Spain, including the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world today. Because Spanish hotels are rated by more rigorous standards than those found in other European countries, accommodations in Spain generally offer more value for each vacation dollar spent. Famous for its dry, warm summers and temperate winters, Spain is the perfect place for the discerning traveler to unwind. In fact, Spain is known as the world pioneer in beach resort hospitality, attracting tourists from chilly Northern Europe, the Americas and Spain itself. The most popular beach destinations in Spain are located on the Costa Brava, in Northern Spain, and Alcudia on Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.
Located in northeastern Catalonia, Spain, the Costa Brava, which translates into English as “rugged coast,” attracts tourists who enjoy the proximity to France in the North, the capital city of Barcelona to the south, and several fine ski resorts in the Pyrenees. Because of the beauty of seaside resorts such as Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Blanes, tourism has eclipsed fishing as the economic anchor of the area. Known for its pristine beaches, medieval architecture and fabulous nightlife, the Costa Brava creates a memorable vacation spot, with something of interest for every taste. Other small towns along the Costa Brava offer a refuge for artists and for those looking for a more intimate travel experience off the beaten track. These towns have entertained such artists as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. The Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres is one of the most famous museums in Catalonia.
Almost directly east from the Costa Brava, across the Mediterranean, is the island of Mallorca (named Majorca by the British), famous for its Roman towns, snorkeling coves and white, sandy beaches. While the city of Palma is famous as a port for cruise ships, the city of Alcudia is better known as the premier tourist destination on the island. Especially favored by those who like to relax for more than a few days, visitors enjoy everything from diving, dining, night life to mock bull fights and bird watching. At Alcudia’s beaches, the Mediterranean is so clear and gentle that children can safely splash and wade in gently deepening, waist-deep water. Restaurants feature fresh seafood simmered in locally grown olive oil with traditional seasonings. Active families might also enjoy a day at the water park, exploring the bike paths or observing marine life on a glass-bottom catamaran. Surrounded by an old Roman wall, the city of Alcudia is unparalleled in Spanish romance and ambiance.
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