Spain is a vast, varied country and only multiple visits will reveal its true charm. But if you only have the chance to make a short visit, then it’s always best to head to choose the Spanish Costas. Spain´s coastline combines a beach holiday with culture, history, cuisine and much more.
Here is a short intro to 5 stylish Spanish Costas that might just inspire you to organise your next trip.
Choosing the best Spanish Costas
Costa del Sol
Beautiful beaches, trendy marinas and modern hotels make the Costa Del Sol one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. If it’s fun in the sun you’re after then look no further than up-tempo locations like Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Big beaches offer sun bathing, water sports and quality time at local beachfront bars and restaurants. Fascinating cultural day trips are just around the corner too, with Granada, Seville and Cordoba on your doorstep. Granada is home to the incredible Alhambra, a medieval Moorish palace and gardens that attracts millions of visitors every year.
Costa de Almeria
Less well known than the Costa del Sol, the Costa de Almeria is an equally attractive destination for different reasons. Even though it is just next door to the Costa del Sol, this is an area of idyllic deserted beaches, rugged scenery and charming traditional towns. From sleepy hilltop towns to stylish and reserved beach resorts like Roquetas de Mar, the Costa de Almeria is the perfect place for a peaceful Spanish getaway. Holiday highlights include nature walks in the Tabernas Desert and Cabo de Gata National Park.
Costa de la Luz
Famous for its laidback beach resorts, the Costa de la Luz is mainland Spain’s most southerly Costa. Known for being a bit more adult than some of its noisier neighbours, here you’ll find traditional towns rather than purpose built high-rises. Upmarket resorts such as Chiclana de la Frontera combine sweeping beachfront scenery with stylish restaurants, quirky shopping and flamenco bars. Visit the city of Jerez for culture, where you’ll see many interesting Moorish buildings and catch a glimpse of the famous dancing horses. There are more than 30 Blue Flag beaches along the 200km Costa de la Luz, so you are spoilt for choice when it comes to sunbathing spots.
There’s a reason why this place is called the ‘Golden Coast’ – the sublime beaches of course! Stretching down around the northeast coast of mainland Spain from Barcelona, this stunning coastal region has 300 days of sunshine each year. Many families travel to Salou which has a fantastic beach and Spain’s biggest adventure park, PortAventura. The cities of Tarragona and Barcelona are also highlights of the Costa Dorada. In the former you will find fascinating Roman ruins and in the latter the architecture of Gaudi will stop you in your tracks.
Spain’s northernmost Costa has beaches, rugged scenery, shopping, nightlife and exceptional food & drink. From traditional fishing towns to all-action resorts, the Costa Brava is a summer holiday hotspot. Girona is a charming city full of pretty buildings such as Girona Cathedral. Some intrepid travellers may choose to take a hot air balloon ride over Girona which is a great way to take everything in. For a lively beach holiday, visit the vibrant resort of Tossa de Mar. Along with Blue Flag beaches, this super resort has fun bars and restaurants, family entertainment and waterparks on hand.
Have a great time wherever you travel this year!