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Costa de la Luz are a world away from its Costa cousins. Stretching from Ayamonte neighboring Portugal’s Algarve, although exposed, the beaches are not as windswept as the Cadiz section of the coast. The shoreline is punctuated by small fishing ports and modern resorts popular with mainly Spanish visitors. These resorts are separated by marshes and river estuaries, making travelling rather circuitous.
Staying in one of the beach resorts of Isla Canela, Islantilla or Isla Cristina you’ll find yourself well placed for dozens of golf courses – some of them across the Guadiana River in Portugal. Or try out some of the Algarve’s best beaches, visit Cadiz, Huelva or one of the innumerable peaceful whitewashed summit villages in the region. But wait, there’s more
Costa Blanca takes up the stretch of Mediterranean coast that corresponds to the province of Alicante, a great example of what is known as Mediterranean landscape. The traveller can choose any part of this coastline, from the liveliest, most cosmopolitan stretch to areas that still maintain a rural feel.
Wherever you decide to go, try to visit the neighbouring regions where you can discover the beautiful Mediterranean landscape. The horizons of the Costa Blanca feature many different types of attractions ranging from the valleys, where the memory of its Moorish past is kept alive in its terraced vegetable gardens, to the palm trees.
Although the island of Tenerife lies only a little way to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, the unique combination of both Gulf and Trade Winds that sweeps the island, somehow prevent it from mirroring its nearest neighbour the Sahara desert.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island, a city of 230,000 people with golden beaches and commercial centres with fine shops and boutiques. The city is rich in art and history with several fine museums and theatres and well as sculptures and monuments. In the north of the island, Puerto de la Cruz is the main tourist area. This is a cosmopolitan coastal town which boasts a casino as well as its famous Botanical Gardens which date back to 1877.
The old town of La Oratava has been declared of national historic interest which gives an idea of the monuments to be found there. Many hiking trails extend through the mountains of La Orotava and stretch up to Gran Circus de las Canadas del Teide, a protected national park. There are also magnificent botanical gardens to be found here, as well as three beautiful beaches.
Adeje has a tranquil coastline, along with the impressive Barranco del Infierno, ravines with narrow vertical walls covered in vegetation. Ancient burial caves have also been discovered on ledges under the sea. But wait, there’s more
As one of the most exciting golf destinations in latest years, Lisbon has become a jewel between golf holiday makers. With a host of top quality golf courses, you will be spoilt for choice! Those seeking some Championship golf should experience Oitavos Dunes, which is a current venue on the European Tour, located a short distance from there is Quinta da Marinha which has hosted Challenge Tour events.The thing we love most about the Lisbon Coast is the welcome it provides. The locals treat you like you’re one of their own, and we always feel that we’re enjoying an up market lifestyle without overtaxing our pocket.
The golf is great, the beaches are blissful, but there’s a great deal more here too. Estoril and Cascais are the places the discerning Portuguese visit to play golf, relax, enjoy the scenery and savour the superb local cuisine. What’s more, you’re just a short drive away from the elegance and sophistication of Lisbon. But wait, there’s more
Known as one the best golf destinations in Europe Costa del Sol (Sunny Coast or more literally, Coast of the Sun) is a region in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, comprising the coastal towns and communities along the Mediterranean coastline of the Málaga province. Formerly made up only of a series of small, quiet fishing settlements, the region has been completely transformed during the latter part of the 20th century into a tourist destination of world renown.
The most well known resorts lie west of Malaga beginning with Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Further along the coast lies Marbella with its famous marina at Puerto Banus, Estepona, Sotogrande and finally Gibraltar. Settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, and has been colonised and ruled by many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, before the Reconquista. Ancient and cosmopolitan Malaga still retains its historic roots intact. In long-gone times it bore witness to the origins of man and of the Mediterranean culture, and is today the primary force in the Andalusia tourist industry, keeping alive its tradition of a welcoming and creative land.
Cádiz is part of the Andalucian Autonomous region, located in the South of Spain on the Atlantic coast. It is considered to be the oldest Western city due to its strategic location on the coast dividing Europe and Africa. It has been occupied several times over its history and there is some evidence to suggest that Cadiz was a Fenecian settlement around 1000 B.C. and that it formed part of the Fenecian trade route to the Atlantic. Later on came the Greeks, the Cartagens and then the Romans. From the 8th century onwards it was taken over by the Moors. The in the 11th century Alfonso X took control of the province reconverting it to Christianity. In the 13th century Cadiz gained importance as the place where Christopher Columbus set sail from on his discovery voyage to America.
In recent years Cádiz has grown in popularity as a holiday destination especially among families seeking good weather, wonderful long sandy beaches and fewer crowds than the nearby and busier Costa del Sol. As a result the number of hotels, apartments and other services has risen over the past few years, and the standard is generally very good indeed. Cadiz is also very popular with surfers, as it is one of the few places in Spain to offer great weather and high waves. And for visitors who want to explore the province, the white villages dotting the inland mountains are beautiful.
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain, known for its lively beaches, sunny weather, gothic architecture, harbors, villages and blue Mediterranean coastline. There are also many adventure and water activities, rich delicacy of food and its rich in its cultural heritage. Despite being famous for it’s lively atmosphere, it still retains its charm and historical splendor, spots like the Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Arab Baths, the Bellver Castle or the Contemporary Art Museum are not to be missed.
The south west of the island is where we find the more lively resorts and bustling nightlife, as well as the capital of the island, the cosmopolitan city of Palma with its wonderful selection of shops, restaurants and tapas bars; while the north east of the island is quieter and very scenic, perfect for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Murcia or Costa Calida (Warm Coast) lies in the South East corner of Spain between Andalucia and Valencia, Murcia has a relaxed atmosphere and the locals believe the most important thing is to enjoy life. The province has over 170km of coastline dotted with wonderful beaches in addition to the largest salt-water lagoon in Europe (the Mar Menor), ideal for family bathing as the water here is calm and shallow and 5 degrees warmer than the rest of the Mediterranean.
Murcia enjoys more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and the winters are pleasantly mild and dry. On the coast you can enjoy the stunning cliffs, endless white sandy beaches, pretty ports and undiscovered coves with crystal clear water; the beautiful and historic towns of Alhama, Lorca and Murcia are all well worth a visit if time permits as are the numerous attractive villages that dot the Costa Calida countryside as well as the impressive landscape of the Sierra de Espuña mountains.