Let’s go to the carnival!

February would be a really sad month if it weren’t the time of the year when one of the most amusing and extravagant celebrations is celebrated. February is synonymous with carnival, and carnival means laughs, fancy dresses, music and dance nights, parades, surprises and everything you could imagine. In Spain, the carnival is one of the favourite celebrations and, although in many places the tradition has disappeared, in other places it is still one of the must visit events in winter.

This is the case of the Canary Islands, where the carnival is the essence of the people. This is why these carnivals, along with the Rio carnival, are the most famous in the world. Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote… All the islands, to a greater or lesser extent, celebrate a continuous party which extends until almost the end of March. Besides the traditional parades and the election of the queens and kings of the carnival, in all the towns of the Canary Islands we can enjoy all types of cultural activities. If we also bear in mind the wonderful temperature of the archipelago, few destinations are better to plan an amusing and affordable trip in February.

One of the most interesting options is to stay in a hotel in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is celebrated. Nevertheless, finding an affordable room in Santa Cruz at this point is difficult. This is why we should analyze more the destinations and opt for a coastal area. After all, in this island everything is relatively close if you rent a car.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome

Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome

Spa hotel in Tenerife, along with family hotel in Costa Adeje represent a good opportunity since it is still low season in beach areas and hotels have many available rooms at affordable prices. So much so that you can book a hotel with Jacuzzi in Tenerife from 41 Euros per night.  In the south of the island we also find the best family resorts in Tenerife, perfect for those in search of family plans in the middle of the carnival ambiance in Santa Cruz.

However, the carnival is not only celebrated in this city. For those who want to visit a different island from Tenerife, Fuerteventura is always a good alternative. The area of hotels in Playa de Jandía is one of the liveliest areas during the carnival because of its nearness to the fishing village Morro Jable, which will allow you to enjoy one of the most authentic carnivals, although they are less crowded than in Santa Cruz or Gran Canaria. This has many advantages if you travel with children, since the crowds are not very recommended if you want to have a good time with the kids.

As for accommodation, we have many options: there are some of the most complete spa hotels in Fuerteventura, as well as resorts next to Playa del Matorral, Playa Gaviotas or Costa Calma.

The activities, like in Costa Adeje, are more varied: there we won’t only enjoy big night parties with friends, but also sport activities, carnivals for children, fancy dresses workshops, traditional customs exhibitions, art and photography exhibitions… A complete pack for a winter holiday week. Who want to go?!

Palma de Majorca: beyond sun, sand and sea

The ghost of the deseasonalization has returned tapping his heels through the corridors of the Ministry of Tourism. Knock, knock, knock.  He is loaded down with proposals, with a bag of broken promises accumulated over the years and wrinkles on the forehead caused by a reality that runs counter to the words that fill the breast of many politicians. Without going any further, a few days ago, the Balearic Government invested 3 billion Euros for 2015 in a range of 158 projects to promote tourism in the islands, focused on showing the destination as an alternative to the traditional and hackneyed sun and beach.

While we speak of deseasonalizing, the most visited areas in the islands close the season earlier and earlier, taking advantage of just enough summer, although in years such as this 2014 the sun and heat have been present well into November. But now there is a city suggesting ways to change: Palma de Majorca. This capital is getting up to date to attract tourists seeking alternatives to the traditional sun-sea-sand.  Cultural schedule with events aimed at international audience, hotels in the centre of Palma with boutique aesthetics and close to the concept of “experiential hotels”, as is the case of Catalonia Majorica, just in front of the sea on the Paseo Marítimo in Palma. Moreover, the offer is complemented with new luxury shops, urban spa and sports centres … It is only an initiative that needs to be consolidated but, of course, it must be considered.

Palma de Majorca Cathedral

The rest of Majorca remains stuck in the sun and beach. Nevertheless, some towns like Binissalem or Alcudia have identified their strengths (oenology and sport, in order of importance) and have developed a tourism program that can give people something to talk about all year round. Moreover, this schema change entails a necessary strengthening of the most deep-rooted and home-made local industry, recovering traditions that sun and beach had eclipsed.

