Mainland Spain has a rich culture, world-class beaches, vibrant festivals, colourful fiestas and renowned nightlife, these are just a few reasons why you should consider Spain for your next holiday destination.
Spain is vast, it has 15 World Heritage Cities and multiple cultural sites just waiting to be discovered. With coastlines bordering both the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, Fight4.com can help you discover Spain's many charms, top attractions and best places to visit.
Explore the monumental sites of Galicia and Santiago de Compostela in the north and the fascinating capital city Madrid in central Spain, then onto the relaxing beach resorts of the Costa del Sol and the warm Mediterranean waters of the south coast, plus the exciting world-class beach resorts of the Balearic & Canary Islands.
Spain Short Breaks & Beach Holidays: Spain is open 365 days a year and is one of Europe's top package tour and beach holiday destinations. However, Spain isn't just limited to the main holiday resorts of the sunny Costa's it's also home to some of the most important historical sites and cultural experiences in Europe, start by visiting the famous cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville or Granada to find out more.
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Holiday Airports for Mainland Spain Coastal Resorts:
Alicante (ALC) Costa Blanca for Benidorm, Denia.
Malaga (AGP) Costa del Sol for Torremolinos, Marbella, Benalmádena.
Girona (GRO) Costa Brava for Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Tossa, L'Estartit.
Reus (REU) Costa Dorada for Salou, Cambrils.
Spain Mainland - Introduction: Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world with the majority of travellers visiting the mainland's Costas. The popular coastal beach resorts start in Spain's north eastern Catalonia region, here you have the lively beach resorts and rugged coastline of Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, plus the regions cosmopolitan capital Barcelona.
Travelling further down the Mediterranean coastline are the warm white-sandy beaches of Costa Blanca in the Alicante province. Onwards heading south around Spain’s southern edge are the sun-kissed regions of Costa de Almeria, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz on the Andalusian coast.
Best time of year to visit Spain: To avoid the high mid-year temperatures, early summer and the beginning of autumn are pleasant times to visit most regions. The coastal south enjoys a Mediterranean climate with very warm and dry summers and mild, wettish winters. Central Spain including Madrid, have a more extreme climate with hotter summers and cooler winters. The mountainous regions have the most rain and snow mid-winter, with the Basque country to the north being generally cooler and wetter.
(1). Torremolinos: Torremolinos is a municipality in Andalusia and is the region's most popular tourist destination, a classic beach resort on Costa del Sol's most picturesque coastline. Torremolinos is the gateway to some of the best holiday beach resorts in the region, including the lively bars and attractive old town of Benalmadena, just a short distance west of Torremolinos.
Torremolinos has evolved into a mature and exciting resort, and is renowned especially for its pristine sandy beaches, great choice of hotels, numerous bars and restaurants plus a huge variety of entertainment. The resorts main attribute is its 7km stretch of pristine sun-bleached beaches, perfect for topping up your tan or for just having fun in the warm Mediterranean waters.
The beach has plenty of sun loungers watersport facilities, cafes and a beautiful newly renovated promenade, plus the nearby waterparks and Crocodile Park provide perfect entertainment if you’re holidaying with children. The promenarde is great for a relaxing stroll, it stretches through to the quaint fishing village of La Carihuela then onto the marina at Benalmadena, you should stop along the way at one of the many beach bars ( chiringuitos ) most are traditional Spanish eateries serving tasty fresh seafood.
During the peak summer months the resort is favoured by the younger set with the resort providing an intense and lively nightlife. The town centre never sleeps and buzzes with bars and clubs, if your looking for good music you'll find clubs catering for most music tastes, with plenty of live sets on offer from world renowned DJs. Most of the resorts liveliest bars and clubs are dotted along the main street 'Calle San Miguel' which runs through the resort, alternatively head to the Beach Clubs at Los Alamos Promenade with 'Beach Club Nuevo & Sur' being one of the favorites.
Restaurants are plenty in Torremolinos, the mostly car free high street 'Calle San Miguel' offers a good mix of restaurants, including Chinese & Indian eateries, high-end restaurants and traditional tapas bars. Alternatively try the laid-back old fishing district El Bajondillo, here you'll find a quieter atmosphere along with traditional seafood restaurants and local souvenir shops.
There are plenty of shops and boutiques to keep you happy, the pedestrianised high street 'Calle San Miguel' has plenty of trendy boutiques, jewellery shops and souvenir stalls.
(2). Marbella: Marbella is located in south Andalusia in the province of Malaga and forms part of the beautiful Costa del Sol region. Marbella is vibrant and luxurious, it has a charming old town, a stunning coastline with lots of fashionable sandy beaches, multiple leisure facilities and an esteemed and exciting nightlife.
Marbella is a large coastal resort sitting at the foothills of the Sierra Blanca (White Range) Mountains, the mountains form an impressive backdrop to the Golden Mile. The term "Golden Mile" refers to the coastal area stretching over 10km from the western border of Marbella city, all the way to the luxury yacht marina at the affluent holiday resort of Puerto Banus (the playground resort for the rich and wealthy).
