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Kick off the New Year with a trip to Spain

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Forget hitting the gym, taking up a new hobby or watching your diet and make getting it away from it all your number one New Year’s resolution. And, since Spain’s stunning coastlines are relatively quiet over the first few weeks and months of the year, there’s really no better place to enjoy the best possible start to 2014.


Indeed, not only do the top resorts on both the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca stay open year-round, they’re also just as committed to providing excellent customer service and an unforgettable holiday experience for a cut price in the winter as they are at the height of the summer season. What’s more, while the temperatures may drop, the sun will almost certainly still be shining, while the bars, restaurants and beaches will be bustling but not too busy.

Here are just a few of the best places to put your New Year’s resolution to start the year with a winter holiday in Spain into action:

Alicante: If you fancy starting 2014 with a trip to one of Europe’s most-exciting – and most-affordable – cities, then Alicante could be for you. Here you can find not just a vibrant nightlife, with bars selling tasty tapas and locally-produced wine and clubs staying open til the early hours of the morning, but you are also able to enjoy a fascinating insight into the history of this part of Spain.

For instance, the imposing Castle of Santa Barbara dates back to the Muslim occupation of large parts of Spain and was built in the ninth century, while the majestic boulevards of the Avienda Alfonso el Sabio and Rambla de Mendez give a decidedly more-Latin feel,  evoking a time when Spain’s empire stretched right across the globe.

Montes de Malaga: Just inland from the popular Costa de Sol, the Montes de Malaga mountain range is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Malaga and get back to nature. Even in winter, it boasts a huge number of walking and biking tracks and excellent wildlife-watching opportunities.

If you prefer to take it easy on your holidays, however, it’s also a great area to explore by hire car, with many of the small villages dotted throughout the mountain range serving up delicious traditional Andalusian food and drink.

Exploring the Costa Blanca’s small towns: The Costa Blanca is famed for its many quaint, typically-Spanish fishing villages, as well the many charming hill towns that can be found inland. However, in summer, the heat can be too much, making it hard to truly enjoy exploring this fascinating region.

Come the winter, however, and you will have the coves, famous white sands beaches, and fishing villages  almost all to yourself and, while the sun will be shining, the temperature will be cool and pleasant. Good places to check out include the Moorish town of Guadalest as well as the village of Villajoyosa, where little has changed for centuries. Both of these are easily-reached from most Costa Blanca hotels and resorts.

Winter golfing on the Costa del Sol: During the summer months, the Costa de Sol’s world-famous golf courses can get a little full with holidaymakers giving the sport a go. Come the winter, however, and it’s mainly only dedicated players taking to the fairways, meaning, if golf’s your thing, then a winter holiday could be perfect.

In particular, visit in the New Year and you’ll easily be able to get 18 holes at some of Europe’s best courses, including the Valderrama links at Sotogrande, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of some of the greats who played in the 1997 Ryder Cup here.

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