Gastronomic tours around wine villages of the island, golf tourism promoted by luxury resorts on the outskirts of Palma, with golf courses; cycling in the north of Majorca, the culture and nightlife in Palma, the wellness breaks headed by Adults Only hotels with top level spa services… All them can be considered signs of change to which the administration seems to want to contribute.

However, according to the Ministry of Tourism, the focus remains very much centred in major markets (German and British), and in the recovery of national tourism market. A Spanish market that, according to data provided by the Government, has already improved 10% in 2014 compared to 2013.

What is essential is not to consider tourists as part of a market based on nationalities and try to understand the motivations that may lead to a traveler, whatever his country of origin, choosing Majorca and, specifically, Palma to spend his holiday or plan his escapades.

With the advantage of being at just two hours from almost any European city, the Palma’s administration should work on attracting all those travellers who do not plan their holiday as an awesome month of sun and beach on the Mediterranean with the whole family wearing an All-inclusive bracelet. The decision is up to the travellers, those who want a destination to spend a long holiday without fixed budget, with the intention of making the most of those 4 or 5 days, trying new experiences and feeling they are part of that destination.

Majorica Convention Centre

These travelers progressively increase their expenses, they usually prefer high quality services. They often opt for booking rooms in the centre of Palma with an upper-middle category or 4 – 5 stars hotels in the surroundings of the capital, such as Illetas, Cala Major, Son Vida and Son Antem. Playa de Palma is still focused on mass tourism, but we must recognize the efforts of private industry which, in the last two years, has invested in refurbishing several hotels in the area, improving their category and specializing them. In this sense, stand out hotels such as Iberostar Royal Cupido, converted into an Adults Only hotel with beach club, brunch, cocktails with afterwork sessions and events to attract not only those coming from other countries but also the residents seeking new spaces for their free time.

Family holidays are more difficult to deseasonalize (but not impossible). Children are the ones who set the agenda and the holiday season, which is usually Summer. Therefore, although many hotels for children in Majorca have done a good refurbishing and renewal of its product, the end of the summer season usually marks the end of the holiday: if children are in school, parents cannot travel. It’s that simple. Even though, they have increased their business income by improving their hotel category: higher added value, higher price. And it seems that travelers visiting Majorca are willing to pay that extra benefit, provided that it is indeed an extra benefit.

VIP hotels boom in Palma

Palma de Majorca is and has been one of the most renowned places in the entire world as far as holiday cities are concerned. Nevertheless, after the 60´s – 70´s golden age and its massive democratisation -along with the medium class growing and enrichment- this destination has lost the image of exclusiveness, glamour and luxury, and has become a city more related to family tourism and medium purchasing power.

The strong competition in the Mediterranean against other treasures such as Capri, Monte Carlo, Sardinia, Crete… and its stagnation in a comfortable way of life marked this slow fall in the last decades.  Just some places are reserved to the high standing tourism (Sierra de Tramuntana, Cabo Formentor, some places in Ses Salines and the surroundings of Palma and Calvià: 5 star hotels in Son Vida, golf resorts in Son Antem and Bendinat…).

In the last 5 years, this tendency seems to have changed and, with the crisis enriching the richest, and impoverishing the medium class, VIP hotels have proliferated in Majorca, specially in the urban centre of Palma. Now we find boutique hotels in the old quarter of the city (Can Cera, Santa Clara…), hotels for events in Paseo de Majorca,  and even lifelong hotels with new interesting proposals, as for example Palacio Avenida Hotel, Costa Azul Hotel in El Marítimo…

 Paladium Hotel in Palma de Majorca

The project is clear and objectives are established: offering personalised attention, design spaces with modern services, up-to-date technology and original décor, generally related to the destination where they are located.

The investment is considerable, since quality and detailed elements that attract guests are the main components, all this combined with a privileged location in the city or in the chosen tourist area. This has an impact on prices, which are usually higher than in other hotels with the same category. However, the added value is even higher and is worth it, especially for those who want to live a special and different accommodation experience.