One of Marbella's main draws is the wide choice of fashionable beaches, and whilst the sand can be dark and slightly rough in places, they are still very beautiful beaches, with many stretches benefiting from the famous Paseo Maritimo (the Marbella boardwalk). Marbella's scenic boardwalk is home to numerous hip cafes, fashionable restaurants and shops but most of all it's a great relaxing place to walk, with fantastic coastal views and outstanding seascapes.
Marbella's mostly golden sandy beaches stretch for over 16 miles, with the coastal sands shelving down to a calm Mediterranean Sea. The main beaches stretch between Marbella and the nearby luxury resort of Puerto Banus, with its upmarket designer boutiques, nearby Michelin star restaurants and International luxury shopping brands. In the summer months the beaches can get very busy, particularly the ones closest Marbella's Old Town, with Playa de Venus, Playa del Faro and Cabopino beaches being particularly popular. Most stretches are ideal for family beach days, with calm Mediterranean waters and plenty of facilities nearby if required.
To the east of Marbella you have the famous Niki beach, the beach is free but you'll pay up to 100 euros for a beach club sun lounger, Nikki Beach is well known for its dance music programs and feature globally recognised resident DJs. Watersport facilities can be found at most beaches and include paddleboarding, windsurfing, watersking and jetskiing.
Marbella is a mix of old and new, it has a unique charm and a wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere, with much of the resorts charm being centred around the Old Town district, (also known as Casco Antiguo). The Old Town consists of a labyrinth of tiny cobbled streets and alleys that surround a picturesque fifteenth century Castilian square called Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square). The square is located in the heart of the old town close to the 15th-century Ermita de Santiago church.
The quaint Old Town is made up of Moorish style whitewashed buildings with some buildings dating back to the Renaissance era, and includes the impressive town hall (Ayuntamiento de Marbella). The old towns main attractions are the pretty streets full of flowers, charming inexpensive boutiques and lovely little shops selling all forms of trinkets, fashion and souvenirs. Leading off the narrow old cobbled streets you'll find many plazas bustling with open-air restaurants, inexpensive bars and relaxing eateries serving traditional dishes.
The Casco Antiguo (old town) is the perfect place to relax and meander for an hour or two, after which you can head down the Avenida del Marto to the Paseo Maritimo (Promenade), passing the impressive permanent Dali sculpture exhibition on the way, then onto the boulevard where you can sipa cocktail with the young and trendy crowd, or choose from the many restaurants and bars with terraces looking out over the calm and warm Mediterranean sea.
Accommodation. Marbella is a wealthy area and continues to attract wealthy Spanish and northern European holidaymaker's. Marbella offers a varied choice of accommodation ranging from budget grades through to luxury beach front properties and 5 star spa resort hotels, with many top-end accommodations located to the east and west of Marbella and areas close to Puerto Banus.
Andalusia is a very diverse and unique part of Spain, so if you fancy a break from the beach you'll find Marbella is located close to several interesting and historical towns. Recommended towns worth visiting include: Malaga, Cadiz and Seville, all of which offer a wealth of historical and cultural sites to explore.
Top Tip Seville: Seville is a charming historical city full of Spanish culture, it's an underrated gem of a city that should be near the top of your 'must visit & explore' list.
(1). Salou - Costa Dorada: Salou is just 20 minutes from Reus Airport (REU), Reus is almost exclusively served by low cost holiday airlines. Salou is one of the most visited holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada, the resort is lively and has a wide golden sandy beach backed by a tree-lined promenade with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars. You can visit the charming old town or spend a day on the nearby rides at PortAventura World, Europe's biggest theme park, plus Barcelona is just a 90 minute drive away.
(2). Lloret de Mar - Costa Brava: Lloret de Mar is the heart of the Costa Brava, it's affordable, lively and colourful and is just up the coast from Catalonia’s cosmopolitan capital, Barcelona. The primarily focus for holidaymaker's here is the town’s spotless Blue Flag beaches, and at night it's all about the wide choice of clubs, bars and restaurants, with many of the more lively bars run by ex-pats, so you'll find a cold pint an a friendly welcome whenever you go.
At the heart of the town there's an interesting mix of old architecture and new neon-lit bars and fast-food restaurants. You'll find plenty of old-town character and a fascinating history stretching back to Roman times, along with narrow cobbled streets, 11th century castles and impressive Catalan and Gothic-style architecture.
Watersport's is big in Lloret, the beaches and calm seas are perfect for snorkeling and for scuba diving along the biotope (artificial reef), plus there's excellent conditions for windsurfing and kayaking. There's plenty of fast fun stuff too, with parasailing and speedboat rides being amongst the most popular.
There's plenty to see and do in Lloret and Costa Brava, Barcelona is just an hour’s bus ride away and the family favourite 'Water World' is right on your doorstep. You can head to the Museumdel Mar in Lloret to learn about Costa Brava's maritime heritage, then check out the bronze monument to the Fisherman’s Wife; one of the town’s most iconic attractions. Pay a visit the relaxing and scenic Santa Clotilde Gardens located high up overlooking the resort, then it's back to town to relax on some of the best beaches in north-east Spain.
