With miles and miles of beaches, plenty of colourful cities and fun-filled waterparks galore, Spain holidays have something for everyone. You’ll find year-round sunshine just a short flight away from the UK, whether you’re heading for bustling mainland Spain or the gorgeous islands off the coast. When you arrive on your holidays to Spain, you’ll discover a country brimming with charm, from the mountain villages and Moorish castles to the bustling resorts and delightful tapas restaurants.
Things to do
When it comes to things to do on Spanish holidays, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In the country’s many beach resorts, you won’t be able to resist lounging around on the sand, soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine. And if you feel like picking up the pace, you could always try your hand at water sports; you’ll find plenty going on in places like Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Costa Almeria in mainland Spain. But Spain has so much to offer beyond the coastline. It’s absolutely brimming with incredible landscapes, from Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks to Menorca’s lush wetlands. When it comes to keeping the kids happy, you’ll find a great choice of fun-filled waterparks that they’ll just love.
Places to stay
With a fantastic range of beaches, many Blue Flag awarded, you can see why this country attracts beach lovers, year after year. Holidays on the mainland are about the Costas; named the “Golden Coast”, this stretch of sandy beaches is drenched in sunshine. In the Canaries, you’ll find black volcanic sands in Lanzarote and Saharan shores in Gran Canaria, while in the Balearics, Menorca boasts secluded coves and Majorca enjoys sweeping bays. In Ibiza, it's become a tradition to watch the spectacular sunsets.
Canary Islands in Spain
With golden beaches, volcanoes and lush forests, the Canary Islands are all about diverse landscapes. There's so much to explore and see, holidays to the Canary Islands are perfect if you're looking for activities. The weather is warm all year round, with great conditions for watersports, as well as long days under the African sun. With all this and more, Canary Islands holidays have got everything you could ask for. All within a reasonably short flight.
From the whitewashed buildings of Mojácar to the traditional culture of Roquetas de Mar, holidays to Costa de Almeria are great for peaceful breaks in idyllic settings. You can head out on scenic walks in the hills or take long walks along golden beaches. Bars and restaurants can be found in the eco-resort of El Toyo, where you can fill your Costa de Almeria holidays with new Spanish flavours.
Translating to "White Coast", Costa Blanca holidays are popular with beach lovers. Stunning white sands stretch on for miles, making it perfect for those long, lazy days soaking up the sun. It's more than just beaches though, holidays to Costa Blanca can take you up into the hills, with the countryside rich with colour, charming vineyards and the smell of citrus and almond groves. In the evenings Costa Blanca nightlife is not to be missed.
Costa Del Sol
Spanish for "Coast of the Sun", Costa del Sol holidays are filled with plenty of warm weather. There's plenty of beaches for everyone to enjoy all of that sunshine, but there's plenty more to the sun coast than soft sands and blue waters. On holidays to Costa del Sol, you'll find sleepy villages amongst the hills and mountains that are beautiful to drive through, vibrant nightlife and some rich history and culture too.
Costa Dorada holidays are filled with fun for everyone. Salou is a lively resort that's got lots for family days out, while there are plenty of beaches along the coast for fun on the sands and to swim in the warm waters. Holidays to Costa Brava aren't complete without a visit to PortAventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, which is full of exciting rides, shows and a waterpark.
What should I pack?
If you’re booking your holidays to Spain in the summer months, then put sunscreen at the top of your list. Aside from that, there are a few bits and bobs that will help to make your break that little bit easier. If you can’t live without your gadgets you might want to bring a power adaptor so you can charge them up back in your hotel. A portable power pack is also a good idea for gizmo addicts.
When it comes to clothing, keep it light and airy, with outfits made from linen and cotton. For those balmy Spanish evenings, it’s a good idea to have something special; the Spanish are a stylish people and if you’re going for a night out, dressing up is the only way to blend in.
Swimwear is important if you’re hoping to hit the beach and flip-flops are a convenient way of getting across the sun-bleached sands, without burning your feet or ruining your best shoes.
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