The tendency of opening this type of hotels in Majorca has also arrived to spa hotels in Playa de Palma, such as Royal Cupido, one of the most modernised resorts of IBEROSTAR, very related to this style of VIP accommodations in Palma. Out of the Balearic capital, we can also find other interesting examples, especially the spa hotels in Santa Ponsa, between Calvià and Andratx.

Golf, spa and children: the fashionable combination

Golf, spa and children are the formula for guaranteed success nowadays in the tourism trade of Spain. Opening or turning a hotel in Torremolinos, Canary islands or Balearic Islands into a golf hotel is almost a synonymous of success: although the market has currently a really complete offer for these sectors, it is truth that all of them are in great demand, and these specialized accommodations have captivated the public and attracted those customers who, maybe more sporadically, decide to try.

Hotels targeted at sport tourism or medical tourism, as for example a spa hotel in Fuerteventura or a spa hotel in Santa Ponsa (Majorca), are more and more important on consumer’s mind. They represent, in fact, one of the most sought after and profitable tourism sectors. In accordance with the data of the last Medical & Wellness Tourism Summit celebrated at the end of last year in New Delhi, the figures of this world business was 439 millions of dollars, estimating that, in the next 4 years, turnover figures reach 678 millions of dollars: 16% of world tourism turnover.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & resorts

The third most relevant public in tourism are still the children. Like in other business niches such as clothes and accessories, food or health, the holidays with children are and will be one of the most attractive sectors. Parents always look for the best for their children and spare no expense when they choose an accommodation to stay with the little ones. Comfort, good connections, safety, adapted spaces and services allowing to enjoy the free time while kids have fun are the keys of a good hotel for children in any destination of the world.

Hotels in Majorca for children and family resorts in Tenerife, Lanzarote or Fuerteventura are some of the best examples in this sense. In all these classic destinations, they have seen the need for specialized accommodations adapted to the requirements of modern families: more common areas and specific services for every member of the family to enjoy their well-deserved holiday.

It is here where these three concepts converge: What is better than a spa & golf hotel with services for children? Although it is not usual, there are more and more hotel chains offering at least one of their accommodations with these characteristics. For example the spa hotel close to Palma managed by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, its golf hotel in Chiclana or the hotels next to MotoGP circuit in Jerez managed by Barceló. All of them are conceived of to meet the needs and tastes of all types of travellers, so the accommodation is perfect for those who travel as a couple and want privacy, as well as for those who want to enjoy a holiday with friends or a couple of days with children, away from the routine.

They are hotels characterised by having 4 and 5-star category, located in top level tourism enclaves, with a wide and natural environment where they can design different experiences: golf courses, beaches, hiking or bike routes… Besides, the areas of rooms, apartments or villas are usually well divided in order to guarantee to the guests the atmosphere they are looking for.

The prices of these spa & golf resorts for children are medium-high, but most of them offer special packages with affordable accommodation offers if you book in advance or with All Inclusive. Rates vary depending on the destination: Ibiza, Majorca, Marbella and the Canary Islands are the more expensive ones, and urban destinations are more affordable.

Last minute or early booking

Last minute or early booking? Well, it depends on the situation. The truth is that, if we can, the best thing we can do is to take advantage of Early Booking hotel offers, since it allows us to book with more flexibility than last minute offers.  Savings are similar, maybe higher in last minute hotel deals, but you can only have the possibility of choosing your holiday as you want if you are far-sighted.  A last minute bargain will only allow you to book and that’s all, without choosing a type of room or accommodation: you take what remains.  That is why it is cheap.

It is true that last minute discounts at hotels in the centre of Madrid or Barcelona could even represent 30%, and some last minute offers at hotels in Majorca, resorts in Tenerife or apartments in Benidorm, are close to 50% at high season beginning or end. However, in these last minute packages, traveller is limited to accept offer conditions: x type of room, x number of days, x accommodation type. Take it or leave it.

Foresight, on the contrary, has reward. German and British people know it well: they generally opt for early booking, influenced by their tour operators and agencies which, as hotels, are the most favoured with this system. Yes, there is always a reason: behind the Early Booking model and its considerable discounts at hotels located in areas such as the Canary islands, Majorca or Andalusia coast, there is a need of closing certain number of bookings, allowing them to receive high season with confidence and viability.

