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Summer 2012: Where to go?

With Newark embraced in the chilly grip of the British winter, many people’s thoughts turn to sunnier climes and the promise of a summer break. Spain is a particularly tempting destination for British holidaymakers seeking a combination of clear blue skies, warm waters and beautiful weather, especially as the country contains many great family-friendly holiday destinations available at competitive prices. With that in mind, which Spanish resorts and hotels offer something special for those considering visiting in 2012?


Benidorm has long been a popular destination for the British holidaymaker and the popularity of the television series of the same name has meant that families from across the UK will head to the Costa Blanca to sample the wide variety of attractions and entertainment on offer. The Gran Hotel Bali, once the tallest building in Spain, is a great place to stay as there are numerous attractions nearby, such as theme and waterparks, which will keep children and adults royally entertained.

Benidorm is also famous for its trio of top quality Blue Flag beaches: Playa de Levante, Playa de Poniente and Playa del Mal Pas. The city boasts many high quality shops, restaurants and bars and Benidorm enjoys a burgeoning reputation as a popular, friendly and welcoming resort for holidaymakers of all ages.


People seeking holidays to Spain frequently turn their attention from the mainland towards the Spanish islands for a relaxing break. For those that are looking for an island destination, Tenerife is hard to beat.

A great place to stay is the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, a five-star establishment in the popular Adeje district of Tenerife. This is the perfect base to explore some of the island’s hidden gems, including Siam Park (an outstanding Thai-themed water park), Las Águilas Jungle Park or even a trip around the vast caldera and to the summit of Spain’s highest mountain, the imposing Mount Teide.

With many outstanding resorts, fabulous beaches, superb local tapas bars and restaurants as well as plenty of activities and a warm year-round climate, Tenerife is the perfect choice for a summer holiday in 2012.


If you would prefer a holiday a little quieter than those in the more popular destinations, then Salobreña may well be the ideal choice. Just an hour’s drive east from Malaga, the small town retains all of its original charm. Indeed, most holidaymakers in this region tend to be families from other areas of Spain or southern Europe. Devoid of the large-scale development of other popular resorts, Salobreña feels authentically Spanish and is fringed by a long shale beach that is very popular during the day with sunbathers and at night with local anglers.

The Best Western Hotel on the outskirts of the town is a great base from which you can sample the quaint charms of this idyllic part of Spain, and offers a beguiling contrast for those who would prefer a quieter and leisurely vacation.

Spain offers many exciting destinations in 2012, from famous traditional resorts like Benidorm, to quiet outposts like Salobreña, to the spectacular ruggedness and natural beauty of Tenerife. With quality hotels at each destination and a wide range of attractions to enjoy, it is easy to see why Spain will likely remain our number one holiday destination for many years to come.

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