The 4 best beaches in northern Spain: discover a different side to Spain in 2019

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Spend this summer in the north of Spain for a different kind of holiday / Wikimedia commons
7 August 2019, Redaction

The north of Spain, as well as having much cooler, manageable temperatures in summer, has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the country. Come and see for yourself – here are 4 spectacular beaches to help you discover and enjoy the north of Spain!

Don't be put off by its cold waters… pack your bags and come enjoy these wonderful coasts where you can enjoy the sun, sand and unique food.

1. Playa del Puntal, Cantabria

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Along the Bay of Santander, the Puntal beach has more than 2 miles of fine, golden sand that is more than 100 metres wide. Between its size and its location, there aren’t usually many people there so you’ll never feel overwhelmed by crowds, even in August.

Also, thanks to its strong waves, it is a favourite of surfers in Cantabria and there is also an area for nudists who can relax and bare all in privacy. As if all that weren’t enough, you are allowed to take dogs to the area closest to the Bay of Santander.

Many people come to this beach in boats from Santander to take a walk of about 20 minutes that leads you to the pier so you can enjoy this beach and authentic Cantabrian cuisine in one of its chiringuito beach bars.

2. Itzurun Beach, the Basque Country

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Although it’s famous worldwide for having been where the Dragonstone scenes were filmed for Game of Thrones, Itzurun beach isn’t usually too crowded. It’s a good idea to know the when high tide is going to be because there is an exclusive area for surfers which gets very busy on nice August days.

When you visit, you will be struck by the distinctive geological phenomenon of the flysch, a rocky formation of blades covering the entire cliff wall and sloping down to the Cantabrian Sea.

3. Playón de Bayas, Asturias

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Bayas Beach is a semi-wild beach, with a mile of dark sand which is not common on northern beaches. The strength of the waters and waves depend on the part of the beach you’re on, with some parts only recommended for the very brave.

Bayas is pure nature, with a great nudist culture. It is surrounded by mountains and has a beautiful set of sand dunes. The area to the left of the beach even allows dogs and is marked carefully by signs.

Finally, if you're passionate about airplanes, you'll be able to see several of them taking off from Asturias airport just behind the beach.

4. A Lanzada, Galicia

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A Lanzada has a full mile of sandy shore with large dunes, perfect for people who love long walks on the beach. It is such a beautiful beach that there are people there all year round, even in bad weather and in the winter months. It owes part of its fame to its crystal-clear waters. It is also an ideal area for surfers and even for scuba diving and snorkelling.

You can easily get to this beach by car as it has a large car park. It’s large enough that there’s plenty of room to put your towel down and not have anyone nearby bothering you. To round it all off, there are magnificent sunsets here and views of Galicia’s Ons Island. A real paradise.

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