This is why, far-sighted travellers, those who have fixed holiday dates and chosen destinations since previous year, can get a 15% or 30% discount in any hotel rate, any type of room, any accommodation and any service.

Early Booking guarantees you better offer in hotels and accommodations than Last Minute Booking. In this sense, Early Booking is specially recommended for families wanting to book, for example, a hotel in the centre of Barcelona, or an accommodation in the old quarter of Seville, since they generally have a limited number of rooms and travelling with children sometimes requires to book connected rooms.

Although there are more and more family hotels in the centre of Barcelona, more and more family resorts in Lanzarote, Tenerife, Malaga, Huelva or Majorca -just to mention some of the most visited destinations by families- availability significantly decreases when travel dates arrive.

The best early booking deals are usually offered by tour operators and agencies, but in last years direct sales channel in online hotels websites has become stronger.  This is the reason by which it is recommended to visit hotels official websites in order to compare the most affordable and complete Early Booking packages.

Hotels and apartments in Benidorm, boutique hotels in Valencia, beach resorts in Cadiz, hotels in Barcelona coast, luxury resorts in Majorca… We can find all types of Early Booking deals for all types of accommodations, even for 5 star and luxury hotels, allowing you to enjoy top quality services at 3-star hotel rates.

Finally, in tourism, as in life, It is better to prepare and prevent than to procrastinate, repair and repent.

Getaways for the next holiday

We bring you 5 special plans for you to organize a getaway for this December holiday. Hamburg, Seville, Fuerteventura and Jerez. Beach, urban tourism and relax. Choose your destination and enjoy the hotel offers you will find online. It is time to take advantage of early booking! 

December holiday is short, so do not lose time on tours and directly book a flight. You can still find affordable flights, except for the Canary Islands, where the holiday season is longer because of the weather, so prices are very similar during the whole year. Nevertheless, hotels offer special packages, especially in destinations that are not so usual in winter, as for example the hotels in Majorca and in the southern part of the country: hotels in Cádiz, Marbella, Málaga…

Plan 1: Relax in Fuerteventura

This town in Corralejo has been chosen this year by travellers all around the world as one of the most attractive destinations for travelling.  If you have never been there, December is a good month for visiting it, since Fuerteventura is always in spring, away from the winter inclemencies. It is, besides, a perfect option if you want to get away from the routine and recharge energies before Christmas. 

As it is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Fuerteventura, you can find so varied types of hotels in Corralejo: from an Adults Only resort in Big Beaches, to a normal guest house for sleeping. If you travel for resting, we recommend you the first option, taking advantage of high season offers. Surf the hotels official websites and you will probably get a good price.

For those who want to visit the south of the island, Jandia Beach is a comfortable, affordable and enjoyable option that will allow you to be some minutes away from the lively Morro Jable town, without need of being in more crowded tourist areas.  In this season, the price of hotels next to Playa Matorral and resorts in Playa Gaviotas is very competitive, and moving all around the peninsula is very comfortable. Jandia is always a good plan for active tourism, beach and water sports lovers,  It additionally offers many night and day leisure plans for all ages. 

Plan 2: Hamburg as a couple

One of the most romantic cities of Germany is Hamburg. Its classic elegance and leisure plans, make of this city a perfect destination for a romantic getaway during some days in December. Besides being a business centre and a cultural enclave, Hamburg offers nature and unforgettable landscapes.

At the end of the year, the cultural schedule of Hamburg is full of plans: opera. rock concerts, big spectacles and, of course, the traditional Christmas markets in the main streets and squares of the city. The atmosphere is lively and pleasant, it is ideal if you want to enjoy both night and day. 

