What do you think of when you think of Northern Spain? Is it the 40 shades of green? Is it the majestic mountains? Might it be the amazing gastronomy? Or could it be the beaches? Do you even associate Northern Spain with having amazing beaches? If not, then you really should. Northern Spain is a beach lovers paradise. The quantity, quality and variety of splendid beaches to be found in the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia is hard to match. If you fancy a swim or a barefooted stroll along a soft sandy beach, here are a few of our Totally Spain favourites. Beaches we love and know you will too – from buzzing iconic city beaches to little known crowd-free gems. So, let’s dive in and go beach hopping in Northern Spain.
Peace and quiet in Spain? It’s true, Spain is a very lively country with many vibrant cities and people who like to stay up late. And over 80% of Spain’s 46 million population live in towns and cities. When you factor in some of the 80+ million tourists that visit Spain every year, you can quite easily encounter noise and over-crowding in Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. So here are Totally Spain‘s 20 handy tips to finding some peace and quiet in Spain…
Cantabria isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of visiting Spain’s Great Gardens but this Northern region is home to many unusual and unique ‘planned gardens’ perfect for fans of gardening and landscaping. Totally Spain has organised a number of custom Garden Tours for groups and would be happy to help you plan a Garden-themed tour to Cantabria and other parts of Spain.
Even after 18 years designing itineraries, it’s really hard to select the best beaches in Spain (and that’s not just because there are so many to choose from!) It’s because we know one person’s concept of a great beach can be somebody else’s nightmare. And we also know that within each travelling party, some people love sunbathing and swimming but others prefer to skip the beach to visit a museum, take a hike or visit a winery. Forearmed with this knowledge, here are eight of the best beach destinations in Spain for families and groups who need lots to see & do nearby.
It’s easy to observe the seasons on your plate in Spain because all the market stall holders, greengrocers, chefs and home cooks buy seasonal vegetables that are not only tastier but cheaper too! If you want to order the best of Spain’s seasonal vegetable dishes when travelling in Spain, here is our guide to what’s in season when.