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Costa Del Where? Seeing You Through Spain- Travel With Cooky


With the borders around the world showing glimmers of hope of opening, many would-be travellers are looking for their first destination since the world stood still. Did you know that 18.1 million Brits chose Spain as their destination of choice in 2019? Since I have become an independent travel agent, it has allowed me to view travel patterns and places that are always of high interest. Spain is a big space. With a landmass of 505,990 km2, it is easy to just class the country as one entity. But are people getting the most out of Britain’s favourite destination? Do you know your Costa Del Sol from your Costa Blanca’s? Are you making the most of a wonderful country with so much to offer?

We are creatures of habit, that much is true. How many people say to you ‘I’ve been going to Spain for years’, yet they head to the same destination and even the same hotels. In this article I am going to share the different areas of holiday hot-spots around Spain and give you the insights to help you decide why, where and when to choose each destination!


Costa Brava & Costa Barcelona

This area is a hotspot for lively tourist resorts, supersized beaches and Barcelona on the doorstep make visits to the Costa Barcelona and Costa Brava score highly on every holiday front.

Costa Brava Map

Quick Cues

  • Destination Airport- Girona & Barcelona
  • Flight Time From UK- Approx 2 hours
  • Time Difference- GMT+1

WEATHER WATCH

July- August temperature peaks around 28oC

Spring & Autumn days are warm but expect some rain especially in October.

Tossa De Mar

  • Great for history lovers
  • Fantastic Beaches
  • Lively vibe
  • Surrounding pine forest & seafront castle
  • Gentle sloping beaches

Lloret De Mar

  • Buzzy Holiday Playground
  • Lively Reputation
  • By day- huge range of shops
  • By night- Clubs, cocktails and casino along a neon- lit prominade

Pineda De Mar

  • Perfect get away resort but lesser known part of Costa Barcelona
  • An escape from usual mass tourist spots.
  • Open air feel and family friendly destination

Barcelona

Just a 30 minute trip from Costa Brava by car or even an incredibly scenic train journey along the coast makes for very easy access to the Catalan capital. A city famous for its beauty, culture and impressive Sagrada Familia. The latter alone attracts over 2 million visitors per year. Las Ramblas is a must for any visitor to Barcelona. The tree-lined boulevard is a hub for eating drinking and shopping amongst tourists.

The city definitely warrants more than a day trip and has an abundance of options for accommodation. From hotels to hotels and guest houses, there is something for every budget. Be sure to catch the spectacular fountain show in the evenings at the Plaza Espana.


Costa Dorada

The ‘Golden Coast’ of Spain is a perfect destination for beach lovers and thrill-seekers alike.

Costa Dorada Map

Quick Cue’s

  • Airport- Reus (REU)
  • Flight time from UK- Approx 2 hours
  • Time difference- GMT+1

Weather Watch

July- August temperature ranges between mid 20’s to low 30’s. Sea breeze provides welcome cooling

Spring & Autumn 16-18oC highs.

Salou

  • Here you will find Europe’s biggest theme park, PortAventura and Aquapolis water park making it a family favourite destination.
  • Blue flag beaches and shallow waters are perfect for family beach trips.
  • Huge range of restaurants and bars. Be sure to look out for fish of the day dishes usually caught right on the waters you’re sitting at.
  • The nearby fishing village of Cambrils is worth a visit for Michelin restaurants and stylish hotels

Tarragona

  • A must-visit destination for history enthusiasts.
  • Be sure to take in the impressive historic Roman ruins.
  • The capital of Costa Dorada is actually situated on a rocky hillside setting- a nice change of pace and view offering a more rustic side of the Spanish mainland

La Pineda

  • Hosts gorgeous silver beaches and long parades of shops.
  • La Pineda is livelier than the sleepy fishing village of Cambrils but not as loud as Salou.
  • A peaceful getaway with options to visit livelier destinations sch as the Aquapolis and Barcelona is only a stone’s throw away for beautiful day trip options

TOP EXCURSIONS

  • Day Trips to see the views of Montserrat- an amazing rock formation over 4,000 ft
  • PortAventura is Europe’s biggest theme park and a must-visit for thrill-seekers.
  • Visit Barcelona on either a day tour or night stay
  • Head to Andorra. The principality is just a couple of hours drive and is a top ski destination and duty-free haven.

Costa Blanca

With miles of beaches, world-class theme parks, lively cities and vibrant nightlife. It’s no wonder Costa Blanca is a long time holiday favourite.

Costa Blanca map

Altea

  • Slower paced setting with seafood and traditional restaurants galore.
  • There are plenty of beach options from large sand open beaches to secluded quiet coves
  • Should you wish for a busier evening or night activities, Benidorm is just a 20 minute journey away

Benidorm

  • This modern skylined destination has been a Brit favourite since the 1960’s
  • Levante beach offers everything from wide sandy beaches, safe waters for swimming , water sports as well as a vast number of seafront bars and restaurants to choose from.
  • This is the destination for nightlife and party culture as well as a vast mix of family friendly entertainment.
  • Happy hour prices are available daily which add to the popular nightlife feel.
  • Day out ventures such as Aqualandia water park are centrally located or head to Terra Mitica theme park for your white knuckle thrills.
  • Having visited Benidorm over 12 different occasions, I can definitely vouch for this place.

Valencia

  • The city of Valencia is just 1 hour from each other the other destinations and is well worth a visit
  • Valencia is the original home of Spain’s most famous dish, paella.
  • Festivals and culture ooze from this city so it is definately worth looking up what may be on when your looking to visit.
  • Valencia’s Gothic cathedral houses the chalice that is claimed to be the original holy grail and so is a hot spot for pilgrimages from all over the world.


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