Escape the Heat!: 4 Coastal Cities in Northern Spain to Keep you Cool

Tired of the scorching summer heat? Dreaming of a destination with a gorgeous coast, moderate temperatures and a constant coastal breeze? We get it! August is the hottest month, and you just want to escape and cool down by the beach. Well, we’ve got great news: Northern Spain has ideal temperatures in the summer months, making it a perfect time of the year to explore its stunning landscapes and charming cities! Whether you’re dreaming of a coastal capital city or a quaint fishing village, Northern Spain has got the summer destination for you. We’ve highlighted some beautiful towns and cities in each region to help kickstart your travel itinerary! Ready to escape the heat?

1. San Sebastian (Basque Country)

Overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, the Basque city of San Sebastian is known for its world renowned gourmet cuisine, pristine city beaches and charming Old Town. The ideal destination for pro surfers and foodies alike, a day in the picture perfect city goes something like this; a morning walk along the promenade of the shell-shaped La Concha Beach, then up the funicular to Mount Igueldo for spectacular views. When your tummy starts to growl, lunch is waiting for you at one of the famous Michelin Star restaurants! Burn off the cals with a stroll through the historic Old Town, followed by a dip in the sea… and it’s food time again! Spend the night hopping from pincho bar to pincho bar, feeling the vibrance of the city among the locals. Other coastal destinations to explore in Basque Country: Zarautz, Hondarribia

2. Cudillero (Asturias)

A 5,000 person fishing village in Asturias, don’t be fooled by Cudillero’s small size; its stunning beauty will make a HUGE impression! The town is built on a steep hill, whose colorful array of blue, green, orange and yellow houses wrap around the Cantabrian Sea. Eat freshly caught fish at one of the multiple seaside restaurants, or simply get lost in the flower-filled winding alleys with views of the crystalline water. Take a small fishing boat out from the dock and get a breathtaking view looking back at the rainbow village, or just enjoy the gorgeous landscape at one of its many surrounding beaches. Other coastal destinations to explore in Asturias: Gijón, Ribadesella, Llanes.

3. Muros (Galicia)

Another enchanting fishing village, Muros is a 10,000 person town in Galicia characterized by its picturesque seaside promenade that lines the Muros-Noia Bay. Walk along the promenade and find yourself sandwiched between the white “galeria-style” houses of the Old Town on one side, and hundreds of docked fishing boats swaying in the bay on the other side. One of Spain’s largest seaports in the 15th century, get a feel for the provincial seaside lifestyle by visiting the historic fisherman cottages, or going to the bi-weekly street market. Oh, and don’t forget to try the regional favorite dish, pulpo a la gallega, or octopus dressed with olive oil and paprika! Other coastal destinations to explore in Galicia: Combarro, Baiona, A Coruña.

4. Santander (Cantabria)

The coastal capital city of Cantabria, Santander  is a historical city packed with bustling plazas, seaside promenades, vibrant tapas bars and gorgeous surrounding beaches. Visit the pristine fine sand beach El Sardinero, or explore the city’s old town and visit the Gothic style cathedral, Catedral de la Asunción. Then, branch off to the surrounding areas and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Altamira Caves. While there’s plenty to discover within the Cantabrian capital, the city is extremely well connected to the rest of the region, making it an excellent place to start your Cantabrian adventure!  Other coastal destinations to explore in Cantabria: Castro Urdiales, Laredo, San Vincente de la Barquera.

As you can see, there are endless coastal destinations in Northern Spain waiting to be discovered this summer. So, pack your bags and escape the heat! The question is, which one will you explore first? Written by: Casie Tennin August 10, 2017

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