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North of Spain Road Trip ~ Hello965

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Hello Explorers!!

For the North of Spain, the above is a route I recommend you to take on a roadtrip. Basically you could start-off with either San Sebastian and end it in Coruña, or the other way around.

  • A Coruña كرورونيا
  • Gijon خيخون
  • Santander سانتاندير
  • Bilbao بيلباو
  • San Sebastian سان سيباستيان

I’ve done this trip back in 2012. San Sebastian was my absolute favorite. Another city that I haven’t added in here, is Pamplona. If you have the time, pass by it it’s only 2 hours drive from San Sebastian!

 

A Coruña

A Coruña

The best sea-food ever. A Coruña (Castilian: La Coruña) is a port city, beachy hot spot and cruise-ship stop; a busy commercial centre and a cultural enclave; a historic city and a modern metropolis with a buzzing nightlife – all in all, an intriguing place to discover.

Gijon

Gijon

Gijon is a city by the sea, which is omnipresent in its geography and activities. Nature has given the city the gift of numerous stunning beaches all along its coastline.

In the summer the beaches are the destination for families, friends and lovers who come to sunbath, partake in water sports or simply enjoy the natural coastline. The beaches aren’t abandoned during the autumn and winter months, when they are perfect spots for a stroll, fishing and just taking in some lovely fresh air. If you are into active tourism, adventure or outdoor activities, Gijon offers a host of possibilities.

Santander

Santander

Modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint.
But Cantabria’s capital makes the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander, and it’s a lively place to spend a day or two, with good city beaches, bustling shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, and a few cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.
Bilbao

Bilbao

Revitalized by the success of its Guggenheim Museum, the energetic city of Bilbao is set amid the spectacular green hills of the Basque Country.

 San Sebastian

San Sebastián

This elegant seaside resort boasts one of Europe’s best city beaches; its superb cuisine is at its most affordable in the pintxos bars of the old quarter.

Pamplona

Pamplona

An intriguing destination, which comes alive during the bull-running of July’s San Fermín festival. (I’ve posted about this event before on snapchat!!)

Que tenga un buen viaje, Adios!
Hello965

Best Beaches in Spain

Playa de Ses Illetes – FORMENTERA

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The island is surounded by crystal clear waters lapping the pink, coral-encrusted golden sand. Illetes beach is a superb place to swim, snorkel, chill out and relax.

 

Playa Arenales, ALICANTE

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This warm-water beach is a few kilometers from Elche (Alicante) or even the city of Alicante. Although Spaniards think it had lost its charm because of the overcrowded buildings that were built for tourists, it still remains until today one of the most popular beaches in these two cities for its sandy and clean and so warm waters. In the summer months its considered to be the warmest throughout the Alicante coast.  It’s also an area of ​​consistent waves, not high though not high.

Isla Canela, HUELVA

Isla Canela is a natural island joined by a bridge to Ayamonte (Huelva), a town with pure Andalusian charm, it has become a popular tourist destination for Spanish and Portuguese holidaymakers. It shares the charms of both Andalusia and the Algarve, and is set within an area of spectacular coastal scenery, with wide, sandy beaches, sand dunes and salt marshes.

Isla Canela is easily accessible from any part of Europe as there are two airports, Seville airport
(160 kms by motorway A-49 Huelva – Seville) and Faro airport in Portugal (50 kms crossing the international bridge that unites Spain and Portugal.

Playa de Bolonia – TARIFA

Bolonia Tarifa

Little paradise. Not busy at all, lovely white sand and you can see the coast of Morocco.

Playa de las Catedrales – RIBADEO

Beautiful, Make sure you visit at low tide! Beware though…it gets VERY busy.

La Concha Beach – SAN SEBASTIAN

The jewel of San Sebastian, La Concha beach, recently ranked in the top 15 beaches in Europe according to TripAdvisor. There is no doubt; the charm of this urban beach is unique in the world and something everyone would absolutely appreciate.

La Caleta beach – CADIZ

Flanked by two castles, beautiful water with perfect temperature, excellent public showers and bathrooms. And this is a urban beach, next to the center of Cadiz.

Cala de Sa Calobra – MAJORCA

Majorca

A very small beach with crystal clear waters, A MUST.

