Summer holidays in Spain: 15 cities Spanish on the sea to visit absolutely

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White beaches, tourist complexes, nightlife, culture and romance, it is difficult to say which is the best Spanish seaside resort to spend your holidays. We have tried to select some perfect ones for every type of tourist. Let's find out together!


  1. Ibiza Town, Balearic Islands
  2. Barcelona, ​​Catalonia
  3. Cadiz, Andalusia
  4. Valencia, Valencia region
  5. Mogán, Canary Island
  6. Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
  7. Marbella, Andalusia
  8. Roses, Catalonia
  9. Santander, Cantabria
  10. Malaga, Andalusia
  11. Sant Francesc Xavier, island of Formentera
  12. Lloret de Mar, Catalonia
  13. Alicante, province of Alicante
  14. Almeria, Andalusia
  15. Torremolinos, Andalusia
  16. User questions and comments

1 - Ibiza Town, Balearic Islands

Many don't know that Ibiza it is not only the name of the island but also of the town which is its capital. Known throughout the world for its nightlife, the city has some natural and historical beauties, which often go unnoticed by the nightlife lover's eye. The oldest part of Ibiza, for example, has been a World Heritage Site since 1999. The area, called Dalt Vila, is the testimony of the different cultures with which the island has come into contact during its history: from the Phoenicians to the Carthaginians, passing through Romans and Muslims, up to the Catalan conquest. In addition, beyond the historical beauty and nightlife, the city of Ibiza includes three of the most beautiful beaches on the entire island: Ses Figueretes, Talamanca and Platja d'en Bossa
See also
: Balearic Islands, Spain - where they are, when to go and what to see

  • Recommended for: recommended for everyone
  • To visit: Dalt Vila, beaches, Castle and Cathedral, Hospitalet church, Almudaina
  • starting from € 43,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Ibiza: Beginner Dive with Sunset Option Ibiza: Snorkeling Activity from San Antonio Ibiza: All Inclusive Cave Tour and Luxury Transportation

2 - Barcelona, ​​Catalonia

Barcelona it is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the world. Sea, romance, entertainment for the little ones, historical monuments, the capital of Catalonia offers plenty of choice among the various entertainment available: which makes it a holiday destination suitable for everyone. Barcelona is a theater where the curtain does not fall even at night when the dense network of alleys that reaches up to Plaza de la Catalunya comes alive with people. The Ramblas, the road that crosses the old city is, with its stalls and street performers, the symbol of the Spanish nightlife but, it does not end there. Depending on the time of year or personal tastes, Barcelona offers a long and diverse range of nightly entertainment to suit all tastes. Are you on vacation with your better half, and do you want to go dancing in a "quiet" place? The neighborhood ofEl Born is the one for you. Are you looking for unbridled nightlife in a romantic setting? To the Porto Vecchio they often organize events under the stars and, particularly not to be underestimated, entry to discos is free.

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: Plaza de la Catalunya, Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlò, Parc Güell, Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
  • starting from € 24,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 32,00 per room -
  • Sagrada Familia: Costa Brava fast track ticket: half-day tour from Barcelona Barcelona: Magic Fountain show and open bus tour

3 - Cadiz, Andalusia

Cadiz is a characteristic coastal city of Andausia, which boasts an important port, many and very different museums, a fascinating historic center embraced by the sea, and diversified nightlife alternatives. The rise of Cadiz began around 1100 BC by the Phoenicians, and continued after the discovery of America, when it was the most cosmopolitan city in all of Spain. The inhabitants of the city are famous for their joviality and hospitality, except for their good food. Do not miss the Cadiz Carnival, one of the most famous festivals in Spain, which takes place on Shrove Tuesday and the wonderful beaches, which are filled with people on summer nights. The promenade, General Muñoz de Arenillas street and the area of ​​the Vittoria beach, are the favorite destinations for lovers of nightlife, and for people seeking shelter from the heat of the day. Some clubs offer live shows and musical genres, suitable for young and old, while, for young people looking for fun, the Punta di San Felipe area is recommended.

