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By Mark Thomas Walters
For warm weather, culture and a lively varied holiday, you can't beat Spain. Popular for many years as a tourist destination, Spain sometimes gets bad press for its more over populated resorts, however there are lots of great resorts you can visit in Spain where you can have a lively fun holiday, whether you are traveling as a family, a couple or with friends.
For an inexpensive, fun family holiday look no further than Salou on the Costa Dorada.
Salou can get very busy in the summer so this is not the place for you if you are after a quiet or romantic getaway. Salou however remains a firm favorite with families because of its two soft sandy beaches and safe swimming conditions - perfect for young children. Tourists from all over Europe come to Salou for their summer holiday so the feel of the resort is cosmopolitan rather than specifically catering towards one particular nation.
Sitges in the Costa Dorada is a lively bohemian resort perfect for those who like to visit cosmopolitan places. There's an historic old town, sandy beaches and lots of lively bars and restaurant. Sitges has a reputation for being a gay travel destination but it is also popular with families and everyone seems to just get along with everyone in Sitges. A city of culture you can also visit Cau Ferrat - home cum studio to the Modernist artist Santiago Russino. Sitges is also famous for its annual horror film festival and vibrant carnival.
For a quiet and traditional Spanish family getaway Tamariu on the Costa Brava is the perfect choice. This quiet resort has sandy beaches and shallow waters that are perfect for families with young children. This is not the resort for you if you prefer the louder, busier resorts but is a great choice for those who want to experience a traditional Spanish fishing village resort. During the summer months Tamariu does become busier and open air seafront Catalan dancing takes place on Saturday evenings throughout July and August.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda is a small city in the Cadiz province in Andalucía. It is a popular destination for tourists and is famous for its cuisine, particularly its seafood and sherry that is called manzanilla. This seaside town is also well known for its beach horse races that take place in the evenings throughout August. This resort manages to combine beach life with culture, an historic old town and lots of seafood restaurants where you can try out the catch of the day and soak up the ambience.
Marbella may have the reputation for being the St Tropez of southern Spain however it does have a more down to earth side too. The old town has lots of quaint streets waiting to be explored and the town's Orange Square is very pretty. There are lots of shops, art galleries and bistros in the area and plenty of nightlife if that's what you enjoy. The newer part of Marbella offers everything you would expect from a chic tourist resort such as luxury hotels, fashionable shops, golf courses, world-class restaurants and lively bars and clubs.
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