Where to stay on your Spanish
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Feeling like you need a
break from the everyday stress? Well, now is a great time to start
planning a break-away to the sunshine. Why not think about the perfect
holiday in sunny Spain?
Whether you are wanting to
be at the beach, in the green hills, or on the islands, Spain has an amazing
variety of locations for the perfect holiday, and also a choice of accommodations
to suit everyone. You could stay at a hotel, hostel or posh resort,
or, if wanting to be more independent you could go for a holiday home-from-home
holidays in Spain.
There are some gorgeous villas
dotted along the coastlines of Spain, whether in the Costa del Sol or Costa
Blanca, or you can choose to stay over in the Canary or Balearic Islands.
Just imagine what it would be like to live like a local, with your own
luxury home and swimming pool. Wake up to a leisurely breakfast on
your own private patio before heading down to the beach, or strolling around
town doing a little holiday shopping.
To get an idea of the best
locations, let's take a brief tour.
Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol in southern
Spain is a popular destination for many tourists, whether from the UK,
Europe or further afield. A range of lovely seaside cities are dotted
all along the 150 km Málaga coastline. Popular cities are
Fuengirola, Benalmadena Costa and Marbella, all with endless sandy beaches,
loads of entertainment and restaurant options and all the fun of the seaside.
The Costa del Sol is not
just about beach and sun however, as it is also known as the Costa del
Golf. Golf enthusiasts will be in sheer heaven at the number of quality
golf courses located all along the coastline.
Stretching for 200 kms down
the Mediterranean coast in Alicante province is the Costa Blanca, or literally,
in English, the "White Coast". The Costa Blanca extends all the way
from the popular northern town of Dénia all the way to Pilar de
la Horadada in the south. The most popular cities on the coastline
are Alicante, Benidorm, Dénia and Xàbia.
While some think Benidorm,
for instance, has become too much of a tacky tourist town, the outskirts
of the city are attractive and it is still a very worthwhile holiday destination.
Again, golfers will be spoiled
for choice in the range of golf courses to choose from on the Costa Blanca.
of Castle Across Illuminated Harbour in Denia (Costa Blanca)
The Canary Islands
Teide (Pico De Teide), Tenerife
|A distance away from mainland
Spain, the Canary Islands are located
just off the African coast. This archipelago includes several islands,
listed with the most popular, and largest islands, first: Tenerife, Fuerteventura,
Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza,
Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.
With their volcanic influences,
the islands have some pretty spectacular beaches, including the famous
black sand beaches on Tenerife. There is also some wonderful scenery,
including the well known Mount Teide (pictured left). The island
is often called the "Island of Eternal Spring", as the weather tends to
be comfortable all year around.
In some ways, life is a little
more laid back on the islands, and staying in your own villa or apartment
and living with the locals and enjoying their unique and delicious cuisine
is a fun experience.
Famous with European tourists
particularly, the Balearic
Islands offer a selection of wonderful locations, along with views,
beautiful beaches and historic and charming villages. Mallorca (known
in the UK as Majorca) is, perhaps, the most popular for all ages, with
lovely coastal towns, and quaint villages located inland.
Palma is the capital and
is a modern and bustling city with much to offer the tourist looking for
shopping, restaurants and nighttime entertainment.
|Ibiza is still considered
the "party capital" of the world for the many nightclubs in Ibiza city,
but also offers something for everyone in other areas of the island.
The quaint and traditional
villages dotted all over the island make a relaxing stay with restaurants
and cafes offering the local tasty treats.
Menorca is the smaller sister
of Mallorca, but still has much to offer and is becoming popular with tourists
looking for a quieter island holiday. The smallest, and mostly southernly
placed island, is Formentera, famous all over Europe for its pristine and
perfect white beaches.
For history buffs, all the
islands offer a lot of interesting ruins dating back to the Romans and
Moors, among other former residents of the area.
Near Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca (Majorca)
All in all, if you are looking
to get away, and be a little independent in your own home-from-home villa,
you can't go wrong with some of the most popular Spanish destinations.
Eat in, dine out, your choice, but in all respects, have fun and enjoy
your break from the everyday life.
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