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					Spain
Certainly not short on charm or popularity, Spain has a wealth of amenities
for those who know how to enjoy life. Whether you are seeking a beachfront
resort, a city escape or a rural retreat, Spain has it all.




                                                                       Costa Brava
FABULOUS SUNSHINE AND
BEACHES HAVE BEEN
ATTRACTING VISITORS TO
SPAIN FOR MANY YEARS BUT
SPAIN IS PERFECT FOR
MANY TYPES OF HOLIDAYS.
From luxurious marinas and breathtaking mountains to beautiful
resorts and exhilarating nightlife, Spain can be whatever you want
it to be.
GREEN SPAIN is the countryside by shore between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay. The Regions of Galicia,         The COSTA CALIDA, or 'warm coast' is home to both the
Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, in northern Spain,        Mar Menor and La Manga Club. The 250km of coastline which
are home to some of most valuable and best-conserved ecological       lies between the Costa Blanca and Costa Almeria is shared by
areas in Europe. These are landscapes full of contrasts, with salt-   two seas: the Mar Menor, the biggest salt water lake in Europe
water rivers, endless greenery that can be discovered on              and one of the best places in the world for watersports; and on
horseback, by boat, or following an old Roman road. A coastline       the other side is the Mediterranean with the fine-sand beaches of
that stretches for more than 2,000 km, with cliffs, mountains,        Punta del Estacio, Ensenada del Esparto and Galúa.
forests, rivers, beaches, deep gorges and valleys.
                                                                     The COSTA DEL LA LUZ faces south-west into the sun
The COSTA BLANCA or 'white coast' is a land of many                  and the Atlantic and is aptly named the ‘Coast of Light’. Fine
contrasts with golden beaches, green valleys, mountains,                    golden sands, windsurfers’ winds, the historic cities of
quaint villages and over 150km of coastline                                      Seville and Cadiz, and Jerez de la Frontera – the home
overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean sea with an           Spain is a            of sherry – are some of the reasons this region is so
irresistible promise of sun and sand. As you begin                                    popular with the Spanish themselves.
to explore the Costa Blanca, its varied history           golfing paradise
and culture will become evident – owing to                with 313 courses              The COSTA BRAVA is a rugged corner of
early settlements of Romans, Iberians and the                                            Catalonia which has captivated artists such as
Carthaginians, you will come across                     spread across major              Dalí, Chagall and Picasso; its attractions range
archeological sites, castles and stone-carved             cities, mountain               from resorts like Lloret de Mar and Platja d’Aro
churches.                                                                               to the architecture of Girona and the scenic
                                                        areas and right on beauty of places such as Banyoles and Cadaqués.
The COSTA DEL SOL has built its success                                              Catalonia’s distinctness is evident in the Catalan
on its warm air and sea and almost guaranteed                  the coast
                                                                                  language and traditional festivals.
sunshine. Resorts range from Marbella – with its
exclusive marina at Puerto Banús – to Torremolinos, add                   COSTA DE ALMERÍA is a popular, modern tourist
dramatic mountain scenery and the spectacular cave at Nerja and      resort with natural areas where mankind has barely left its mark.
you have the perfect destination. There are 11 marinas on the        Enjoy varied folklore and plenty of fiestas, as well as popular
Costa del Sol, offering sailing and watersports facilities and most  handicrafts such as pottery, rugs and marble. Gastronomic
have magnificent nightlife and top restaurants, with many stylish    specialities such as paprika, gurullos (stews), and seafood soup
boutiques and shops of all kinds.                                    are also a legacy from the region's rich past.




                                                                                                                       Estepona, Costa del Sol



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    Fact file
    Experience first-hand “SPANISH
    EQUESTRIAN ART” at the Royal Andalusian
    School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera
    (Cadiz), Andalusia. Visit this internationally-
    renowned institution and tour its facilities, where
    you will see that horses form part of the culture of
    Andalusia. You will also be able to admire the way
    they dance to the beat of traditional Spanish
    music.
    THE ALHAMBRA is a beautiful complex of
    buildings and gardens in Granada. Its leafy tree-
    lined walkways provide pleasant shade and
    coolness, enhanced by the abundance of water
    that flows in its streams. It was the largest
    political and aristocratic centre of the Muslim
    West. The Palace premises are made up of
    beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous                                                                        Barcelona P. Güell ©Turespaña
    fountains. The oldest building is the Alcazaba
    (citadel).                                             Tourist Office                             Did you know?
    THE PYRENEES is the large mountain range               www.spain.info/uk                          Spain has 14 National Parks, all are
    which separates northern Spain from the rest of                                                   characterised by their variety,
    Europe, and is fascinating for its stunning natural    Official language Spanish
                                                                                                      mountains and wetlands, beaches
    landscapes. The range is 450 km long, reaching
    from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean.
                                                           Average temperatures                       and forests, volcanos, lava and lakes.
    Sports are an excellent medium by which to enjoy       Alicante, Costa Blanca                     but above all, by their stunning
    this extreme, abrupt countryside to the full.                                                     ecological wealth.
                                                           Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 20°C
    Just north of ALICANTE, the 17th-century               Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 24°C                  There are over 100 different cheeses
    parish church and the Calvario, Santa Ana and
    San Roque chapels make up the monumental               Malaga, Costa del Sol                      in Spanish gastronomy ranging from
    heritage of San Juan de Alicante.                                                                 curd like Burgos, cream like Torta del
                                                           Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 21°C
                                                                                                      Casar, blue like Cabrales, aged like
    THE ROMAN THEATRE in Cartagena,                        Jun–Aug 29°C Sep–Nov 23°C
    Murcia is now open to visitors. Hidden for                                                        Manchego, and smoked like Palmero.
    centuries under other buildings, the remains of the    Currency Euro
    Roman Theatre were only discovered in 1988 and
                                                                                                      Spain is the second most
    since then a major project has been underway to        Average flying time from UK 2–21/2 hours   mountainous country in Europe.
    carefully preserve and excavate the theatre.
               Playa de Mijas, Costa del Sol ©Turespaña




                                                                                                              Cala de Moraira, Costa Blanca ©Turespaña
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Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca




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                                                                        Costa del Sol




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Costa del Sol, Green Spain, Property for Sale




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                                                                        Costa de Almeria, Spain Property for Sale




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