For some people, the North of Spain means seafood, wine and cold weather, but actually it is way more than that. The northern coast of the country is full of nature, hiking spots, mountains and of course, beaches. For those who are not big fans of the regular crowded beaches, we will recommend some hidden beaches in the North Coast. Lucky for you, we have Paradores Luxury Hotels located nearby these beaches.
This small hidden inland beach is located in the coast of Asturias, between Ribadesella and Llanes. Gulpiyuri is a natural monument and part of Spain´s Regional Network of Protected Natural. This small creek is caved in the middle of the mountains, reason for which it is not affected by the wind and has small waves. The fact that is isolated from the most crowded beaches and not so easy to reach, allows this natural paradise to be perfectly preserved.
Our Parador de Cangas de Onís is located only 35km away from the Gulpiyuri beach and can be accessed by the N-363 road to the village of Naves. By staying in this Parador, placed in an old monastery, you can also visit other natural spots such as the lakes at Covadonga and the Picks of Europe.
If you prefer to stay directly in the coast, you can choose our Parador de Gijón, which is only a 50 minutes’ drive away from the Gulpiyuri beach and only 15 minutes walking from the beach of San Lorenzo in Gijón.
Parador de Cangas de Onís
Rodas beach and the Cíes Isles
The beach of Rodas, with more than 1km long and 60cm wide is the largest beach in the Cíes Islands. In front of this beach there is the Ría de Vigo and behind, the Lake of Cíes. This heavenly beach has the form of a shell and its open and windy, the water is clear, nice and chill and the sand is fine and white, which makes it the perfect option to go with the family. Other beaches located nearby in the Cíes Islands are the beach of Figueiras, the beach of San Martiño and the beach of Nosa Señora de Carracido.
Our Parador de Baiona, is the best choice to stay when you are planning to visit the Cíes Isles. In a medieval fortress in the Monterreal Peninsula, stands our Parador, with its elegant and spacious guest rooms and its intimate and exquisite ambiance. From here you can enjoy the most stunning views of the sea and the Cíes Islands in the distance.
The easiest way to get to Rodas beach in summer is by taking a boat from the port of Baiona to the Port of Rodas. If it’s not summer, you can also take the boat from the Port of Vigo which is located 35km away from our Parador. It´s important to take into account that the Cíes Isles only admit 2.200 visitors a day so we recommend that you book a place in the boat when you are planning your trip.
Parador de Baiona
Beach of Virgen del Mar
As one of the most beautiful beaches in Santander, the beach of Virgen del Mar is located only a few kilometers away from the center of the city. Tranquility, a marvelous setting and small creeks are the main characteristics of this beautiful beach that allows both tourists and locals to enjoy the sun and the water, as well as fishing or practicing aquatic sports. The beach has a length of 400 meters of golden sand and moderate swell. The isolation of the beach from the city center is the reason why it´s not usually crowded.
Both our Parador de Santillana del Mar and the Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, are located only 28km away from the Beach of Virgen del Mar. Besides visiting the beach of Virgen del Mar, by staying in our Paradores you will be able to walk along the gorgeous city of Santillana del Mar, a pedestrian city.
The easiest way to get from our Paradores to the beach of Virgen del Mar is by taking a short 30-minutes ride through the highway A-67, and taking the exit CA-231.
Parador de Santillana del Mar
Located in Asturias and only 10km away from our amazing Parador de Ribadeo, the Mexota beach is the perfect spot to find peace, quiet and relaxation. The beach is well known for the towering cliffs that surround its clear water, white sand and the central islet that divides it in two small beaches. Mexota is a windy beach with moderate swell.
Our Parador de Ribadeo is the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy the Mexota beach and the beautiful landscapes that surround it. From our hotel placed in a large Galician house at the mouth of the Eo River, you can get amazing views of the Ria of Ribadeo while enjoying a fresh drink in our beautiful terrace.
You can easily get from the Parador de Ribadeo to the Mexota beach by taking a short 10km drive through the A-8 road.
Parador de Ribadeo
Either if you choose one destination or decide to take a trip through all of these hidden beaches, at Paradores, we will try our best to make your holidays an unforgettable experience.
Have you decided yet? Don’t wait any longer, book at Paradores Luxury Hotels and let´s get started with vacations!