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Spain Travel Guide
Alicante is a tourist city located in the south of the Costa Blanca region of Eastern Spain. It has great beaches and a bustling waterfront area, as well as a lovely Old Town quarter and the Castle of Santa Barbara overlooking the city. Alicante is also the gateway to other beach resorts such as Benidorm (with its beautiful bay and fantastic waterpark), Javea, Calpe and Denia. The area has a fantastic climate, the sea is warm and inviting and there are plenty of cultural events throughout the year.
The airport is located 11km south of the city and if you don’t have a transfer included there are buses that depart every 20 minutes, or a taxi costs around 20-25 euros.
RHF Hot Tip? Las Hogueras de San Juan Festival (end of June).
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Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and is the capital of Catalonia in the North-East of the country. It is one of the most cosmopolitan and flamboyant cities in Europe and ever since the Olympic Games were held there in 1992 it has been a tourist mecca, with its fabulous Sagrada Familia Basilica (designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site), golden beaches, Gaudi architecture and the cafes and bars of Las Ramblas. There’s something in this city for absolutely everyone.
The International airport is approx 13km from the centre. The Aerobus departs every 6-12minutes and costs around 5-6 euros one way, or alternatively trains run regularly and cost roughly the same. Taxis can be expensive unless you’re in a group at around 30-40 euros.
RHF Hot Tip? Festes de la Merce (around 24th September).
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Ibiza (and neighbouring Formentera) is the nearest Balearic island in the Mediterranean Sea to mainland eastern Spain. Ibiza has grown up in recent years - it’s no longer just about 24hr partying (which continues to uphold Ibiza’s reputation as clubbing capital of the world), but also a place to spend time relaxing and unwinding either at one of the many quieter beach resorts or numerous villas dotted around the island. Try the livelier resorts of San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa, the more sophisticated capital Ibiza Town, or the more family friendly resorts of Santa Eulalia, Es Cana, Portinatx or Cala Llonga.
The airport is situated to the south of the island near Ibiza Town. There are regular bus services from the airport to the capital and San Antonio. Licensed taxis are far better priced than fixed-price taxis right outside the airport. Alternatively car hire is recommended.
RHF Hot Tip? Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel (every Wednesday between June and mid-Sept)
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GRAN CANARIA – LAS PALMAS
Gran Canaria is a Spanish island off the north-western coast of Africa and is the third largest of the Canary islands. Las Palmas is the capital situated on the north-east coast and is also one of Spain’s largest cities. The best known tourist areas are to the south of the island around Maspalomas, with its famous sand dunes, and Playa del Ingles. The sub-tropical climate makes Gran Canaria a wonderful year-round destination.
The airport is situated on the east coast just south of Telde, the island’s second city. There are regular buses that run across the island. Alternatively, a taxi should cost around 35 euros to Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles.
RHF Hot Tip? Fiesta de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Puerto de la Luz (mid-July)
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Lanzarote is a relatively small Spanish island and the most easterly of the Canaries situated off the west coast of Africa. It is a volcanic island and the landscape can be quite spectacular and lunar-like. It has a laid back relaxed vibe around the beach resorts which include Playa Blanca in the south and the more upbeat Puerto del Carmen just south of the capital Arrecife. There are plenty of things to see and do around the island including the Timanfaya National Park, the Montanas del Fuego and the spectacular Cueva de los Verdes.
The airport is situated to the west of Arrecife. Buses are cheap and run regularly into the capital and to Puerto del Carmen. Taxis are also good value at around 15-20 euros to Puerto del Carmen and around 30 euros to Playa Blanca. Car Hire is reasonably priced and considering it only takes 40 minutes to cross the longest part of the island it is easy to get around.
RHF Hot Tip? Puerto del Carmen Carnival (late February)
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MAJORCA - PALMA
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands located off the east coast of Spain. Palma is the island’s capital and liveliest city with its many restaurants, bars, cafes, beaches, marina, port and historic places of interest. Magaluf is close by for the 24hr crowd, and further afield there is Pollenca, Alcudia, Cala Millor and Cala d’Or amongst other beautiful beach resorts. Smaller inland towns are also worth a trip as is the mountain train from Palma to Soller and the Coves del Drach (Dragon Caves).
The airport is 8km east of Palma and there are frequent bus services into the capital which cost around 2 euros. A taxi will cost around 18-20 euros into Palma and approx 65-70 euros to Alcudia on the east coast.
RHF Hot Tip? Nic de Foc (Night of Fire) in Palma (23rd June)
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Malaga is generally considered the gateway to the Costa del Sol and is a large city in the south of Spain. The city itself has a lovely marina, beaches, sophisticated bars and restaurants, a charming old town and many historical sights of interest. It is the birthplace of Picasso and the museum houses several original paintings. There is also a Roman theatre, Alcazaba (one of two Moorish castles) and a fantastic cathedral. Close by is a mixture of lively and exclusive resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona, as well as a large theme park at Tivoli World.
Malaga has a large airport well served by bus, train and taxi. Buses run half-hourly and are less than 2 euros into the city centre. Taxis cost around 15 euros, or alternatively most of the car rental companies have a presence at the airport, although it is advisable to book in advance.
RHF Hot Tip? Feria de Malaga (mid-August)
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Menorca is the second largest of the three main Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain. It is also generally considered the quietest and most family orientated. That said, there are still quite lively places should that suit your taste, including Mahon the capital city with its bars, restaurants and stunning harbour. There are also several beach resorts including Punta Prima, Son Bou, Cala en Porter, Cala en Bosch and the beautiful horse-shoe-shaped bay of Cala Galdana. Worth a day-trip is the ancient capital city of Ciutadella with its beautiful port and old town.
The airport is close to Mahon to the east of the island and buses run half-hourly into the capital. Buses also run regularly across the island and from one side to the other only cost around 5 euros.
RHF Hot Tip? Menorca Jazz Festival (late April – end May)
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Reus is situated in the heart of the Costa Dorada towards the north-east of Spain. Within easy reach are the beach resorts of La Pineda, Cambrils and the lively Salou as well as the historic city of Tarragona where you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tarraco with its Roman ruins and colosseum. A resort in itself is one of Europe’s largest theme-parks, Port Aventura with its rides, waterpark and four hotels to choose from - a must visit for the kids (and big kids if we’re honest!).
The airport is situated between the city and the coast which makes it ideal for getting to your destination easily and quickly. There are buses that run regularly on a circuit which includes La Pineda, Salou and Cambrils. Taxis cost around 28-33 euros to the same resorts.
RHF Hot Tip? Tarragona International Dixieland Festival (end March)
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Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and also the most diverse offering mountains, volcanoes, deserts and forests as well as national parks, superb beaches and great nightlife. Most of the tourist resorts are located to the south of the island including Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos, Puerto de la Cruz and Costa Adeje. Alternatively, the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the beautiful city of La Oratava and the World Heritage city of La Laguna can all be found to the north of the island which has a more temperate climate than the drier and warmer south. Splitting the two sides stands the highest mountain in Spain, El Teide, at 12,198 ft.
Tenerife Reina Sofia Airport is located on the south coast of the island. Buses are cheap, frequent and comfortable and run to all the main tourist destinations as well as the capital. Taxis cost approx 20 euros to Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.
RHF Hot Tip? Tenerife Carnivals (mid-February)
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