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Offbeat City Breaks in Spain for a Great Holiday in 2011

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Alicante Holidays 2011
The fine sandy beaches are a true treat for the holidaymaker in you. From El Postiguet beach, one can take the lift up the Benacantil mountain for spectacular views of the city below. The palm-lined seaside promenade on the Calle de Explanada de Espana is a favourite haunt of the locals – check out the ice-creams while strolling along the sea waves. During summer months, this spot hosts free concerts on lazy Sunday mornings. A leisurely Sunday brunch can be had at Darsena – do try the local version of the famous seafood paella, called arroz a banda.

Cadiz Holidays 2011
The laidback port city in Andalucía offers breathtaking views of the mighty blue Atlantic. Cadiz is also gateway to the beautiful beaches of Costa de la Luz and a place which wakes up to life during the many fiestas that take place here.  One of the oldest watchtowers of the city is atop the Torre Tavira which lends breathtaking city views and a camera obscura that showcases panoramic images of Cadiz onto a screen through a projector. For the feel of typical town beach in this part of the world, head off to Playa de la Victoria. The local fish and vegetable markets are simply amazing with the conglomeration of myriad sights and sounds and smells. Check out coffee and churros at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen, or head off to Freiduria Las Flores for the best fried fish in town.

Girona Holidays 2011
For a slice of authentic Spanish life, head off for a relaxing holiday to the second main city of Catalonia – Girona. One of the most charming cities in Spain, Girona is often overshadowed by its popular cousin Barcelona. The magnificent gothic cathedral and the old Jewish ghetto are places worth a visit. Medieval villages and mountain treks add some more to do in your Things-to-Do list for this holiday. And if you want to spend some time in Girona as locals do, head off for the city’s very own La Rambla – a tree-fringed pedestrian street where one can stroll, do some shopping and drink mid-morning aperitifs. For a meal of traditional Catalan dishes, go to Cal Ros restaurant; worth tasting is the salt cod with olives and pistachios.

Salamanca Holidays 2011
An old university city beckons you with its beautiful baroque and Renaissance architecture, peppy student community and a vibrant nightlife. One could sit with a coffee in Plaza Mayor and watch life go by. Or head off to Valor for a typical Salamancan breakfast; must-haves include hot chocolate that is flavoured with cinnamon/ black pepper/ orange along with homemade churros.

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