Top Spanish Beach Cities for 2017 Fun in the Sun
Whatever you’re doing right now, chances are a slice of white sand, a jug of Sangria and the sun’s hot rays would put a smile on your face. Combine this with exciting nightlife, incredible architecture and shopping galore and you have one of Spain’s top beach cities.
So, why not plan a trip to Spain’s sunny shores in 2017? Here’s a look at some of our favourites.
One of the Costa del Sol’s most loved playgrounds, Marbella offers fantastic leisure options on a backdrop of sunny skies. Beaches lined with modern hotels and peaceful bays mean you only have a hop, skip and a jump to the glittering water for a swim.
The marina boasts luxury yachts, restaurants and shops teeming with designer labels. Sports lovers are in heaven, with golf courses, water sports, boating, tennis clubs and hiking in the Sierra Blanca hills. Then, there’s the historic quarter, with white-washed facades, churches, the City Hall and museums.
2. San Sebastian
At the heart of gorgeous San Sebastian is Playa de la Concha, named for its resemblance to a scallop shell. Once a favourite haunt of aristocrats, it’s now a sophisticated, yet trendy hub of beach-goers, gourmet lovers and surfers, at Playa de Gros.
On the backdrop of sand and sea, you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants offering some of the country’s finest cuisine, along with excellent tapas for snacking throughout the day. History abounds, with La Catedral del Buen Pastor considered one of the most significant religious buildings in Basque country. Get your camera ready for a visit to Monte Igueldo, for dazzling panoramas over San Sebastian’s ever-charming blend of natural and city-based delights.
3. Puerto de la Cruz
The Canary Islands draw UK travellers all-year round, with warm temps, bustling resorts and a plethora of activities to enjoy. Puerto de la Cruz, in Tenerife, ranks among the most popular, with everything you need for a perfect beach/city break.
The pretty Old Town offers a fishing port, cobbled streets, cafes and bar with a distinct Canarian flavour. Spend time around the harbour for high-end boutiques, plazas and beautiful views. For families, there’s water sports, Loro Parque animal adventure park, Lago Martianez water park and sandy beaches galore.
The capital of the Costa Blanca is a tourist destination well-known for its colourful fiestas. This is a city, with a ‘village’ feel, as the beach is only metres from the centre of the action. Lush parks and beachside promenades are custom-made for strolling, picnicking and luxuriating in the sun’s rays – which are nearly always on display.
Culture vultures explore the Archaeological Museum MARQ, the Santa Barbara Caslte and the MUBAG Fine Arts Museum, among others. When it’s time to don your dancing shoes, El Barrio comes to life after dark, with hip bars, restaurants and live jazz music.
It’s simply too hard not to fall in love with beautiful Barcelona. Here, you could be people-watching on chaotic La Rambla one minute, drinking a cocktail on the beach the next and admiring the architecture of Antoni Gaudi for an afternoon culture hit.
The cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter speak of historic intrigue, while offering all the modern delights of tapas bars, shops and quirky art galleries. The locals ensure a 24-hour party vibe, however when the clock strikes 12, the night time streets fill with revellers, heading out to rooftop terraces and underground jazz bars, to truly enjoy the city’s irrepressible atmosphere.