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The best resorts in Spain for families with children, on their own

There is a great demand for active tourism in the Spanish Pyrenees. The most interesting tourist routes are presented below. We recommend paying attention first of all to the Parque nacional de Ordesa.

Ordesa Canyon - Main Routes

A large park and the most popular in Spain, which is located in the Pyrenees, is Parque nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido (Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park). It covers an area of ​​156 sq. km., which was filled with high mountains covered with forest, gorges with noisy and fast rivers. On the other side of the Pyrenees Mountains is the French Pyrenees Park. Many tourist routes have been laid in this area; tourists from all over the world come here to rest.

Ordesa Canyon is a glacial valley in the Pyrenees Mountains and is part of the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. The canyon is about 11 km long.

For several years in a row we have come to Torla to walk along rocky paths, breathe in the clean air of the Pyrenean forests, reminiscent of our Ural mixed forests (miss you!), see beautiful waterfalls and enjoy the sound of mountain rivers. To get to this village, you have to make a rather long journey from Granada, but the journey does not seem long, because on the way we will visit medieval castles, monasteries, remote towns and villages of Spain.

Torla is a small village, part of the province of Huesca. It is home to only 299 inhabitants. Its name comes from the word "torre" tower, which was built to protect the area from the French in the 15th century. The mention of this settlement dates back to the 11th century. Walking along the streets of Torla today means finding yourself in the Middle Ages, and the trip happens not only for health and relaxation, but also for "history".

Note for tourists - If there are no rooms available in Torla hotels, you can stay in Broto, which is located 4 km to the south. Although this is also a noisy and always inhabited place, so the old quarter is constrained by traffic and new buildings.

Oto will prove to be more attractive with its traditional architecture and two medieval towers. At a distance of 4 km is Sarvisé, the lower village of the Broto Valley. There are several first-class hotels here.

The village of Fiscal has taken on a new lease of life thanks to tourism. The old quarter is located on the opposite bank of the Ara. And also Aínsa, which has been revived thanks to new stone pavements and boutiques. The pretty old quarter at the top with the Romanesque church in the center and the Plaza Mayor will once again remind you of the rich historical past of the Pyrenean land.

The most famous route that runs in Parque nacional de Ordesa is called Circo de Soaso and Cola de Caballo (Horse's tail), because the final destination where tourist walkers stay , decorated with a beautiful waterfall, reminiscent of a waving horse's tail. This route we have already passed twice. But I always want something new. After studying the map and recommendations of the owners of the local family hotel, where we always stay, we chose a new direction - along the gorge of the Ara River.

At the same time, we were accompanied by a married couple from Belgium who have been coming to Torla for the 39th year in a row. They came back when the hotel belonged to the father of the current owner. A Spanish group of two married couples, a family from Germany and a couple from France, arrived in Torla at the same time as us. I would like to add that it is difficult to book a room at the Bukharuelo Hotel, therefore we choose a time when the tourist season is not yet in full swing.

Active tourism in the Pyrenees

Ideal weather conditions, European mentality and a huge number of top attractions attract tens of millions of tourists. For us, Spain is also a favorite destination. And in this article we will share all our experiences.

How much will the trip cost

Spain is no longer prohibitively expensive. In the low season, you can keep within 35-40 thousand rubles for a trip for 5 days. In summer, prices are slightly higher:

  • 2 * hotel in Calella from 68,000 rubles.
  • 3 * hotel (Lloret de Mar) 2 meals a day from 80,000 rubles.
  • 4 * hotel in Costa Brava with "all inclusive" from 115 000 rub.
  • 5 * hotel with all inclusive in Tenerife from 225,000 rubles.

Please note that "All inclusive" in Spain is compressed at the municipal level. Resorts are interested in tourists staying outside of hotels. We recommend not overpaying, but choosing hotels with breakfast or HB (breakfast + dinner). It is better to spend extra money in restaurants. Already somewhere, but in Spain they cook wonderful.

By the way, it is often cheaper to have a rest on your own. But for this you need to plan your trip in advance. Cheap flights can be tracked using a bot (below), and hotels can be selected on Booking. om.

Where and when to rest?

Resorts for families with children:

  • Salou
  • La Pineda
  • Pineda de Mar
  • Blanes
  • Costa Adeje
  • Benidorm
  • Denia

Peaceful vacation for two:

Noisy companies and young couples will love:

Features of the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada

Active tourism in the Pyrenees | Tourism in Spain | Guided tours in Russian

Resorts of Spain, thanks to their nature and historical monuments, annually visit more than 50 million tourists. To understand where is the best place to rest, you should know that the coast of the country is washed from the east and south by the Mediterranean Sea, and the western and northern shores belong to the Atlantic Ocean.

For those wishing to escape from the beach holiday, there are ski resorts and many places with cultural attractions.

When is the best time to go, the tourist season in Spain, the weather by months

Resorts in Spain, where it is better to relax in the summer, differ in climatic conditions. The beach season, which lasts from May to September, is best spent in the Balearic Islands or the Iberian Peninsula. With the end of summer, in autumn, it is worth exploring the historical sights, of which there are a lot in Spain.

These include the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​Park Guell in the same city, or La Rioja, the place where famous wines are produced. And in winter, visit the ski resorts: Baqueira Beret, Port del Comte or Panticosa - Los Lagos. Whatever cultural events are composed, before traveling to Spain, it is necessary to have information about the climatic conditions by month.

Resorts in Spain

Resorts in Spain, where it is better to relax in summer or spring, are geographically divided into zones. On the east and south sides, the shores open to the Mediterranean Sea. The northern and western territories are located with access to the Atlantic Ocean.

All these resort areas are covered with beaches. They are pebbly and sandy. Hotels have been built in the best places. However, there are also wild shores where tourists who dream of resting away from civilization are located.

Types of tourism in Spain, best places

Tourists visiting Spain go not only to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Here, along with leisure activities, you can do cultural sightseeing or active tourism. There are mountains on the territory of the country, where you can not only go skiing, but also go hiking with a backpack on your shoulders.

I need Spain is the slogan of the National Tourism Office of Spain, and only an inveterate egoist will disagree with this statement. Let's justify: we need the beautiful sandy beaches of Canar, the best resort in Spain - this time. In the most delicious ham in the world and paradise ambrosia - sangria (how else to glorify Spain, if not with a glass in hand!) - very much even, these are two. In the shot of castanets and heels, the whirlwind of polka-dot frills and the passionate cries of the flamenco cantaors that Spain gave to the world, there is no doubt that there are three. In all these phantasmagorias, such as running clocks and scaly drainpipes (oh, Spain is a big inventor) - how! Is four. Let's add here all sorts of nice little things, such as: an inexpensive and at the same time quite serious "alpine ski", according to which Spain, without looking, "makes" the promoted Alps, a varied nightlife and the opportunity to buy things from the catwalk at an outlet price - Spain is reasonably proud of the largest and cheap shopping villages. An additional bonus, which Spain has prudently prepared for tourists, is that you need a "public" Schengen visa here, which allows you to look for a day or two to your neighbors in Europe without any extra hassle.

Regions and resorts of Spain

Spain is a diverse and multifaceted country, even officially it is divided into autonomous regions. Catalonia, which has not lost hope of secession from the country for many years, is famous for its capital, Barcelona, ​​with its city beaches and Gaudi architecture.

The southern region - Andalusia - is considered the most "Spanish" Spain. Here you can see bullfighting banned in Catalonia, flamenco and ancient distinctive Spanish cities with history: Seville, Granada and the birthplace of Antonio Banderas - Malaga.

Valencia is famous for its widest sandy beaches in the country and for its authentic paella with beans. Well, in the Basque Country, you should definitely visit Bilbao with its museums and restaurants, beach-surfer San Sebastian and small port towns on the coast, where other tourists rarely get.

Detailed information - on the page "Cities and Resorts of Spain".

Time difference with Moscow

Spain is located in two time zones: UTC + 1 and UTC. At the same time, the overwhelming part of the country's territory (the continental European part, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta, Melilla and the sovereign territories in North Africa) lives according to Central European time (UTC + 1) in winter and according to Central European summer time (UTC + 2) in summer. Western European (UTC + 0) and Western European Summer Time (UTC + 1) use the Canary Islands.

Climate

The skilful gaze of a meteorologist divides mainland Spain into three distinct climatic zones at once. The north of the country (from Galicia to Catalonia) is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean: there are mild, wet winters and moderately warm summers. The southeast coast (Andalusia and Extremadura) is, of course, a Mediterranean climate with very mild, short winters and dry, hot summers. Little precipitation occurs mainly in autumn and winter. Summer in seaside Spain is usually around +25. +32 ° С, the swimming season lasts from June to October. Finally, on the central plateau of the country, the climate is sharply continental, with a noticeable difference (sometimes up to 15 ° C) between day and night temperatures. Summers are hot and dry, winters are dry and cold.

As for the Canary archipelago, the climate is warm, mild and very stable. The average annual temperature is +20 ° C without intense heat even at the height of summer, the water is warm all year round. See also the current weather forecast by months and the weather forecast for the main resorts and cities in Spain for the next 10 days.

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