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: Torre Tavira, Castle of Santa Catalina, Museum of Cadiz, Cathedral of Cadiz, the old town and the walls, Roman Theater and the Central Market
  • Jerez de la Frontera, near Cadiz, from € 122,17 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 33,00 per room -
  • Cadiz 2,5 Hours Private Walking Tour and Market Visit Cadiz: Medieval Tour Cadiz: Beach Segway Tour

4 - Valencia, region of Valencia

Valencia is one of the most important port cities in Spain, known for City of Arts and Sciences, which includes a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum, and for its many beaches, some of which are located within the Albufera park: a real natural paradise, which boasts a marsh reserve, a lake and several hiking trails Young and lively city, with a series of attractions designed especially for the little ones, Valencia, thanks to a mix of Catalan and Andalusian culture, has recently entered the panorama of Iberian nightlife, suitable for both young people and couples and families. Known throughout the world for the"Paella", a culinary specialty born in the area, Valencia offers a choice of nightlife, ranging from the typical bars of Barrio del Carmen, where it is also possible to attend live shows; pass by the most fashionable discos, suitable for those couples who want to be "quiet" while not giving up on nightlife, up to the port area and the Malvarosa beach , the "youth" area, where the largest discos in the city remain open until morning.

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: city of arts and sciences, central market, the Fallero museum, Bioparc, Oceanographic Park, Lonja de la Seda
  • starting from € 23,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Valencia: Oceanogràfic City of Arts Entrance Ticket: Combined Tickets Valencia Bioparc: A Day in the Heart of Africa

5 - Mogán, Canary Island

Mogán is a town located on theCanary Island, which includes fishing towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Arguineguín. The main attraction of the area is represented by the wonderful beaches, currently divided into six residential centers: Arguineguín, Patalavaca, Anfi del Mar, Puerto Rico, Amadores, Tauro, Playa del Cura, Taurito and Puerto de Mogán, all characterized by sumptuous hotels and luxurious restaurants. Mogán is the ideal area for those families who want to spend quiet holidays, for lovers of nature and water sports, and for couples wishing to enjoy a romantic holiday, away from the crowds.

  • Recommended for: families with children and couples
  • To visit: the natural beauties are the main attractions of the area
  • Las Palmas Airport, near Mogán, from € 134,96 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Mogán: 40-Minute Submarine Tour Gran Canaria: Water Sports Combo Packages Cocodrilo Park: Admission Ticket

6 - Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island of Majorca, every year is besieged by lovers of beaches and nightlife, but the city also has much more to offer. Plaza Mayor and Plaza del Sol they are the beating heart of the historic center of Palma where, in addition to strolling and doing some shopping, it is possible to taste some local specialties in one of the many characteristic bars. The old part of the city, on the other hand, hides historical beauties, such as i Arab baths, architectural masterpiece and the Almudaina Royal Palace, used by the king for official ceremonies that take place in the summer. At night Palma de Mallorca comes alive, and offers fun in all areas of the city, allowing virtually anyone to find the club closest to their idea of ​​fun.

  • Recommended for: couples and young people
  • To visit: Royal Palace, Turkish Baths, Palma de Mallorca Cathedral, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Palaza Mayor, Plaza del Sol
  • starting from € 19,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Mallorca: Palma Cathedral and Museum of the Diocese Palma Aquarium de Mallorca: Entrance Ticket Palma de Mallorca: Guided Tour of the Old Town

7 - Marbella, Andalusia

Marbella is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the world. Located between Malaga and Gilbilterra, the city began its rise as a tourist destination in the s when actors and several other personalities from the entertainment world made it their favorite holiday half. Equipped with an antique Old Town of Arab origin, Marbella is equipped to respond to everyone's idea of ​​entertainment: discos, beaches equipped for children, monuments and a quiet promenade where you can take romantic walks. Moreover, if you are a lover of physical activity, you can practice both a water sport and try your hand at a game of golf in one of the elegant clubs in the city.

