Wednesday, 1 February 2012 10:43 AM
Finding the ideal destination for Spanish holidays can be tricky. After all, the country is home to so many great towns and cities it can be difficult to narrow down your options. Why not consider the following three suggestions for your 2012 break?
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it might give you the inspiration you need to start your search for hotels in Spain.
First up is the renowned seaside resort of Marbella. Considered to be a playground for the rich and famous, what better place could there be to relax and unwind on the Spanish mainland?
Situated on the Costa del Sol, you'll find the town is fringed by beautiful, sandy beaches along the coast, while the Sierra Blanca hills stand behind it.
Although it would be easy to simply work on your tan and keep an eye out for any famous faces, there is much to be discovered in Marbella.
If you're keen to seek out a bit of culture, make sure you visit the town's old district, where you are sure to enjoy exploring the Plaza de los Naranjos, which is surrounded by renaissance-style buildings.
You should also go in search of the Greater Church of la Encarnacion, which was constructed in the 16th century and stands alongside the remains of a ninth century Arab fort.
Meanwhile, if you fancy getting back to nature as part of your family holidays, you can always spend a day or two in the Sierra Blanca hills, where you can go walking or horse riding amid some stunning landscapes.
If you would prefer to visit an island paradise for your trip, why not consider Ibiza? Base yourself near the isle's capital - Ibiza Town or Eivissa - and you'll be able to combine sightseeing with sunbathing.
There are three main beaches within easy reach of the city if you are keen to top up your tan. The largest of these is Cala Talamanca, which stretches for almost 1 km, while Ses Figueretes may be the best choice if you want to have restaurants, bars and shops close at hand.
Es Viver, meanwhile, is a sweeping bay where many boats drop anchor and the sands here are sheltered by a breakwater.
Once you start exploring Ibiza Town, you will quickly discover it is littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the 16th century fortifications at Alta Vila and Puig des Molins - a cemetery with its origins in the sixth century.
Finally, Puerto Pollensa on Majorca might attract your attention, especially if you are keen to stay somewhere with breathtaking surroundings.
Located on Majorca's northern coast, this resort boasts stunning sandy beaches with the Tramuntana mountain range as a backdrop.
This is a great destination to choose if you would like to be active during your holiday, with walking, horse riding and golf among the things you can try your hand at, as well as a range of water sports in the bay.
Pollensa has its fair share of history, too, with the Romans, Moors and Visigoths among the civilisations to inhabit the seaside town.
Make sure you don't leave without sampling some of the region's cuisine, including tumbet - a stew containing potatoes, fried peppers, aubergine and tomato sauce, as well as meat - and sobrasada, a type of pate made from pork and paprika.
If this has encouraged you to discover more of Spain, why not start planning your summer holiday now?