There are many coastal towns to discover this summer in Spain and be fascinated. Nothing like a few days trip to a coastal town and relaxing from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Some of these coastal towns are not as popular, so they are perfect for a relaxing getaway. How many of these coastal towns do you know?
In the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park you will find Isleta del Moro, with less than 200 inhabitants. It is one of the coastal towns to discover this summer in Almería, as it is not yet as popular as others. However, it will not be long before it becomes so, as there are places of striking beauty around it, such as its beaches, the largest being Peñón Blanco beach, the volcanic calderas located in the Cabo de Gata mountain range and the islet or rock to which the town’s name refers.
It is the perfect example of a traditional fishing village in the area; with the little boats on the beach and the white houses. As if this were not enough, of course, it is an excellent place in which to enjoy Mediterranean fishing, either with fried or grilled fish, but always fresh.
Located in the region of Ferrol, in La Coruña, Mugardos is a charming coastal town. It is a perfect place to walk around its port and enjoy the sea breeze, as well as to visit nearby towns such as Ares and Fene or Ferrol, in the surroundings. Here you can also see the castle of La Palma, which is located near Mugardos. This is where Antonio Tejero, a member of the Guardia Civil, was imprisoned. Mugardos is also known for its gastronomy, since in July the Octopus Festival is celebrated, a Festival of Tourist Interest in Galicia. During this festival you can taste the octopus “a la mugardesa”; the most famous dish of the town, and the octopus “empanada”.
Cuchía is a town of just over 600 inhabitants located two kilometers from Miengo, the municipal capital. It is a coastal town in Cantabria with an altitude of 19 metres above sea level where the views of the surrounding area are impressive, such as Los Caballos beach, just two minutes from the town and surrounded by a section of imposing cliffs. Cuchía beach is the other beach in the town, with golden sand and located next to the mouth of the San Martín de la Arena estuary. In the same village of Cuchía we must highlight the presence of the medieval church of San Juan Bautista, which has been recorded since the 12th century.
Sant Lluís is a municipality in Menorca that was founded by the French in honour of the King of France, Louis IX, when his short rule occurred between 1756 and 1763. The church dates from this period, although it was completed in 1783. Sant Lluís is made up of many villages characterised by their proximity to the sea. Among them, the Alcaufar cove stands out, located in this municipality. Surrounded by white houses and traditional piers, it is a very small but charming place; the ideal place to disconnect from stress. With crystal-clear waters, only one of the shores is developed, since on the opposite side there is a defensive tower built in the 18th century.
In the province of Biscay, Basque Country, there is a perfect coastal town to discover this summer: Baquio. Surrounded by mountains and open to the Cantabrian Sea to the north, it is perfect for a route, as it borders Bermeo to the east, Munguía to the south and Maruri and Lemóniz to the west. An old fishing village, in addition to the beach of Baquio in the town you can visit the Parish of Santa Maria; which dates from the 16th century and is built in the Gothic style. You can also visit the rural areas of Baquio, where you can find the following popular style hermitages: San Martín, San Esteban, Santa Úrsula, Santa Catalina and San Cristóbal.
As far as civil architecture is concerned, the stately palaces of Elexpuru and Ormaza, from the Baroque period, stand out. With the rise of the coast as a holiday home, mansions were built on the road linking the church to the sea, where there is a variety of styles.
One of the smallest towns on the Costa Blanca but one of the most charming in Moraira, Alicante. It belongs to the municipality of Teulada, between Calpe and Javea. Thus, on the Mediterranean coast, Moraira boasts a stable climate with 300 days of sunshine a year. Among its eight kilometres of coastline, its seven beaches stand out, as there is something for everyone. In Moraira you can find both intimate coves with turquoise waters and white sand beaches with all the amenities; as is the case with El Portet beach. In addition, many of them offer snorkelling, diving and kayaking. For walking, there is an old town with a good cultural heritage in which the defensive fortresses attract attention. For example, the castle of Moraira, the fortress church of Santa Catalina and the watchtower of the Cap d’or.
In the heart of the Empordà is located the village of Begur, with its spectacular beaches of the Costa Brava. It is a town in Girona where the municipal district is made up of the Begur Massif and a coastline dominated by the Mediterranean Sea. In Begur there are eight coves and beaches that constitute a spectacular landscape; as is the case of the cove of Sa Tuna, of acclaimed beauty. However, this town is much more than a beach, as the town is presided over by a large medieval castle. Also noteworthy are the many Indian houses that were built here, the Gothic church and the 16th century defence towers.
The remote coastal town of Agua Amarga is a district of the municipality of Níjar and is located in the heart of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, Almería. It is a very charming village that not only stands out for its Agua Amarga beach; but also for its low, white houses decorated with bougainvilleas and geraniums. It still preserves part of its fishing tradition, although it is also a town that lives off tourism. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hawan, which means location of water. To complete the visit, near Agua Amarga is Mesa Roldán; an old volcanic dome on whose top there is a lighthouse and a watchtower. A natural viewpoint of the town and its beaches.
In Santa Cruz de Tenerife we meet the charming coastal town of Garachico; which should certainly be included in this list. Until 1706 it was the main commercial port of Tenerife, but that year the Arenas Negras volcano erupted and part of the town and the port were buried. In front of the old port is the rock of Garachico, a rock formation for which the town is known.
It has a very beautiful old town, where you can see the hermitage of San Roque, from the 17th century, and the monument to the Wine Mutiny, which refers to the events that took place in 1666, when the wine growers, fed up with the exploitation, destroyed barrels and robbed wine cellars. The Plaza de la Libertad is full of colour, the heart of Garachico. Around it are some of the oldest buildings in the village; such as the church of Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, the town hall and the ex-convent of San Francisco de Asís, among others. Other points of interest are the Puerta de Tierra, the San Miguel castle or the incredible natural pools known as El Caletón.
Although it is not a town in Murcia as such, as it has more than 16,000 inhabitants, Los Alcázares is a coastal town ideal for summer and not as popular as others. It is located on the shores of the Mar Menor and has seven kilometres of beach; where it is possible to practise water sports. Within its municipal district, Los Alcázares has two protected areas: Hita beach and the Marina del Carmolí. As for its heritage, if you visit the town you must see the Torre del Rame, an old Arab fortress as well as the Spa of the Encarnación, which maintains the old character of the beginning of the century.
In the province of Pontevedra is located Oia, a coastal town that is part of the region of Bajo Miño. This small Galician village is halfway between Baiona and A Guarda. It is mainly known for the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Oia; an old monastery of the Cistercian Order that dates from the 12th century. What is most striking is its location, situated on the shore of a beautiful cove facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is the only known Cistercian monastery in Europe that is located next to the sea. Thus, at its feet is the small beach Do Porto. Another of its beaches is Peñascosa; surrounded by the Serra da Groba where the river Mougás flows down to the same beach. In addition, the Portuguese Way to Santiago passes through this beach.