Discover the ultimate in sun, sea and splash along Spain's 'Costa' lined coast. Here lies a world within a world, where each tourist treasure brings something new to the table. From Andalucia's outdoor adventure playground to Costa Blanca's buzzing urban scene, all holiday habits are well and truly catered for! Whether you're craving blissful beaches in the Costa del Sol, or culture vulture antics in the gothic cities of Costa Dorada, the list of things to do in Mainland Spain is never ending.
With handpicked villas peppering the east and south shores, you're sure to be a stone's throw from the heart of the action wherever you stay…
Shop 'til you drop along Costa del Sol's playground for the rich and famous. Four miles of flashy cars, designer boutiques, luxury yachts and whitewashed buildings set the scene for the glamorous 'Golden Mile'. From Puerto Banus to Marbella's western edge – you can live out your A-list aspirations in style…
Whether you're a family of golfers or a large group looking to get a round in, why not perfect your game at Costa Calida's La Manga Club? With first-class facilities, a training centre and three challenging courses – you can tee off within minutes of your front door.
Welcome to Spain's third largest city! Teeming with UNESCO-listed buildings, beautiful beaches, ultra-modern structures (like the world-famous City of Arts and Sciences), medieval cathedrals, gorgeous gardens and street art murals – there's more than 35 things to do in Valencia alone. You might need a few days for this one…
Nestled in the mountains, high above Marbella and Costa del Sol's golden coastline, lies the Moorish village of Mijas. A world away from the modern beach resorts below, this traditional town is an authentic slice of Spanish life. Wednesday's play host to a weekly flamenco dance, where you can watch the flamboyant routine in the Plaza Vigren de la Pena. Enjoy the show!
Spain's scenery is so spellbinding you'd be forgiven for not thinking about the underground spectacles, but Nerja's network of caves are too good to miss. Home to the world's longest and largest stalactite, feast your eyes on the limestone marvel that hangs 33m from the ceiling of the Cataclysm Hall. Illuminated with minimal lighting, the whole place is eerily beautiful.
The Spanish sunshine is one of the country's biggest selling points, but even committed heat-seekers need a place to cool off every once in a while. Costa Blanca's Algar Waterfalls are the answer to your cold water prayers! Sitting 15km away from Benidorm in a protected nature reserve, the cascading falls are just waiting to cool you off.
Fish-on-a-stick might sound a little strange, but this culinary creation tastes like summer in southern Spain. Freshly caught and cooked over an open fire, the traditional espeto is beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Theme parks and family fun are a long standing love affair for us Brits, and as luck would have it – Costa Blanca didn't miss a beat! Benidorm's Terra Mítica is chock-a-block with wild rides and kid-friendly shows. From speed-defying rollercoasters to splashtastic log flumes, adrenaline junkies will be in their element…
Day-trip devotees will be blown away by Seville's historic centre! A treasure trove of baroque churches, Moorish masterpieces and iconic architecture – it's no wonder the city has been stealing hearts for centuries. Stroll the labyrinth of medieval lanes and make your way to Seville's crowning glory, the Real Alcazar. Overflowing with intricate Arabian designs, the ornate tiles, gold carvings and geometric patterns are a photographer's paradise.
Dust off your walking boots and take to the trails of southern Spain's Sierra Nevada natural park. Back-to-nature doesn't get much better, and with gentle pathways to challenging treks, there's something for every kind of mountain-loving traveller.
Stop press – we've got a bit of a celebrity on hours here! Almeria's Cabo de Gata is a Hollywood favourite and the jaw-dropping backdrop to movie classics including 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' and 'Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade'. Regularly voted as having the best beaches in Spain, the rocky reserve is brimming over with sweeping bays, snorkelling sweet spots and desert-style scenes. You'll feel as though you've struck gold when you stumble upon the old mines, where you can explore the old tunnels and inner chasms.
Capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga makes a great first impression with its modern marina. Lined with countless restaurants, street food stalls, waterfront bars and outdoor terraces, pick a pew and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the picturesque port.
Looking like something out of a fairy tale, Frigiliana will have you smitten in seconds. Comprised of a quirky collection of cobbled streets and whitewashed, red-roofed residences, the village is regularly crowned as Andalucia's most beautiful. Floral arrangements are something of a speciality among locals, so prepare to be dazzled with splashes of colour and balconies dripping in greenery.
A natural oasis and real-life paradise, the pristine shores of Playa la Granadella are perfect for relaxing above and below the waves. Snorkelling enthusiasts will love the abundance of marine life, second-to-none sea caves and unbelievable turquoise tones of the water. Plus, there's worse places to dry off when you've finished your aquatic adventures!
Well-known for its indulgent lifestyle, high-end shopping scene and star-studded parties, Marbella is a law unto itself in the luxury stakes. Postcard-perfect plazas and the pedestrianised Old Town are draped in bougainvillea, linked by corridor-like alleys and framed by brightly coloured buildings. Here you'll find some of the most instagrammable spots in all of Spain!
Girona is sightseeing gold! Teeming with amazing architecture, a walled Old Town, watchtowers and luscious landscaped gardens, this medieval marvel is a treasure trove of historical heritage. Falling victim to a staggering 25 sieges in its lifetime, once you lay eyes on the old quarter you'll see why so many conquerors have vied for the ancient city's affections. It even guest starred on HBO's Game of Thrones as Braavos – now that's a claim to fame!
Almeria's legendary landmark is an unmissable feature of Spain's sunniest city and can be seen from pretty much anywhere. History hunters and culture vultures will have a field day exploring the extensive Moorish fortress, which includes two Islamic enclosures and a Christian castle. Be sure to brave the hill for unbeatable views over the city, sea and mountains.
Topping most travellers bucket lists, Barcelona needs little introduction. Cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region and centrepiece of modern Spanish culture, the larger-than-life city will have you head over heels. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Michelin Stars and architect Antoni Gaudí's still-unfinished Sagrada Família – there's a never-ending supply of things to see and do. Park Güell and its multi-coloured mosaic mural is a firm-favourite and popular first-stop for most.
Nothing will get the wanderlust pumping through your veins faster than the dramatic scenes at Ronda. Split in two by a deep gorge, a gravity-defying bridge connects the new side of town with the old Moorish quarter. Hikers can enjoy panoramic nature trails that take in the iconic landscapes, while amblers can embark on a relaxed stroll through Ronda itself. If you're feeling extra brave, precipitous balconies are peppered around the edge of town – do you dare to stand on one?
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