Finding anaccommodation in the centre of Hamburg is relatively easy. If you have the possibility of booking in advance, Barceló Hamburg is one of the most outstanding hotels in the centre, perfect for having relaxing days, and all types of services. In addition to the guarantee of being a hotel that belongs to a Spanish chain with many years of work in the city, it boasts an ideal location for easily discovering the main tourist attractions of Hamburg,

Plan 3: Seville in winter

December is one of the best months for visiting Seville. The Andalusian capital boasts one of the most pleasant weathers in the Peninsula during the whole year, so it is probably you could enjoy the sun and the temperature. Many are those who prefer to keep the visit to Seville until winter, precisely because from March to November heat is excessive, so they can avoid it,

The best thing we can do is to book a hotel in the centre of Seville or a hotel next to Isla Mágica. This second option is the perfect one, especially if you travel with children, since the theme park is a good choice for a family leisure during all the year.

Flamenco, cinema season, theatre and gastronomy are the strong points of the city during the winter. Aditionally, celebrations in the squares and Sevillian nights are just excellent. 

Plan 4: 365 days in Majorca

The island of Calm is reinforcing its attractions as an all year round tourist destination.  With a clear investment in culture, quality night leisure, gastronomy and traditions, Majorca is undoubtedly a good option for a getaway before Christmas. 

Whether you travel alone, as a couple or with children, choose a good hotel close to Palma. Among our favourite ones, taking into account the price, service and facilities, we propose you to enjoy a luxury stay and book the Iberostar Son Antem, before called Marriot Son Antem: luxury spa and golf resort in Llucmajor. If you prefer to stay in the heart of the city, you can find several boutique hotels in the centre of Palma, suitable for a urban getaway with friends or a romantic holiday.

Prices are very variable according to the area where the hotel you booked is located.Accommodations in the centre of Palma have similar prices during the whole year.  Maybe, they are more affordable in November, January and February, but in December and since March, prices are almost equal and not very economic The good part is that their quality and service is impeccable, as well as their location 

Plan 5: Wine route in Jerez

It is our star destination. In Jerez, one of those places in Andalusia, we can enjoy the best ambience, excellent cuisine and the most select wine culture in the south of Spain. The wine route in Jerez is one of the most fashionable getaway plans in the last years.  The advantage is that, in December, weather is delicious.

It is not necessary to book a hotel in the centre of Jerez. In fact, our proposal is to stay in the middle of the nature, close to everything but way from the stressing tourist centres. It is Barceló Montecastillo Golf, resort located next to the MotoGP circuit, good price, impeccable facilities: spaces for weddings and banquets, golf course, spa centre and luxury villas dessigned for families. Night costs around 70 euros with unlimited access to the golf. 

If you decide to spend your next holiday in Jerez, do not miss to visit the White Towns route and organize a couple of days for visiting Costa Ballena beaches, Sancti Petri and Santamaría harbour.

The Canary Islands welcome you to Paradise

The high tourism season starts now in September in the Canary Islands. While the Mediterranean turns off the lights and Majorca says goodbye to the long sunsets and to its cocktails at the foot of the beach, changing the bustling and hot August for a cold and relaxing September, the Canary Islands bloom. 

Fuerteventura is one of the most visited islands during this time of the year. This island, with a medium size and large hotel services which include from the resorts in Corralejo to the hotels for children in Playa de Jandía and the accommodation in Playa Gaviotas or the rental villas of some of the small mountain villages of the area, offers comfort and different leisure plans, specially to outdoor sports lovers.

Hotel Atlantic Gardens Adults Only

Hotel Atlantic Gardens Adults Only

Lanzarote is another one of the most visited islands during autumn. This magic island will conquer you with its volcanic landscapes, which have made it one of the preferred settings for films, among which we find Doctor Who, Moby Dick and the TV series the Treasure Island. The gastronomic routes and the growing interest for its wine have opened new tourism possibilities, specially in the interior villages, which have always had less visitors than the coastal areas. If you are thinking in a present for your couple, Lanzarote is the ideal island for a romantic trip: look for a goodbeach hotel in Puerto del Carmen or an Adults Only apartment resort in Lanzarote. If your budget is limited, choose one of the many All Inclusive hotels in Lanzarote, in the areas of Papagayo, Playa Blanca, Playa Flamingo… And if you want a hotel for your family holidays, choose a hotel in Lanzarote for children with swimming pools, games, entertainment and everything you need to conclude your summer.

