Spain has long been a favourite for sun-starved Brits, and it’s no surprise – its pretty stretches of sea and sand and warm Mediterranean climate are a far cry from what we’re used to here at home.
The only dilemma? Deciding which of the country’s amazing coastlines to visit! Our round-up of Spain’s best costas will help narrow it down.
Spain’s ‘Coast of the Sun’ isn’t a misnomer! This hugely popular part of Spain enjoys blissfully warm weather from May to September and up to 11 hours of sunshine in the height of summer.
It’s ideal for a well-priced family beach holiday, with tranquil resorts, picturesque views and glorious seafronts, as well as plenty of activities for fun-filled family days out.
Torremolinos and Fuengirola are best for bustling beaches and watersports while Benalmadena and Marbella have elegant marinas and more than a few tasty restaurants to sink your teeth into. Or head to Nerja for postcard-perfect sandy beaches close to snack bars and seaside shops.
Enjoy letting your hair down on holiday? Costa Brava is the place to be. Lloret de Mar is one of the liveliest resorts in mainland Spain and is home to a whole host of bars and a vibrant strip. Nearby Tossa de Mar combines this with a little more relaxation.
Costa Brava is close to Barcelona, too, which puts you near even more chic wine bars, live music venues and all-night dance clubs.
Elsewhere, Calella’s old town hums with bars and discos or you can chill out with a sangria at a beach bar in Pineda de Mar.
Get your adrenaline pumping on your Spain holiday in the lively Costa Dorada. Base yourself in Salou to be close to the region’s most popular attraction, PortAventura World, where the whole family can enjoy theme park thrills on rollercoasters and water slides.
Alternatively, enjoy a taste of big city life exploring the exciting attractions of Barcelona – it’s also an easy day trip from this costa.
Costa Blanca needs no introduction – infamous Brit-favourites Alicante and Benidorm have been on the holiday scene for decades! Jam-packed with British pubs, affordable restaurants and tons of activities, these sprawling seaside cities lure us back year after year for home-away-from-home holidays.
Torrevieja and Calpe also have plenty going on to keep you entertained, whether it's filling up on tapas at a seafront cafe, browsing charming old town markets, checking out action-packed promenades or hitting the beach for watersports.
If beachside cocktails don’t get your holiday juices flowing, an adventurous break to northern Spain’s Costa Verde could be for you. With a lengthy coastline running all the way from Portugal to the French border, the region has a unique climate, lush green forests and winding clifftop trails.
Top spots to stay for walking enthusiasts include Gijon, Aviles and Galicia. Lace up your hiking boots and get set to explore green coastlines, wooded valleys and secluded beach coves.
Known as the ‘Orange Blossom Coast’ thanks to its glorious fruit orchards, this costa is an idyllic choice for a couple’s getaway.
For a loved-up city break, visit Valencia to discover beautiful architecture, amazing art galleries and top-notch food – this is the birthplace of paella, after all!
Just up the coast, lovely Castellón is a romantic stay with its enchanting city centre or there’s Benicassim, a popular beach resort known for its palm-fringed sands and mountain views.
Fly-and-flop holiday enthusiasts will love Costa Calida. Boasting some 250km of stunning coastline along the Med, the region has quaint areas galore and tons of sunshine – its name actually translates to ‘The Warm Coast’.
Well-loved holiday resorts are scattered along the seafront, namely famed golfing resort, La Manga Club, and you’ll find big city vibes in historic Cartagena and vibrant Murcia. Whether you spend your getaway topping up your tan by the pool, taking sunset strolls along golden beaches or exploring the area’s top sights, Costa Calida will send you home relaxed and rejuvenated.
Costa de Almeria doesn’t draw the same number of tourists as other costas, but that’s a good thing. Here life runs at a slower, much more relaxed pace and traditional Spain isn’t hard to find.
Culture cravers and history buffs will want to make a beeline for the historic city of Almeria. Its Moorish fortress and 16th-century cathedral are must-sees, plus there are tasty tapas restaurants and unspoilt sandy beaches to discover.
Certainly the most diverse coastline in Spain, Costa Tropical’s climate allows for both hikes along snow-capped mountains and refreshing dips in the Mediterranean.
Granada is its best known city, famed for its Instagram-worthy clifftop palace, the Alhambra. Or look to Alpujarras, Almunecar and Salobrena for lush valleys, traditional fishing villages and hidden coves.
And don’t discount the area if you’re thinking of taking a winter skiing holiday – the Sierra Nevada Mountains are great for any snow-seekers.
Whether it’s heritage, history or hiking you’re after, Costa de la Luz has it all. In Spain’s southwestern corner, its coastline extends from the lively resort of Huelva past the island port city, Cadiz, down to the beach town of Tarifa.
Featuring long stretches of sea and sand, Costa de la Luz is a popular pick for watersports enthusiasts, with conditions making it one of Europe’s best spots for windsurfing.
Throw in sprawling nature reserves, whitewashed villages and day trips to Gibraltar and you’re sure to find a holiday itinerary that keeps the whole family happy.
Which of the Spanish costas is next on your travel radar? Tweet us @icelollyholiday and let us know!