The time has come again to start planning this year’s summer holiday. You look online and want to find an affordable place in Europe with warm, sunny weather and a lot of fun activities and things to do and stumble upon Spain. The good news is this destination meets all your criteria for an excellent summer holiday. And you have the choice of several villas for rent in Spain to make a great trip perfect. But it can be difficult to choose where to go. Here’s a guide for selecting the best place for a holiday in Spain.
Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, in northeast Spain has always been a favourite city break for tourists around the world. The city oozes with history and culture in the different districts and has lots of architecture beauty including several styles by Gaudi. The summers are long, sunny and hot and any visitor will have a range of activities to choose from to keep them busy and entertained for a few days.
The must-do sights are the Sagrada Familia, strolling along Las Ramblas and exploring the historic gothic quarter. If you want to experience Gaudi’s masterpieces, head to Park Guell, see the Casa Mila and Palau Guell. Barcelona is also home to a number of churches, beautiful beaches and bursting with restaurants, bars and nightclubs. And if you’re here for a few days, why not take a day trip to nearby Montserrat and visit the Benedict Abbey. Or join a tour to near Andorra nestled high in the Pyrenees.
Barcelona is a great travel destination if you’re willing to splurge on the good food, entertainment and to enjoy the local Catalonian culture.
Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol along the southern coast of Spain in Andalucía translates to Sun Coast. And the region certainly lives up to its reputation with endless sunny days and more than 100 kilometres of coastline. Most tourists fly into Malaga and head southwest to one of the many resorts.
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday on the beach, then the Costa del Sol is for you. Expect highly developed infrastructure and a wide range of choices for food and drink. Bars tend to open early and close late with many having special promotions on certain days of the week. When it’s peak season, expect the prices to bump up as millions descend on Malaga for their summer holiday. But, if you come later in the year, you’ll have most of the place to yourself and pay much less for your accommodation.
Malaga and the Costa del Sol have several beautiful resorts along the coast with ocean views making a perfect spot for a honeymoon or luxurious holiday. But, if you want to experience more of the Spanish culture and traditions, you probably won’t find it here.
Ibiza is part of the Balearic Islands and has a reputation for being the party capital of Spain. The typical summer crowds spend their time relaxing around the pool or on the beach during the day before hitting the bars and nightclubs at night. Ibiza Town and San Antonio are the prime spots to experience the nightlife. Bars tend to open around 7:00 pm and almost all will be full in the summer. Most have special drink promotions and long Happy Hours making a night out affordable. Clubbing season starts in May until the end of October.
If you want to experience more of what the island has to offer, head to the historical part of Ibiza Town, visit the island’s interior and explore the hidden coves along the coast. There are also boat tours, parasailing and a range of other water sports along with several beach parties held throughout the year.
Mallorca, sometimes called Majorca by the Brits, is the largest of the Balearic Islands. With over 500 kilometres of coastline and sandy beaches, this is one of Spain’s hottest destinations for a summer holiday. The southern and eastern coasts have lots of resorts and villas receiving most of the 8 million annual tourists. If you stay in this part, expect to find lots of bars and restaurants serving both Spanish and international cuisines. More secluded beaches are a little further away from the main stretch along with several small coves.
Apart from relaxing on the beach, check out the historic capital Palma de Mallorca, head to the interior and enjoy the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range or visit some of the caves. You can also see a salt marsh, rent a bicycle and cycle along some of the almost deserted country roads or play a round of golf.
The Costa Brava, translated to the Rugged Coast, lies along northeast Spain in the Catalonia region. Most tourists come here, like the rest of the country, to enjoy the beaches. But there are a few other spots nearby that appeal to visitors including the small fishing village of Tossa de Sar. You can also see the old city of Girona or head to one of the casinos in Lloret de Mar. Some people like to rent a car and drive to the interior and visit the less explored parts of the Costa Brava.
The Right Spanish Destination for You
Spain has diversity, beaches and endless blue skies in the summer. If you want to spend your time on the beach, head to the Costa del Sol or Costa Brava. Ibiza makes the perfect spot for sunshine and an active nightlife. Or, head to Barcelona for a more sophisticated vacation and to enjoy the shopping and culture.