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: Sohail Castel, historic center, Plaza de la Iglesia, the Arab walls, Capilla San Juan de Díos
  • Màlaga airport, near Marbella from € 25,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Marbella Bay Paddleboarding Tour Marbella: Old Town, Harbor and Parks Bike Ride Marbella: Old Town Tour with Wine and Tapas Tasting

8 - Roses, Catalonia

Roses is an ancient Greek colony, which stretches between the sea and the mountains. Located in the province of Girona, the natural beauties are the main attraction of the area, which boasts countless beaches, where you can practice various water sports, and the natural parks of Aiguamolls de l´Empordá and Cap de Creus, a favorite destination for trekking lovers . The great landscape richness of this region is flanked by that of the seabed, which can be admired thanks to the boats with transparent backgrounds, very popular with children, diving and scuba diving. But Roses is not just nature. The city retains some important oneshistorical remains from the Greek period, including those of the ancient Hellenic quarter, the Roman villa and the Romanesque-Lombard monastery.

  • Recommended for: families with children, couples and young people looking for a relaxing holiday
  • To visit: Roses lighthouse, Church of Santa Maria, Casa Mallol, the historical remains of the Greek / Roman period, the natural parks, the Citadel.
  • Barcelona airport, near Roses from € 24,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -

9 - Santander, Cantabria

Santander is an elegant city overlooking a beautiful bay. Developed around the abbey of Saint Emeterio - to which it owes its name - from the mid-nineteenth century it became one of the most exclusive holiday resorts in Spain. The historic center of the city, immersed in a natural setting that embraces the sea and the mountains, is made up of ancient buildings overlooking the sea.Among the main tourist attractions of Santander we must mention the Sardinero beach, which develops close to the seafront, the Magdalena peninsula e Plaza de Italia with its elegant outdoor bars, a meeting point for lovers of summer nightlife. It should also be remembered that Santander is also one of the stages of the famous Santiago's walk.

  • Recommended for: families with children and couples
  • To visit: the Caves of Altamira, natural parks, Plaza de Italia, Gran Casino, museum of prehistory and archeology, San Emeterio abbey
  • from € XX, XX -
  • Hotels and b & b from € XX, XX per room -
  • Santander: One Way Private Transfer to SDR Airport

10 - Malaga, Andalusia

Malaga it is the second largest city in Andalusia, and undisputed queen of the Costa del Sol: the most loved coastal strip by tourists from all over the world. Characterized by mild temperatures all year round and long beaches, Malaga was the city that gave birth to Pablo Picasso, and home to important historical remains. Founded by the Phoenicians, it passed, over the centuries, from Roman to Muslim hands, which left visible traces in the finds and historical buildings, scattered almost everywhere throughout the city. Famous for its exuberant population, which has the reputation of "people who have fun all day", Malaga is ideal for lovers of nightlife and for couples looking for a little liveliness after a romantic break. day.

  • Recommended for: couples and young people
  • To visit: Alcazaba, Casa Natal and Picasso Museum, Roman Theater, Gibralfaro Castle
  • starting from € 25,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Picasso Museum Málaga: Entrance Ticket and Alhambra Audio Guide: Guided Tour from Málaga Málaga: Classic Guided City Walking Tour

11 - Sant Francesc Xavier, island of Formentera

Sant Francesc Xavier it is the most populated urban nucleus of Formentera, as well as its capital. The small town is generally the place where hundreds of tourists stay overnight, attracted by the natural beauty of the island, beaches, lidos, and nightlife. Very popular tourist destination, thanks to the beauty of the beaches, in recent years it has been the subject of a real invasion of tourists, especially Italians, attracted by its "particular wild nights". Sant Francesc, like the whole island, is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Ibiza, and much closer to hippie culture. The tranquility and peace characterize the whole island where, you can spend the evenings in bars, ice cream parlors and beer houses, where entertainment is offered to those who do not want to go to bed early.

