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Breaks in Spain

Spanish cities, the countryside and coasts - short breaks or stay a while longer on Spain's mainland.

Valencia

Valencia is the gateway to the Orange Blossom coast. The town of Gandia is situated here. Experience nature and the city simultaneously. Visit the City of Arts and Science Park, which combines science, arts and nature in a modern, futuristic setting. Ryanair flies to Valencia from the UK.

Barcelona

Visit vibrant Barcelona. Staying in resorts such as Blanes or in Calella De La Costa, north of Barcelona or in a resort such as Salou on the Costa Dorada, south of Barcelona are convenient for the train to Barcelona. Outside of the peak summer months, coastal hotels tend to be cheaper than hotels in Barcelona centre. Famous city sights include The Rambla, Barcelona Cathedral, Poble Espanyol, The Gothic Quarter, but don't miss going up into Barcelona's mountains, Montjuïc and Tibidabo for breathtaking views of the city. Easyjet flies into Barcelona airport, which is convenient for the city centre. Ryanair flies to Girona on the Costa Brava and Reus on the Costa Dorada, and there are bus services into Barcelona city centre from both airports.

Girona is also the gateway to the Costa Brava. Well known resorts such as Lloret De Mar and Tossa De Mar are less than an hour away from Girona airport and there are buses which serve the airport, neighbouring coastal resorts and the cities of Girona and Barcelona. Time permitting, explore the countryside surrounding Girona (car hire recommended), swim or play a round or two of golf.

Costa Brava beach view
Costa Brava

Popular resorts of the Costa Dorada are convenient for Reus airport, served by Ryanair. Salou is probably the most well known and is in fact a small city. Salou is situated south of Barcelona and is less than two hours away by train from Barcelona centre. In summer Salou is very much a party place, but changes in winter. Families and theme park fans shouldn't miss Universal Mediterranea - Port Aventura, a huge theme park with hotels on site. Check opening dates as the park closes during very low season in winter.

Murcia and Eastern Almeria

Murcia is the capital city of the province of Murcia. Murcia airport is convenient for Torrevieja in the south of Alicante province. Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Murcia from the UK all year round. Visit the large town of Cartegena and neighbouring Murcian villages. Further afield lies the province of Almeria and it is possible to drive from Murcia airport to eastern Almeria in less than two hours. Car hire essential for exploring Almeria's desert-like countryside and coast. Don't miss the white village of Mojacar, popular with British expats and very close to Mojacar's beaches and golf courses. One of the beaches in Mojacar is for naturists, whereas the main beach is frequented by families. Go to the Beachcomber Bar on Mojacar Playa (the main beach) for real hospitality.

Almeria province - Velez
Almeria - Velez

Andalucia - Seville, Jerez and the Costa De La Luz

Seville, the capital of Andalucia is a wonderful, friendly city and well worth visiting, even if you can only spare a day! Visit the Jewish quarter, the cathedral and the Alcázar. Ryanair offers flights from the UK to Seville.

Visit Jerez in Andalucia in May to experience a famous Spanish fiesta - the May Horse Fair. Flamenco and horses, just brilliant and very Spanish. Sample the sherry and bodegas.

Relax on the beaches of the Costa De La Luz by the Atlantic Ocean, rather than the Mediterranean Sea. The Costa De La Luz can be windy so can be ideal for windsurfing. The warm winds are welcome in summer, but be careful not to burn in the heat of the sun without realising! Fly direct to Jerez or if unavailable, fly Monarch to Gibraltar.

Spanish lady and horse

Andalucia - Malaga, the Costa Del Sol and the Costa Tropical

The Costa Del Sol lies to the west of Malaga. The coastal resort of Torremolinos is very close to Malaga airport so take a taxi from the airport or a train. The neighbouring resort of Benalmadena is popular with tourists, as is Fuengirola and the white village of Mijas. Go east of Malaga for the resorts of Nerja and Almunecar on the Costa Tropical. Stay here in winter and go skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains or visit the city of Granada. The Costa Tropical - where it's possible to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and go skiing in the mountains on the same day! There are frequent flights to Malaga from the UK all year round and a good choice to airlines to travel with.

Granada - The Alhambra
Granada

Bilbao, Santander and NW Spain

Bilbao is the home of the famous Guggenheim museum. Best not to visit on a Monday when museums are likely to be closed for the day. Easyjet flies to Bilbao from the UK.

If you have time for the ferry from the UK to Santander, take your car and tour Asturias in "Green Spain". Home of cider, cheese making and bagpipes! Or visit Santander for a few hours by booking a mini-cruise with PO Ferries. Mini-cruises departures from southern England and allow a few hours ashore in Santander. If you have longer than a couple of days, don't miss San Sebastian - a sophisticated sea port in the Basque Country.

view of San Sebastian
San Sebastian

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