Gerona Airport GRO is located 74km (46mi) north of the center of Barcelona and is often used as an alternative airport to BCN. Gerona Airport is located 13 kilometres southwest of the city of Girona (Catalan), Gerona (Spanish). The airport is well connected by coach, car and taxi to the following popular holiday beach resorts: Lloret de Mar (24 minutes). Blanes (31 minutes). Santa Susanna (32 minutes). Tossa de Mar (33 minutes). Palamos (40 minutes). Both private and shared shuttle bus transfers are available to Costa Brava's main holiday resorts, shuttle bus transport services should be booked in advance of arrival at GRO airport.
(3). Benidorm - Costa Blanca: Benidorm is known as the ‘Manhattan of Spain’ due to its tall and ever expanding skyline, it's also the busiest holiday resort in Costa Blanca. Benidorm is located in the Alicante province in the Valencia and Murcia region, its location takes advantage of a spectacular coastline, 300 days of sunshine a year, temperatures averaging 21 °C (70 °F), white sandy beaches, secluded sandy coves and warm Mediterranean waters.
Benidorm's biggest draw are its two main and immaculately kept sandy beaches, Levante and Poniente. Both beaches are backed by palm-lined promenades, restaurants, bars and rows of skyscraper hotels and apartments, with accommodation grades ranging from budget to luxury.
The centrally located Levante beach (known as the sunrise beach) is the largest and most lively, with almost 5,000 sunbeds for hire and plenty of watersports on offer. Watersport facilities include scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, plus plenty of jet-skis lined up on the beach ready for action. There are playgrounds for the youngsters, lifeguards keeping swimmers safe, family-friendly restaurants, plus sports bars and cafes lining the shoreline, so you shouldn'twant for much more.
Poniente Beach is slightly less crowded and is positioned just beyond the Old Town to the west of Levante, it has a more relaxed feel. The beach is crescent shaped with excellent well looked after golden sand, perfect for sunbathing. The pristine beach is three kilometres long and has a new modern promenade and board walk to enjoy, with plenty of facilities nearby if required.
Benidorm is well known for its vibrant stay-up-late nightlife, and if that's what you're after you won't be disappointed. The old town is full of pubs and tapas bars filling the air with the scent of sizzling chorizo. The Levante and Rincon de Loix neighbourhood have a very lively party atmosphere, with lots of bars and clubs playing host to tribute bands, comedy acts, karaoke competitions and not forgetting the occasional drag queen. For a big night out try the Casino Mediterráneo or the Benidorm Palace, home to big cabaret style entertainment.
Also - if you’re hankering for a nice cuppa tea and a traditional full English breakfast after a late night, you won't go hungry or thirsty.
What to do in Benidorm. Explore the busy medieval part of the old town. Benidorm dates back to 1325 and you'll find plenty of narrow winding cobbled streets and authentic Baroque domed churches to keep you occupied. You'll also find traditional whitewashed buildings rising up to the castle ruins and great views across Benidorm from the Balcó del Mediterrani. There's plenty of friendly cafes and shop-lined streets to explore, all of which provide a quick glimpse of the traditional side of Benidorm.
Some consider the coastal resorts in the region to be over developed, however there are plenty of resorts and towns in the region that definitely aren't, with towns such as Dénia and Xàbia managing to conserve their character and charm and they're only 50km (40mins drive) up the coast.
So if you fancy a change from Benidorm's hustle and bustle there's plenty of smaller traditional towns and villages close by, just waiting to be discovered. Other towns in the area worth visiting include: the beautiful Moorish town of Guadalest and the charming hilltop town of Altea (11km north of Benidorm), with its spectacular views from high up in the old town. Also worth visiting is Valencia and upmarket Alicante, just a 40-minute drive from Benidorm.
If you fancy a round of golf there's numerous championship courses within a 2 hour radius of Benidorm, with most courses in the region offering an excellent challenge to both the serious and casual golfer.
Malaga – Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). Malaga airport is located 8 km (5 miles) southwest of Malaga and 5 km (3 miles) north of Torremolinos.
Malaga airport Facts: Malaga Airport is a hub for Easyjet, Ryanair and Vueling. The airport is well connected by road, the A7 coastal motorway runs from the east and west of Costa del Sol from Algeciras to Almeria.
Malaga is the fourth busiest airport in Spain and is the main airport for all major towns and beach resorts on the Costa Del Sol; Travel times to main resorts are: Torremolinos (10 minutes), Fuengirola (20 minutes), Calahonda (25 minutes), Benalmadena (15 minutes), Marbella (30 minutes), Puerto Banus (40 minutes) and Estepona (60 minutes).
Airport Transport and Shuttle Services:
Bus Services. Airport Express Bus services run between the airport and Malaga city centre every 20 minutes, between 07.00 hrs and midnight, services operate seven days a week with a journey time of 25 minutes.
Train Services. Train services from Malaga Airport to the city centre operate on the RENFE C1 line, with a journey time of 11 minutes. Trains operate every 20 minutes from early morning until midnight, seven days a week. Trains also operate to other destinations on the Costa del Sol such as Benalmadena and Torremolinos.
Taxi. Metered taxis (white with a blue line on the side) are available outside the main terminal building.
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