Jaén Province, Andalusia

Jaén Province, Andalusia

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Spain Off the Beaten Path

photo by multisanti (Flickr Creative Commons)Ermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, Basque Country Photo by multisanti (Flickr Creative)

A motorhome rental or campervan hire is the best way to experience the truly unspoilt parts of Spain.  The country is so diverse that off the beaten track really does mean a departure from the traditional white washed villages with an altogether different experience in the north of the country.

The beautiful Basque country
The Basque country is a mix of beautiful fishing villages and ancient towns with long histories, it also has something else, good food.  Over 21 Michelin stars have been awarded to restaurants here, maybe it’s because this is where you will find Spain’s most famous chefs hiding out.

Arnedillo. Outside the village of Arnedillo are the Roman bathes or Balneario.  Here you can be pampered with traditional treatments and remedies, or for those on a budget the thermal pools in the river are free.   

Hondarribia.  The beautiful port town of Hondarribia sits on the border with France.  It has one of the best beaches and even better places to eat and drink.

Antonana.  This is the Basque country’s most well preserved walled village; it’s an absolute picture and hardly a tourist in sight out of the main holiday season.

Bermeo.  The traditional fishing village of Bermeo is to the east of Santander.  The tall and narrow houses crowd around the harbour, which is also where you will find some great restaurants.  Ask for the catch of the day and accompany it with the local sparking wine called txacoli

Asturias & Cantabria
The regions of Asturias & Cantabria have some of the most beautiful and unspoilt places to visit in the country. There are mountains, beaches and historic towns which really are off the beaten tourist track.

Cabrales.  There are beautiful mountains everywhere you look in the Pyrenees; the most distinctive is Narjo de Bulnes in the Picos de Europa.  This mountain is for serious climbers with all the right gear but the nearby trails offer those who prefer a more gentle walk to get some great photos.

Cangas de Onis.  Still in the Picos de Europa the Lagos de Covadonga are two beautiful lakes with magnificent views and plenty of picnic areas.  Ideal for campervans and motorhomes.

Llanes.  Down from the mountains and onto the beach, the Playa de Niembro is an undeveloped, unspoilt place to relax.  It’s quite a walk from the parking area which means that you will always find a secluded spot, perhaps that’s why it’s popular with nudists!

There are very few places which you can truly say are off the beaten tourist track, but the north of Spain is most definitely one of them.  These areas are ideal for those with a motorhome rental or campervan hire because you can pick from any amount of rest stops or even just a place in the mountains and you know you will never be disturbed.

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