Five Places in Spain You Have to Visit This Year

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Jet2.com announce reduced flight prices to nine Spanish destinations as 2011 looks set to be a busy year for the country

Jet2.com announce reduced flight prices to nine Spanish destinations as 2011 looks set to be a busy year for the country

Predictions are suggesting that Spain is back in favour with British tourists and, according to a report by the Post Office, it offers the best value for money on holiday essentials.

The popular destination beat the likes of Portugal, Italy and emerging Croatia to top spot. One of the other reasons that Spain is basking in a surge of popularity is because of a range of events and attractions well worth visiting this year.

Both mainland Spain and the popular Canary and Balearic Islands offer some memorable events and places to see.

Malaga Renaissance Underway

For so often anyone arriving in Malaga for a holiday will only notice its beauty through the window of the bus or taxi. This is because most people are heading off to the party resorts of the Costa Del Sol.

However, the city is making a comeback as a holiday destination in its own right. Earlier this year the Picasso Museum went through a refurbishment that saw many of the paintings, sculptures and drawings reorganised. Now the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is set to inject further culture into the city.

Whilst many of the more established cities initially spring to mind, Malaga shouldn’t be overlooked when looking for a cultural break.

Majorca Keeps Rocking

Last year was the inaugural Majorca Rocks which launched to a lot of fanfare. Having got the first one out of the way, the organisers have been busy making this year’s bigger and better.

Expect more big names like Plan B to bring in the crowds. It is a great way to ensure that any party animals don’t miss out on the action this summer.

Throw Tomatoes at Strangers

You’d probably get some funny looks and possibly a few angry responses if you did this on any normal day but 31 August 2011 in Bunol, near Valencia, is no normal day. This is the day when La Tomatina comes to town.

Locals and visitors alike will gather and wait as tonnes of tomatoes are unleashed, ready to be hurled at the crowds. It’s a messy day so don’t wear your best garb, but it’s a day well worth experiencing!

Michelin Starred Cuisine in Valencia

Often over-shadowed by its more ostentatious neighbour, Barcelona, Valencia offers many unexpected treats for visitors travelling through or staying in the city.

The Arrop seafood restaurant has seen a Michelin star awarded to its chef Ricard Camarena in 2010, meaning there are now six Michelin starred restaurants in Valenica. This should certainly appeal to any foodies.

The Quiet New Canary Island of La Graciosa

No longer are Canary Island holidays all about Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote. La Graciosa is attracting plenty of visitors to its relaxing and more sedate way of life. There are only 600 residents on the island that has soft golden sand beaches, whitewashed houses and absolutely no cars.

Jet2.com are now offering cheap flights to all of their Spanish destinations at a reduced summer price, giving you more chances to visit more of Spain.

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