Famous for its siesta, sangria and sandy beaches, Spain has long been a popular destination for tourists looking to slow down and relax in the sunshine. However, this year has seen a new trend emerge in Spanish getaways: the adventure holiday. Here is a brief guide to some of the activities on offer.
If you do like to be beside the seaside…
Make the most of the stunning Spanish coastline by chartering a yacht from ports in Barcelona, Marbella and Valencia, or from one of the islands. Other watersports available across Spain include diving in Torremolinos, kite surfing in Tarifa, canoeing in Zaragoza and rafting on the Cabriel River in the Montes Universales, or you can even head over to Fuengirola or Murcia for a spot of parasailing!
Those boots were made for walking
Picos de Europa in northern Spain is an excellent place to go hiking, with walks of varying difficulty. With its well-preserved prehistoric features and picturesque villages, Galicia is another popular choice for walkers, as is Andalucia, home of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the pretty Alpujarras. One of the best things about walking is that it’s free! If you like a bargain and saved money on your flights and hotel, cheap holidays to Spain 2013 need not be short of adventure!
On your bike
Environmentally friendly and healthy, bike riding is an excellent way to tour the country and explore the countryside. Join a group for a guided tour or hire a cycle and follow a well-known route such as the Camino de Santiago or the Via de la Plata.
Riding for the time of your life
Andalucia is an ideal location for a different form of riding: horseback. Intermediate and experienced riders may enjoy hacking through rural Spain, taking in such sights as the medieval city of Avila, Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park or the horse-friendly village of El Rocío.
Dance the night away
You couldn’t visit Argentina without trying out a tango, so whether you’re in Nerja, Grenada or Seville, take some time to perfect your flamenco. Olé!
Summer may be nearly over, but it’s not too late to book cheap holidays to Spain in 2013 and enjoy these activities during the off-peak season. After all, there’s no better way to rejuvenate yourself than to pick up a new skill or hobby and by bringing it home you’ll experience a little touch of Spain all year round.