When traveling to Spain, you might think that you will be watching a lot of football, enjoying tapas fiesta restaurants, plenty of fresh fruit and lots of historical importance on display in festivals and celebrations. However, you would also be correct in thinking of Spain as a bit of a coastal holiday giant because it has some of the finest coastal cities and towns and even villages, in Europe. The design of these cities has been influenced by the shipping and merchant cultures of old. You can still see the effects of the previous generations who once fared the seas and fished for a living by the fact that ports that were once used by them, have been reserved and kept as boating ports now. Let’s explore and compare 3 different coastal cities in Spain.
Facing east, Calahonda is a small town of about 7,000 homes. It’s got a lot of open access to the oceans so you should be wary of how far out you are going before you step onto the boat. The ocean here is pretty docile but occasionally, currents from the Mediterranean can be a little scary if you are in a small sailboat.
There are lots of water activities to be found here. Snorkeling is popular during the hotter months as the rich blue waters turn to turquoise and become the perfect playground for those who want to explore the 30-50-ft seafloor below. The town has a tram service that goes from west to east, across the entire area. The beach is long and extensive, so you can always find a place to be alone and sunbathe in peace.
Castell de Ferro
This is also a small quaint town that looks eastward. It’s a very important town for it’s agricultural produce that is bought by towns and cities further inland in Spain. The weather is beautiful, with sunshine arriving from Italy and the cool breeze arriving from France
It’s got a long beach as well, so you can find somewhere to play with the kids and rest. The town has very modern apartments which are in some very interestingly painted buildings. Everywhere you look you find white, pink, orange, yellow and even red-painted all over the complexes. The main difference is, that it seems to be built onto a hill so you will be going up and down the streets as you shop.
Marbella has perhaps the longest of all the beaches thus far, as it’s 27 kilometers in length. It’s got a series of popular nightclubs, villas and hotels. Not to mention, it also has some great contemporary apartments. But are there brilliant Apartment in Marbella? Of course, you can find them near the beach with a view out towards the sea. It’s a great opportunity to go with friends, cook what you want, and have your own bed as you enjoy the sun, restaurants and niche water activities.
Which of these towns is your favorite? If you would like something more traditional in the way of a Spanish town go to Castell de Ferro. If you want something modern go to Marbella, and if you want a mix of both, go to Calahonda.