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Verdant Gardens of Costa Brava

Costa Brava is an amazing coastal region located in the north-eastern part of Spain, in the Girona Province. It is a must-visit location during Spain tours, especially for nature lovers, peace seekers, adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts. This place has been named so due to its rugged landscape, which is characterized by craggy mountains, forests and rocky terrains. Stretching from Blanes in the northeast of Barcelona to the French border, this place features wide beaches, splendid water bodies and a number of vantage points. Some prominent tourist attractions here are Lake of Banyoles, Medes Islands, Montgrí Massif, Ses Negres and Island of Ter. Besides, there are many sprawling gardens here that are ideal places to enjoy leisurely strolls in repose, away from the humdrum of city life. Three of the most popular grasslands in Costa Brava include Cap Roig, Santa Clotilde and Pinya de Rosa Tropical Botanical Garden.

 

Cap Roig

Cap Roig Festival
Cap Roig Festival

Cap Roig, situated in Catalonia, is a lush green park sprawling down in the form of terraces. These gardens were laid by Dorothy Webster and Colonel Woevodsky in the year 1927 around the castle built by them at this location. The work continued till the year 1974 until when a magnificent castle surrounded by steps of verdant grasslands was ready. This park stretches from the castle to the seashore and is beautifully manicured offering a mesmeric vista.

The entire green complex is constituted by Lovers Garden, Bassin Terrace and Nuns Terrace at the first step, which is connected by a Cypress Staircase. Spring, as well as Cactus Parks, and Geranium Walks are the areas, which remain carpeted with floral plants all-round the year. Beautifully manicured lawn of Cap Roig also features various sculptures and ancient images with intricate carvings and exquisite architecture. Tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of the ancient castle surrounded by lush green gardens touching the unending Mediterranean Sea.

Santa Clotilde

Santa Clotilde
Santa Clotilde

Nestled atop a beautiful cliff amidst spellbinding landscape, Santa Clotilde offers captivating vistas of pristine blue sea. It is one of the most popular attractions situated at Lloret de Mar in Spain. This grassland, laid out in the Italian Renaissance style, was designed by Nicolau Rubio i Tuduri in the year 1919. The beautiful garden features intricate marble sculptures, which exhibit exemplary architecture. There are several fountains across the garden that are decorated with colourful lights. The park does not have any flowers, but only vast stretches of lush green plants. The uninterrupted greenery and breathtaking surroundings of this beautiful location attract nature lovers and peace seekers from the near and far, all-year round.

Pinya de Rosa Tropical

Pinya de Rosa Tropical
Pinya de Rosa Tropical

Pinya de Rosa Tropical is a botanical garden located in Blanes and is a prominent attraction among tourists coming to Costa Brava on international holidays. Featuring tropical plants and trees, such as opuntia, cactus and aloes, this area is rich in vegetation. This garden was laid out in the year 1954 and is a popular picnic spot today. People come here with their loved ones to enjoy quality time amidst the pure and enchanting environs of this place.

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Scenic Beaches of Spain

The moment we think of holidays, the first thing that comes to our mind is a beach, at least it is true for me. I have travelled around the world and witnessed mountains, plateaus and deserts, but nothing excites me more than beaches. The sheer landscape, combining the beauty of crystal clear water and sand, is absolutely mesmerising. It is one of the reasons that compels me to opt for beach holidays every year. People from all over the world, especially ones living in cold countries, visit coastal areas in search of a welcome change in climatic conditions.

Apart from relaxing, what delights me more about beaches is that most of the times they are buzzing with people, yet they have a tranquil environs. Besides relaxation, these places are ideal spots to indulge in recreational activities. Being a sports lover, I am always up for a game of volleyball or football at the shore. If anyone happens to visit one of these places during the peak season, then they can take part in several other exciting activities, such as snorkelling, yachting and jet skiing.

