If you have ever been on a Spanish holiday you may have noticed the way the locals set themselves up for a day at the beach. If you want to enjoy it like a local you are going to need to get the kit sorted.
The kit usually comprises of paraphernalia such as
- Tent or Canopy
- A few iceboxes or portable coolers
- Inflatable lilos, chair or even a crocodile.
- A full range of Suncream
- Buckets and spades
- Plenty of homemade food, a variety of snacks and lots of chilled drinks. (e.g Spanish omelette, watermelon..)
Some families take a whole watermelon with them for dessert. As soon as they arrive they bury it in the sand at the water’s edge. By 2pm it´s chilled and everyone can enjoy a slice of fresh fruit after lunch.
No wonder that when you get to the beach with a standard beach bag you may think you are under prepared. Armed with a towel, a book and single bottle of sun cream you´ll get a feeling you left something behind.
The reason behind all this kit is that locals spend many days at the beach. Remember that Spanish children finish school mid-June and don´t return until mid-September. So famillies basically decamp from home to the beach for weeks on end. They are well prepared to make the most of these sunny days with the children.
Some families in Spain are lucky enough to have a second home on the coast. Allowing them to swap their city or inland home to family resort for the summer months.
If you aren´t Spanish the next best thing is to choose one of the Eurocamp resorts in Spain and do summer like a local. Many of the options have great outdoor spaces and good facilities for all the family.
Holiday Resorts the locals love
This Northern Coastline of Spain is a stunning location. In the Cantabrian province this Nature Reserve called Noja balances the perfect beach holiday alongside nature. Mountain trails of the Picos de Europa are great for those looking for outdoor activities and there are also lots of kayaking activities too. With a town just 1km away you can also try the best of local food in the restaurants there.
This Coastline in Southern Catalonia boasts 200kms of beaches. Resorts here offer a range of water sports and several golf courses too. Port Aventura theme park will be a favourite with the children. Salou and Cambrils are popualr resorts and a good family day out anytime in the year. Along the Costa Dorada there are some vineyards worth visiting. Yet another attraction for wine lovers.
The area of Levante is well known for its local rice dishes; Fideua Paella and Black rice. Both the gastronomy and beaches make these destinations popular with sunseekers. Jávea, Altea and Benidorm are just a few of the resorts on this coastline. Costa Blanca has beautiful transparent water and hidden coves.
Valencia makes a great day out in the city too. Lots of cultural activities, good shopping and of course the popular City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.