The Costa Almeria, south of Costa Calida, is described as the hottest and driest of the Costas with the lowest annual rainfall and highest annual sunshine hours in Europe. This really is the ‘unspoiled Spain’ but has lots to offer.
The 200 mile coastline is still quite undeveloped and whilst there are still many traditional fishing villages with rustic beach bars and locally caught and cooked food, there are several established and recognized resorts, Almerimar & Roquetas del Mar to the west of Almeria city and to the east Mojacar, Garrucha & Vera offering modern marinas, shops, bars, and restaurants as well as miles of unspoiled beaches and the crystal clear Mediterranean sea.
From the beautiful beaches of The Cabo de Gata National Park, inland Almeria has a ‘lunar’ landscape of desert, cactus, and sandstone inland (where many ‘spaghetti Westerns have been filmed). From saltwater lagoons visited by flocks of flamingos to rugged mountains – this is an area for exploration, activities, and culture.
The magnificent Alcazaba Fortress in Almeria City and the Alhambra palace in Granada should be visited, together with the many Moorish castles and traditional white villages along the coastline.
Sports enthusiasts are well catered for in this area of the natural landscape. Plenty of companies offer walking, cycling, and horse-trekking facilities as well as exclusive golf resorts, watersports, marinas, and leisure parks. Golfing and ski-ing is possible all in the same day! The ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada are less than a two-hour drive away.
Costa de Almeria is very well connected with direct flights from the UK to Almeria Airport and there is easy motorway access by road to Malaga, Granada, and Murcia.
Less than two and half hours flying time from Britain you can be on the Costa Blanca, Spain – the Mediterranean paradise of hot summers and warm winters thus enabling a relaxed healthy lifestyle and better quality of life.
The Costa Blanca often called ‘The White Coast’ because there are 212km of coast and 101km of magnificent beaches and coves. Europe has awarded the region more Blue Flags for clean and safe bathing than any other area on the continent making it ideal for swimming and enjoying the many various watersports available.
The Costa Blanca has been designated one of the healthiest places in the world to live by the World Health Organisation, with at least 320 days of sunshine each year and temperatures ranging from 16 degrees C in winter to 32 degrees C in summer. The air is fresh and clean and the weather is superb all year round.
The Costa Blanca North stretches over 100km from Denia in the North to Alicante in the South. Running the length of the Costa Blanca North is a ridge of mountains providing a dramatic backdrop to the coastal resorts. This is also the second most mountainous region in Europe after Switzerland and the ‘old’ Spain still remains in the mountain villages.
Its miles of beaches, pleasant climate, and plentiful tourist towns have made it one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations. Towns such as Benidorm and Torrevieja are favored by the tourists and offer many excellent facilities as well as vibrant café lined promenades. There are beautiful sand dune conservation areas and dramatic salt lakes as well as mountains alive with wildflowers and rare birds. The resort towns of Denia, Javea, Moraira, Calpe, Altea, and Villa Joyosa are traditional favourites with the British.
The Southern Costa Blanca runs from Alicante south to San Pedro this region is extremely popular with British homebuyers and holidaymakers.
There are resorts and towns to suit everyone each with their own identity. Alicante is a bustling cosmopolitan city with its hilltop castle, a large marina, beaches, beautiful promenade, department stores, boutiques, tapas bars, and restaurants. Elche is famous for having the largest palm gardens in Europe as well as being an interesting and cultural city. Along the coast are the resorts of Santa Pola, La Marina, Guardamar, La Zenia, and Cabo Roig. Torrevieja is a busy resort which has everything one would expect from the largest weekly street market in the area; sophisticated shops to large supermarkets, sandy beaches, two marinas (with plans for a major expansion in the near future) hospitals, and health centers; numerous restaurants and cafes and an extensive promenade..
Spain’s wonderful weather encourages a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle. There are clubs societies and recreational activities for everybody. Stunning golf courses and most resorts offer other facilities including tennis, swimming, gyms, and saunas.
Costa Calida is the coastline of the Murcia region and maintains an average annual temperature of 18°C. The coastline is varied, with rugged sandy bays at one extreme and the long smooth beaches of the Mar Menor on the other. The Mar Menor is a giant saltwater lagoon, and the surrounding area is now seeing an influx of golf courses, sporting facilities, and excellent infrastructure.
This has attracted many quality developers, who are building very affordable housing ideal for British clientele in search of a holiday home with rental potential. Its most famous area is the La Manga strip containing 4 championship golf courses and world-class sporting facilities surrounded by villas and apartment complexes that will rent throughout the year on sporting facilities alone.
