Time to get away on a perfect Spanish holiday this Summer

by Sylvia Pownall

Spain remains the number one holiday destination for Irish sun-seekers and as the weather warms up so too does the calendar of events and festivals.

Whether you’re a thrill seeker, a foodie, a gardening enthusiast or just a lover of outdoor pursuits in the sunshine there’s a last-minute break away to suit.

Experience the thrill of skydiving at Spain’s first open-air skydiving simulator, Fly4Real in Malaga. Open from May 1, the wind tunnel experience packages start from €52.

Stay in the nearby village of Alora in this rustic lakeside one-bedroom traditional Spanish farmhouse with panoramic views over the turquoise El Chorro lakes.

Enjoy an adventure-filled break in the Andalusian countryside. Hike in the El Caminito Del Ray, once considered to be the most dangerous footpath in the world. A three-night break in Alora can be had from just €134 per person, with flights to Malaga (extra) from €60 return.

Head to the surfer’s paradise of Tarifa on the Atlantic coastline at the end of May for foodie heaven!

This traditional fishing village celebrates the annual bluefin tuna harvest with a tapas competition – Ruta del Atún – from 24 May to 2 June, where over 50 participating bars and restaurants compete to create the winning tapa. In all over 40,000 tapas will be served during the week-long event.

A steel statue skeleton of a Bluefin Tuna fish on a Spanish beach.

Stay in this well-appointed two-bedroom apartment with swimming pool just 50m from the beach and close to the town centre with its bohemian vibe. Three night stay from just €41 per person sharing, flights (extra) to Malaga.

The annual Cordoba “Patios” Festival sees the owners of private traditional Cordoba-style houses open up their courtyards to the public for visitors to enjoy and experience these hidden treasure floral oases.

Stay in a well-appointed two-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city, ideally located to visit the courtyards and other cultural attractions in the historic centre. Three nights’ accommodation from €143 per person (four sharing), flights to Malaga.

Benidorm Pink Weekend (26 May) is dedicated to all things pink, with four days/nights of parties, fun, picnics on the beach and fiestas.

Beautifully dressed dancers at the Benidorm Pink Weekend.

Stay in this two-bedroom apartment which amazing sea views with well-maintained gardens and communal pool.

Located just 100m from the Playa de Poniente beach along with shopping, dining and nightlife all close by. Three nights’ stay from €51 per person, flights (extra) to Alicante from €120 return.

For more visit www.spain-holiday.com.

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