Costa Brava Holidays
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When: Go in October when there are plenty of Spanish fiestas taking place. It’s basically a party in the street. The Festival de Musique is held all over the region, so wherever you end up, you’re sure to catch some of it.
Where: Before you go on your city jaunt to Barcelona, start your holiday in Tossa De Mar. Here you can enjoy some peace and quiet as you lay on 14km of unspoilt beach. There are no high-rise buildings in site.
Why: Head to Costa Brava for a few days and lay out on the glorious beaches, before heading up to Barcelona, which is only a short distance away, to show off your tan - you get two holidays in one.
When: You don’t want any danger of parents telling you to watch your language in front of their precious children. This is why you have to go in June, when the exams are over but the kids are still locked in school.
Where: Lloret de Mar is the main party resort in Costa Brava. With five beaches to choose from during the day, make sure you nurse your aching head for another night out on the town. Head to Bumper nightclub with its glass dance floor.
Why: Costa Brava is one the best holiday destinations for groups of Brits wanting a short flight time, with scorching sunshine waiting for them at the other end.
When: Go during September when the kids have gone back to school and the prices are much cheaper. That way you have more money to spend on daytrips and exploring this beautiful region.
Where: L’Estartit is not particularly touristy with great golden beaches and coves for you and your significant other to lie on, walk on or even make out on (sorry). If you’re an active couple, why not go horse riding in the hills?
Why: Without wanting to make the guys feel uncomfortable, the views are pretty romantic and would make an ideal location to pop the question. On the other hand, the beaches are great and the beer is cheap too.
When: The waterpark and the PortAventura theme park are open from May. However, the weather won’t be as hot as July and August. You also want loads of other kids there to keep yours entertained. Mummy and Daddy need some private time too.
Where: Calella is perfect for a family shindig. There is a great promenade which is bursting with restaurants and family friendly bars, where the kids will enjoy having a few mocktails (alcohol free, if you really have to ask). If they get really bored, send them to the arcade down the road.
Why: There are grade A beaches (known as Blue Flag beaches for the seasoned travellers), three water parks, a nearby theme park and plenty of kid friendly hotels, to keep the rugrats entertained.