If your idea of the perfect getaway is a self-contained world of attractions and beaches, or if you prefer to do get out and travel on your own steam, there’s a catalogue of destinations that will suit you perfectly in Spain.
So in this list you’ll find a great variety of places, from the highly-developed resorts on the “costas”, where skyscrapers overlook the seafront and the party never stops, to cosy fishing villages and coastal communities that seem to be from another time.
Here’s a breeze through some of the best holiday resorts in Spain.
1. La Manga, Murcia
If your favourite kind of holiday is a breathless whirl of activity you won’t do much better than La Manga in Murcia.
It’s a sandbar that runs north to south for 21 kilometres and less than 100 metres wide in places.
All along La Manga are hotels and apartment blocks – to the east they have the open Mediterranean, and to the west there’s the Mar Menor a large, shallow lagoon favoured for windsurfing, kayaking, kite-surfing and pretty much any other water sport you can think of.
In summer water sports centres are open up and down La Manga, and are usually connected to beach bars.
If you need a breather at any time then you’ll never be more than a few steps from a beach, while a couple of Europe’s top golf courses are also minutes away.