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Spanish Beaches

Nov 10, 2007
Almost 350 days of sunshine, three thousand catalogued beaches and nearly 8,000 kilometres of coastline make Spain a favourite destination for those in search of sun and sand any time of the year. Spain's beaches are safe, clean, easily accessible and environmentally friendly. These features are backed by the quality certificates granted to the beaches after assessing these parameters. Year after year, Spain continues to be amongst the countries that receives the most Q for Quality awards in Europe.

There are plenty of beaches to choose from, each of them unique and different from the other; unspoiled country beaches and crowded city beaches, some broad with endless stretches of sand, others tiny and almost hidden from view. Whilst every beach has a distinct charm of its own, there are certain spots that should be included in your must-see list; the never-ending sandy beach at Zahara de los Atunes; Vejer de la Frontera, a charming Moorish town set on the top of a hill; the pristine coast of Chiclana, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Chipiona, Conil de la Frontera and Rota; the Bolonia cove with the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia; Canos de Meca, where the Trafalgar lighthouse looks out over the horizon and the spectacular cliffs of Barbate.

The White Sandy Beaches of Majorca

Majorca, a privileged destination in the Balearic Islands offers you some of the most outstanding coves and beaches along 550 kilometres of coast. The crystal clear, clean waters are perfect for an assortment of water sports including scuba diving, windsurfing, water skiing, surfing, sailing and fishing. Go towards the north of the island and you will be greeted by small, charming coves set between pine groves and cliffs.

The Year-Round Sunny Beaches of Cadiz

Windsurfing in crystal clear waters; exciting water sports; pine groves that reach down to the shore, fascinating little coves, gigantic cliffs that rise more than 100 metres high; sand dunes, and endless beaches of shimmering white sand along 260 kilometres of coastline, the Cadiz coast invites you to bask in the sunshine in summer and in winter too. Located in Andalucia, the Cadiz coast has several protected nature areas including sand dunes, salt flats, cliffs, pine forests and pastureland for rearing fighting bulls.

Sun, Sand and Culture on the Costa Brava

Occupying a large portion of the Catalonian coata, the Costa Brava entices visitors with its crystalline seawater, rugged cliffs, small coves hidden between rocky outcrops, underwater paradise areas, charming whitewashed fishing villages and nature reserves with untouched, green landscapes. Extending over 200 kilometres over the north of Catalonia in the province of Girona and with a rich history behind it, a holiday on the Costa Brava is awash with tradition and culture; monasteries and churches; archaeological sites and monumental sites.

Leisure and Luxury on the Costa del Sol

An average annual temperature of 18C, warm inviting waters of the Mediterranean Sea, endless stretches of spectacular sandy beaches and an abundance of luxury hotels and facilities make the Costa del Sol a playground for the rich and famous at any time of the year.

One Of Its Kind - The Basque Coast

The Basque Coast in northern Spain offers 252 kilometres of coastline washed by the Cantabrian Sea and dotted with landscapes in intense shades of green and blue. Mountains, cliffs, nature reserves and estuaries surround broad beaches of shimmering gold sand. The setting is perfect for kayaking, sailing and surfing.
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Sandra Lightowler is the owner of Ask Olive the leading online information and Business Directory for Andalucia Spain.
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