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23rd May 2011

Valued Customer,

With the winter months finally drawing to a close, the time has come to welcome the warmer weather, longer days and shorter nights with an escape to the sun soaked beaches and vibrant city streets of Spain. Whether you plan to visit Barcelona, Madrid, the shores of the Canary Islands or beautiful Mallorca, we have suggestions and Hotel recommendations to make the most of your escape.


Spain
Spain in summer guarantees gorgeous sunshine, sizzling temperatures and spectacular beaches, the perfect weather and location to shake off the winter months.

Spain offers an exceptional array of entertainment, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, you will find these in abundance in larger cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and the Costa del Sol to name just a few.

Venture out in the evenings for tapas where you will encounter the open and friendly nature of the Spaniards, dance to the beats of top international DJs, whatever your preference the cities of Spain will offer you a wonderful array of choice which is what makes Spain's nightlife so incredibly special, go and discover them for yourself today.

Madrid
Madrid is Spain’s capital city which combines modern infrastructure with a large cultural and artistic heritage rich in history, culture and colour which makes this cosmopolitan city such a must see destination.

Literally located in the middle of Spain, Madrid offers endless attractions, for art lovers the “Museo del Prado” a phenomenal structure with some of Europe’s highest regarded artworks and the El Reina Sofia Art Museum.

The Royal Palace is the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain however part of it is kept open to the public, the courtyard displays fantastic views of the city and countryside through ancient aquaducts that line the clifftops.

If you’re looking for cultural nightlife earlier in the evening, you can catch the ballet or opera at the historical Teatro Real and of course no Madrid holiday would be complete without a night out enjoying tapas, drinks and of course, music.

Barcelona
Barcelona is known as the new-age arts and cultural centre of Spain, located on the Mediterranean coast enjoying a Mediterranean climate. Although any time of year is superb for visiting this idyllic location, the most popular months are April, May and mid-September when the humidity and temperatures are comfortable for sightseeing.

Stroll along the beachfront boulevards, bike tours around the city streets, or enjoy the smells and sample the tastes of the food markets, head to the contemporary art museum, or dance the night away in one of the popular clubs in town.

Some of the very best attractions include the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, antique shops, boutiques and flea markets, Park Guell, Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas (a one-mile stretch boulevard full of people, colour and sounds.

Sports Events
Numerous sporting events are programmed throughout the next three months across the country.

In May, Barcelona is home of the Spanish Golf Open and the Formula 1 Grand Prix while Lanzarote will hold The Canary Islands Ironman Triathlon. In June, those who love cycling, will have their best chance to take part in an exciting race called "Quebrantahuesos” in Huesca.

In Valencia, one of the most spectacular Formula 1 races is taking place also in June. In July, for all fans of sailing the S.M. La Reina (The Queen) Regatta in Valencia is the best show you can see.
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Mallorca, Spain
luxurious four star property, superbly located in the centre of Mallorca, the largest city of the Balearic Islands. It boasts some magnificent sea and coastal views of the regions many golden beaches.
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