Coastal areas and beaches in Spain

You will love the coastal areas and beaches in Spain from Costa de la Luz, Costa del Sol to Costa Brava.

Costa de la Luz: Huelva & Cadiz.

The fine, sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz, in the shelter of pine woods, stretch in an arc from Ayamonte to Tarifa, from the mouth of the river Guadiana to the Straits of Gibraltar.

This is the coast of Western Andalusia, the coastline of the Provinces of Huelva and Cadiz, and ‘Gateway to America’ that has been cherished since the time of Tartessos, some 3,000 years ago, until today when people still keep coming in search of the mild climate, the originality of scenery, the elegance of its monuments, and the charm, wit and appeal of the Andalusian people.

The Costa de la Luz is comprised of sand and whitewash. Its rivers separate into arms before reaching the sea and both the land and the sea mix together in the muds flats, flood channels and saltworks. The name, Costa de la Luz, comes from the intensely bright light which helps to emphasize the neatness of the streets, the whitewash on the walls, the golden hues of the sand dunes and the silvery reflection of the sea, the only greyish tone to be found in this land predominated by colours.

Moving inland we encounter a great variety of different sceneries. There are wild mountain ranges, fertile farmlands, pasturelands where fierce bulls graze, vineyards famed throughout the world and hidden-away towns where time passes at a lingering pace. Springtime is an explosion of flowers, popular festivals and festivities held at local shrines. Wintertime -being cool and sunny- helps attract millions of birds to the area.

Costa del Sol: Granada, Malaga and Cadiz.

The Costa del Sol includes about 300 km of the Spanish Mediterranean Coast belonging to the Provinces of Granada, Malaga and Cadiz. Recently, the Granada Province coastline was redesignated as the Costa Tropical.

It is protected from the northern winds by a mountain chain which sometimes reaches down to the edge of the sea. This privileged coast consists of a series of large beaches, coves half-hidden among cliffs, sports harbours and fishing grounds. The mild climate, scant rainfall and the sea breeze produce a semitropical vegetation with frequent palm-trees, cypresses, oleander and hibiscus.

The proximity of very different countryside – mountains, valleys full of orchards and the sea – is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of this coast, which has all the attractive features of the Mediterranean scenery and culture.

Costa de Almeria: Almeria.

The province of Almeria is situated in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, on the shores of the Mediterranean. It covers an area of 8,774km2 and comprises a great many geographic contrasts, including long beaches with small coves, desert areas and others with a varied vegetation, and high mountains with extensive plains. The passing of time has also had a treat influence on the landscape.

In Almeria it is therefore possible to find modern and bustling tourist centres as well as those natural areas where man has scarcely left his mark. Almeria enjoys a warm and dry Mediterranean climate, with little rain and a large number of hours of sun per year (more than 3,000 hours).

The temperatures throughout the year are mild reaching no lower than an average of 13º C in winter, and no more than an average of 25º C in summer. This mild climate allows the visitor to enjoy all the possibilities available within the province at any time of the year.

Costa Calida: Murcia.

The Costa Calida is not just the Mar Menor, or Aguilas, or Mazarron or any of its other summer resort areas. It is also that long section of the Spanish coast where the rugged landscape of the mountains extends its deserted tranquillity to the sea’s edge.

It is also a horizon of oleander, prickly pears and wild palmetto and the occasional watchtower in ruins which reminds us of the danger of pirates who sailed to these shores many years ago to fill up their ships with booty. The squawking of the seagulls and the humming of the cicadas are sometimes the only sounds to disturb this bright atmosphere.

Costa Blanca: Alicante.

The Costa Blanca or White Coast, which extends along that section of the Mediterranean coast which corresponds to the province of Alicante, is made up of two clearly differentiated scenic sectors. To the North, a curtain of mountains runs parallel to the sea, descending at times to form cliffs; to the South, a vast plain of sand patches, palm trees and salt deposits make up the backdrop for the beaches.

The traveller can choose any of the corners of this coast, from the most bustling and cosmopolitan to those which still maintain their rural air beside the sea. In any case, the trip to the nearby regions is well worth the venture for they make up a fine representation of the typical Mediterranean countryside. From the valleys, which are covered with stepped orchards and keep alive its Moorish past, to the palm trees of unmistakable African origin, the horizons of the Costa Blanca offer the most varied attractions.

Costa del Azahar: Castellon.

Castellon lies on the Mediterranean coast and is the most northern of the provinces that form the Community of Valencia. The Costa del Azahar is an area of great contrasts, as any traveller who heads there in search of something more than the typical tourist attactions will soon find out. Some of these contrasts are a direct result of the typical geographic phenomena.

Although the capital of the province is known as Castellon de la Plana, the province as a whole is more mountainous than flat. In addition, as opposed to the coastline, which takes the form of an endless carpet of creenery with orange plantations interwined, the inland landscape is of a more rugged and wild nature.

There are areas steeped in history and full of fine monuments, as well as extraordinarily beautiful sites which, luckily, have not been spoilt by the hand of man and which are the same today as they were many hundreds of years ago.

Costa Dorada: South Catalonia.

The colour of gold -soft, warm and bright- is predominant alone, the marine littoral in the southern part of Catalonia and has rightly given it the name of Costa Dorada (Golden Coast).

The golden hue acquired by the fine sands of its beaches is due to their facing southeast as well as the intensity of the sun’s rays. The situation of the beaches, open to the sun, provides them with the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day during each of the seasons of the year. Add to this the protection offered by the nearby mountain range just off the coast and a benign and stable climate is assured all year round. The beaches are huge, with abundant fine sand sinking into the sea in a soft slope, allowing ample areas for safely going into the water.

This type of beaches, along with the numerous apartments for rent, make the Costa Dorada a choice area for family holidays, very appropriate for children and elderly persons and suited to those seeking peace and quietness.

Costa Brava: Girona.

The Costa Brava, geographically bound by the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees, is a name which has become classical and refers to the coast of the Province of Girona including the regions of Alt Emporda, Baix Emporda and Selva of Catalonia (Catalunya).

Nature, climate and history seem to be rivals in the creation of a strangely attractive environment, hard to grasp, but captivating. Against the blue, green and navy blue of the sea, there is the exuberant contrast of the vegetation, which reaches down to the very edge of the sea or sometimes climbs the steep cliffs, while on other occasions it comes close to the beaches, casting a green light on the fine golden sands which stand out from the ochre-coloured surroundings further inland.

The main role of the scenery is supported by an annual mean temperature of 16ºC with moderate rainfall and 2500 hours of sunshine a year illuminating the traces of history and art which point to a remarkable past and are only the visible shapes of a reality with a hidden heartbeat that needs discovering.