Europe is one of the most visited continents in the world as far as tourism is concerned. Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula, is a personal favorite as I find the beauty of this country unparalleled. It is among the three countries that boast of both coastlines, namely Mediterranean and Atlantic. A region with a rich history and strong culture, Spain has slowly developed into a premier centre for tourism in Europe. Owing its vast coastline, Spain is home to innumerable, stunning beaches, which are flocked by tourists from across the globe. Some of its regions that are dotted with beautiful beaches are Canary Islands, Ibiza, Andalucia, Catalonia, Valencia and Galicia. Since I have travelled to almost all parts of this country quite extensively, it would be only fair to list down names of the top seashore destinations of Spain.

 La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian
La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

Lying in the Basque country, La Concha is popular across Europe for its mesmerising beauty and is also a personal favourite. Since it lies in the capital of the Gipuzkoa province, a great deal of development has been done in order to make it a popular tourist spot. Considered to be a top urban beach, its setting in the Santa Clara Island makes this place a site worth visiting for anyone who loves the seaside. I was really impressed with the way authorities have maintained it despite constant tourist influx something that can take the charm away from the beauty of a place. Its location is a big advantage for tourists as they can easily reach other major tourist attractions from here. I have always loved the climb to the top of Mount Igueldo, which lies at the west end of La Concha.

Cala Llenya, Ibiza

Ibiza
Ibiza

Visiting Spain and not going to Ibiza is a crime that no beach lover would want to commit. Ibiza is a hot tourist destination and is a part of popular culture due to its effervescent nightlife and connection with music. In fact, whenever I want to have a good time, I plan a trip to Ibiza, mostly when a famous rock band is scheduled to perform here. However, Cala Llenya is a place that is ideal for families, unlike most others in this region. A quiet and serene place meant for just spending some good quality time lazing around, swimming or sunbathing. This beach is a favourite among locals, who spend weekends here, grilling meat, enjoying drinks and chatting. Anyone willing to mingle with locals, known as Ibicencos, can come here on weekends. The highlight of this location is that irrespective of the number of people visiting this place, it never seems crowded. Cala Llenya is a beach that is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

 Es Trenc, Mallorca 

Es Trenc, Mallorca
Es Trenc, Mallorca

Characterised by clear waters and golden sand, Es Trenc in Mallorca, or Majorca, is a well-known shore of this region. The thing that struck me the most about this beach was its tranquillity, which is quite unlike any other. When I reached here for the first time, I was taken aback by its sheer beauty. Stretched across an area of over 2 km, Es Trenc is often compared to the ones that people would usually find in the Caribbean. People can enjoy a swim in the shallow waters, something that makes it ideal for families with children. In addition, the fact that it is slightly isolated works in favour of people like me, who prefer less crowded places. While I was in Mallorca for a few days, all the free time was spent here reading and listening to slow music on my sun deck.

Playa De Illetes, Formentera

Playa De Illetes, Formentera
Playa De Illetes, Formentera

Albeit not that big a region, Formentera is among the best in Spain when it comes to seashores. A part of the Balearic Islands, this area is home to Playa De Illetes. As many would term it, Formentera is Ibiza without all the extravagant nightlife and crowd. Be it the picture-perfect setting or the serene surroundings, there is no match for the sheer peace tourists experience while here. Not crowded with restaurants and bars like beaches in Ibiza, Playa De Illetes is a great place to just spend some quite time, much like the Es Trenc in Mallorca. It is said that several Spaniards, after partying hard in Ibiza, head to this beach to finally come to their senses. Even though options are limited, there are a couple of restaurants that serve amazing seafood dishes.

Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa

Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa
Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa 

The problem with a number of beaches in Spain is that due their splendid beauty, authorities have gone ahead and developed them extensively. Though it does not diminish the beauty, they do start going further away from their original state. However, there are a few that are still unspoilt and really natural, such as Playa De Bolonia in Tarifa. I have visited this place only once, but it was enough for me to be intrigued by its natural state. Despite that, tourists can find amenities like showers, beach umbrellas and restrooms over here, thereby making it easier for them to spend a day here. The best part about this place is that it is not really explored by a lot of people as they prefer going to areas with crowd. Anyone who loves nature will find Playa De Bolonia quite amazing. 

