The August Bank Holiday weekend for many marks the march towards the end of summer so why not enjoy it with some guaranteed sunshine in Spain! With Vueling, you can reach four top destinations direct from Cardiff Airport for short breaks whether it’s on the beach or in the city.
The capital of the Catalan region, Barcelona is known for the modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí in the city including his masterpiece, the unfinished church of the Sagrada Família.
In the city, you can explore the medieval buildings in the Gothic Quarter or head down to the cities modern marina to check out the sea life in Barcelona’s aquarium.
Catalans are proud of their rich heritage and this shows throughout the city creating a harmonious blend of history and modern life. It’s not all city though, just a short distance from the city centre is a 4.2km long beach, regarded as one of the best on the Spanish coast.
Direct flights from Cardiff to Barcelona start at £39.99
Alicante is the gateway to Spain’s Costa Blanca region and of course, Benidorm. Love it or hate it, Benidorm is one of the most popular destinations for British Tourists even now. But step away from the tourist resorts and you will uncover a cultured city that is steeped in history.
Alicante harbour is one of the busiest in Spain for commercial and private vessels and standing guard on Mount Benacantil is the Castle of Santa Bárbara. It is believed that the first castle on the site dates back to the 9th century. The current one is slightly newer and was reconstructed around 1296.
Alicante’s many baroque buildings offer a different view of the Costa Blanca with its many museums and galleries. Think you knew Alicante? Think again.
Direct flights from Cardiff to Alicante start at £84.99
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca (or Mallorca if you like Heineken!) is an island known for its beaches and sheltered coves. Palma is where the nightlife is but look beyond that and you will find historic Majorca with its Roman and Moorish remains and of course, the Moorish Royal Palace in Palma.
Whether you are seeking a serene tram ride around the city or want to try your hand at cliff jumping then Majorca could be the ideal short break for you. Whatever you want to do in Palma though, be sure to visit the magnificent Catedral de Mallorca.
Direct flights from Cardiff to Majorca start at £54.99
On the Costa Del Sol, Spain’s southern coast is Malaga. Malaga is a city that is steeped in history dating back to the Phoenicians and the 7th Century, as a result, the small town of Ronda is one of the must-see places when visiting this region. Ronda sits above a steep gorge that divides the town into old and new Ronda.
Central Malaga is a bustling modern Spanish town that keeps its links to its historical past. Like Majorca, it has Moorish and Roman influences mixed in modern buildings and a world class cruise port.
The 16th-century cathedral, the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre and the Picasso Museum are must see places in Malaga and are all within a few minutes’ walk of each other. So why not spend the first part of your day soaking up the history at these popular attractions, and then reward yourself with Andalucia’s other claim to fame, it’s food.
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