The Costa Brava extends to 132 miles from the French border all the way to Blanes, just north of Barcelona. The area nearest the French border is characterised by it’s undulating terrain, with delightful coves and cliffs that fall steeply down to the Mediterranean Sea. Girona is the capital of The Costa Brava and a city of many contrasts. Within the old city walls modern buildings mix with ancient churches, cathedrals, Moorish baths, museums and the splendidly preserved Jewish quarter. Shops, boutiques and fashionable cafes abound. A balmy climate, beautiful landscape, excellent beaches and several areas of The Costa Brava have been developed as popular tourist destinations. There are a large number of holiday resorts with apartment complexes in the many seaside towns such as Blanes, Tossa de Mar or Lloret. But there are other parts of this coast that remain relatively untouched by tourist developments, where the landscape is dominated by traditional fishing towns and villages.
The Costa Dorada is a stretch of coastline from Barcelona that encompasses the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, and runs 57 miles from Cunit in the north to Alcanar in the south. A narrow strip of land lying between the mountains and the sea, The Costa Dorada is burgeoning with peaceful agricultural towns, coastal fishing villages and popular tourist resorts located alongside the area’s many beaches, with their fine golden sands and clear shallow waters. Cambrils, Salou and Sitges are among the most popular tourist resorts, each with its own contrasting ambience, ranging from a modern resort with a wide range of tourist attractions, to a quiet seaside town with charming, narrow streets, lined with historic buildings and the typical tapas bars. Inland you can explore the medieval monasteries and castles, enjoy breathtaking landscapes, walk the rugged mountain paths, or visit nature reserves, such as the unique delta of the River Ebro. The Costa Dorada is also famous for its golf, with 5 functioning courses in the area, while families with children can also enjoy a day out at the famous Portaventura theme park
The Balearic Islands lie off the east coast of mainland Spain and are best known for their four principal islands, each of outstanding natural beauty. With an excellent climate, near perfect beaches and a heady contrast between island serenity and frenzied partying, The Balearic Islands are long now one of Spain’s favourite holiday destinations.
Mallorca is the largest of the islands, combining a little of everything. Its capital Palma is one of the most beguiling of Spain’s small cities and teeming with chic bars, restaurants and discos. Apart from the party scene, Mallorca can also boast a stunning landscape with rugged mountains sloping down to a dramatic coastline of unspoiled sandy coves surrounded by rocky cliffs.
Ibiza is world renowned for its club scene, attracting millions of party-goers each year. The island with its historic Ibiza Town is home to many world famous discos and clubs. This island however in the north is markedly serene, with pine forests and fertile plains interspersed with sleepy villages and almond groves.
Menorca is a haven of peace best known for its isolated picture-postcard beaches and coves. Here development has been shunned as is evident from the sheer natural beauty of its pine forests and jagged coastline. The islands two main towns are Mahon and Ciutadella, and are attractive old port towns with picturesque marinas and narrow streets Plus a wealth of discreet bars and restaurants.
Formentera at only 12 miles long is a true island in the sense that it can only be reached by boat. The spectacular beaches with their crystalline waters, and the absence of any bustling holiday resorts make this a real haven for those seeking stillness and tranquillity
The Costa de Azahar is the province of Castellon 74 mile stretch of coast, running from Vinaròs down to Almenara. This is one of Spain’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions offering incredible expansive beaches, beautiful towns and lush countryside, teeming with the orange and lemon groves from which it takes its name. With miles of white sandy beaches, interspersed with hidden coves and cloaked in pine forests. The waters off the Costa de Azahar are perfect for diving, while the region’s protected parks and nature reserves provide plenty of scope for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits and rural tourism. Its capital, Castellon de la Plana is the most popular resort, while Peníscola, Benicàssim and Burriana are other well known seaside towns. Peniscola is the leading beach holiday resort, offering a multitude of facilities and a fine sandy beach. Oropesa del Mar is quieter, although it also enjoys an established, modern tourist infrastructure.
