Wine routes of the Spanish coast
You are sure to have heard of Spain’s beaches, their high quality and varied leisure activities. Did you know, though, that you can also discover them through local wine culture. The wine routes located in Spain’s coastal areas are a great opportunity to discover the world of wine culture while you spend a wonderful holiday by the sea
Indulge two passions at once: wine and the sea. Can you imagine it? Well in Spain this is possible. With its coastal wine routes you have the chance to explore some of the country’s most beautiful seaside areas. Not only will you find vineyards and wineries, but also excellent beaches with the blue flag designation, great facilities for water sports, fishing villages, golf courses, major nature reserves and a host of further options. Come and discover the wine culture of the Spanish coast: you will spend some amazing days by the sea.
The beauty of Green Spain
The Rías Baixas Wine Route takes you to Galicia, in northern Spain. Here you will find pleasant temperatures and beaches with fine, white sand in towns such as Sanxenxo, O Grove and Vilagarcía de Arousa. Following the wine route you can also enjoy other activities: rest and relax at the renowned spa resort on La Toja Island, go scuba diving or sailing at the Rías Baixas Marine Resort, plan an outing to the Islas Atlánticas National Park, discover the maritime traditions of the O Salnés region, or sample typical produce at the region’s traditional gastronomic fiestas.
In Andalusia, in the heart of the Costa de la Luz in Cádiz province, you will find the Marco de Jerez Wine and Brandy Routes. Six of its municipal districts offer the chance to visit local wineries and then go for a swim on excellent, clean beaches: Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Chipiona, Rota, El Puerto de Santa María, Chiclana and Puerto Real. What is more, the wonderful weather in the area and the many sailing clubs around mean you can do water sports all year round. This is not all there is to do, however: you will find everything from spa resorts and thalassotherapy centres to a dozen golf courses and river walks in the Doñana National Park, Sancti Petri Island and the Bahía de Cádiz Nature Reserve.
The Canary Islands paradise
Tenerife is another destination with a host of vineyards and beaches. On this island in the Canaries you can do the Tenerife Wine Route and nearby there are beaches with volcanic sand such as La Arena, and fishing villages like Pris. There are also many viewpoints from which to enjoy the wonderful contrast between green landscapes and the blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Scuba diving, paragliding, hiking, fishing, water-skiing… these are just a few of the options on offer in this region. Not forgetting the delicious gastronomy, with dishes such as “parrotfish with wrinkled potatoes” or “squid with green pepper”.
To make the most of your stay, the best thing is to visit the tourist offices in each destination where they will give you full information. Don’t think twice – come and try the wine routes: they will give you the chance to discover Spain in an original, unusual way.
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