Dear Travel Agony Aunt, We are travelling to Europe for three weeks in July with our three children ages 20, 18, 14. We are trying to choose between Italy and Spain for the last 8 days. Near the water, nightlife for the older ones (and us a bit) and swimming and watersports for all of us. Any suggestions? We have come up with Tossa de Mar in Spain and then Barcelona. Or Santa Margherita in Italy followed by Florence. Price is a consideration. Help.
Sue, from Asutralia
If what you are looking for is swimming, watersports, fun and nightlife for all the family, I’d say Spain is the ideal choice for you, taking into account that it will be easier to find budget accommodation, as well as affordable prices for nightlife, eating and car rental.
As you said, one of the places worth-visiting is Tossa de Mar, where you will find family-friendly hotels with halfboard formula that will surely fulfill your needs. Tossa de Mar is also home of stunning beaches offering a lot of watersports such as canoeing, waterskiing, scuba diving and boat diving. In Cala Llevadó beach, a family activity program is also available.
Lloret de Mar could also be good for all the family. Lloret is famous for its nightlife and blue-flagged beaches with pedalos, waterski and jetski activities. From Lloret de Mar, you can easily get to both Tossa de Mar and Malgrat de Mar by car or by bus for a day out.
Salou is another spot to consider. This beautiful town southwards from Barcelona, offers large beaches, a lot of bars, cafés, pubs and discos. The ruta del cava (Sparkling Catalan wine route) is also one of the activities to do in the vicinities. PortAventura theme-park can provide at least two funny days to all of the family. Aqua park and the go-cart track, both located in the nearby La Pineda, where you can also find famous Pacha disco.
Photo courtesy of PortAventura Hotel El Paso, Salou, Spain.