Gran Canarias is a perfect destination, an island full of proposals that combines its big size with the beauty of its capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Despite its size –it is the most densely populated of all the islands of the archipelago-, it has good communications. You will just need a week to discover its main monuments. However, if you are looking for relax, we recommend you book a 10-day holidays and enjoy its beaches and its historic areas: the Casa Colón, the Cathedral, the Dunes of Maspalomas… Getting a cheap hotel in Gran Canaria is relatively easy, specially if you are looking for an accommodation in areas like Mogán, Amadores or Maspalomas. 

And what else can we say about Tenerife? It is one of the most famous islands in the world and one of the most complete for holidays with children at any time of the year. The mountains, the beaches, the landscape, the parties and traditions, the gastronomy… Tenerife seems to have been created for the leisure and enjoyment of its visitors, from the calmness of a cave on the south to the stunning Teide. Booking an accommodation in autumn in Tenerife is easy, due to its wide variety of hotels: you can choose from a spa hotel  in Tenerife to an All Inclusive Hotel in Costa Adeje, a hotel for children in Tenerife or one of those large beach resorts for families in Costa Adeje. We recommend you visit the Teide national park, the capital, Icod de los Vinos, the Masca country house, Los Roques, Montaña Roja…

Faithful to Majorca

Majorca is a traditional destination visited every year, without exception, by many European travellers wanting to enjoy some relaxing days on the banks of the Mediterranean. Faithful to their summer in the island, most of them travel with children and end up turning their hotel in a lifelong summer town.

This type of traveller makes part of a large collective that usually travel in summer and could be found in beach hotels in Calvià coast or resorts in Palma beach with a homely and simple atmosphere. They opt, generally, for long stays, but never less than a week. They prefer a modest accommodation, with services adapted to holiday of sun and beach without too many flourishes, and usually choose family hotels in Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and El Arenal.

Marina Torrenova Hotel

Marina Torrenova Hotel

In the Calviá coast, for example,  people with 40-45 years old travelling with children always opt for hotels and apartments located in areas such as Torrenova or Palmanova, where the ambience is quieter and more relaxing,  They do not want many luxuries or gourmet restaurants, they are satisfied with a good beach or cove where they can swim for a while every day , sunbathe on a deckchair or make the most of the All Inclusive package.

The supplementary offer is not a good source of income since, except for snacks or appetizers, they consume only the essential outside the hotel. Even though, they often hire a guided tour to places of interest in the surroundings (the Palma Cathedral, The Caves of Drach…) or visit the Marineland water park or a golf centre with children.

This is the reason by which they always choose All inclusive family hotels or beachfront hotels for children, with swimming pools and slides, miniclub, entertainment programs and buffet restaurants offering varied international cuisine without much sophistication.

This type of traveller usually books his/her hotel in Majorca, long in advance, taking advantage of the early booking offered by most of the chains for those who reserve their holiday before march.

Intertur Hawaii Mallorca Hotel

Intertur Hawaii Mallorca Hotel

The demographic profile is almost limited to British people, who have a predilection for Magaluf and Palmanova (they represent 50% of the tourists that visit Calvià), and to the Germans, who opt for Palma Beach and El Arenal, although they also use to visit Santa Ponsa coast and Peguera. Most of them belong to the middle class and have a moderate purchasing power, this is why they travel with a fixed budget and contract a tour operator with all the activities of their stay. Nevertheless, there are more and more people betting on online bookings to manage their holiday.

Traditional dishes you must try in Ibiza

Even though Ibiza is well-known especially for its exceptional offer of night leisure, this island hides secrets which are worth being discovered.  The traditional cuisine is one of them.  More and more hotels and accommodations in Ibiza are including this element in their leisure offer as a plus to win the traveller.

The possibility of eating with your feet on the sand, at the edge of a cliff with views of the Mediterranean, in a hidden cove or in a terrace with the best music of the moment make of Ibiza an unique place to enjoy a different gastronomic break.

Fresh products, native, prepared in a simple way, natural and with much tradition -a real achievement if we bear in mind the large quantity of tourists it receives- are the keys to understanding the essence of the Ibiza cuisine.