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura
El Cotillo, Fuerteventura

Besides crowded beaches, there are some secluded ones in this nation, like the one I visited El Cotillo, which lies in the Canary Islands. It would be hard to express in words how well I connected with the laziness of this fishing village. The laziness of the entire environment is quite infectious and tourists feel like doing nothing but taking a long walk by themselves.

La Barrosa, Cadiz

La Barrosa, Cadiz
La Barrosa, Cadiz

Beauty and cleanliness is all that tourists can find at La Barrosa in Cadiz. With a bit of history attached to it, this beach, in recent times, has earned a lot of recognition and accolades. In fact, according to surveys and polls, La Barrosa has been voted as the best in Spain. It has also earned the European Union Blue Flag, something that the locals are quite proud of. This esplanade along this shore caters to needs of people from all age groups. While youngsters can visit the artificial promenade, elderly people can relax on the other end, which is peaceful and quiet.

Playa De Mazagon, Huelva

Playa De Mazagon, Huelva
Playa De Mazagon, Huelva

Anyone looking to get tan can head to Playa De Mazagon in Huelva, which experiences close to 3000 hours of sunshine in a year. Calm, serene and looking glorious under the sun, this beach lies between Huelva and Matalascanas. Dotted with pine trees and cliffs, Playa De Mazagon is the ideal destination for people who love sunshine and sunbathing.

Benicassim, Costa Azahar

 Benicassim, Costa Azahar

Benicassim, Costa Azahar

Benicassim in Costa Azahar is seafront that was once controlled by pirates. Thankfully, there is no chance of being attacked by the pirates now as it has turned into a popular tourist destination. It is often referred to as the Music Beach and hosts Festival Internacional de Benicassim, commonly known as FIB. People throng in numbers to be a part of this festival and at the same time spend fun-filled moments near the seashore.

Playa Victoria, Cadiz

Playa Victoria, Cadiz
Playa Victoria, Cadiz

The history of Cadiz combined with magnificence of Playa Victoria makes the latter an often-frequented beach in Andalusia, Spain. It is a paradise for water sport lovers and people who want to have a good time. Lively atmosphere, full of people and yet well maintained, Playa Victoria assures an excellent time. I had visited this location once during my trips to the country, and can honestly say, I had an amazing time chilling at one of the beach bars, locally known as chiringuitos.

The sound of waves hitting the shore and the cool breeze, and ample sunshine make these splendid destinations a favorite among globetrotters, including myself.

Spain: The Land of Mesmerising Beauty and Vibrant Culture

A Spain tour is more likely to turn out to be a unique experience for tourists coming from across the globe. The most prominent reminiscence to carry along and admire time again and again would be about its architectural wonders. Visiting famous beaches, walking down different streets and enjoying local delicacies can also be made a part of the must-do list while planning a tour to this place of great colours and festivals.

A delightful place for a vacation trip

Spain
Spain

Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula in south-western Europe. Interestingly, it is among those three countries (Morocco and France being the other two) that have both, Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Some other interesting facts about this country include second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, fifth largest country in Europe. It is also a member of the United Nations, NATO, OECD and WTO and regarded as a developed country with high living standard. People truly call it a country of celebrations and geographical wealth.

One of the most prominent things that capture the imagination of tourists while visiting this great land of beauty will be its exceptional architectural wonders. It has an amazing multicultural heritage, which is evident from various celebrations that get people involved in cheerful roars over toast, wine and dance. Also, even though festive manifestations differ from one region to another region, the spirit to be found is the same. Visitors will also find it as a place where new ideas are implemented when it comes to fashion and latest trends.