The Costa Valencia stretches from the Costa del Azahar in the north to The Costa Blanca in the south, and includes miles of golden sandy beaches and beautiful bays. The crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean provide plenty of opportunities for aquatic sports, while the area’s climate and geography lend themselves to other traditional sporting activities, such as walking, paragliding, canoeing or golf. Valencia is the regional capital and Spain’s third largest city. Boasting many modern cultural and historical sites especially its City of the Arts and Sciences along with many museums, exhibitions and art galleries. Local cuisine is outstanding and the nightlife is unique. Valencia has a well-developed tourist infrastructure and excellent beaches combined with a warm, friendly and welcoming environment, making it one of Spain’s most popular destinations.
The Costa Blanca North extends from Oliva/Denia in the north to Alicante, the third and most southerly of the provinces of the Community of Valencia. The coastline between Denia and Alicante is most beautiful and picturesque, with many mountains rolling down to dramatic coastlines. Pine forests, small coves and wide bays frame some of Europe’s most outstanding blue-flag beaches. Fishing towns like Javea, Moraira, Calpe and Altea are along this part of the coast and offer a relaxed, laid-back Spanish lifestyle. A cosmopolitan feel, cafes and restaurants alongside the many fishing ports with expansive sandy beaches dotted with beach bars during the summer. The countryside here is also famous for winemaking, and ancient vineyards can be seen lining the hills and valleys. Lots of activities to enjoy here from swimming, sailing, diving to hill walking, cycling or getting in a game of golf on one of the courses. Or just relax and enjoy the scenery while partaking of the local cuisine and wine. Costa Blanca North tends to be more residential with fewer properties. You are likely here to find villas on their own plots of land, and smaller urbanizations of apartments and townhouses overlooking the sea.
The Costa Blanca South extends from Alicante down as far as Pilar de la Horadada, just before The Costa Calida. Generally flatter than the Costa Blanca North, this area lends itself more to walking and cycling, and makes it very popular for both young families and the elderly. With tourist towns such as Santa Pola, Guardamar, La Mata, Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa, and many facilities and services to hand. Costa Blanca’s best beaches tend to be just a stones throw away. Inland from the coast are the towns of Rojales, Montesinos, San Miguel, Ciudad Quesada and La Marina. Here you enjoy the best of both worlds, taking part in a typical Spanish way of life just a few minutes away from the bustling coastal towns. Citrus fruits and plantations of palm trees are the hallmark of the inland areas of this part of the Costa Blanca South while cultural centres include the city of Elche and Orihuela. You tend to find larger urbanizations of townhouses and apartments, close to both services and the beach. Inland are more villas, located on their own plots of land and country style houses.
The Costa Calida extends some 155 miles from the beach at El Mojon, on the border with Alicante, to Carolina beach in Aguilas, a few miles from the province of Almeria. The coastline of Murcia is blessed with 315 days of sunshine a year and average temperatures of 17ºC. Towns here include Los Alcazares, Lo Pagan and San Javier. One of the main tourist centres on The Costa Calida is the Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon of over 83 square miles, separated from the Mediterranean by a 24 km wide strip of sand. Due to its shallow depth and calm waters the Mar Menor is extremely popular for families with young children. And it’s location also offers near perfect conditions for those that enjoy sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. For golf lovers The Costa Calida is fast becoming a serious alternative to the Costa del Sol as a golfing destination. With many newly built resorts offering championship standard signature designed golf courses, luxurious accommodation and lots of other facilities
The Costa Almería is one of the sunniest areas in the whole of Europe with around 3000 hours of sun a year. The average annual temperature is 18/19ºC, and in winter the water off the coast is warmer than the air temperature, which encourages many people to take a dip at this time of year. The climate in Almeria is subtropical, Mediterranean, warm and dry. This area’s most defining feature is its bright, cloudless skies and towns include Vera, Albox and Garrucha. The mild climate The Costa Almeria has made it a popular destination with tourists all year around, allowing visitors to enjoy beaches, sports and outdoor activities, as well as cultural trips to historic and artistic heritage sites, the fascinating scenery, countryside and caves.
