Golden sands, blue waters and a warm welcome put Spain’s Costas well and truly on the map of European holiday hotspots. But don’t assume that these regions are so similar that there isn’t a decision to be made! From desert landscapes to party nights, let us help you find the one for you.
Andalucia & Costa del Sol
Charming and authentic, Andalucia overflows with attractions, from its whitewashed villages to fine cities. The long-lasting architectural and cultural effects of Moorish rule, between the 8th and 15th centuries, are still felt here. Not least the churches and palaces you’ll discover while out and about. Absolute beauties can be found in the villages of Frigiliana, Torrox and Cómpeta – to name just a few. Andalucia is also home to the Costa del Sol, perhaps the best known and most coveted Costa. Self-proclaimed as having some of the best beaches in Spain, the Costa del Sol is a holiday melting pot of sun, sizzling fiestas and Sangria!
The soaring Sierra Blanca Mountains dominate the skyline, overlooking the varied goings on of the coast below. There’s everything from fabulous living in Marbella, ever-popular aqua parks, the courses of the renowned ‘Costa del Golf’ or laid-back living of quaint old towns. As you can see, this is an ultimate holiday favourite for very good reason.
Step onto a film set landscape in Europe’s only desert. On the fringe of Europe, Almeria is Spain’s driest and sunniest place and one of the last stretches of unspoilt Mediterranean. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Almeria’s unique blend of history and modern vibrancy make it a good all round destination. Days can be spent lazing on the beach or exploring the backdrop of over 500 films and TV series. Some might recognise it from 1960s classic ‘A Fist Full of Dollars’ or more recently, the epically popular ‘Game of Thrones’.
From fiction and drama to genuine history, check out the gothic Almeria Cathedral, standing strong since the 16th century. Fringed by palm trees, it’s the cornerstone of the city. When you’re ready to refuel, the local dishes won’t disappoint. As if your taste buds wouldn’t be satisfied enough by traditional Spanish delights, here in Almeria the food has Arabic influences to mix things up.
A rugged coastline and unspoilt rocky landscape might not spring to mind when thinking of Spain’s Costas. Yet the beautifully wild coast is just what makes Costa Brava so superb. Forget the hustle and bustle further down the coast; head here to Spain’s northernmost area to unwind and take in the cultural spectaculars.
The mountainous Cap de Creus National Park, just 15 miles south of the French border, is an adventurer’s paradise to hike, climb and swim. Take a moment to drink in the fresh air and snap that stunning backdrop! At the top, the restaurant and bar offer a welcome pit stop.
Spot the wildlife that gathers around the wetland areas, or get your history fix at the Greco-Roman Ruins of Empuries with its floor mosaics, amphitheatre and Roman villas. For art lovers, the pink, egg-festooned building of the Dali Theatre Museum is a work of surrealist art in itself.
Natural beauty and history don’t mean leaving all trace of modern amenities behind though. Costa Brava has its share of lively attractions, including water parks and more cosmopolitan resorts, such as Platja d’Aro. Barcelona can also be reached in under two hours, so you can explore one of Europe’s best-loved cities from your villa oasis.
Always on trend, Costa Blanca is one of the more obvious Spanish holiday destinations with miles of white sandy beaches, fun-packed days and sizzling nightlife.
Day times here are just as fun-filled as the atmospheric evenings. Golf lovers can tee-off on any of the 30 plus courses, while theme parks, aqua parks and shopping keep the entertainment seekers satisfied. If you’re brave enough, why not take on the slides at Europe’s largest water park, Aqualandia, in Benidorm?
Don’t however think that there is nothing more beneath the surface. To step-back from the excitement and experience the more laid-back offerings of Costa Blanca, head to the Sierra de Aitana Mountains and visit the Moorish castle of Guadalest. Perched high on the mountainside, one of the highlights is a pretty bell-tower soaring out of the rock. The scenery is simply stunning.
Costa Blanca is the holiday good life, combining everything you need for that sunshine break away. Home comforts, pretty towns, busy resorts and coastlines that sparkle – your villa holiday can be as leisurely or as lively as you choose.