Summer is coming…
…and you haven’t decided where to go on holidays yet, have you?
If you live in Europe and have just started planning your upcoming summer break, one of the first places that has come to your mind might have been Spain: reachable from any corner of the continent, pleasant weather, affordable prices for average budgets and over 7.700 km of coastline full of stunning beaches.
If this is your case and this time you are looking for a different kind of destination (still including beach, sun and sangria, no worries) you have come to the right place! Let us leave Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga and Majorca apart and explore some little known coastal places in the peninsula:
3. Cíes Islands
You’ve heard (read) right: I’m talking about some islands other than the Balearic ones. The Cíes Islands are located in Galicia, in the upper left corner of the country. They consist of three islands, Monteagudo, do Faro and San Martiño that were declared a Nature Reserve in 1980. If you like fine white sand and clear waters you will get a kick out of their beautiful 9 beaches.
The so-called Xàbia (Valencian) is a coastal town located in the province of Alicante. Although a large proportion of its population is foreign, Jávea is still far from becoming what its neighbors Benidorm and Torrevieja currently are. So hurry up and visit its beautiful coves before massive tourism spoils them!
1. Cabo de Gata, Almería
Last but not least, I introduce you to the only region in Europe with a true desert climate: Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, located in the province of Almería (Andalusia). Due to its unique climate conditions, one can come across the most genuine wild geological features here, from volcanic calderas to seagrasses and coral reefs.