Friday, 3 October 2014

Spain: A mixed bag of Autumn getaways

*PR collaboration written by Emma Bowers. Emma Bowers is a part time marketing consultant and full time mum to two beautiful girls and one Bichon Frise. She loves to get away to sunnier climes as much as humanly possible!

Can you sense the changes in the air? That’s the sights, sounds and smells of autumn, blowing in a chilly wind and waving off summer. Some accept this as a time to stay cosy indoors, others see it as the perfect opportunity to treat the kids to a family holiday. Companies like FirstChoice continue to fly to destinations that are still benefiting from the sun in these autumn months. Spain is an affordable yet fun choice, with a pick and mix of cities and islands to choose from. Take a look at these diverse hotspots that the enticing country has to offer.



Lanzarote

This Canary Islands favourite sees up to eight hours of sunshine every day in the winter months, so it’s bound to remedy any Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms that family members may have. Golden beaches line up against the mountainous terrain for a dramatic landscape that demands exploration. Families can do exactly that at Timanfaya National Park, where more than 100 volcanoes erupted in the 18th century, leaving a path of rocky intrigue. Older kids and adults can then try their hand at one of the many watersports that are popular here, like windsurfing, on the warm, clear waters. Come night time, tuck into some Canarian cuisine like pan fried fish and pollo al salmorejo (that’s garlic chicken!).


Barcelona

Barcelona is a bustling and vibrant city that offers visitors a glimpse into historical Catalonian life, exceptional contemporary dining and enchanting parks filled with world-famous artwork. The temperature might fall a little bit after September, but walking around to absorb these sights will keep you warm. No trip is complete without going to Park Guell and little ones will love Gaudi’s quirky mosaic pieces that are dotted around. Treat yourself to Catalan cuisine, made up of fresh seafood tapas dishes, and hit the trendy shops and boutiques. Meanwhile, the football fans in the family can enjoy a tour around Barcelona Football Club.  

Costa Del Sol

An all-inclusive holiday here is a ‘does what it says on the tin’ guarantee of family fun and relaxation.  You have a huge choice of hotels with pools to either make a splash in or relax by (the temperature is still warm enough for sunbathing during autumn months!). The sea might not be warm enough to swim in but you can discover the sands of wonderful beaches, such as Guadalmar Beach, that are perfect for picnics and walks. Over at Tivoli World there is a fun day in store for everyone, from a Twister rollercoaster ride, to the Giant Ferris Wheel, to a performance at the theatre.

What Spanish treasure takes your fancy? See what the family thinks to some time away in the much coveted sun and get something booked!

Images by Thomas and Johannes Breunig, used under the Creative Commons license.
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