Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean. It is known for its lively atmosphere, good weather and festivities and traditions, as well as for its cuisine. Boat charters in Spain are a wonderful option for getting around its islands or the hundreds of kilometers of coastline, taking advantage of the sun on the Mediterranean coast or enjoying the landscape in the Bay of Biscay.
Spain perfectly combines coast destinations with cultural or natural visit options. With a long history and European and Arab influences, there is a great architectural heritage to know, from the Alhambra in Granada to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Throughout the year there are festivals in various cities that are cultural heritage, such as Easter, Carnival, San Fermin or the Fallas.
But one of the biggest attractions of Spain is the beach, thanks to good weather and the infrastructure of a country that lives devoted to tourism. From north to south there are different options for everyone. From overcrowded long sandy beaches, for those who prefer animation, to hidden rocky coves for peace and quiet.
This country is formed by a peninsula surrounded almost entirely by water and two main archipelagos, the Balearics and the Canaries, so the beaches in Spain are endless. The various seas surrounding the peninsula and the Spanish climate and landscape diversity supply Spain with a wealth of very different beaches for all tastes, and boat rentals in Spain will allow you to know them all. The ones bathed by the Atlantic usually have colder water, and in the Mediterranean there are a lot of sandy and several kilometers long beaches. Below there are detailed some of the best beaches in Spain.
Ses Illetes beach is on the island of Formentera, in the Balearic Islands. Travelers have considered it the best in Spain and one of the best in Europe and the world recently. It is located in the north of the island, forming an arm combining white sand with rocks and pebbles that goes into the sea. It is called Ses Illetes (The Isles) after the small islands that rise in front of it.
Bolonia beach is on Tarifa, Cadiz. It is almost four kilometers long and is of fine sand and high dunes at some points. Usually there it blows a strong wind, making it one of the best beaches in Spain for surfing and windsurfing.
Known as As Catedrais (The Cathedrals), Carricelas or Aguas Santas, this beach is in Ribadeo, Galicia. Usually it has a lot of affluence in both summer and winter because it is a natural monument of great beauty. It consists of rock cliffs and vegetation, various caves and small strips of sand, which are accessible only at low tide.
Cala Macarella and his little sister Macarelleta are movie beaches. Not surprisingly, Macarelleta was the filming location of a popular Spanish beer commercial in 2010. The Mediterranean stamp that they both offer is wonderful. Small white sand beaches and crystalline waters, all surrounded by lush green vegetation. Both are ideal for approaching by sea, so boat charters in Menorca are the best choice to access them.
The cuisine of Spain is based on the Mediterranean diet. It is healthy, complete and tasty. It is also very varied because of the different landscapes, climates and cultures in the country. The olive oil is present everywhere, and it is used for cook or dress many dishes, both raw and cooked. There are excellent quality vegetables and local fruits, seafood from the coast and meat.
Beyond the well-known paella, each area of Spain has its own star dishes like Galician octopus, the Madrilenian stew, Andalusian gazpacho, Canarian wrinkly potatoes or Catalan bread with tomato. To make a good meal and try a little of everything, tapas are highly recommended.
In recent years, the cuisine of Spain has gained international renown for its chefs and restaurants that have won numerous awards. Ferran Adrià was the best chef in the world for several years, when he was running the restaurant El Bulli. Now El Celler de Can Roca in Girona and Mugaritz and Arzak in San Sebastian fight for the top places in the list of the best restaurants that writes each year the Restaurant magazine.
As usual in the Mediterranean, the best time to sail in Spain is between May and October, when temperatures are higher, rainfall is at its minimum and the wind blows with less intensity. It is more comfortable to sail during these months, but boat rentals in Spain are available all-year long and in autumn and winter there are enough sunlight hours to enjoy the sea.
The temperature in Spain varies substantially from north to south and from coast to the inner areas, as well as in the Canary Islands. The Mediterranean coast rarely reaches average temperatures over of 25 degrees Celsius in summer, while the Atlantic is around 20 in August. Winter temperatures are mild near the sea, approaching 10 degrees Celsius on the north coast and with higher temperatures in the Mediterranean area. In the Canary Islands there is a moderate climate all year round, with temperatures that often are between 20 and 30 degrees.
The North Coast is the rainiest area in Spain, highlighting particularly Galicia and the Basque Country. Autumn is the rainiest season in Spain. In the Mediterranean coast usually it rains less as we go south, and in consequence the landscape becomes more arid. In summer on the Mediterranean coast there are just a few rainy days.
The temperature of the sea in Spain also varies by region, being colder in the Atlantic and the Cantabrian than in the Mediterranean. The water in the north of the Mediterranean coast exceeds 25 degrees in midsummer and the Costa del Sol average temperature is 28 degrees, reached in August. In the Canary Islands the water temperature does not usually go below 20 degrees on average. In the Bay of Biscay in summer the sea is around 20 and in winter it can drop to about 11 degrees.
Like the other climatic characteristics, the wind varies in Spain depending on the area. In the Mediterranean, one of the main winds is the Levante, east, reaching its highest speed near the Strait of Gibraltar. The west wind in this area softens winter temperatures but also increases them in summer. In the Atlantic and the Cantabrian this wind drags storms along the coast. The Tramontane, north, blows strongly in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. The Canaries have the dominated the trade winds constantly blowing from east and northeast.
Spain has several international airports, both in the Iberian Peninsula and in many of its islands. Those with more passenger traffic are the capital one, Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas (MAD) and Barcelona-El Prat (BCN), Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Malaga-Costa del Sol (AGP) and Gran Canaria (LPA). Some coastal or island airports are also busy like Alicante-Elche (ALC), Tenerife South (TFS), Ibiza (IBZ), Lanzarote (ACE), Fuerteventura (FUE) and Valencia (VLC).
The main Spanish airline is Iberia from the IAG group after the merger with British Airways. It is part of the Oneworld global alliance. Its subsidiary Vueling is the leading low cost carrier in Spain. You can reach the Spanish airports from virtually every country in the world and connections to other European places are many and good.
Get in Spain by boat is an option if you are traveling from another country in the Mediterranean. Barcelona is the departure or stop port of many cruises that connect the Mediterranean destinations in summer. In addition, there are regular boat routes that connect Spain with Italy, Algeria and Morocco. To move from the mainland to the Balearic Islands you can use a regular line or boat charters in Barcelona, Denia or another port near the archipelago. If traveling north, you can also reach the Cantabrian ports like San Sebastian and Bilbao from the United Kingdom by ferry.
You can get in Spain by train from other European countries such as Portugal, France, Switzerland and Italy. The high speed train TGV-AVE connects Paris with Barcelona in just six hours.
There are bus lines that connect Spain most European countries. You can also get in by private vehicle. The roads are in good condition and the network of highways and expressways is very extensive. Some European highways or E-roads connect Spain with the rest of the continent, such as E05 and E15 from United Kingdom to Algeciras, the E70 between Galicia and Turkey, or the E80 and the E90 to Iran or Iraq.