The Costa Tropical begins around the Almería Coast and runs as far as Malaga East, with many attractions for an excellent holiday. Its location near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, protect this coastline from cold winds from the north. A sub-tropical microclimate, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of around 20º C, make possible to grow tropical fruits on the lush fertile plains. Cliffs, coves and broad beaches make up the landscape of this stretch of coast. There are five main centres on The Costa Tropical. Almuñécar, Salobreña, Motril, Castell de Ferro and La Rábita. All are ideal for a number of sports including windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, water skiing, golf, tennis, squash, horse riding, etc. Sierra Nevada Mountains at an altitude of 3,400 m, just 40 km from the coast, are the perfect place for alpine skiing and mountaineering
The Costa del Sol extends along the coastline of the province of Malaga, one of the eight provinces of Andalusia, from the towns of Nerja in the east to Estepona in the west, lying between the lesser-known Costa Tropical and Costa de la Luz. This area once consisted solely of traditional whitewashed Andalusian villages, dotted along the coast and inland, against the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. The city of Malaga and the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, San Pedro de Alcantara, Estepona and Marbella are all on this coastline. The area was first discovered in the 1960´s and has since developed to become a key international tourism destination, not only because of its beautiful beaches and myriad golf courses, but also due to its heritage and infrastructure. The Costa del Sol area is most famous for the town of Marbella, renowned for being the playground of the super rich, and brings to mind such resorts as Puerto Banus and the Golden Mile. But The Costa del Sol has much more to offer, including a host of world class golf courses, wide sandy beaches, national parks, ski resorts and the cultural centre of Malaga, with its own particular heritage.
The Costa de la Luz offers miles of beaches unspoilt by development, extending west from Ayamonte along the Straits of Gibraltar towards Huelva, Seville and Portugal. The scarcity of holiday resorts, or high density developments, has meant that this part of Spain has managed to avoid the mass-tourism that has spoilt some other parts of the Spanish coastline. As a result the local shops, bars and restaurants very much cater to the national market, allowing any foreign visitors to the area to savour a truly Spanish experience. This is an area that is renowned throughout the world for its golf, with 33 functioning courses. The area benefits from a well established infrastructure, featuring a major road network, train links and the recently extended Malaga airport. Property development that has taken place here consists of small, tasteful coastal developments and golf resorts, combining low-rise apartments, townhouses and the occasional villa.
The Canary Islands are a magical chain of paradise like islands, jutting out from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Just 67 miles from the coast of Africa they enjoy a wonderful climate of year round clear blue skies and mild temperatures.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canaries, and also the longest and best established tourist destination. The nature reserves and rural parks of El Teide, Anaga and Teno draw huge numbers of visitors, and marine sports such as sailing, kite surfing and diving abound. Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are the busiest tourist hubs, while Costa Adeje is quieter and far more relaxed.
Gran Canaria, a miniature continent of vivid contrasts, bursting with stunning landscapes and scenery. Offering lively tourist resorts such as Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas or Puerto Rico and attracting visitors from Northern Europe all year round. Off the coast of Africa, it enjoys endless sunny days and perfect temperatures in which to enjoy the 500 plus beaches that dot its coastline. A climate also perfect for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, trekking and many other marine sports. Those seeking a more relaxed time will find many small coastal towns such as Puerto de Mogan, which are perfect for their quiet laidback scene.
La Palma, or the beautiful Island lies on the less populated western edges of the Canaries. Lush green landscape and unspoilt natural resources attract eco-travellers from around the world. Endless and cloudless skies make it one of the best places in the northern hemisphere for stargazing.
Fuerteventura lies on the eastern edges of the The Canary Islands and is far more relaxed and serene than its larger neighbours. Hills and plains stretch down to over 150 glorious beaches of white or black sand, which can be explored while swimming, snorkelling or kayaking.
Lanzarote is the 4th largest of the Canaries and being 80 miles from Africa, is the most easterly of these islands. Lanzarote is famous for its black sandy beaches and its stark pink, purple and ochre tinged volcanic outcrops. An island of vivid contrasts offering quaint fishing towns and villages, beside tourist hotspots such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen.