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Costa Brava is a coastal region of northeastern Catalonia, Spain, in the comarques of Alt Empordà and Baix Empordà, in the province of Girona. Costa is the Spanish and Catalan word for 'coast', and brava means 'rugged'.

In the 1950s the Costa Brava was identified by Spain’s Franco government as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination, mainly for tourists from Northern Europe and especially the United Kingdom. The combination of a very good summer climate and excellent beaches was exploited by the construction of large numbers of hotels and apartments in such seaside resorts as Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and l'Estartit. Tourism rapidly took over from fishing as the principal business of the area.

Whilst part of the Costa Brava coastline leant itself to tourist developments on a very large scale other parts have retained a more traditional look and have become "hidden gems" for visitors who want a little more than sun, sand and sangria. Small towns like Cadaqués (close to the French border and close to the foothills of the Pyrenees) have attracted artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso and are now fashionable resorts. The coast between Roses and Tossa de Mar has many delightful small coastal towns such as Pals, Begur, Tamariu, Llafranc, Aigua Blava and Calella de Palafrugell.

Lloret de Mar, the largest resort in the Costa Brava

Costa del Azahar (Spanish for Orange Blossom Coast) is the name for the coast of the provinces Castellón and Valencia and part of Alicante in Spain, from Alcanar to the Cabo de la Nao. Well known towns on the Costa del Azahar include Peñíscola, Benicàssim, Castellón de la Plana, Sagunt, Valencia, Cullera, Gandia, Denia, and Xàbia.

Alicante is one of the three main cities of the province of Valencia and the capital of the Costa Blanca, boasting a lovely Mediterranean climate, venerable history, gorgeous beaches, and locals who take great pride in their city and what it has to offer. With a population of around 400,000, Alicante continues to grow and define itself as one of the prime tourist cities of the world. A wonderful mix of cultures and influences can be seen here. In the 4 th century, Alicante was founded by the Greeks, with the Romans following a century later. It is said that Hannibal first unloaded his white elephants in Alicante. The Moors then ruled Alicante from the 8 th century to the 13 th century until the Christians incorporated it into the kingdom of Valencia in the 14 th century. Relics and ruins can still be seen in Alicante's older areas, and tours are readily available at cost.

Today, Alicante lives up to its fame as a city of culture and a "City of Light", offering beautiful surroundings by day and a thriving nightlife by night, ensuring tourist crowds from all over the world. The
Paseo Maritimo, located across the harbor, is a favorite place for strolling and walking, and there is a lovely promenade right along the beach. Restaurants and hotels are plentiful in the area, and for those looking for a little rest and relaxation, Alicante offers some of the best beaches in the Costa Blanca, with fine sand, rugged coves, and beautiful waters.

Costa Blanca refers to the over 200 kilometres of coastline belonging to the Province of Alicante in Spain. The name "Costa Blanca" was devised as a promotional name used by BEA when they launched their air service (for £38.16s.-) between London and Valencia in 1957. It has a well developed tourism industry and is a popular destination for British and German tourists. It extends from the towns of Denia in the north, beyond which lies the Costa de Valencia, to Torrevieja in the south, beyond which lies the Costa Calida. It includes the major tourist destinations of Benidorm and Alicante.

The Costa Cálida is the approximately 250 km stretch of Mediterranean coastline of the Spanish province of Murcia. This region has a micro-climate which features comparatively hot mean annual temperatures (and hence its name, "Warm Coast") and a relative degree of aridity (precipitation averaging less than 34 cm annually).

Costa Cálida is an extensive stretch in the Spanish coastline where the harsh mountain landscape prolongs its stark tranquillity to the sea edge.  It is horizon of oleanders, prickly pears and wild dwarf palms, that recalls, on some or other watchtower, the danger of piracy and appears with the same solemn calm as in the times of the adventurous sailors prepared to return with their ships full to the brim. The cry of the seagulls and the buzzing of the cicada are sometimes the only sounds that break the luminous atmosphere. Yet there is even more cause for curiosity. The contrast between the old fishing towns and the vegetable garden cities, whose characters it owes to both the almost mythic fertility of the fields and great monuments, might easily make you believe that the distance between the two is actually greater. Murcia is a small region. A short journey of 100 Km. between the two most distant points will reveal very different areas. The mines, the vegetable gardens and the mountains, along with the coastline, have been its main features throughout a long history full of events that very well could pass for legends. Our only goal is to encourage the curiosity of the traveller, as, in such a short space, it would be impossible to combine each and every feature that adds to the appeal of Murcia. Although it can be difficult not to give in to laziness when lying on a beach, it is well worth the effort.

Alicante beaches and promenade

The Costa del Sol is a region which comprises the coastal towns and communities in the western part of Málaga province in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The name translates as "Sunny Coast" in English. Formerly a series of quiet fishing settlements, the region has been completely transformed in the latter part of the 20th century into a tourist destination of world renown, with a near-continuous urban agglomeration of settlements and resorts running along the length of the coastline.

It consists of the area west of the city of Málaga and east of the border with Cádiz province, along the Mediterranean coastline. It includes the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Torrox, Puerto Banús and Estepona.

Settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, and it has been alternatively ruled by many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, before the Reconquista.

Traditionally composed of fishing villages, the area was discovered for international tourism in the 1950s and has since been a popular destination for foreign tourists not only for its beaches, but also its tourist culture.

In recent years the Costa Del Sol has become known to golf enthusiasts as the 'Costa Del Golf' due to the vast number of high quality golf courses in the area. Attracting golfers from all over Europe and indeed the world, the area has benefited from an increase in tourism and is seeing an increasing number of new complexes being developed to house the growing number of keen golfers in the area.

The area is urbanised, with a thick ribbon of densely-packed buildings running along most of the coast. Architectural styles are a mixture of low-rise, whitewashed villas and much high-rise development, especially among the tourist resorts.

Marbella beach side

Costa de la Luz

Costa da Morte is part of the Spanish Galician coast between the villages of Muros and Noia (in Rías Baixas) and the city of A Coruña (in the so-called Rías Altas). It is an area that has been impacted by a number of oil spills including the spill from the Prestige in 2002.

Instead of being sheltered by an intricate coastline or by islands as the Rías Baixas, the shore is exposed directly to the Atlantic Ocean. The exterior cape region is known for anthropological, historical and geographical reasons. Its name in the Galician language is Fisterra, which descends from the pre-Roman legend which held that this area was the end of the world (Finis-terrae). The area was largely christianized by the Catholic Church by means of the Way of St. James. Even so, the people of the area still conserve ritual places and traditional beliefs, including the giant pedras de abalar ("oscillating stones"), and the legend that wild nightmares are created by the wind.

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