Spain Holidays

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If you're sticking to mainland Spain for your holiday, there is huge choice of party towns, sexy beaches and fascinating culture to keep you busy for your entire holiday.

Madrid, almost slap bang in the middle of the country, houses one of the most famous football teams in the world, dozens of museums and galleries and some of the greatest components of flamenco music. Las Ventas Bullring is the birth-place of modern bull-fighting and definitely worth a visit during the right season.

Pubs in Madrid normally stay open until 3am, and clubs until 8am so the venues don't really see any real action until 11pm. There are numerous areas to hang out in from Plaza de Santa Ana which is full of themed pubs and bars to La Latina, an area aimed at an older crowd and Gran Via, which houses the newest nightclubs.

If you'd rather stay on the coast, then Spain's second city Barcelona has the beaches that Madrid misses, as well as dozens of festivals all year round including the Festes de Gràcia in August which results in a lot of all night parties. Continuing the party theme, Bcnjoy run famous party nights and pub crawls in three different areas.

Barcelona is a huge city so sticking to one district for eating, drinking and partying is a lot easier. Highlights include the Feng Shui-designed Shoko, the popular Catwalk and the go-go dancers of Sutton. Best also to keep an eye on your belongings in Barcelona as pick-pocketing here is a bit of an art form.

Cadiz is often overlooked as a destination but is in fact the oldest city in Western Europe, and celebrates a famous carnival usually in February every year. The event is amazing but will cost you twice as much to stay in the city that week than a normal week.

If you're looking for beaches, nightclubs, cheap sangria and bronzed bodies, then head south to either the Costa Del Sol, or north-east to Costa Brava. With the latter, the casino town of Lloret de Mar houses the young crowd, nightlife and pubs whereas the former destination has a number of party towns including Malaga, Marbella and the gay-friendly, water-park-infested Torremolinos.

If you're feeling exceptionally brave, other 'don't miss' events include the 'Running with the Bulls' in Pamplona in July and 'La Tomatina', a giant tomato fight festival in Buñol in August.

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