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If the warmer days have you longing for a cool ocean breeze as you lounge on a beach, but you don’t fancy a long haul flight to an exotic location, the beaches of Spain are only a few hours’ journey away. There’s a wide variety of beach holidays on offer in Spain, from busy nightlife spots to quiet coves, so you’re sure to find something to your taste!
Starting off with some of the islands, the Canaries lie off the coast of Africa, and Gran Canaria is one of the best known of the islands, with its abundance of hotels, beaches and of course the mountainous landscape formed by volcanic activity. If you’d like to see what else the island has to offer aside from its beaches, you can take a hop-on hop-off bus tour around the island, taking in the various sites. There’s a wide variety of hotels to stay in such as the H10 Playa Meloneras Palace, located in the south of the island, beside the sea and close to the golf course in Meloneras.
Moving from the islands of the Atlantic Ocean to Andalusia, which is home to the popular seaside town of Malaga, where you can find all the trappings of the perfect beach holiday. However if you’d like a break from the beach and fancy a day trip, you could pay a visit to Granada, a fascinating area of Spain with Moorish history. You can take a private day trip to Granada and explore the UNESCO world heritage sites of Alhambra Palace in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Generalife gardens, where you can enjoy views of the city itself. Another day trip from Malaga could be to the town of Ronda, in a mountainous area , where you can see sites such as the Plaza del Toros, which is one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, and the Church of the Holy Spirit, which is over 500 years old.
A major city in Spain that could also offer a beach holiday experience as well as cultural activities is Valencia on the east coast. There’s a number of beaches in easy reach of the city, but there’s also plenty to do in city itself, such as a hop-on hop-off tour that includes Aquarium tickets, and will also allow you to enjoy sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Silk Exchange, and the Congress Palace. Another fun way to see the city would be by taking a bike tour with a local guide, seeing cathedrals and the City of Arts and Sciences.
A good place to base yourself would be at a hotel near both the sea and the major cultural attractions, and the Primus Valencia is a modern hotel is located next to the City of Arts and Scientists and the Harbour and beaches.
The Balearic islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca in the Mediterranean sea also have many varying attractions that make them the popular beach holiday destinations that they are. Ibiza is of course famous for its nightlife, but there’s plenty of other activities on offer on these islands if partying isn’t your thing. You could take a day trip while on Mallorca to the Majorica Pearl Factory and Cavern of the Dragon, where you’ll also take a boat trip on one of the world’s largest underground lakes, and listen to a classical music concert. Mallorca has a huge variety of beaches to choose from, whether you’d like one of the more populous resorts in Magaluf or Santa Ponsa, or an award-winning unspoilt beach of S’Amarador in Mondrago Natural Park.