|La Manga - Cala del Pino © Robert Bovington|
|The coast of Morocco viewed from Tarifa (Cádiz) © Robert Bovington|
Costa del Azahar
|Nerja - view from Balcón de Europa © Robert Bovington|
The Costa Dorada is the coastal region of southern Catalonia and extends from Barcelona down to the Ebro delta. This 'Golden Coast' is so called because it comprises over 200 kilometres of golden sands. These fine sandy beaches are washed by crystal clear waters and bordered by lush green mountains.
Sitges, Salou and Cambrils are the principle resorts of this region.
Salou is the biggest, more down-to-earth resort. Its main attractions are its theme parks like Port Aventura and Costa Caribe, its discos and its clubs. However, its beaches are pretty good and have 34 European Blue Flags for being the tidiest, safest and cleanest sparkling waters on the Mediterranean.
Sitges is more sophisticated and is popular with young weekenders from Barcelona. It has an old-world charm - its old town built on a promontory and there are a number of good museums there, especially those displaying works of art. The Cau Ferrat was the house-cum-studio of artist and writer Santiago Rusiñol and now houses work by famous artists including Picasso and El Greco. The Palau Mar I Cel was built by American Charles Deering to house his art collection and many paintings and objets d'art are on display there. The Museu Romàntic is a perfectly preserved 19th century house displaying the lifestyle of a family of Catalan householders.
Cambrils is a traditional Spanish fishing town, with narrow cobbled streets, traditional old buildings and excellent seafood restaurants. Fishing is still a feature of the town's economy - the fishing boats look rather odd with their large lamps that enable the fishermen to fish at night.
There are two major cities on the Costa Dorada - Barcelona and Tarragona.
|Calahonda (Granada) © Robert Bovington|
I used to think that Spain was a land of sun-baked villages and crowded beaches - a land of bullfights, flamenco, fiestas and fantastic Moorish cities.
I was misguided. There exists a different Spain - a Spain of verdant landscapes, babbling brooks and plunging waterfalls. The regions of Cantabria, Galicia and the Asturias, in the north of Spain, are a world away from the parched landscapes of the south. Not for nothing is it known as Green Spain.
Galicia has a diverse coastline - rugged and isolated in the south, white sandy beaches in the north.
Cantabria has plenty of variety to offer the traveller. There are fishing villages and miles of unspoilt beaches and, inland, there are the Cantabrian Mountains that include the snow-capped heights of the Picos de Europa.
The Asturias also has beautiful sandy beaches and verdant countryside. The Picos de Europa National Park extends into this region also.
The coastal strip of these delightful regions is known as the Costa Verde.
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