Spain-14 nights August- Please Help!!

Old Apr 17th, 2002, 09:35 AM
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Kath
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Spain-14 nights August- Please Help!!

Hi,
My husband & I are planning a trip to Spain in August. We are landing in Madrid & our suggested itinerary was to go to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda & Granada & after that, a few days at the beach somewhere. After reading all of the posts warning about the crowds in August at the coast, I am getting weary of staying at any beach resort in the south.
Is it a good idea to head north to either Cantabria or Galicia for a few nights after this for a more quiet (as quiet as it gets in August) beach trip? And if so- are the beaches nice with sand? I have read many suggestions on this board about Galicia or Cantabria being less busy. I would appreciate anyone's advice if they could recommend a beach that will be less bombarded with tourists. We don't care much about the nightlife if that helps at all.
Thanks,
Kath
 
Old Apr 17th, 2002, 02:54 PM
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Hi Kath,
the North is also very popular in Spain for the August holidays. Many places will be packed, so it´s not really a good idea to travel without reservations during that time. But there are good things about the north : there aren´t big resorts as in the Mediterranean coast, the food is great, the sand is soft, there are many festivals in the little towns (specially around the 15th of August).
Any of the regions is fine, but Galicia is absolutely amazing in August. you might think also about Asturias.
Rgds
 
Old Apr 17th, 2002, 03:37 PM
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Thank you!!!
We'll look into hotels in the north Galicia/Asturias.
Do you have any recommendations?
Also- Is the water warm enough to swim there?
Thanks again,
Kath
 
Old Apr 17th, 2002, 04:15 PM
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I like particularly the area East Asturias West Cantabria, around Picos de Europa because in a short drive you are situated among the most beautiful landscapes in Spain, some of the best beaches and tiny rural villages. The area around Llanes, Ribadesella or San Vicente de la Barquera are great. Not resort style at all, 90% tourism is spanish, food is great and there are many interesting places to go ( Altamira NeoCave and Museum, Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Picos de Europa mountains, etc ). By the way, water temperature is not likely to go above 20ºC. It usually remains around 17-19º
 
Old Apr 18th, 2002, 12:38 AM
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Hi Kath,
Pedro is right. The water is usually coldish, but everybody goes swimming, and you will find that many people does surfing or windsurfing.
I would concentrate in two places, either Rias Baixas in Galicia :

http://www.riasbaixas.org/
http://www.riasbaixas.net/
http://www.turgalicia.es/

Arousa, specially Vilanova, is nice and have a family feeling that places like Sanxenxo doesn´t have.

If not, the area mentioned by Pedro is also quite interesting. Everything from hiking to concerts and ballets during the Festival de Santander.

http://turismo.cantabria.org/
http://www.reservascantabria.com/
http://www.turcantabria.com/
http://www.principadodeasturias.com/
http://www.asturnor.com/

Kind regards,
Cova
 
Old Apr 18th, 2002, 11:55 AM
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Cova & Pedro,
Thanks to both of you for your advice. It is very much appreciated.
Though I'm not the bravest person when it comes to swimming in cold water, I will definitely look into these areas. They sound wonderful!
In terms of beaches with warmer water, have you got any other suggestions?
Thanks,

Kath
 
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