If your idyllic overseas destination includes a seafront promenade, you’re spoilt for choice in Spain. Here are of some of our favourite esplanades for balmy evening strolls
Isla Canela, Costa Huelva
The ocean-facing side of Isla Canela, a golf and leisure resort on a 1,700-hectare island next to the Portuguese border, is a seven-kilometre stretch of unspoilt sandy beaches.
The eastern half of this stunning beachfront is accessed by a magnificent esplanade, which is overlooked by a string of apartment complexes, hotels and restaurants, all separated from the beach by a protected strip of vegetation.
The prom leads into the resort’s pretty marina, on a river estuary. The wilder western end is suited more to kite-surfers. Most of Isla Canela, which is connected by a bridge to the waterfront town of Ayamonte, is protected natural marshland. The resort includes a championship golf course.
Torre del Mar, Costa del Sol
The prom at Torre del Mar, the Costa del Sol’s principal resort east of Malaga, is said to be one of the longest in Europe. This is thanks largely to EU funding being used for improving the infrastructure there.
Following Torre’s uninterrupted four-kilometre-stretch of sandy beaches, fringed with restaurants, bars and apartment complexes, the esplanade reaches as far east as the pretty marina at Caleta de Vélez. Just 30 minutes from Malaga airport, typical buyers in Torre opt either for an apartment on one of the small beachfront complexes or a villa a few minutes off the seafront. The resort is geared primarily to families and retains a more Spanish feel than many of the resorts to the west of Málaga.
Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca
A stretch of coastline particularly popular with British expats, most of the beach resorts that make up the Orihuela Costa, just south of Torrevieja, are connected by an undulating coastal promenade.
The scenic walkway meanders between Punta Prima in the north and Dehesa de Campoamor in the south, and includes the resorts of Playa Flamenca, La Zenia and Cabo Roig, with its pretty harbour.
The path links a number of sandy beaches and coves, and includes cliff-top views of the famous La Manga strip in the distance. Front-line developments are popular there, although there is also plenty of choice for properties within a short walk from the promenade