Fishing nets in Santoña, Cantabria

The essence of coastal living. Watching the hustle and bustle in harbours and fish markets, strolling along the cliff tops and the beaches, savouring the finest fish and seafood… The seaside towns of Galicia, Asturias, and Cantabria are great to visit any time of year. These destinations combine nature, culture, and fine dining, and above all, keep alive their strong links to the sea.

Each has its own identity, but they are all ideally suited for a relaxing holiday in northern Spain. Baiona, in Galicia; Ribadesella and Llanes, in Asturias; San Vicente de la Barquera, Santoña, and Laredo, in Cantabria.  Find out a little more about each of them.

  • Baiona lighthouse

    Baiona is beautiful from the air and even more so on land, where you can stroll around the streets of its historic town centre, explore its shoreline, and sample its excellent food.

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  • Cubos de la memoria, by Agustín Ibarrola

    When you arrive in Llanes, your attention will immediately be caught by a breakwater of coloured cubes by the artist Agustín Ibarrola. And that is just the beginning.

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  • Estuary of the Sella

    At the estuary of a beautiful river with its own unique character (the Sella), Ribadesella forms part of landscapes like this one, enough in themselves to justify spending a few days here.

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  • Church of Santa María de los Ángeles

    The charm of San Vicente de la Barquera, with its monumental medieval architecture, its estuary and its maritime atmosphere, is intensified by the snowy mountaintops of the Picos de Europa in the background.

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  • Fishing boats in the harbour

    The fishing boats moored in Santoña harbour bathe in the changing lights of sunset. The seafaring character of the town can be felt from the docks to the streets. 

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  • The beach of La Salvé

    The beach of La Salvé, nearly five kilometres long, shapes the outline of Laredo, a maritime enclave on the Cantabrian Sea.

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