Spain has long been the most popular destination for UK holidaymakers looking for cheap holidays and it’s a trend that shows no signs of abating. Offering such a variety of attractions it is easy to see why Spain holidays continue to attract so many visitors. With a relaxed pace of life, friendly and welcoming local people, long hours of sunshine, fantastic beaches, wonderful cuisine and a rich history and culture there is no better place to enjoy a holiday.
As one of the largest countries in Europe it is unsurprising that Spain offers a wide variety of holidays. The beautiful beaches of Spain are one of its main attractions. The beaches of Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa Dorada and Costa Brava being particularly popular among British holidaymakers, with fabulous resorts such as Benidorm, Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Salou, as well as many others, boasting glorious stretches of sand. However, Spanish holidays are not all about the beaches.
Many visitors on holidays to Spain enjoy the spectacular scenery both natural and historical. Walking and cycling holidays to Spain are also popular as they give visitors a chance to see the beauty of the country and delve deeper into the long and rich history of this fantastic destination.
Spanish cuisine is another attraction of holidays to Spain. Being surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea has the extra bonus of fresh seafood, so it is no surprise that the national dish of Spain is Paella. With fresh fish, fresh breads, olive oil, cured meats among other popular delicacies and many regional specialties, depending on where in Spain you are visiting, it is easy to see why Spanish cuisine is often such a large part of Spain holidays.
One way to discover the mouthwatering culinary delights of Spain is on a city break, with Barcelona a superb destination with a spectrum of restaurants where you can sample the many delicious dishes waiting to be enjoyed.
Away from the food Spain boasts some wonderful vineyard regions meaning wine quality is excellent and quantity is plentiful, Rioja is particularly popular as is the wine-based drink of Sangria, which can be a refreshing drink on a sunny Spanish day.
It is not only the food and drink but the experience and ambience of eating in Spain that make it so appealing to holidaymakers, there really is nothing like picking at tapas in the sunshine while on holiday.
Travellers can enjoy a taste of Spain and much more on an all-inclusive holiday, with an array of excellent hotels and resorts offering this option, as well as the choice of self-catering, bed and breakfast, half board and full board.
Whether visiting as a family, a couple, in a group, or solo, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation to suit your every need.
What’s more, with Spain’s close proximity to the UK it is a great place for a last-minute holiday.
Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer in mainland Spain’s most popular destinations.
Meaning golden coast in Spanish, Costa Dorada certainly lives up to its name, boasting 150 miles of beaches and year-round warm weather.
However, this glorious region offers much more than just beautiful stretches of sand, with Port Aventura boasting a wonderful theme park, Salou being an excellent choice for nightlife and Sitges playing host to a variety of Carnivals, Parades, film festivals and much more.
Families and couples are again well catered for, with Cambrills and La Pineda being superb destinations for all ages.
There is something for everyone on Spain’s wonderful Costa Blanca coast.
Indeed, you’ll find fun in the sun in Benidorm, be able to enjoy a taste of traditional Spain in Calpe and share a relaxing break with your family in Denia.
If you enjoy a spot of sightseeing during your Spanish getaway, Murcia could be your ideal destination, while La Manga is a superb option for anyone craving an added touch of luxury.
Fun, sun, sea and sand are again on the menu in Costa Brava, with plenty of options when it comes to choosing the perfect spot for your holiday in Spain.
Lloret de Mar and Calella are great for all ages, with superb beaches and vibrant atmospheres. Any families or couples thinking of travelling to Spain could be tempted by the resorts of Malgrat de Mar or Santa Susanna. Both are perfect for relaxing beach days, as well as offering a choice of restaurants and lively bars. Malgrat is also ideal for exploring, with a host of neighbouring resorts, towns and cities, including Barcelona, within easy reach.
Tossa de Mar is another family-friendly resort on the Costa Brava, with plenty of attractions and a choice of excellent beaches for holidaymakers to enjoy.
Offering warm weather all year round, Spain’s Costa del Sol region boasts a variety of diverse resorts, perfect for all types of holidays.
Families and couples are again well catered for, with Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengirola among the options available. Superb beaches are also in abundance, and this is especially evident in Mijas and Nerja.
For those seeking a little extra luxury, the resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus are great options, offering trendy bars, stylish restaurants and superior accommodation.
As well as being a great destination for a beach holiday, Costa Almeria is also perfect for anyone looking to experience an authentic taste of Spain.
Here you’ll find unspoilt stretches of sand and quiet coves, as well as peaceful villages, fascinating culture, traditional cuisine and great local wine.
The resort of Roquetas De Mar is an ideal spot from where to explore the delights of this fabulous region, offering a host of entertainment and leisure amenities for holidaymakers to enjoy.
In addition to the fantastic beach resorts of mainland Spain, this wonderful nation also has sovereignty over a number of nearby islands.
These include those of the Canaries and the Balearics.
Both island groups are popular holiday destinations, with Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca of the Balearic Islands, and Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote of the Canary Islands, perfect for anyone seeking a bargain sunshine getaway.
All cater for a variety of needs and offer great options for both summer holidays and winter sun getaways.
Majorca boasts beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife in the resort of Magaluf, delicious cuisine, superb waterparks, and fascinating culture in the capital Palma.
Neighbouring Menorca is another fantastic option for a relaxing beach holiday, with golden stretches of sand dotted all around the island.
Ibiza is famous the world over for its nightlife, with San Antonio and Ibiza Town popular destinations for partygoers. However, there’s much more to this glorious island than just super clubs and cocktails, with stunning beaches, pretty villages and family-friendly resorts also on offer.
Holidays to the Canary Islands are popular all year round, with a superb choice of sun-kissed destinations to choose from.
Tenerife is ideal for families, couples and groups alike, with amazing waterparks, colourful nightlife, great beaches and an array of fantastic hotels and resorts, in locations such as Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje.
Gran Canaria is another excellent option for a cheap holiday, with fun, activities and relaxation on offer, whether by the sea or in the surrounds of your resort.
For a laid-back taste of the Canaries, Lanzarote is ideal, with its diverse landscape and pretty towns providing plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.
A memorable holiday can also be enjoyed on the shores of Fuerteventura, where a long list of leisure options, amazing beaches and fabulous resorts await.
Take a closer look at what’s on offer on each island and book your perfect sunshine getaway. Whether you crave all-inclusive delights, beach bliss or fun and excitement, we’ve got a bargain holiday to suit your every need.
Relax on one of the wonderful Spanish beaches and soak up the sun. Most of Spain’s beach resorts offer an array of water sports including snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, water skiing and many more. Another popular activity on Spain holidays is to take a boat trip around the coast and enjoy the spectacular natural scenery. Another popular way to enjoy the beauty of Spain is to go on a walking tour or a bike ride. Explore the hills and mountains, coastal paths, historical monuments and vineyards. Spain holidays offer an array of spectacular views to be enjoyed.
Another ‘must do’ on holidays in Spain is to stop at an authentic tapas bar and enjoy the local delicacies. Enjoy sharing food and drink with friends in the relaxing atmosphere. Also enjoy some of the fresh seafood on offer in many of the restaurants near the coast.
Most of the beach resorts on the east coast of Spain are in close proximity to the city of Barcelona, a hub of culture, art, architecture and sport a trip to Barcelona is top of the list of many visitors on holidays to Spain.
A short flight south from the UK finds you in Spain, the land of Toreadors, Flamenco, sangria and sun! Tradition meets the party lifestyle in a country where the north introduces you to soaring landscapes such as the snow-capped Pyrenees.
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