With ancient buildings and awe inspiring architecture, a vibrant Gothic Quarter, Michelin Star restaurants, beautiful stretches of golden sand beaches and a sophisticated marina boasting multi million euro yachts, Barcelona truly is a city of contrasts.Spain’s northern costas are the least visited, mainly due to their location facing the Atlantic Ocean bringing with it a much milder climate and bitter winters.
It’s not all doom and gloom, and these teething problems with the language barrier are far surpassed by the benefits of holidaying and living in this wonderful country.
The two most popular in terms of annual visitors and foreign residents are the Costa Blanca which incorporates the party capital of Benidorm and beautiful resort area of Orihuela Costa, and the Costa del Sol where you will find Malaga, Marbella and the lesser known but lovely town of Fuengirola.
Both Benidorm and the area known as Orihuela Costa are two such places where English is spoken and understood widely, and if it wasn’t for the weather, beaches and palm trees there are parts of Benidorm where you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in Blighty!
These places offer good work prospects for non Spanish speakers, especially in the catering trade, and for holidaymakers, boast fantastic attractions and activities, and so many bars and restaurants you would need all year to visit each one.
The vibrant and sophisticated city of Valencia has a Costa of the same name and receives tourists from around the world to visit its amazing City of Arts and Sciences that incorporates a huge area divided into different themes such as a visually stunning Planetarium and Oceanografic that is home to a staggering 45,000 fish, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates from 500 different species.
The other main draw to the city is its yearly festival known as Las Falles de Valencia (The Fires of Valencia), a combination of street parades, marching bands, street parties, elaborate firework displays and the burning of huge wood and paper puppets.