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The very name of Spain evokes sun, sea and sand based holidays. For most of us Spain invented the package holiday back in the days when the British worker sought more than holiday camps, and pesetas rather than the Euro were legal tender. Then the beaches called with their promise of sun and sangria and resorts sprang up as Spain became the destination of choice for excited young people. Cheap holidays are still available and fun-packed resorts with pumping nightlife and wild fun still exist, but there’s so much more to Spain. There is the sophistication of a Barcelona city holiday or you could visit Marbella and live life like the international jet set. Whatever is on your holiday wish list, there will be something to tick all your boxes on a cheap holiday to Spain.
Reasons to visit
From a host of spectacular cities, brimming with culture, to mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches on its coast, a package holiday to Spain has something for every taste and budget. Visit the capital Madrid with its galleries and urbane pavement restaurants or try Barcelona and experience its fantastic fusion of culture, vibrancy and wonderful beaches. The Costa del Sol literally means ‘Sunny Coast’ which pretty much says it all, from the full on traditional family holiday resort of Torremolinos to Marbella with its millionaires and boats. Originally the local population lived in small fishing villages and if you travel outside the resorts you still come across vestiges of this quieter way of life. For more traditional holidays the Costa de la Luz, on Spain’s Atlantic coast, offers up a far more Spanish affair being as it is where the Spanish go for their seaside holidays. The beaches are exquisite and the surrounding countryside has many nature reserves and beautiful features such as salt marshes and wetlands.
Things to see and do
For most of us Spain still says sun, beach and memories. The Costa de Almeria with its countless deserted beaches and crystal clear waters, wild cliffs and rugged landscape, where the ancient city of Almeria offers up its Moorish sights to the relaxed visitor is a must do. Go to the Costa Dorada, or Golden Coast, with its wide, golden sandy beaches and countless Roman ruins. It runs from artist Salvador Dali’s home town of Cadaques in the north to the historical city of Gandia in the south. Spain really does have it all.
With countless beaches to choose from and water sports from jet-skiing to snorkelling on offer, there is no shortage of entertainment to keep your children busy on a traditional family holiday. The Costa Blanca, with its well developed tourist industry has been a long-term popular destination and is home to Benidorm, the apex of teenage dreams, for those with older children. Spaniards are incredibly family-orientated so wherever you pick for your package holiday to Spain will be a dream come true.
Mediterranean Spain has high sunshine levels, from six hours per day in the winter to 12 hours per day in summer and also enjoys mild winters. Rain is very rare from June to August though there is the occasional heavy downpour. In the north they enjoy eight hours a day of sunshine in the summer, and although the temperature is lower than other parts of Spain, it still boasts warm and sunny weather, making Spain an ideal location to soak up the rays in the summer and take time out from the cold British winter.
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