Beaches in Spain
Spanish seaboard is over 4,000 kilometres long, washed by the waters of the Mediterranean
sea (on the eastern and southern flanks), the bay of Biscay (to the north) and
the atlantic ocean (along the west and south). Spain has more than three hundred
days of sunshine per year, average temperatures being 18° C - 30° C (64°
F - 86° F). Its beautiful sunlit beaches receive millions of tourists each
year from all over the world.
Costa Brava coast has been sculpted by the Mediterranean sea, a rising shoreline
which features scenic coves and spectacular beaches. Further south the Mediterranean
is a more peaceful sea which laps against the beaches of golden sands in the popular
resorts of a number of areas: The Costa Daurada (Golden), Costa del Azahar (Orange
Blossom), Costa de Valencia, Costa Blanca (White) or Costa Cálida (Warm).
favourite destinations in Andalusia the Costa de Almería, Costa Tropical
and Costa del Sol are popular with tourists looking for great beaches, leisure
and entertainment facilities, shops and of course the sun and sea. Marbella is
the undisputed holiday capital of the Malaga Coast and is an upmarket resort attracting
world famous personalities to its shores.
Strait of Gibraltar, links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear
day the African coast can even be seen. Andalusia's Atlantic coast has the presence
of Cadiz and Huelva, with the so-called Costa de la Luz (Light) stretching along
to the Portuguese border. The same Atlantic batters the north-eastern corner of
Spain creating a landscape of deeply cut shores, small beaches and fjord-like
inlets on the coast of Galicia. The entire Galician coast
Bay of Biscay curls along the northern coast of Spain creating impressive and
spectacular stretches of shoreline. Portside cities such as the elegant Gijion,
Santander and Donostia-San Sebastián have sprung up here their beaches
set against beautiful natural backdrops. Their cocktail of a great climate, a
horizon of lush greenery and local architecture make the fringe of coast from
the Basque Country through Cantabria and Asturias to Galicia, one of Spain's busiest
summer tourist hotspots.
Balearic Isles, surrounded by the clear waters of the Mediterranean have a series
of beautiful cliffs, secluded coves and protected beaches when sun-lovers can
come and worship. The Isles also provide a wide range of leisure entertainments
when looking for a break from the sun.
Canary Islands, volcanic in origin, are situated over 1,000 kilometres from the
Iberian Peninsula, off the coast of North Africa. They have an exceptional year-round
climate with superb beaches where you can enjoy the sun, sea and beaches at any
time of the year. Popular resorts include the town of Puerto de la Cruz, in the
south of Tenerife and Puerto Del Carmen in Lanzarote. The spectacular, rolling
sand dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria are a must see for any beach lover.