Plans are in place for a new International Airport outside the regional capital Murcia and increased capacity at the already established San Javier (Murcia) Airport together with new motorway links throughout the region. This improved infrastructure and facilities are likely to sustain the recent trend of above-average price growth in the area.
Murcia the capital city of the region is a ‘must’ to visit. It is steeped in history and has an interesting ‘Old Quarter’ with beautiful tree-lined squares and pedestrianized shopping facilities. There are also many restaurants and cafes in which to sample regional dishes and, of course, traditional tapas.
One of the most popular holiday spots in Spain and with over 100 years of welcoming Foreign Tourists including Hollywood film stars and Royalty Mallorca continues to reign supreme in the Mediterranean.
It’s boom time once again for this Balearic Jewel where property prices remain buoyant and where there is something for everyone with properties starting from as little as £130,000 for an Apartment on the southeast coast rising up to a heavenly £10,000,000 if your need is for that palatial and private villa with infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at Valdermossa or Porta Andratx.
The southeast area of this island is lush and green with traditional Mallorcan stone walls adding to the rural charm. Away from the busy nightlife and discos, this is a paradise for the outdoor types who love the beaches, the coastal walks, pretty coves with beautiful white sandy beaches, many only accessible by footpath, and with the azure blue Mediterranean Sea as the backdrop.
Lovely locations such as Porto Cristo, Porto Colum, Cala d’or to name but just a few.
This area of Mallorca is very family orientated, safe, and quiet with mixed communities predominantly made up of English, Dutch, German & Scandanavian Nationalities. Enjoying the laid back lifestyle this area offers.
With the island’s airport at Palma being less than 2 hours flying time away from London it’s easy to see why Mallorca is sought after as the perfect destination to have a second or holiday home.
Everywhere on the island is easily accessible with good public road and rail infrastructure. Mallorca is also a boat lovers paradise, everyone who is anyone heads for Mallorca to down anchor in one of the pretty secluded coves or berth in one of the fantastic glitzy ports.
Golfers have several top-class clubs and resorts to choose from with some enjoying amazing views from the fairways down to the Mediterranean Sea. To the north of the island are the popular resorts of Alcudia and Pollensa whilst down the rugged and mountainous west coast are the magical villages and resorts of Soller, Dhia,Formentara and Valdermosa.
Finally down in the southwest corner of the island not only do you have the majestic capital Palma but just 20 minutes drive southwest from the capital are some of the most sought after locations on this island. Places where you will need to have a healthy bank balance to afford the luxury and privacy on offer in places like Porta Andratx, Santa Ponca, Cala Fornells, Cala Llamp, Porta Portals again just to name bit a few. These are the locations where the rich and the famous enjoy amazing views and sunsets from their secluded mountainside villas.
Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands, which are a group of seven major islands and six smaller ones situated in the Atlantic Ocean between 60 – 190 miles off the north-western coast of Africa.
Flying time to Tenerife from most UK airports is around 4 – 4.1/2 hours, and on arrival, local time is the same as Greenwich Mean Time.
Originally the Canaries were only a winter sun destination, but the combination of warm sunshine and fantastic modern holiday development has put the islands on the map 12 months of the year.
Mount Teide effectively splits the island in two. The cooler northern part is a lush tropical paradise with banana plantations and palm trees. Here, you will have a number of more cloudy days, and perhaps even a few rain days. In contrast, the south of the island is hot and dry with almost a desert-like landscape.
Ibiza is located in the Mediterranean Sea, to the east of the Spanish Peninsula, and is one of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza, which covers 572 km2, is a whole world in miniature and stretches from the coast inland. Ibiza -with its smooth relief- along with Formentera, make up the so-called Pitiusas islands. The Greeks referred to them as the islands of the pines, Ibiza itself being the larger of the two.
Throughout the 18 kilometers of natural sandy beaches, fringed by crystal clear waters, Ibiza offers a huge range of possibilities to cater for all types of preferences. On the majority of our beaches, there is a chance to do all kinds of water and outdoor sports. For those who enjoy hill walking or rambling, the Ibizan coast is a paradisiacal place to spend time. Away from the bars are the woods, coastal walking trails and quiet (if not deserted) beaches Places such as Santa Eulària d’es Riu and the small resorts and coves of the northeast are ideal for family holidays.
Ibiza offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Mediterranean, a daily event that draws thousands to witness the unbeatable drama laid on by nature.