While the Spanish coasts are best known for sandy beaches and Sangria, in truth, that is only half of the story. Beyond the sun seeker’s paradise, there is a land filled with architectural and cultural gems, not to mention a much underrated cuisine. Days at the beach are a must, but when you want to start exploring, there is a wealth of wonderful places for you to discover, including the great cities of Barcelona, Bilbao and Alicante.
We tend to think of Spain as the Costas and not a lot more. Whilst it’s true to say that most Brits do head for the Costas there is so much more that they are missing. Beyond the obvious sun worshipping Spain is steeped in culture and history and understanding Spain through its frequent fiestas, or feast days, is a great way of getting to know the country. The countryside and climate make it a great place for a camping holiday. The warm weather means your holiday can be as early or as late in the season as you like.
The Costa Brava is a 100 mile stretch of Mediterranean. Probably the most famous of all the Costas, there are some really lively resorts but there is more than a fair share of pretty fishing villages, inland hill towns and historic castles but you’re never far away from the sun, sand and sea that attracted you here in the first place.
The Gold Coast, or Costa Dorada, is called this because of the miles of golden sandy beaches. Set between the mountains and the sea this is a region of vineyards, olive groves and stunning scenery all around. Camping holidays here have the added benefit of being close to Barcelona, probably one of Europe’s most colourful cities.
To the north of Spain, much less sun scorched in high summer is the Costa Verde. In the heart of the Basque country, the lush green landscapes and emerald green seas give the coastline its name. Holidays here are less about the beach and more about getting into the countryside to experience local life. Incredible mountain views and towns such as Bilbao make this a perfect place to spend an active camping holiday with plenty of beach life as well.
With everything you’d expect from names such as Benidorm, Alicante and Albir the Costa Blanca is where to go for a lively party party type of holiday. All said and done, it does have another side as well. Head inland and once away from the coast you’ll get to see one of Spain’s best kept secrets, Cantabria, where you can walk and cycle amongst some of Spain’s most unspoiled scenery.
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, you couldn’t find a better place for water sports in all Spain than the Costa Del Sol. The beaches are some of the most relaxing in the whole country and in an area that prides itself on its culture and cuisine visitors come back time after time.