Overview of Spain Vacations
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Why do so many return to Spain year after year?
A whopping 50 million visitors descend upon the mainland and the islands on spain vacations every year. Most come for the sun and the beach but some come for the cultural cities, sleepy towns and rugged terrain.
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People come in droves, myself included, to lie like sardines on packed beaches by day, and to bounce from fast food outlets to 'happy hour' bars to nightclubs in the evenings. Then next day, the same ritual all over again. And again and again for the duration of the holiday. Why?
Maybe it's the magic formula for unwinding, relaxing all day and partying all night. Whatever it is, Spain vacations have an abundance of choice destinations where our annual rituals can be performed to the full, and why not? We've earned it, haven't we?.
Many sun worshippers see Spain as the only place on earth :
Mainland Spain has the popular 'Costa' resorts such as Benidorm and Lloret De Mar, while the islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza are a magnet for visitors. Throw in the Canary Islands, with their wonderful climate, providing sunshine for twelve months of the year, and you can maybe start to appreciate the appeal for sunseekers the world over.
Tenerife, the largest Island, and the busiest, is a great destination with spring like temperatures all year.
Gran Canaria has beautiful sandy beaches, but there are lots of hills which can make life difficult for children, the elderly and the disabled.
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura both have great beaches and a constant light wind which lends some comfort against the heat.
But there's more to Spain than sun, sea and sand :
Venture into the cities and towns and you will discover the true character of the place. The cultural city of Madrid, the capital, has 73 museums and a host of other attractions.
Beautiful Barcelona offers the best in entertainment and a unique shopping experience. Castles, caves and stunning countryside can be explored in the peaceful setting of Andalucia.
Outdoor activities and watersports are very popular and there are lots of excellent scuba diving packages that are available all year round.
Is it any wonder Spain vacations are so popular?
You can choose your ideal accommodation from a very good selection of Spain Hotels, or for something a little more private, Vacation Rentals. For self guided tours and people on the move there is also the choice of excellent value Hostels & Budget Accommodation on offer.
Language : Spanish, although English is widely spoken.
Currency : The monetary unit of Spain is the Euro. Check the
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Spain Climate : Dry and warm most of the year, with plenty of sunshine. Quite cold in winter. Not much rainfall, but when it does rain, it's heavy.
Time zone : GMT/UTC +1
Country dialling code : +34
Recommended places to visit : Madrid, the capital, and Barcelona, Andalucia and the Canary Islands.
Passports & Visas : A passport is required for Spain vacations. A visa is not required for Europeans staying up to three months, and for EU citizens there is no limit. US, Canada and Australia nationals can also stay for up to three months. From most other countries and for longer durations a visa is required, so check with the Spain Tourist Office for more information.
Travelling to Spain :
Shop around for deals on the lowest air fares, and customise your trip with flight or hotel only, or as a package. Please remember insurance when travelling. Essential Travel offer online discount travel insurance.
Make the most of your visit to Spain with Maps International super value travel guides, road maps and language books.
My Lanzarote Vacation
My Lanzarote vacation provided the answer to the question. By day we lay on the beach and at night we explored the endless choices of good restaurants, taking full ad vantage of how cheap it was to eat out.
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