Written by Ricky Bean,
Last Modified: 26th April 2022

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The British have been travelling and moving to Spain for centuries; here are some lesser explored Seaside towns in Spain that you need to know about.


From enchanting townships, to humble fishing villages, some of Spain’s best kept secrets are a short detour from the popular destinations. Spain has been luring British expats for years now, and it is predicted that up to 700,000 British expats call Spain home. If you’re looking for some off the beaten path destinations where you can find your piece of paradise, check out these seven seaside towns you need to know about in Spain.

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Here are seven great seaside towns your need to know about.

1. Altafulla, Catalonia

Looking for a sleepy seaside destination to melt your modern stresses, and give you a sense of blissful rejuvenation? Altafulla has rich culture and heritage, contrasted nicely by the pristine sandy beach that borders the town. Explore old ruins, join in one of their many festivals. or simply sleep the day away siesta style on your beach blanket in the sun.

2. Es Grau, Menorca

This secret seaside destination is a haven for families, with a tranquil shallow beach that shimmers blue and is perfect for wading. Enjoy snorkelling, kayaking or paddle boarding or check out the surrounding nature reserve. This idyllic beach town has a handful of restaurants and bars to enjoy, but for the most part is a place to visit for those looking to relax in the outdoor paradise on offer.

This secret seaside destination is a haven for families, with a tranquil shallow beach that shimmers blue and is perfect for wading.

3. Hondarribia, Pais Vasco

One of the Basque countries most charming seaside towns, Hondarribia is a must-visit destination for food lovers looking for some culinary indulgences. Feast your eyes and your taste buds on the sights, tastes and smells of this relaxing maritime town, located on the border between Spain and France. Rich architecture, a stunning beach and friendly locals add extra enticement.

4. Isla de la Toja, Galicia

This unspoilt island destination is protected from commercial development so exhibits a unique and wistful charm. Frequented by wealthy tourists and holiday-makers, this away-from-it-all location is a place where anonymity is easy. There is a beautiful shell encrusted church located in a small park which is decidedly unique. Off the coast of Isla de la Toja is a clam bed and during parts of the year you can watch locals, waist deep in the water, harvesting their clam feast.

Frequented by wealthy tourists and holiday-makers this away-from-it-all location is a place where anonymity is easy.

5. Peniscola, Castellon

Distinctly recognisable by the stately castle perched on a ridge overlooking the sea, the scenic beauty of Peniscola is nicely contrasted by its intriguing heritage and romantic charm. Tourists have certainly discovered Peniscola with plenty of amenities, restaurants and accommodations catering to holiday-makers from around Europe.

6. Ribadesella, Asturias

This quaint fishing port beach town has great historical significance, and offers visitors a mix of traditional medieval buildings juxtaposed by modern architecture. Ribadesella has stunning beaches and a lively fishing village. Visitors can explore a series of caves all year round, or explore pre-historic findings in one of the local museums.

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7. Salobreña, Granada

Only 45 minutes from Granada, Salobreña has lots to explore. The Old Town is set amongst cliffs and is best navigated by foot. Enjoy a lively cultural scene with year round concerts, plays and films. Most of all, sink your toes into the sand and relax under a beach umbrella while the tide washes all of your worries away.

Whether travelling to Spain for a holiday, to visit friends and family, or to join the 700,000 British expats who call Spain home, make sure to check out some of these lesser known seaside destinations while you are there.


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