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While there are no shortage of spring break holiday destinations, Spain’s proximity to the UK means it’s probably near the top of your shortlist. Unwind on sandy beaches, or explore the countryside of Andalusia and Galicia, learning new things about history and culture along the way. In Spain, you’re guaranteed to find amazing architecture – Iberian, Visigothic and Roman to name but a few strands – as well as plenty of world-class museums. The landscapes, meanwhile, are perfect for connecting with the natural world, whether you’re watching mules trip along country trails to ancient villages or surrounded by pines in the Picos de Europa National Park.
Oh, and needless to say, the nightlife is unforgettable.
An important thing to bear in mind when traveling to Spain during spring is the temperature. Before the searing summer takes hold, the coolness of spring means you’re unlikely to redden like a lobster in the sun’s glare. You can still work on your tan, though: Easter falls during spring, meaning many Spaniards are on the move themselves, holidaying along the coast.
Five Spanish cities to explore during spring break
Spring breaks in Calpe
Calpe is located on the eastern coast of Spain, right on the Mediterranean Sea, and is thus a perfect destination for spring breakers in search of fun, sun and beautiful sandy beaches. And for those looking to get out and explore the historical sites, the town won’t disappoint. You can find ruins from myriad cultures that have occupied the region since prehistoric times, among them the Queen’s Baths – a former Roman fish salting factory, by the promenade. The climb up Calpe Rock, a volcanic formation that extends out into the ocean, is an adventure travellers will never forget, as the highest lookout point provides stunning ocean views; the ascent itself also allows glimpses of local wildlife and plant life.
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Spring breaks in Ronda
If you wish to spend spring break in the southern part of Spain, be sure to book a stay in Ronda. The town itself is on a mountain that rises 750m above sea level, so you can probably imagine the incredible views throughout the area; head to the rim of the El Tajo gorge to watch the mighty Rio Guadalev flowing through the town’s centre. Ronda is also brimming with history dating back to the Neolithic Age. Lovers of architecture, meanwhile, will be in their element; 14th-century baths count among the many ruins. After you’re done exploring the town itself, take a half-hour excursion to Cueva de Pileta, a cave displaying 25,000-year-old paintings.
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Spring breaks in San Sebastian
Located in the northern part of Spain, about 20km from France, San Sebastian is a city that illuminates in the evening. Stunning architecture in the form of churches and museums, pleasant springtime temperatures, and no end of attractions are just some of the reasons why this city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Spain. Spring breakers intent on refining a tan will love San Sebastian’s three beaches, while adventurous travellers will relish climbing up and exploring Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull. During their downtime, tourists can enjoy sampling new cuisine at one of the many local restaurants. Martin Berasategui, in Lasarte-Oria, takes some beating.
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Spring breaks in L'Escala
Spring breakers looking for the perfect place to spend some lazy days on the beach will fall in love with the former fishing village of L’Escala; but they should be prepared to fight for a good spot on the sand. Beyond the beaches, there are plenty of archeological attractions throughout the town, the finest being the Greek ruins of Empuries – the oldest Greek ruin in Spain. This almost perfectly preserved site includes part of the immense sea-wall of the old Greek port, and covers an area of 40 hectares. Elsewhere, why not take in the madness of a fish auction at the market on Port Pesquer?
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Spring breaks in Formentera
A spring break in Formentera is a great choice if you’re looking to unwind in a paradisiacal setting. The island’s relaxed attitude is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that nude sunbathing is allowed on many of its sand dune-backed beaches (though head to the town beach at Es Pujols if you absolutely want to keep your kit on!). You don’t need to worry about renting a car here either, thanks to the flat terrain and ability to get around easily on a bike or moped. The turquoise waters off Formentera rival those of the Caribbean, so why not indulge in some snorkelling or scuba diving?
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