Guide to the Costas (Coasts) of Spain
The Costa Almeria consists of 200 kilometres of coastline fringing the south-east corner of mainland Spain. It’s certainly not one of the better known Spanish resort areas although tourism has started to make an impact on a handful of beachside villages dotted around the coast either side of the cosmopolitan city of Almeria.
There’s something for everyone along the ‘white coast’ of huge contrasts which encompasses a diverse range of seaside resorts in the South East of the Iberian Peninsula with its round-the-clock party places devoted to satisfying every whim of the most demanding package holidaymaker.
The Costa Brava is Spain’s ruggedly beautiful ‘wild coast’ that stretches for 160 kilometres between the French border and Barcelona. It’s undoubtedly one of the most scenic coastal strips in the whole of mainland Spain, boasting endless miles of sandy beaches and countless rocky coves backed by pine-clad cliffs.
The Costa Calida is the 250-kilometre stretch of coastline that borders the province of Murcia in the South East corner of Spain. It’s home to the world famous La Manga Club which boasts some of the top sports and leisure facilities to be found in any self-contained tourist complex in Europe.
The Costa de la Luz is one of the best kept secrets of the entire Spanish coastline. Mass tourism has failed to spread its tendrils as far as this south west corner of Spain though Spanish visitors have been enjoying the diverse delights of the ‘Coast of Light’ for many years.
The Costa del Sol is Andalucia’s best known stretch of coastline, famous for its seemingly endless beaches, year-round sunshine and a wealth of major tourist attractions which make it one of the Mediterranean’s top holiday spots.
The Costa Dorada is Spain’s ‘Golden coast’ which stretches for 200 kilometres to the South West of Barcelona. The coastline takes its name from the seemingly endless supply of golden sandy beaches which fringe the south eastern border of the autonomous region of Catalunya.
The Costa Tropical lies to the east of the far better known Costa del Sol on Spain’s southern coast. Tourism has started to take off here in recent years but this stretch of coastline is still a world apart from the high rise resorts of its coastal neighbour.