In the north east of Spain in Catalonia you’ll find the ruggedly beautiful Costa Brava with its wild coastline and the Costa Dorada, famously known as the ‘Golden Coast’. Travel further down the east coast of Spain and you will find the gorgeous white sand beaches of the stunning Costa Blanca and the wonderful Costa de Almeria. The Costa del Sol and its famous resorts sit on the south coast of the country whilst the quieter Costa de la Luz is perhaps Spain’s best kept secret, looking out over the stunning Atlantic Ocean. Wherever you choose to holiday on the Spanish mainland, you’re guaranteed to have a holiday that will provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Holidays in Costa Brava are all about versatility. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is all about built-up holiday resorts like Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar. Yes there are these fabulous modern resorts that offer some of the finest holiday facilities in Europe, but the Costa Brava offers so much more. The coastline is diverse, and ranges from tourist beaches with a wide range of watersports and activities on offer to rugged rocky outcrops and quiet secret coves where you can get away from it all. The Costa Brava is home to some of Spain’s most spectacular countryside including the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Emporda, Catalonia’s beautiful natural park that is packed full of wildlife. Offering something for everyone, the Costa Brava makes a great choice for your holiday.
The Costa Dorada is known as the ‘Golden Coast’ and for good reason, its beaches are magnificent. You’ll find a host of unspoilt villages as well as some of the best holiday resorts that Europe has to offer on the Costa Dorada. Salut and La Pineda are the major tourist centres in the region and offer bars, restaurants and a host of other facilities to suit families, couples and friends of all ages. The historic city of Barcelona is close which enables you to enjoy all the attractions of this stunning city and for history buffs, the beautiful town Tarragona is a must-see, this ancient Roman city full of fantastically preserved ruins to view.
Perhaps the most famous holiday region of mainland Spain, the Costa Blanca is known for its resorts of Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja. As some of most well developed and modern resorts that Europe has to offer, they offer a fantastic holiday experience to couples, families and friends of all ages with their fabulous beaches, wide range of shops and restaurants and a variety of activities. But it’s also a great area to visit if you want a mixture of beach time with exploring the culture and history of the region. With a history that stretches back thousands of years encompassing the Ancient Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, you can explore a fascinating selection of landmarks and ruins. If you’re looking for a holiday that literally can offer everything, then you have to consider the Costa Blanca.
Costa de Almeria
With some of the best temperatures you’ll find in Spain, the Costa de Almeria in the wonderful Andalucian region of Spain is nestled into the southeast corner of the country, tucked between the Mediterranean Sea and the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. Developed later as a tourist region than some other parts of Spain, it can often feel a bit less ‘touristy’, and that makes it a great choice if you’re looking for a more relaxed holiday in Spain. The major tourist centre here is Roquetas de Mar, a beautiful seaside town that has a fantastic beach as well as sophisticated shopping malls and restaurants, but further afield you’ll find stunning countryside, arab fortresses and traditional Spanish villages. For a modern Spanish holiday that offers the flavour of real Spain, you cannot go wrong with a trip to the Costa de Almeria.
Costa del Sol
WIth soaring summer temperatures and a mild winter climate, the Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist areas of mainland Spain and with good reason. Stretching from the harbour city of Algeciras to the beautiful port of Almeria, the rugged coastline of the Costa del Sol is host to some of the best resorts on the Spanish mainland such as Marbella, Benalmadena and Torremolinos. The gateway to Andalucia, as well as the fabulous beaches of the modern tourist centres and the delightful little coves that are dotted along the coast, you’ll find a feast of other places to visit such as the beautiful whitewashed villages that are all across the region and the stunning cities of Seville and Granada.
Costa de la Luz
The Costa de la Luz sits on the western part of the Andalucian coastline and looks out over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. With some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find not just in Spain but in Europe, the sand on the Costa de la Luz tends to be both more golden and finer than in the neighbouring Costa del Sol. Many of the beaches are backed with sand dunes and pine trees, which along with the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic will make you want to return again and again. Modestly developed compared with other holiday resorts of mainland Spain, the area is particularly popular with holidaying Spaniards as well as visitors from across the world. The major tourist centres include Cadiz, Isla Canela, Islantilla and Rota, but as well as these delightful resorts you’ll find a host of beautiful countryside to explore in this wonderful part of Spain.
Wherever you decide to spend your holiday on the Spanish mainland, you’re sure to find somewhere to suit and have the holiday of a lifetime.