Many people must looking for a relaxing beach vacation but they can’t afford to make the trip. Beach destinations have gotten a certain reputation of being touristy and overpriced, but not all beach spots are the same.
There are lots of great cheap beach vacations that you can take that won’t break the bank or blow your budget. Within easy access to these beaches, you can find affordable accommodations, cheap eats, and minimal fees for parking and admission.
Here are some of the most affordable beach destinations around the world.
Mallorca or Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and a classic among European travel destinations, with beaches, nightlife and spectacular mountains. It is also known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. Capital Palma has nightlife, the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th-century Santa María Cathedral. Stone-built villages include Pollença, with its art galleries and music festival, and hillside Fornalutx, surrounded by citrus plantations.
Barcelona is one of the top European destinations where you can have the best of both worlds—a bustling city experience as well as gorgeous stretches of sand.
The city of Barcelona is popular vacation spot and added bonus of its proximity to architectural wonders, attractions, and fantastic shopping. Crowds tend to descend between mid-April and early October—when the water is an ideal temperature for swimming.
No matter where you end up, you’ll find lively, friendly people, as well as plenty of chiringuitos—the local term for beach shacks that serve casual food and drinks.
Tenerife is the biggest Canary Island and is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the Moroccan coast. Its neighbouring islands are Gran Canaria to the east and La Gomera to the west. Tenerife may be best known for its Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colorful costumes. The island has many beaches (with sands from yellow to black) and resort areas, including Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas.
Definitely suited to all beach lovers, Tenerife features a total of 140 beaches, 12 of which have disabled access with ramps leading to the beach.
Tenerife’s highest peak, at 3,178 metres, is also its main landmark. Pico de Teide volcano is the highest mountain in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.
Just like all the other Canarian Islands, Tenerife enjoys a mild climate all year round.
Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses. West of Marbella town, the Golden Mile of prestigious nightclubs and coastal estates leads to Puerto Banús marina, filled with luxury yachts, and surrounded by upmarket boutiques and bars.
The Balearic Islands are an archipelago off eastern Spain, in the Mediterranean. Mallorca (Majorca), the largest island, is known for its beaches, scenic coastline and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to the north. Palma, the capital city, is known for its Gothic cathedral with an altar canopy by modern architect Antoni Gaudí, and Almudaina, a Moorish royal palace.
There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium.
Valencia is trade and culture, cinema, theatre, museums, magic, business. It is the centre of international and avant-garde design, and one of the most active cities in Europe regarding fairs and conferences.
Thanks to its location, Valencia has historically been Spain’s Mediterranean port and has that special charm of cities that are also seaports. And the fine sand and clean water, the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains make the Valencian coast uniquely attractive.
Malaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. Looming over that modern skyline are the city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. The city’s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed lady”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt.
The Costa Verde, or “Green Coast” of Asturias, is a literal treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Here, the Bay of Biscay collides in spectacular fashion with mainland Spain to create an incredible diversity of stunning coastal landscapes.
An abundance of long sandy shores, coves, cliffs, and caves lie scattered all along this stretch of coastline. Here, remarkable beaches with striking backdrops offer plenty of holiday appeal to solo travellers, groups, and families alike.
Pontevedra is a Spanish city in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the capital of both the Comarca (County) and Province of Pontevedra
Pontevedra is dominated by shipyards, fishing ports, and vibrant commercial activity. Its industries include the manufacture of canned foods, cloth, hats, leather, pottery, fertilizers, timber, and cellulose; and there is an active trade in grain, timber, fish, wine, and fruit. Education, health care, and public administration are the city’s main services; its commerce and finance industries are entwined with those of the nearby cities Vigo and Santiago de Compostela.
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