Vacations Spain - The South Coast

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Wondering which of the many "costas" to choose for your vacations Spain? Why not take a peek at Spain s splended south coast?

Its sophisticated Costa del Sol is certainly a number one international destination. The superb quality of its holidays is endorsed by the high number of foreign visitors it receives - including renowned celebrities - and the income it obtains.

However, if something calm and serene is more your "cup of tea", southern Spain still won t disappoint you!

You will be delighted with its numerous quaint "calas", hidden beaches, narrow Spanish streets and whitewashed villages.

So, take a moment to run through this r sum of the delightful costas which comprise the south of Spain and take your pick!

One thing is for sure, all have safe waters, a delightful climate and warm-hearted Spanish inhabitants which should combine to make your vacations Spain a success!

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Ideal for "get away from it all" Spanish holidays since it is not terribly developed, 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 main 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".

Main resorts include 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.

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 it is great for surfing and windsurfing.

Main tourist centers on this side include Conil de la Frontera, Ca os de Meca, Zahara de las Atunes, Bolonia and Valdevaqueros, Tarifa.

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Moving away from the Costa de la Luz, round to the south-east of Spain, we have the bustling Costa del Sol - a long-time favorite for vacations Spain!

What can we say about it that has not already been said?! It is the best-known and most highly-developed costa of Andalucia, situated in the Province of M laga, facing the Mediterranean Sea.

Its Mediterranean waters are warm and safe, its 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 do and see: jet skis, marinas, bars, restaurants and night-life ... you name it, they ve got it! If you want to "live-it-up", play with the jet set and party all night long, well ... this is certainly the place to be!

Having said that, you do not have to wonder very far away from these main resorts to find the peaceful ambience of country villages and ... of course, the golf courses!

Main beaches on the west side of the Costa del Sol include Playa el Cristo - Estepona, San Pedro, Playa Nueva Andalucia; Puerto Banus - Marbella and La Carihuela; Torremolinos.

Beaches on the east side include Calahonda and Calas Occidentales - Nerja and El Maro.

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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 vacations Spain, 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 a rugged and picturesque coastline, you are offered a variety of landscapes and isolated, sandy coves. One impressive, large bay well-worth visiting can be found at La Herradura.

The Costa Tropical possesses many of the good points of the Costa del Sol - a mild, Mediterranean climate, infrequent rainfall, and sheltered coastline. However, being less-developed, you can "get away from the crowds".

It offers great diving opportunities and, not far away, is the fine city of Granada and the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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The Costa de Almer a is the most easterly of all the Andalucian costas situated - do I need to say it - in the Province of Almer a!

Such a pretty coastline, it again looks out onto the Mediterranean Sea, and also goes under the name of "Costa Esmeralda" or Emerald Coast.

It offers a taste of the "old" Spain for, as yet, tourism hasn t taken too strong a hold, and you will find everything from popular resorts to hidden, rocky coves for your vacations Spain.

If you enjoy exploring virgin territory but like your modern comforts too, then Roquetas del Mar is a great place to stay - 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 Amarga.

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If you do pick one of the southern costas and get a little jaded with beach life, there is plenty else on offer in the area for your vacations Spain: the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains, superb cities such as Seville, Granada, C rdoba, M laga ... Variety is the spice of life!

A guide to beaches on the east coast.

A guide to beaches on the north coast.

A guide to the beaches of the Balearic and Canary Islands.

A general overview of Spain s beaches.

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