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(Valencia - Costa del Azahar) - Gandia - Costa del Azahar

Gandia is located on the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) in the autonomous region of Valencian and lies at the mouth of the River Serpis.

This guide introduces the town and the area, and offers a variety of suggestions for your holiday... more >>


A substantial land mass in south west Europe, forming the majority of the Iberian peninsula, the Monarchy of Spain boasts a wealth of culture and history and natural beauty of a stunning diversity. From castle dotted landscapes to high plains, from Bilbao with its superb Guggenheim Museum, Barcelona’s Las Ramblas and nearby beach resorts, the Moorish architecture of the south, the range of holiday destination choices in Spain are legion.

Rent an apartment in Madrid and take a shuttle bus to one of the nearby ski resorts or spend the day at the Prado Museum. Make the most of the mountain ranges such as the Sierras Beticas, Pyrenees or Cordillera Cantabria (Picos de Europa) and ski, snowboard, hike, walk, raft, canoe, fish or cycle and spend the evening sampling the magnificent local beverages and dishes.

The Spanish coastal resorts of Costa del Sol and the Costa Brava are well known to most and are ideal for family holidays and water sports including swimming, paragliding, wakeboarding, windsurfing and kite surfing and diving. There are two main island groups; the Canaries  and the Balearics which comprise Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera.

Eating out.

For many of us, travelling is as much about sampling the local fare as is experience the scenery. Spain, being a land of many regions and cultures offers a huge variety of food and beverages and as many different eateries in which to consume them.

Tapas are the Spanish equivalent to meze, and in each area there would be different types of food on offer. Each region has its own type of sausage for example. Spain, like most of southern Europe welcomes children to its cafes and restaurants. Well known Spanish plates are Gazpacho which is a cold soup made from tomatoes , Tortilla, Paella, a rice dish made with seafood or chicken, Habas con Jamon, broad beans with ham, and Patatas a lo Pobre , fried potatoes and green peppers.

Wines are varied and abundant, and wine tours are organized in many areas of Spain.


Every sport under the sun is available in Spain. Water sports include canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, rafting, wakeboarding, kite surfing (consider the resort of Tarifa), windsurfing and sailing.

Skiing and snowboarding are available as most of Spain is carpeted by mountains. You can even combine a city break with a skiing holiday using Madrid as a base.

Other all year round activities include golf, rafting, adventure holidays, cycling, walking and hiking.


Probably the best know Spanish festival is the running of the bulls in Pamplona which is featured in Hemmingway’s novel 'The Sun also rises'. Festivals in Spain are held in most every town and village throughout the year.

Just a few of the festivals you may want to witness include; Moors and Christians in which mock battles are held, the April Fair at Seville, Carnival, which is celebrated throughout Spain, Holy Week in Seville and the Tomato Festival at Bunyol.

Getting there

Many scheduled and chartered airline companies serve Spain. Rail and road networks and ferries to ports including Santander, Algeciras and Bilbao, ensure access to all points of the land.


The mid summer months can be infernally hot in many regions, although rain during the summer months is not unheard of.

The northern regions have a temperate climate and the south has a Mediterranean climate.

The Costa Blanca

One of the best known towns and resorts in this area is Alicante; the city is served by its own airport which serves the Costa Blanca, and a modern transport system.

The city of Alicante was predated by a Roman city over which it was built. The city really began to come into its own during the 19th century when the medieval walls were demolished and the city was able to spread. The rail link to Madrid enabled the port to flourish as it served the capital city of Spain.

The Costa Blanca in is an area – as its name suggests – of miles of white beaches with an abundance of activities from nightlife to scuba-diving and is ideal for family holidays. Some other resorts are Benidorm, Denia, Calpe, Alfas de Pi, Oliva and Torrevieja.


This historical region, with its flavour of Arabic culture, offers a wealth of experience for all. You can enjoy dramatic Flamenco, relax in Moorish courtyards, sip Sangria and taste Tortillas while the ubiquitous guitar rhythms of the region gently permeate your senses.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cordoba with its delightful juxtaposition of cultures. Visit the cellars at Jerez where sherry derived its name or ride an Andalucian horse. Enjoy the Flamenco tradition and roam the streets of the old town. Another fascinating place is the city of Seville which has countless references in western literature and is the host of the April Fair.

At Granada, the vast complex of the Alhambra, will indulge your ophthalmic senses when seen with the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.

The Balearics

Comprising Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera have long been known to the visitor each one bar Formentera having its own airport. Although each island may have a main reputation, do not be deceived into believing you have the Balearics sewn up.

Ibiza is no more just about clubbing than New York is just a musical theatre. Visit the fishing district near the port during the day, the UNESCO protected site of the walled city and much more.

On Mallorca you will find, as on the other islands in the group, stunning natural beauty and places of interest, as well as a plethora of wide ranging accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets. It is well served by a high number of marinas, while Palma is dominated by an impressive Gothic cathedral and well as having a museum of modern and contemporary art. All the islands in the group provide water sports including deep sea fishing, wind and kite surfing and water-skiing. Not keen on the water? Try biking, horse riding, golf and trekking or hiking or cycling.

Take flight to Menorca or sail into one of her marinas and learn about the island’s environment at its excellent nature reserve or lazily explore the old town of Ciutadella.


Beaches, mountains and plains comprise the main geographical features of Catalonia, while the more moderate climate means leisure, sports and cultural activities can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.

The capital of the region is Barcelona with where the Olympics were held in 1992 jettisoning the city into to worldwide recognition and a popular destination for weekend breaks. Gaze in wonder at Gaudi’s creations or seek refuge at the botanical gardens.

Gastronomy is a good reason to visit Catalonia; Crema Catalana is a well known dessert while fried white sausages with white beans is a widely eaten dish. Cava is produced from a local grape and is particular to the area.

Murcia and the Costa Calida

The province of Murcia with its 250km stretch of the Costa Calida is less built up than some other areas is Spain and thus offers a more unique experience of Spain.

This unpretentious province combines beach and mountain landscape with simple pleasures. Take the mud cure at the lagoon of Mar Menor, live it up at La Manga or improve your handicap at one of the area's golf courses.

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