Which Beautiful Beach Of Southern Spain For Your Spanish Holidays?

COSTA DE LA LUZ

Ideal for "get away from it all" Spanish holidays since it is not terribly developed as far as the vacation package Spain is concerned, the Costa de la Luz is situated in the southerly region of Andalucia on Spain s west coast, just below Portugal.

This extensive area of sandy beaches, pine trees and small fishing villages is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and can be divided into two areas: the western Costa de la Luz, which is in the Province of Huelva; and the eastern Costa de la Luz, in the Province of C diz.

The beaches found on the west side tend to be long and wide with fine, golden sand. It is home to several small seaside towns, many backed by sand dunes and pine trees, where you get the chance to discover the "real Spain" on you Spanish holidays.

The main resorts here for the vacation package Spain are Isla Cristina, La Antilla, El Rompido, Punta Umbria and Matalasca as, the latter being an ideal base for a trip to Do ana Park - one of Spain s largest national parks which serves as a stop-over for birds migrating between Europe and Africa.

The beaches to the east tend also to be long with fine, golden sand but with huge sand dunes. The coastline is dotted with small fishing villages and, although it can be windy at times, it is great for surfing and windsurfing.

Some of the main tourist centers on this side offering a good holiday in Spain are Conil de la Frontera, Ca os de Meca, Zahara de las Atunes, Bolonia and Valdevaqueros, Tarifa.

COSTA DEL SOL

Moving on from the Costa de la Luz, round to the south-east of Spain, is the Costa del Sol, a long-time favorite for Spanish holidays.

This is the best-known and most highly-developed costa of Andalucia as far as the vacation package Spain goes, and is situated in the Province of M laga, facing the Mediterranean Sea.

The Mediterranean waters are warm and safe, the climate mild and the coast well-sheltered from northerly winds by a mountain chain.

With its lengthy promenades, long stretches of beaches, swaying palm trees and brilliant bougainvillaea, it is no wonder that most of the resorts along the Costa del Sol - in particular Marbella, Torremolinos and Fuengirola - are packed out in the summer.

They offer plenty to see and do on your Spanish holidays: loads of jet skis, marinas, bars, restaurants and night-life.

However, not far from the coast, you will find the peaceful ambience of country villages and ... of course, the golf courses!

The sand itself tends to be grey and coarse-grained. The main beaches on the west side of the Costa del Sol are the Playa el Cristo - Estepona, San Pedro, Playa Nueva Andalucia; Puerto Banus - Marbella and La Carihuela; Torremolinos.

On the east side of the Costa del Sol are the beaches of Calahonda and Calas Occidentales - Nerja and El Maro.

COSTA TROPICAL

Next to the Costa del Sol, still in the large, southerly Region of Andalucia, but this time in the Province of Granada, is the Costa Tropical.

This is probably the least well-known of the Andalucian costas for Spanish holidays, mainly because the name is a recent creation for the coastline of the Province of Granada.

Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and with mountains running down to what tends to be a rugged but very picturesque coastline, you are offered a variety of landscapes and isolated, sandy coves. One impressive, large bay well-worth visiting on your holiday in Spain can be found at La Herradura.

The Costa Tropical has many of the same good points as the Costa del Sol, with a mild, Mediterranean climate, infrequent rainfall, and a sheltered coastline.

However, because it is not so developed for the vacation package Spain, you will be able to get away from the crowds, if this is what appeals to you.

There are also great diving opportunities and, of course, not too far away you have the city of Granada and the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.

COSTA DE ALMERIA

The Costa de Almer a is the most easterly of all the Andalucian costas being situated, of course, in the Province of Almer a, which is a pretty area for Spanish holidays.

This stretch of coastline again looks out onto the Mediterranean Sea and is also known as the "Costa Esmeralda" or Emerald Coast.

It offers a taste of the "old" Spain for, as yet, tourism hasn t taken too strong a hold when compared to many other Spanish costas, and you will find everything from the popular, Spanish holidays resorts to hidden, rocky coves along this fine Mediterranean coastline.

If you enjoy exploring virgin territory but like your modern comforts too, then Roquetas del Mar is a great place to stay. The sand is a little coarse, but its peaceful atmosphere and shady palm trees put you in mind of an unspoilt Caribbean beach.

Some other beaches in the area include Playa de los Genoveses, Playa de los Muertos, Cabo de Gata, Isleta del Moro Arr ez y Playa de las Negras, and Agua Amarg