Bullit de peix

Bullit de peix

Dishes such as the fish rices, the grilled Cap Roig, some sautéed pine mushrooms, a delicious flaó for dessert… Everything keeping the most authentic customs, an advantage in relation to other tourism places where traditions give way to the international and fast food.

Grilled sardines at the beginning of the summer are a real ritual which is worth enjoying in some of the kiosks situated in the coves of Ibiza.  In some of them you can order the classic Bullit de Peix,  a fish stew very tasty, but it is more usual to find it in more complete restaurants since it needs an very elaborate cooking.

Many hotels in Ibiza offer these specialities in their restaurants during some nights of the week, so, do not forget to check the menu before you book a hotel with restaurant in Ibiza.

The garlic and olive oil vinaigrette, here and in the rest of the Balearic Islands, is an element that goes with almost all the meals of Ibiza.  It is served both as appetizer with pa de pagès (‘peasants’ bread’) and as complement to main dishes, specially to squids or rice dishes such as the paella.

If your hotel is located in the Portinatx area, you could easily go to the Xuclar cove where are placed the most complete beach kiosks of Ibiza, as far as high-quality local cuisine is concerned.  It is very recommended the fresh grilled fish of the day or the salads served with something fresh.

Accommodation in Ibiza

Accommodation in Ibiza

For starters. the most traditional foods are coca de pimiento (like a cake of grilled red peppers), panades (like a pasty), crostes (similar to the Italian bruschettas) and… for main dishes, arròs a banda (rice cooked in fish stock), arròs negre (black rice in English) or the classic paella; borrida de ratjada, freixura or the traditional peasant’s sauté served with all the products of the fertile region of Ibiza

The classic dessert is the flaó (typical of Easter), but there are also other delicious delicacies such as the orelletes, panellets (made with almond and egg, pine kernels and chocolate, according to each one’s taste) and robiols (fine pasties stuffed with jam and cabello de ángel).

5 plans to discover Benidorm with your children

Benidorm is much more than sun and beach. It is considered one of the ripest destinations in Spain. Over the years it has been carrying out a range of proposals designed to end with the image of trite holiday destination, betting on creating specialised options for different types of travellers. In this regard, Benidorm is one of the best places of Spain for travelling with children. As proof of this, here you are 5 of the most appreciated plans to discover Benidorm with family.

Terra Mítica: The quintessential theme park of Benidorm, one of the great last years’ investments to revitalise the area and offer a leisure alternative for the whole family.  The park is set in the civilisations that. throughout the history, have settled the different Mediterranean territories.  You can get a Family Season Pass for around 56 Euros.

Flamingo Playa hotel in Benidorm

Flamingo Playa hotel in Benidorm

Aqualandia: The funniest plan for water, sun and emotions lovers.  One of the biggest and most famous water parks of Spain and one of the best appreciated of Europe. With almost 2 decades working, Aqualandia mixes areas for kids and rides more focused on the young and adult public, in order to offer a fun plan for all the family members.  They have also season tickets for about 60 Euros.

Mundomar: Located next to the Aqualandia water park and known as the biggest theme park of sea and exotic animals of Levante, it is Ideal for enjoying unique experiences with your children: swimming with dolphins and playing with them, seeing parrots and sea lions exhibitions, being a carer for a day… It has season tickets and special offers allowing you to book a one day ticket for 24 Euros and get all the season pass.

Terra Natura Benidorm: Wildlife park of Benidorm, an amusing zoo full of activities for children during the whole year: riding school, communion celebrations, fauna, nature and environment workshops, and even a water park.

Prince Park hotel in Benidorm

Prince Park hotel in Benidorm

Benidorm Island: Just in front of the Levante and Poniente beaches its found this small island where you can arrive booking an excursion by ship with the whole family. The most interesting option for children is booking glass-bottom boats since it allows to observe the underwater life of this Mediterranean coast.

Whether you stay in a hotel close to the Levante beach, or in a hotel next to l’Aigüera park, you could organise excursions to these family entertainment centres since all of them are situated just 5 minutes drive from the Benidorm centre.