Still a popular summer sun getaway destination, mainland Spain has a wealth of attractions and quality hotels. There are an endless number of resorts that line the southern coast of Spain offering everything from family friendly hotels to adult only luxury.

Fast Facts

  • Flight Time – 2 – 2 ½ hours
  • Time Zone/Difference – Central European Time +1 hour
  • Language – Spanish, Catalonian
  • Peak Season – June to August
  • Currency – Euro (€)
  • Resorts – Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Almeria

Where to Stay

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Hotel El Paso

Guaranteed to keep your family entertained, this hotel outside of the popular resort of Salou has everything you need. When you stay in the hotel El Paso you’ll get entrance to the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park and PortAventura, the biggest waterpark in Europe. On top of the free entrance to these parks the hotel boasts its own gigantic pool complete with a Pirate ship and various slides to keep the little ones entertained.

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Barcelo Cabo de Gata

A tranquil setting outside of Almeria, this hotel offers luxury and style without costing an arm and a leg. With an indoor Spa that offers a variety of massages and beauty treatments with three bars and plenty of sun bathing space, ideal for adults who want to relax the day away. In the evenings you can expect quality entertainment that will keep you enthralled until the early hours of the morning.

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Zoraida Resort

Staying in the Zoriada Resort you and your family will have the facilities of two hotels to choose from. Both the Zoraida Park and the Zoriada Gardens hotel offer fantastic facilities ranging from two swimming pools with a variety of kids slides and a pirate ship. Just a few steps from the beach, you’ll also be able to spend days building sand castles on the soft white sands.

What to do

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PortAventura

An exhilarating experience full of white knuckle rides and kid friendly attractions, PortAventura is an award winning theme park. The largest in Europe, there’s plenty to do throughout the day and into the evening. There are six themed areas to the park including China, Mexico, Polynesia, Far West, Mediterrania and Sesamo Aventura. Each has a different theme offering a variety of rides. By far one of the best attractions in southern Spain and Europe if you holiday in the Costa Dorada or Barcelona visiting is a must. Single day tickets start from £29 for kids aged between 4-10 and £34 for adults if you book online.

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Serena Beach

Set along the coast of Costa Almeria with the lovely resort of Roquetas de Mar centre just minutes away, this beach is definitely the focal point of this spectacular Spanish resort. Users of TripAdvisor have ranked the beach as the 5th best attraction in the Roquetas de Mar and for good reason. There are miles of coastline where you can get setup ready for a day of bathing, splashing and relaxing.

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Museo Refuugio De La Guerra Civil

Close to the centre of Almeria these civil war tunnels are a reminder of the history of Spain. Walk through history and see what life was like living in these tunnels which could hold up to 10,000 people at any one time. Get a guided tour through the tunnels with an English speaking guide with the tour taking around 1 hour to complete and entrance just €2 per person.

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