January in the UK is usually a month of leaden skies and bitter cold. Now imagine the alternative; almost a month in temperate Spain with the gentle waters of the Mediterranean on your doorstep and clear skies overhead. Benidorm was still a sleepy fishing village in the 1950s. Half a century on and Spain’s most popular resort has grown into a lively destination that’s lost none of its original charm, with spotless beaches, a vast choice of restaurants and bars, and a glittering skyline. This break could be the perfect way to start off your New Year.
ValenciaThe charming city of Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
It has a picturesque Old Quarter with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, lined with medieval buildings and towers that were once part of the ancient wall that surrounded the old city. There are also city beaches with tree-lined promenades, scenic gardens and an attractive cathedral, all of which make Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.
AlicanteThe major landmark of the thriving harbour town of Alicante is the medieval Castle of Santa Barbara, which stands on the top of Mount Benacantil, offering fabulous views of the city. Other attractions include the Esplanada de España, a palm-tree lined promenade paved with wavy marble floor tiles, and the Gravina Palace, located in the Old Town. The marina is a popular hotspot full of restaurants, cafés and a shopping centre and is the perfect place to admire the luxury yachts moored here.
JaveaSheltered between two rocky headlands, the seaside town of Javea still has the charm of the ancient fishing village it once was. The fishing harbour is situated next to an attractive marina while its historic quarter is full of beautiful architecture and monuments such as the church of San Bartolomé. The town also boasts a wide sandy beach flanked by a promenade of shops, bars and restaurants.
DeniaThe coastal town of Denia is home to a castle located on a rocky crag overlooking the city, offering spectacular views of the surrounding area. Denia also has a large port and marina with plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants lining its waterfront.
MurciaHandsome Murcia is the birthplace of our chairman! It is also home to an impressive cathedral and a number of beautiful historic buildings with colourful plazas nestling in between its narrow streets. The city is divided by the Segura River, spanned with bridges of different styles; the oldest being Puente de los Peligros, an 18th-century stone bridge.
GuadalestWe venture inland for a half-day excursion to the picturesque village of Guadalest, perched on top of a rock high in the mountains. With fabulous views across the valley, the village also has numerous museums and craft shops where you can stock up on souvenirs while its castle can only be accessed through a tunnel carved through the rock.
The 3-star Pueblo Hotel has a covered, heated pool and en-suite rooms that enjoy a private balcony and satellite TV. The spotless Levante Beach is just 300m away.
Single Supplement £350