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.
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.
Totally Spain has been based in Northern Spain since we set up back in the year 2000 and we can attest to the fact that few things are more pleasurable than discovering the seafaring villages on the coast of Northern Spain. Of course, the coastal cities such as Bilbao, San Sebastian, Santander, Gijon, Coruña and Vigo are amazing too – but we recommend combining these with some of the charming little maritime jewels of Green Spain that are so perfect for bracing walks, indulgent seafood lunches and the authentic flavour of real Spain. Read on to find out which are our favourite fishing villages in Northern Spain…
Here at Totally Spain, we’ve organised custom tours and travelled extensively through Portugal. We’ve written guides on the Lisbon region, the Centro region and Porto and the North Region, and now it’s time for the Alentejo! We love planning trips to this region’s amazing beaches, charming medieval cities and spectacular landscapes. And do we need to mention the excellent regional cuisine and numerous wineries? Combine our recommendations for the Alentejo with a Lisbon citybreak or a touring holiday of Spain’s enchanting Extremadura and Andalusia… Continue reading
Nestled in between the cities of Lisbon and Porto and with the Atlantic coast to the West and Spain to the East, the Centro region has everything you need for a perfect midweek break. Here at Totally Spain, we’ve been devising itineraries for Spain & Portugal for over 16 years and we know it won’t be long before the international crowds arrive to explore Coimbra, Aveiro & Belmonte. See it now, we say, while it’s still relatively unknown outside of Portugal.