Looking at the calendar, the summer should be coming to a close very soon, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t go to the beach. If, like me, you tend to shy away from the busy crowds during the peak season and prefer to visit the coast when it’s less busy, now is the perfect time to go.
Below is some information about some of the country’s most beautiful and enchanting coastal villages and towns, the majority of which you may never have heard of or visited. We often stick to going to the same places that we know or love, despite the fact that there is so much more out there to explore.
These villages have their own unique personality and characteristics, and we’re certain that for those that like to travel and discover new places, you’ll fall in love with their charm straightaway.
O Vicedo (Lugo)
This is a lovely coastal village in the Marina Occidental area of Galicia. The River Sor runs into the sea here and the beaches are made up of fine sand. The surrounding area is filled with greenery and from O Vicedo, you can enjoy some stunning views of the Coelleira Island, a sanctuary for thousands of migratory birds. Other places of interest include the medieval bridge of Porto, the Mosende church and the Pazo Casa do Paisano.
A picturesque and colourful fishing village that sits of the coast of the Basque Country’s province of Vizcaya, there is plenty to see here including the old quarter, the Santa Catalina lighthouse and the Asunción de Santa María Cathedral. Another stand-out feature is the Island of San Nicolás, which is situated close to the Karraspio beach. During low tide, it is possible to walk to the island on foot. Legend has it that during the Middle Ages, those suffering from leprosy were moved to the island so that other residents didn’t catch the disease.
This is another town with a fishing background, and a whole array of brightly coloured buildings too. The town dates back many centuries, which is evident in its historic buildings of interest. As well as the main beaches, you can also visit plenty of stunning small coves. Cala Racó Conill is a well-known nudist beach, where visitors can enjoy nature, practise diving and go fishing too.
This town of Moorish influence is often overlooked as it is so close to Benidorm, yet it is one of the most magical on the Costa Blanca. Although the historic quarter, which sits 238 metres above sea level, is located inland, Finestrat actually has 267 metres of coast that goes from the Punta del Tossal to the point where the Barranco de la Cachola River flows into the sea at the Cala de Finestrat. This is a great area to enjoy nature and practise walking and hiking.
El Rompido (Huelva)
El Rompido is a typical fishing village, yet it still manages to maintain its charm despite offering a wide selection of activities to the tourist. The whole family will enjoy the Aquapolis de Cartaya water park, while extreme water sports enthusiasts will love windsurfing and kitesurfing. Off the water, the Zúñiga Castle has been declared a National Monument.
Agua Amarga (Nijar, Almería)
This is a really spectacular place for both sea and nature scenery. Agua Amarga is a typical picture-postcard whitewashed village, with narrow cobbled streets and pristine gardens. It forms part of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. You can walk to the spectacular Cala de Enmedio virgin beach from the village and enjoy nature at its best, while nearby you can visit the Mesa Roldán, an old volcanic outcrop with a lighthouse and vigil point at the top. From here the views are impressive.
This is one of Spain’s oldest towns dating back to Iberian times, and it forms part of the Ebro Delta. There is so much to see here in terms of different landscapes, from rolling hills to flowing rivers, lagoons and spectacular beaches, which are its standout feature. It is also known for its magnificent cuisine specialising in a huge variety of seafood such as oysters, eels, fish and shellfish.
L’Ametlla de Mar (Tarragona)
Another beautiful fishing village located on the Mediterranean coast with a huge personality, its main attractions are also its stunning beaches, such as the famous Cala Estany. While visitors can practise water sports in abundance, the town also has plenty to offer historically, archeologically and gastronomically.