mediterranean Sea. Between Salou and Tarragona is the family-friendly PortAventura resort. Kids will love the thrill of the theme park and can splash their way through the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. Or pick nearby Cap Salou where you can enjoy a leisurely round of golf or pop to one of the many small beaches and enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.
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