You’ve always felt an affinity for balmy Mediterranean nights, quaint side street cafes, tapas bars and the breath-taking works of Gaudi.

All the way through the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, you wanted to be Vicky and then Cristina or whoever was engaged in a love affair with Spain, and as a bonus, Javier Bardem. And when you imagine the holiday resorts in Spain and Europe you think of a place where it’s permissible to do nothing but take in the sun, drink half pints of icy beer, and continually eat small plates of deliciousness.

So you’ve narrowed down your European options to the right country, but each Spanish region offers something different. So how do you decide which of the holiday resorts in Spain is best for you? To take away the burden of choice we’ve narrowed down the bunch to some regional favourites:  

For something a little swanky consider Llafranc

If you’re looking for the French Riviera in Spain, Llafranc might please you. A coastal walk from Calella leads visitors to a gorgeous beach by the marina boasting fancy yachts and a well-to-do crowd. The beach gets unfortunately busy in August and the prices can be steep but the people-watching is superb.

If a charming village with a rich heritage is up your street, how about Cadaques?

Once the holiday choice of Salvador Dali, nowadays Cadaques welcomes visitors to a whitewashed village dotted with colourful fishing boats. Like many of the holiday resorts in Spain the trendy destination gets crowded in the summer – tourists outnumber locals 10 to 1 – but out of season the town delights. There is a lovely Dali museum to explore, jazz cafes and a number of family-run hotels, but if you’re looking for a beach holiday Cadaques isn’t for you. Its tiny stone-filled beaches are a peripheral pleasure rather than the main event.

If the fisherman’s life is secretly for you, you’ll love Calella de Palafrugell

Got a soft spot for fishing villages? Then Calella is ideal. Its seven sandy beaches are sprinkled with working fisherman and the town is a flurry of charming restaurants, bars and boutiques, and on a Sunday the town centre springs to life with a lively market.  Package hotel deals are available and nearby the village, family-friendly attractions like go-karting and crazy golf will please kids.

For sun worshippers and cocktail appreciators, a little Calpe is top notch

Of all of Spain’s 5000 miles of coastline, the stretch known as the Costa Blanca is something special. Strips of white gold sand lounge beside an emerald-coloured sea. It’s in the middle of this stretch that Calpe is located. Calpe is a beach paradise that’s escaped the overdevelopment of Costa Blanca south while avoiding the exorbitant prices further north. And with first class beach resorts like AR Diamante Beach on offer, Calpe offers all one might need for a decadently comforting escape.

After visiting the hotel, the mere thought of ‘luxury hotels Costa Blanca’ is bound to conjure up memories of AR Diamante Beach. Beyond views for days and gorgeously sophisticated rooms, the cutting-edge spa is reason alone to make a reservation, however the delicious in-house restaurant doesn’t hurt either.

For more information about holiday resorts in Spain and luxury hotels Costa Blanca, contact AR-hotels, specialists in the finest accommodation and hospitality in Calpe.