Whichever Spanish Costa you choose to holiday on, there’s fun to be had, including theme parks for thrills, nature parks and history for exploring, bars and clubs for dancing and beaches for water activities or just lounging. So, to help you know where to begin, we’ve compiled a list of some top activities in Spain you definitely won’t want to miss.
Spain’s adventure parks are built to thrill and many are so big that they have zones for everyone from tots to grown-ups. Take PortAventura Park for example – one of the best-rated theme parks in the country, its sky-high rollercoasters, live entertainment and evening fireworks are split across six zones themed on different parts of the world.
Of course, PortAventura has its own waterpark too, called Caribe, but other excellent waterparks to try include Lloret de Mar’s Waterworld, one of the biggest in Europe. And two-for-the-price-of-one Aqua Natura in Benidorm combines a waterpark and marine-life zoo.
In touch with nature
Spain’s huge range of nature parks will keep outdoorsy types really happy. The Cabo de Gata Nijar Natural Park in Costa Almeria features miles of rugged landscape and volcanic rock features. Or at Cap de Creus, a peninsula in the Costa Brava, you can hike through the foothills and explore the rocky coast.
There are also a number of botanic gardens and smaller parks where you can get in touch with the local flora and fauna, closer to town. Park Genoves in Cadiz is like an enchanted garden, with sculpted trees and a duck pond with model dinosaurs. And Santa Clotilde Gardens in Lloret de Mar feature a wide variety of plants and sculptures that offer an inside look into Catalan landscape gardening.
Slip into history
You don’t need to go far from Spain’s beaches or city streets to see traces of its centuries-old history. Tossa de Mar‘s Vila Vella is a remarkably-preserved old town dating back to the 14th century. With pretty views of it from the beach, the cobbled streets are still home to a number of contemporary shops and restaurants.
Spain is also laden with examples of its ancient Roman occupation, including the aqueduct and amphitheatre in Tarragona and the Greek and Roman Ruins of Empuries in Costa Brava.
The nightlife scene in Spain is something of legend, with rooftop bars, waterfront clubs and glamorous cabaret shows that go until the early hours of the morning. But if partying until sunrise isn’t your thing, not to worry – there’s also an assortment of expat pubs and candlelit wine bars to keep things even.
For those livelier sort of nights, Lloret de Mar is Costa Brava’s nightlife capital, with dance clubs attracting both DJs and visitors from all over Europe. The beachfront bars and pubs in Benidorm stay open long into the night, while flamenco dancers and tribute acts kick off in Salou.
Days at the beach
Spain’s wonderfully warm climate and thousands of kilometres of coastline make it a brilliant place to take to the shores. Spanish beaches offer a wide array of activities, with everything from snorkelling to boating excursions, rentable jet skis and, of course, sunbeds for you to snooze on in the sunshine to recover again.
In Benidorm, Levante Beach is a great place to do some parasailing or windsurfing, play on the water playground or even go cable-skiing. Or to head under the water, hire some snorkelling or diving equipment at Lloret de Mar and swim over to the rocky coves of nearby Cala Banys to spot sea creatures.
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