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Visiting Valencia, Spain

In terms of population, the three largest cities in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, in that order. While Madrid is located inland, Valencia and Barcelona are both situated on the eastern coast of the nation. Valencia in particular offers lovely tourist beaches along the Mediterranean. Visitors staying in vacation rentals in Spain who make Madrid their home base can easily reach Valencia in a day since the journey is only about 200 miles. Another option is to choose a holiday home in the Valencia region to begin with, since there is so much to do in this part of the Iberian Peninsula.

The Pink-Purple Beach

One of Valencia's great attractions is La Playa Malvarrosa, a term which translates to mean the pink-purple beach, so called because of the lovely shade of the water and sky here during many parts of the year. Americans may be a little shocked to learn that nude bathing is permissible and that many women choose to sunbathe without suits.

One huge advantage of this beach, located just 45 minutes from the heart of Valencia, is that it is not usually very crowded. The huge masses of tourists that flock to beaches in Vigo have yet to discover La Playa Malvarrosa.

Shopping in Valencia

One of the best places to go is Colon Street, named after the famed navigator who discovered the New World for Spain. In Spanish, you see, that was Cristobal Colon. The street that has become his namesake is filled with souvenir shops as well as name brand outlets.

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Below you will find writings from other Spain vacation rental owners about the area they know best! It's a great way to learn first hand about the Spain region and all that it has to offer!


Costa Blanca / Pego

Posted by Maria Jose Sastre on Thursday, September 20, 2007
Costa Blanca is among the best destinations in the world regarding attractions and tourist infrastructure. Only a short drive from Bella Vista and Pego, you will find Denia with its charming fishing port. Denia offers the whole range of shops, services, bars and restaurants. Benidorm with its theme parks as well as Alicante are only about 1 hours drive away. The beaches of Denia, Gandia and Oliva offer the whole rangeof watersports, such as wind surfing, surfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing.The landside in Costa Blanca is interesting for cycling, trekking, climbing and potholing. There are various nature reserves, caves and other "natural attractions". Golf courses can be found in Oliva and other locations.The nearest town is the lively and historic market town of Pego.

Spain - Costa Blanca

Posted by John Whittingham on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The Spanish Costa Blanca is one of the somewhat quieter and less developed Costas. Served by Alicante Airport, it stretches from Torrevieja (with the biggest salt lake in Europe) in the south, to Benidorm and beyond to the north. Plenty of activities and great for families, in fact more a family orientated area than for the young set.

Spain - Inland Costa del Sol

Posted by John Whittingham on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The Inland area of the Spanish Costa del Sol is becoming ever more popular with the more experienced and discerning holidaymaker. Away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal Costas, the quiter much more relaxed pace of life, and even friendlier local inhabitants, make it the ideal getaway from it all location. Accommodation prices are lower, the quality is usually better, and food and drink is far cheaper, wether you dine in or out.

The Area

Posted by Ian Robbins on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Barx and La Drova are situated in the high valley of La Safor, between the mountain ranges of Buixcarro and Monduver, at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level, and enjoys a pleasant climate. Barx forms part of the community of the Validigna 'Mancomunidad de la Validigna' made up of the villages of Tavernes, Simat, Benifairo and Barx. A territory with its own identity, united by common history. Our house is situated in the centre of La Drova approx. 4 min drive (20min walk) from the village of Barx with its many bars and shops including two small supermarkets, butchers, bakers, tobacconist, bank, chemist etc. There is a bar/restaurant just around the corner from our apartment and villa which is renowned for its Paellas and meat dishes.

Spain - for hours of sunshine - Summer and Winter

Posted by John Whittingham on Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Spain is the chosen location for the army of Europeans who purchase property there, either as an investment, or to become their eventual retirement home. Those properties are made available to holidaymakers at very reasonable prices, and as they are usually lovingly cared for by their owners, they make an ideal base for your holiday. Most properties have ensuite bathrooms, fully fitted kitchens, satellite TV, swimming pool, and often an outside kitchen, as well as a BBQ. Many more experienced and discerning holidaymakers now seek to rent properties slightly inland from the Coast, to avoid the busy hustle and bustle of the resorts, and where prices are even lower. We are talking up to 30 to 45 minutes inland, still easy to get to the beach if you wish, but where you can enjoy the slower pace of life and the beautiful countryside.

Mediterranean Villa

Posted by Frazier Gardella on Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Holidays in Estepona Spain . We are happy to provide directions and in any other way assist you. You can visit many historical sites in Andalucian vacation Holiday such as Malaga, Jerez, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, Nerja, Gibraltar, North Africa, Morocco and other exciting interesting places throughout Ceuta-Melilla . There are over 30 golf courses, beautiful sandy beaches, tennis club, sailing, boating, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, biking and snow skiing for your Andalucia vacation Holiday. We offer 2, 3, 4, bedroom and luxury villa with pool. In Bahia Dorada lots of green area with major garden to celebrate a nice birthday party in the time you spend your holidays in Spain or you want to spend your honeymoon in a cozy Villa or Apartment on the Mediterranean-Andalucian seaside.

Costa Blanca Denia

Posted by MICHELE STRAVER on Friday, March 16, 2007
Denia provides a true taste of Spanish life with its fishing boats in the harbour, overlooked by an age-old fort. In the town and on the seafront, there are restaurants and bars catering for all tastes with some bars staying open all night! Further along the coast is Javea, an old established resort. The dominating feature in Javea is Mount Montgo ''Elephant Mountain'' which protects the town and is responsible for its very mild climate. The town breaks down into three main areas, the old town, the port and Arenal beach, which is very shallow and safe for young children to swim in.

Rural Spain

Posted by Colleen Gosling on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
There is much more to Spain than the crowded Costas ... take a look to see the real beauty of Spain by traveling just a few miles inland.

Wonderful Spain

Posted by Steve & Sandra Heninghem on Sunday, February 11, 2007
From snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys in the North, to the sun-baked beaches of the South and three vastly different coastlines, it is difficult to imagine anyone being unable to find his or her ideal holiday here. Spanish cultures result from a melting-pot of influences from other European races (notably, the Moors) throughout history and each region has its own special feel. It is the birthplace of such great artists as Picasso & Dalí and scene of triumphs in architecture, food, music & dance, providing a host of delights for the visitor. Wherever you are in Spain, you can't help but notice the infectious enthusiasm for life. In the cities there is always something happening, especially at fiesta times and there is always the pleasure of a round of tapas, with a glass of one of the many Spanish wines. In the countryside it is easy to immerse oneself in the sights & sounds of unspoilt nature. No wonder this is the second most visited country in the world.


Posted by Mary & Alan Thornton on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Javea is a popular holiday resort for families and the old town has maintained it’s whitewashed buildings and narrow streets combined with the nightly fish markets in the port, Javea reflects an unspoilt part of Spain.