The Costa Brava extends to 132 miles from the French border all the way to Blanes, just north of Barcelona. The area nearer the French border is characterised by an undulating terrain, with many delightful coves and cliffs that fall steeply down to the Mediterranean Sea. Girona is the capital of The Costa Brava and it is a city of many contrasts. Then within the old city walls more modern buildings mix with ancient churches, cathedrals, Moorish baths, museums and the splendidly preserved Jewish quarter. Shops, boutiques, restaurants and fashionable cafes abound. There is a balmy climate, beautiful landscape and excellent beaches. Several areas of The Costa Brava have been developed as popular tourist destinations. There are a number of holiday resorts with apartment complexes in the many seaside towns such as Blanes, Tossa de Mar or Lloret. But there are also other hidden parts of The Costa Brava that still remain untouched by tourist developments, where the landscape is dominated by traditional fishing towns and villages.
The Costa Dorada stretches from Barcelona encompassing the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, running 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 and coastal fishing villages. There are many popular tourist resorts alongside the areas many beaches, with their fine golden sands and clear shallow waters. Cambrils, Salou and Sitges have long now being the most popular tourist resorts. Each has their own ambience, ranging from the modern resort with a wide range of tourist attractions, to a quiet seaside town with charming narrow streets. Lined with their historic buildings and typical tapas bars. Inland then you can explore medieval monasteries and castles, walk the many rugged mountain paths or visit nature reserves like the delta of the River Ebro. The Costa Dorada is famous for golf with 5 functioning courses, while families with children can enjoy a day out at the famous Portaventura theme park
The Costa de Azahar is in the province of Castellon and with a 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 other well known name, The Orange Blossom Coast. With miles of clean white sandy beaches, interspersed with hidden coves and cloaked in pine forests, the waters off the Costa de Azahar are also perfect for diving. While the region’s protected parks and nature reserves provide plenty of scope for those who enjoy the many 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 very fine sandy beach. Oropesa del Mar is somewhat quieter, although it also enjoys an established and modern tourist infrastructure.
The Costa Valencia stretches all along from the Costa del Azahar in the north and right down to The Costa Blanca in the south. Including miles of golden sandy beaches and beautiful scenic bays. These crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean provide plenty of opportunities for aquatic sports, while the whole area’s climate and interesting geography lend themselves to many other traditional sporting activities. Such as walking, paragliding, cycling, canoeing or playing golf. Valencia is the regional capital and is also Spain’s third largest city. Boasting many modern cultural and historical sites especially its City of the Arts and Sciences along with many fine museums, exhibitions and art galleries. The local cuisine is really outstanding and the nightlife is both unique and memorable. Valencia has a really well developed tourist infrastructure and many excellent blue flag beaches. All combined with it’s warm, friendly and very welcoming environment. Making Valencia one of Spain’s most exciting and popular destinations to chose to reside in.
The Costa Blanca North extends from Oliva/Denia in the north down to Alicante, the third and most southerly of the provinces of the Community of Valencia. The coastline from Denia and Alicante is most beautiful and picturesque, with many mountains rolling down to dramatic coastlines. 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 with many cafes and restaurants alongside the many fishing ports with their expansive sandy beaches. Dotted with many beach bars during the summer. The countryside here is also famous for wine making, and many ancient vineyards can still be seen lining the hills and valleys. Lots of activities to enjoy here from swimming, sailing, diving to hill walking, cycling or just getting in a leisurely game of golf on one of the many excellent courses. Or just relax and enjoy the scenery while partaking of the local cuisine and wine. Costa Blanca North tends to have fewer but more luxurious properties.
The Costa Blanca South extends from Alicante down to Pilar de la Horadada, just before The Costa Calida. Generally flatter than the Costa Blanca North, this area lends itself to walking and cycling, so making it very popular for both young families and the elderly. With towns like Santa Pola, Guardamar, La Mata, Torrevieja and many facilities and services to hand. Costa Blanca’s best beaches tend to be always just a stones throw away. While inland from the coast are the towns of Rojales, Montesinos, San Miguel, Ciudad Quesada and La Marina. Here you will always enjoy the best of both worlds, taking part in the typical Spanish way of life but also 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 the Costa Blanca South while also cultural centres include the cities of Elche and Orihuela. You will tend to find larger urbanizations of townhouses and apartments, close to both services and the beach. In addition to many shopping facilities located nearby.
The Costa Calida extends some 155 miles from the beach at El Mojon, on the border with Alicante, to Carolina beach in Aguilas, which is 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 length strip of sand. Due to its shallow depth and calm waters the Mar Menor is extremely popular for families with young children. It’s great location also offers near perfect conditions for those that enjoy sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. For golf lovers The Costa Calida is also fast becoming an alternative to the Costa del Sol as a year round golfing destination. There are many newly built golf resorts offering championship standard signature designed golf courses, luxurious accommodation and other leisure facilities close to hand.
The Costa Almería is one of the sunniest areas in the whole of Europe with around 3000 hours of sun a year. Average annual temperature here is 18/19ºC, and during wintertime the water off the coast is much warmer than the air temperature. This encourages many people to take a dip in the clear blue seas, even at this time of year. The wonderful climate in Almeria is subtropical Mediterranean, warm and dry. This area’s most defining features are its bright cloudless skies with nice towns including Vera, Albox and Garrucha. While Mojácar is a beautifully quaint and Moorish mountain village that just has to be explored. The mild climate in The Costa Almeria has made it a popular destination with many tourists all year around allowing visitors to enjoy the beaches, sports and outdoor activities. Enjoy cultural trips to historic and artistic heritage sites, with the fascinating scenic countryside and it’s unique caves. Then there is Almeria city itself, with many fine historic buildings and features, making it an ideal place to spend some time exploring the many sights.
The Costa Tropical begins around the Almería Coast and then runs as far as Malaga East, with many attractions for an excellent holiday. An ideal location near the Sierra Nevada Mountains with the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, protect this coastline from any cold winds from the north. A sub-tropical micro climate here with 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of around 20º C making it possible to grow tropical fruits on the lush fertile plains. Cliffs, coves and broad beaches make up the unique 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 and horse riding. Meanwhile the Sierra Nevada mountains with an altitude of 3,400 m, are just 40 km inland from the coast. Making Granada and The Costa Tropical the perfect place for alpine skiing and mountaineering in winter. And of course sun holidays in Summer!
The Costa del Sol extends all along the coast of the province of Malaga, one of the eight provinces of Andalusia From the towns of Nerja in the east over to Estepona in the west. The area once consisted solely of traditional whitewashed Andalusian villages, dotted along the coast and inland against the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. 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 grown 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 famous for the town of Marbella, renowned for being a playground of the super rich. Bringing to mind resorts like 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 city of Malaga itself.
The Costa de la Luz offers you miles of beaches unspoilt by development, extending west from Ayamonte along the Straits of Gibraltar towards Huelva, Seville and Portugal. A scarcity of holiday resorts and high density developments, means that this part of Spain has managed to avoid the kind of mass tourism that has unfortunately spoilt many 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 culinary experience. This is also 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 normally consists of small tasteful coastal developments and golf resorts. Combining some well designed low rise apartments, townhouses and the occasional villa.