1. Costa Brava
SpainCertainly not short on charm or popularity, Spain has a wealth of amenities
for those who know how to enjoy life.Whether you are seeking a beachfront
resort, a city escape or a rural retreat, Spain has it all.
2. FABULOUS SUNSHINE AND
BEACHES HAVE BEEN
ATTRACTING VISITORS TO
SPAIN FOR MANY YEARS BUT
SPAIN IS PERFECT FOR
MANY TYPES OF HOLIDAYS.
From luxurious marinas and breathtaking mountains to beautiful
resorts and exhilarating nightlife, Spain can be whatever you want
it to be.
GREEN SPAIN is the countryside by shore between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay. The Regions of Galicia,
Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, in northern Spain,
are home to some of most valuable and best-conserved ecological
areas in Europe. These are landscapes full of contrasts, with salt-
water rivers, endless greenery that can be discovered on
horseback, by boat, or following an old Roman road. A coastline
that stretches for more than 2,000 km, with cliffs, mountains,
forests, rivers, beaches, deep gorges and valleys.
The COSTA BLANCA or 'white coast' is a land of many
contrasts with golden beaches, green valleys, mountains,
quaint villages and over 150km of coastline
overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean sea with an
irresistible promise of sun and sand. As you begin
to explore the Costa Blanca, its varied history
and culture will become evident – owing to
early settlements of Romans, Iberians and the
Carthaginians, you will come across
archeological sites, castles and stone-carved
The COSTA DEL SOL has built its success
on its warm air and sea and almost guaranteed
sunshine. Resorts range from Marbella – with its
exclusive marina at Puerto Banús – to Torremolinos, add
dramatic mountain scenery and the spectacular cave at Nerja and
you have the perfect destination. There are 11 marinas on the
Costa del Sol, offering sailing and watersports facilities and most
have magnificent nightlife and top restaurants, with many stylish
boutiques and shops of all kinds.
The COSTA CALIDA, or 'warm coast' is home to both the
Mar Menor and La Manga Club. The 250km of coastline which
lies between the Costa Blanca and Costa Almeria is shared by
two seas: the Mar Menor, the biggest salt water lake in Europe
and one of the best places in the world for watersports; and on
the other side is the Mediterranean with the fine-sand beaches of
Punta del Estacio, Ensenada del Esparto and Galúa.
The COSTA DEL LA LUZ faces south-west into the sun
and the Atlantic and is aptly named the ‘Coast of Light’. Fine
golden sands, windsurfers’ winds, the historic cities of
Seville and Cadiz, and Jerez de la Frontera – the home
of sherry – are some of the reasons this region is so
popular with the Spanish themselves.
The COSTA BRAVA is a rugged corner of
Catalonia which has captivated artists such as
Dalí, Chagall and Picasso; its attractions range
from resorts like Lloret de Mar and Platja d’Aro
to the architecture of Girona and the scenic
beauty of places such as Banyoles and Cadaqués.
Catalonia’s distinctness is evident in the Catalan
language and traditional festivals.
COSTA DE ALMERÍA is a popular, modern tourist
resort with natural areas where mankind has barely left its mark.
Enjoy varied folklore and plenty of fiestas, as well as popular
handicrafts such as pottery, rugs and marble. Gastronomic
specialities such as paprika, gurullos (stews), and seafood soup
are also a legacy from the region's rich past.
Spain is a
with 313 courses
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Estepona, Costa del Sol
3. Fact file
Experience first-hand “SPANISH
EQUESTRIAN ART” at the Royal Andalusian
School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera
(Cadiz), Andalusia. Visit this internationally-
renowned institution and tour its facilities, where
you will see that horses form part of the culture of
Andalusia. You will also be able to admire the way
they dance to the beat of traditional Spanish
THE ALHAMBRA is a beautiful complex of
buildings and gardens in Granada. Its leafy tree-
lined walkways provide pleasant shade and
coolness, enhanced by the abundance of water
that flows in its streams. It was the largest
political and aristocratic centre of the Muslim
West. The Palace premises are made up of
beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous
fountains. The oldest building is the Alcazaba
THE PYRENEES is the large mountain range
which separates northern Spain from the rest of
Europe, and is fascinating for its stunning natural
landscapes. The range is 450 km long, reaching
from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean.
Sports are an excellent medium by which to enjoy
this extreme, abrupt countryside to the full.
Just north of ALICANTE, the 17th-century
parish church and the Calvario, Santa Ana and
San Roque chapels make up the monumental
heritage of San Juan de Alicante.
THE ROMAN THEATRE in Cartagena,
Murcia is now open to visitors. Hidden for
centuries under other buildings, the remains of the
Roman Theatre were only discovered in 1988 and
since then a major project has been underway to
carefully preserve and excavate the theatre.
Official language Spanish
Alicante, Costa Blanca
Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 20°C
Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 24°C
Malaga, Costa del Sol
Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 21°C
Jun–Aug 29°C Sep–Nov 23°C
Average flying time from UK 2–21/2 hours
Did you know?
Spain has 14 National Parks, all are
characterised by their variety,
mountains and wetlands, beaches
and forests, volcanos, lava and lakes.
but above all, by their stunning
There are over 100 different cheeses
in Spanish gastronomy ranging from
curd like Burgos, cream like Torta del
Casar, blue like Cabrales, aged like
Manchego, and smoked like Palmero.
Spain is the second most
mountainous country in Europe.
Barcelona P. Güell ©Turespaña
Cala de Moraira, Costa Blanca ©Turespaña
Playa de Mijas, Costa del Sol ©Turespaña
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