National Library, Madrid
National Library, Madrid

In this regard, textile and footwear industries play a vital role in redefining fashion with latest designs and patterns consistently. Some important dates for the Spanish fashion include Barcelona Fashion and Valencia Fashion Week.

Spain is known for its libraries and museums that give an insight into its cultural inheritance. The National Library in Madrid, inaugurated in the year 1712, is a well-known library where about 25 million items including singular, ancient and incunabular books can be found. Some other libraries that can be visited are the library of the Complutense University, the library of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial and the Archivo de Indias. Just like libraries, there are a number of museums at this destination with Museo del Prado being the most famous one.

Museo del Prado
Museo del Prado

This country gets consideration as a mountainous territory with a rich flora and fauna biodiversity. As such, there are a number of national parks, nature reserves and game reserves. A visit to these places will allow visitors to get closer to the nature. While travelling in this nation, tourists can enjoy traditional desserts, mouth-watering dishes, Mediterranean diet and whole lot of other delicacies made of high-quality ingredients. In case someone is not sure about the quality, then try to check out the Designation of Origin seal that guarantees purity. Spanish ham, cheese, wine and olive oil can even be brought back to home as souvenirs. So, get ready to explore even more by availing exciting Spain tour packages provided by travel portals.

 

Wonderful Attractions of Valencia

Spain is a European country, with its capital city being Madrid, including over 15 offshore islands. Travellers can have an enriching experience opting for Spain tour packages as they offer a trip full of activities and a variety of destinations to visit. Though, it is basically gained popularity for beach tourism, the nation has a diverse topography. Adding to its natural beauty are verdant hills, exotic valleys, lush meadows, snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches and charming creeks. Owing to the influx of large number of holidaymakers every year, the nation is one of the topmost travel hotspots in the world and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Europe. The capital, Madrid is located in its heart and well-connected to the other parts of the country. Therefore, travellers can start their tours from this city, which is known for its beautiful winding streets.

Exploring Valencia

Thereafter, they can visit several popular cities – Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia, Salamanca and Granada. If they opt to visit Valencia, they can get lot of opportunity to experience its culture, which is reflected in theatre, museum, cinema, art and history. It is one of the important port cities of the country that is not only important from the point of view of trade but also visited by large number of tourists every year for vacations on their Spain tours. Being a prominent tourist destination, the region is a favourite among travellers due to many reasons. Its pristine sand beaches draw numerous tourists, attracting them to the beautiful view of the sea in the backdrop of the coastal mountains.

Seaside Vacation

Levante
Levante

The coastline offers many opportunities for enjoying vacations along the seashore. For example, holidaymakers can never get bored of while visiting the seafronts of Levante and La Malvarrosa that provide a variety of options for dining along with a relaxding experience while spending some leisure time at the waterfront. Vacationers can enjoy spending time at seashores of Gandia, Cullera and Oliva as these places offer a wide variety of opportunities for sports and recreational activities.

Virgen de los Desamparados Basilica
Virgen de los Desamparados Basilica

The panoramic view of the endless sea waters are enough to provide a unique experience for a refreshing body and soul. Apart from the scenic beauty of its seaside, the area is also popular for its inland attractions. Vacationers can explore the wonderful towns of Requena, Bunol and Xativa to closely observe the Spanish culture.

El Miguelete Tower
El Miguelete Tower

Apart from paying a visit to the town areas, they can also go for sightseeing to places like Virgen de los Desamparados Basilica, El Miguelete Tower, Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Palau de la Generalitat, Lonja de la Seda or the Silk Exchange. Lonja de la Seda is a prominent one since it has also been declared as a world heritage site.  In addition to these, the city is home to many museums that preserve the relics of past. The most remarkable one being the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias or City of the Arts and Sciences. Owing to its architectural wonders and places of cultural interest, a visit to this city can be a unique experience not only for holidaymakers of all age groups but for historians as well.