Cala de Algaiarens – MENORCA

On the north western side of Menorca Cala Algaiarens is between Cala Morell on the west and Cala Carbó on the eastern side. Cala Algaiarens is a large wide cove split into two medium sized golden sandy beaches known as Plaja des Bot on the eastern side and Platja es Tancats on the western side. Both beaches have calm protected sea and are shallow for quite a distance. It’s a popular cove with the locals and tourists alike.

Perfect for families and kids!

Costa Blanca – BENIDORM

Known in Costa Blanca Benidorm are Poiniente Beach and Levante beach, first being quieter.

Nerja – MALAGA

Often referred to as ‘The Jewel of the Costa del Sol’. Nerja is located 53 kilometres east of Málaga on the Costa del Sol and can be reached in about 40 minutes by car from Málaga airport or about an hour and a half by bus.

Cliff-edged Costa Brava

Costa Brava extends from Barcelona to the French border! There are so many beaches. Whatever kind of beach you love the Costa Brava has it all…

Long stretches of sandy beach (Roses, Empuriabrava, L’Estartit, Pals, Platja d’Aro, Lloret de Mar, Blanes…) perfect for a morning run with the dog, a long walk in the surf or watersports (like kitesurfing, windsurfing, water-skiing…)

Maybe you prefer romantic coves, that lie hidden and protected by pine groves that grow right down to the sea, the ones you stumble upon and have all to yourself (El Canadell, Cala Pedrosa, Cala El Golfet, Els Canyers…)

Or perhaps those fishing village beaches ( Sa Tuna, Tamariu, Llafranc, Calella Costa Brava…)

ENJOY!!!!!!!! xo

PS. Have you been somewhere you think is worth mentioning as one of the best beaches in Spain? Please share with us xx

Cheers,

Hello965 team

San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia)

It is nearly impossible not to fall madly in love with this city.

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 SLEEP.

As my friends told me and I agree, accommodation standards in San Sebastián are generally good, but prices are high and availability in high season is very tight.

I stayed in a hotel called Astoria 7. Very good location, average priced, and very clean. If you’re looking for budget hotels, any NH hotels in Spain should be reliable and budget friendly. For boutique hotels, I heard that Villa Soro is a good option with a location by the beach.

THINGS TO DO.

  • Rent a bike, tour or personal and wander around the streets, and old town (La Parte Vieja)! Its beautiful.
  • Checkout El Paseo Nuevo
  • PHANTOM BEACH – La Concha Bay (option: 10-minute boat ride offered by Motoras de la Isla – Paseo Mollaberria)
  • As for many places, Hop on Hop Off Bus tours are a good option to see different attraction spots.
    • Stops include:
      • Republica Argentina Street, in front of the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.
      • Teatro Victoria Eugenia
      • Townhall-Alderdi Eder gardens
      • Plaza Zaragoza-Hotel Londres
      • La Perla-La Concha beach
      • Ondarreta beach
      • Funicular-Peine del Viento
      • La Sirena hostel
      • Igledo Mountain-Theme park
      • Antiguo-Las Esclavas
      • Miramar Palace
      • Justice Palace
      • Buen Pastor Cathedral
      • Gros-Pinares Square
      • Ulia mountain-Navarra Avenue
  • Checkout the famous sculpture located at the end of the beach Ondarreta. Its called El Piene Del Viento.. The sculptures are embedded in the rocks just a few feet left over the sea

  • Cable car up that takes you up the mountain
  • See the City Hall building, also near the Concha Bay
  • Zurriola Beach (Surfers beach)
  • Igeldo Hill (a hill where you can take rides from the top)
  • Miramar park (A nicey grass area for a picnic)

FOOD.

  • Arzak (3Michelen star, very famous yet very expensive but worth every bite lol i loved it.)
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Arzak Restaurant – World’s 50 Best Restaurants

 

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Arzak Restaurant – World’s 50 Best Restaurants

  • Café Oquendo (its right in front of the Teatro Victoria Eugenia)
  • Txubillo (Japanese pinchos)
  • Garraxi
  • Bar Néstor (appetizers, salads, yemdi7oon ilpotato omlette ihnak bes majarabt’ha)
  • La Cuchara de San Telmo
  • Juanito Kojua (traditional Basque cuisine)

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If you need more recommendations (Roadtrips from San Sebastian, other places in Spain), please feel free to contact us 😀

~ Put down the map, and get wonderfully lost.

Toomzie