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: Lighthouses, salt flats, natural itineraries, beaches, the town church.
  • Ibiza airport, close to Formentera starting from € 43,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room -
  • Formentera: scooter rental service from 1 to several days

12 - Lloret de Mar, Catalonia

Lloret de Mar is a city of almost 40.000 inhabitants located between Girona and Barcelona. Known throughout Europe for its nightlife, the destination of many young people in the midst of their "post-graduation" journey, Llore de Mar enjoys all the wonders of the Catalan coast. prices on average lower than its more famous sisters. The city, young and always cheerful, is a popular tourist destination also thanks to the wonderful natural environment, equipped for the joy of sports lovers and cultural attractions, expressions of the Catalan modernist school.

  • Recommended for: couples and young people
  • To visit: Maritime Museum, Castle of Sant Joan, Museum of cats, modernist cemetery of the Indianos, nature trails
  • Barcelona airport, near Lloret de Mar from € 24,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 36,00 per room -
  • Costa Brava sailing tour Barcelona to Lloret de Mar Private transfer by car Barcelona: main points from the Costa Brava

13 - Alicante, province of Alicante

Alicante is a splendid seaside town, the size of a fishing village, but dotted with skyscrapers and neon. In the city, the old and the new coexist with each other and it is enough to simply leave the tourist streets to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a past time, rediscovering peace and romance. Famous for its child-friendly beaches, Alicante also boasts a vast historical heritage, whose roots go back to the times of the Visigoths, and the most famous clubs in Spain. The nightlife of the city is designed for all tastes, and ranges from bars to pubs, up to trendy nightclubs and discos

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: island of Tabarca, Museum of Contemporary Art, Church of Santa Maria, the beaches, Explanada de Espana
  • starting from € 41,66 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 22,00 per room -
  • Alicante Segway Tour Castles of Alicante: Segway Tour Caves of Canelobre: ​​Full-Day Tour from Alicante

14 - Almeria, Andalusia

Born in order to meet the defensive needs of the Arabs,Almería was the largest fortress ever built in Spain by Muslims and within the triple walls it housed palaces and mosques. Main commercial port of the Caliphate, from the hill of San Cristobal, it is possible to enjoy a very romantic view of the historic center and the port. Full of historical wonders, you cannot leave Almeria without visiting the Nicolás Salmerón Park, or having traveled the widest Paseo de Almería and the street Real, characterized by buildings with a multicolored facade. Just outside the city you can find beautiful beaches and several natural parks, suitable for relaxing in contact with nature.

  • Recommended for: families with children and couples
  • To visit: Almeria Cathedral, via de las Tiendas, nature parks, San Pedro church, Hayrán Wall
  • starting from € 139,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 27,00 per room -
  • Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Shore Excursion from Almeria Oasys Mini Hollywood: Western Park Full-Day Tour

15 - Torremolinos, Andalusia

The very long white beaches and nightlife, attract hundreds of tourists every year to Torremolinos, from all over the world. A well-known seaside tourist resort, the city is not just about beaches and fun. Torremolinos enjoys a beautiful historic center, entirely pedestrianized and full of shops of all kinds, attractions designed to enchant children and the enchanting promenade, suitable for romantic moments. Restaurants and bars along the Promenade they are the ideal choice for enjoying a good meal, or for those looking for a bit of evening entertainment for everyone.

  • Recommended for: all
  • To visit: Pimentel Tower, Iglesia de San Miguel, Cocodrilos Park, Parque La Batería, Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca
  • Zaragoza airport, near Torremolinos, starting from € 96,10 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • From Torremolinos: Full-Day Guided Alhambra Tour in Cordoba from Torremolinos, Estepona and Marbella

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