Delightful Spanish Daytrips
Lying on a beach in Spain is all very well and good, but we understand that sometimes it’s not for everybody. If you like to do more than laze by the poolside on your holiday, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of attractions and daytrip options in mainland Spain to keep you occupied. Read on to discover some of our favourites…
The capital of the Andalucia region, Seville has lots of cultural delights to please the discerning traveller. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of Seville Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the world. Then take a wander around the surrounding Jewish Quarter, widely regarded as the most charming part of the town, with its narrow and winding streets.
If you would like a panoramic view of the city, then climb the 34 ramps up to the top of La Giralda tower. Originally intended to be a minaret, it was eventually converted to a bell tower for the Cathedral. While it offers great 360˚ views of the city, the tower itself is also a sight to behold, so stop for a minute to take it in before you race to the top!
You can’t visit Andalucia without visiting the Nerja Caves. With over 350,000 visitors a year, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. Discovered in the late 1950s by a group of local boys hunting for bats, the huge network of inner chambers and caves run for nearly 5 kilometres.
The caves have various distinct halls, each with something new to discover: archaeological exhibits, preserved human remains and geological wonders like stalagmites and stalactites.
Both Seville and the Nerja Caves are easily accessible from our Costa del Sol resorts.
The beating heart of Catalonian culture, Barcelona really does have it all: nightlife, beautiful architecture, a fascinating history and a shopping scene that will satisfy even the most ravenous shopaholic.
A must see is the Sagrada Familia, the awe inspiring cathedral that, even after over 130 years, is still under construction and not expected to be completed until 2026. Even though parts of the structure are covered by cranes and scaffolding, it is still the most iconic landmark in the city and well worth a visit.
The Sagrada Familia was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, whose influence can be seen all around the city. However, one of the highlights has to be Park Güell, a large open-air complex with lots of architectural elements designed by Gaudi. With colourful mosaics, fascinating structures and lush greenery, you could get lost for hours just wandering in the beautiful surroundings.
If you have kids in tow, the PortAventura is an absolute must-do. This theme park is huge, with six distinct and individually themed areas, you may need two days to explore everything it has to offer, never mind one!
From the peaceful shores of the Mediterranean, the fascinating ruins of Mexico, to the deep jungles of Polynesia, PortAventura has a wide selection of attractions and rides, so there will be something to suit everyone in your party. So whether you like white-knuckle rides, spectacular shows or indulging in delicious food, you are bound to find it here.
What’s more, for the first time ever this summer, Cirque du Soleil will be performing one of their legendary shows at the resort. Returning to their circus roots for the show entitled ‘Kooza’, expect fantastic costumes and breath taking acrobatic performances. It’s certainly not to be missed!
You can get to Barcelona and PortAventura quite easily if you choose to stay in Costa Dorada.
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