With over 5000 miles of coastline, many parts of which are home to some of the best beaches in the world, there are plenty of options when it comes to a getaway by the sea in Spain. While some may be known all over the world, attracting hoards of tourists each year, these are some Spanish seaside destinations that are still considered to be hidden gems, and are much preferred by the locals than the internationally-known areas.
Located on the Bay of Biscay in the mountainous Basque Country, San Sebastian is a picturesque town that has recently become quite the foodie destination. In addition to its scenic beaches, from Playa de la Concha to Playa de Ondarreta, San Sebastian is also home to a few of the best restaurants in the world. In addition to these globally-acclaimed venues, the town is also known for their unique take on tapas, called pintxos here, with plenty of small local cafés at which you can sample this. When you are not relaxing at the beach or tasting your way around town, take the time to admire the area’s extraordinary architecture, which can be seen just about everywhere you turn.
The west coast of Cantabria is home to 50 kilometers of coastline, with lush green hills providing a beautiful backdrop to the water. Charming fishing towns line the coast, dotted with ancient farmsteads and meadows of roaming cattle. Since a large portion of the coastline comes within the boundaries of a protected natural area, the beaches here are immaculate, with San Vicente de la Barquera and Comillas being two of the best.
The Asturias region is loved for its accessibility to both the sea as well as the mountains, and is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Spain. Lined with cliffs, this part of the coastline is always exciting to explore, and is dotted with quaint historic towns. Cudillero is one of these seaside towns, and this historic fishing village has buildings that date to the 13th century, along with restaurants that serve up the tastiest of fresh seafood. For those seeking a specialty, give curadillos a try, which is a locally cured fish that you will likely spot being hung up to dry over many of the homes in town.
While Costa Brava may be quite a developed part of the Spanish coastline, there are still quiet areas to be found, such as Tamariu. This area can be found between Palamos and Cadaques, and boasts some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. Fishing villages dot the horseshoe bays, and this is another destination where you will find seafood of the highest quality.
While many stretches of the Spanish coastline may be packed with pulsating beach resorts, there are still some areas at which you can enjoy a quintessential Spanish experience. From the towering limestone cliffs of Asturias to the secluded sandy beaches of western Cantabria, these destinations offer the best of the seaside, along with so much more.