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Holidays and Hotels in Spain (Costa’s and Balearics)
Hotels in Spain
From large-scale resorts to cosy boutiques and apartments, Spain’s Costas and Balearic Islands are brimming with accommodation choices for your next holiday. Whether you’re after a hotel with room for all your mates, or a one-of-a-kind quirky boutique for a romantic getaway, you’ll find it in one of Spain’s 13 Costas or on one of the four main Balearic islands.
Millions of British tourists make the trip to holiday on Spain’s Costas and Balearic Islands every year - and with year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and carefree Spanish lifestyle, it’s not hard to see why.
Where to stay
Sitting close to the border with France, Costa Brava encompasses many popular resorts. Depending on what kind of thing you’re after, there’s something to suit you - if it’s beaches, you can’t go wrong with Lloret, Palamos, Tossa or Blanes, with the last two being particularly accommodating for families. Palamos is also great for those into their watersports, while the little-known gem of Begur is where those who want some peace and quiet head to.
Costa del Sol
At the other end of the country is Costa del Sol, which has the beaches, nightlife and shopping boxes all ticked. Thousands flock to Benalmadena for its beaches, while Malaga and Marbella see holidaymakers returning year-after-year for its buzzing nightlife and inexpensive accommodation.
Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja are amongst the resorts along the stretch of Costa Blanca, all offering accommodation options for all sorts of budgets. Alicante has got your golfing, shopping, history and nightlife needs covered, while Benidorm offers cheap breaks with a lively post-sunset clubbing schedule.
It takes around an hour and a half to drive from one side of Mallorca to the other, so wherever you stay you’re guaranteed easy access to sun, sea and an extensive cultural background. The capital Palma has iconic sights galore, including the famous gothic cathedral, while the resorts of Pollenca and Alcudia are popular for beach worshippers.
Menorca has affordable accommodation options the entire width and breath of the island, so choosing where to go can be tricky. Beach lovers will find their haven at Cala Galdana, while the family-friendly resort of Cala en Porter is a winner with families all-year-round.
Think Ibiza and you think of a buzzing party atmosphere mixed with inexpensive drinks and top DJs. And while that’s true, Ibiza has has many other sides to it, including quieter beaches and a bohemian, carefree lifestyle. Cala d’Hort is a well-known quieter resort to the south of the island.
Located just off the coast of Ibiza, Formentera is just a short ferry ride away from its closest neighbour. But it’s worth the journey if you’re after a quieter getaway and a stay in either a homely apartment or a luxury villa.
What to see
There’s a reason why people head to Spain every year for their holidays - it’s got something for just about everyone. From Aqualand Waterpark in Torremolinos to the Salvador Dali museum just off the Costa Brava coast, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. If heading to Menorca, don’t miss the Cala Macarella beach, regularly voted as one of the most picturesque spots in the whole of the Balearic Islands.
There are fewer places with a more buzzing nightlife atmosphere than Spain. Students and the young-at-heart will lap up the nightlife across Ibiza, Benidorm, Malaga, and Marbella, although don’t just go expecting inexpensive bars and all-night clubs. Each resort also caters for those who like their evenings a little quieter, with cocktail bars and live entertainment never more than a couple of metres away.
If it’s a real party on holiday you’re after, Marbella, the party capital of the Costa del Sol, never lets party-goers down. It’s popular with hen dos and stag parties, with daytime pool shindigs and thriving after-dark dos keeping the party going.
What to eat
Whether it’s authentic Spanish cuisine you’re looking for, or perhaps something that reminds you of home, the Spanish Costas and Balearic Islands cater for all your taste buds’ requirements. Due to their high expat population and levels of British tourists, all of the locations feature multiple English pubs, restaurants and cafes to keep stomachs tied over with fish and chips, pies and more. Many of the traditionally Spanish meals will contain seafood, thanks to the resorts’ prime location next to the sea. Lobster stew (caldereta de langosta) is a popular dish in Menorca, while Sofrit Pagés, a stew made with meat such as chicken or lamb, will be a regular spot on the streets of Ibiza.
Shopping fans will love the range of shopping options available, with huge outlets and shopping centres providing the perfect spot to pick up some holiday purchases. Many of the destinations have shopping spots not too far out of town, including Parque Comercial La Cañada in Marbella and Espai Gironès off the Costa Brava.
While the Balearic Islands have a number of shopping centres too, the best way to pick up some thoughtful gifts and unusual souvenirs from your holiday is to head to one of the many flea markets around the islands. Las Dalias is a world-famous hippy market in Ibiza that takes place on Saturday mornings from 10am, while Calviá in Mallorca is said to be one of the oldest on the entire island. This one takes place every Monday in Calviá´s old town and is the perfect spot to pick up homemade crafts and unusual clothing.
Fast facts about Spain
- Direct flight time: Varies; 2 hours from London to Girona for Costa Brava; 2.5 hours from London to Formentera; 3 hours from London to Costa del Sol
- Transfer time: Varies
- Time zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Euros
- Language: Spanish
- Average price of a domestic beer: €2.23
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 5 euros
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 13 million