Spain options for last minute holidays in summer 2014

The best flight and package deals on Spanish beach holidays tend to get snapped up well in advance. If you are willing to try the less well-known destinations though, particularly the beaches on the northern coast of Spain, there are still some attractive deals on last minute holidays in summer 2014.

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Hit the north

If you are looking for affordable last minute holidays in summer 2014, the popular destinations of the Costa Brava, Costa Del Sol and Costa Blanca might be tricky. The cheap flights to Barcelona, Alicante and Malaga have been snapped up and the accommodation deals have been booked.

Look further afield though, and a delightful Spanish holiday is still a possibility. The pristine beaches and dramatic coastline of the north and north-west, stretching from Cantabria, through Asturias to Galicia remains relatively unfamiliar to mass British tourism.

Budget airlines offer flights from several regional airports to Santander, Asturias and Santiago De Compostela. Villa rentals, small beach hotels and scenic campsites are available at prices that are out of the question on the Mediterranean coast.

These destinations are very popular with Spanish holidaymakers. The key to finding the best deals is to travel in late June or early July before Spain's school holidays begin. The early season in the north offers tranquil resorts, spacious and deserted beaches and an idyllic alternative to the crowded south.

The only downside is that the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic are markedly colder for swimming than the Mediterranean. The upside is that the cold waters are ideal for the cultivation of some of the finest seafood in Europe.

Wine and dine

Those last minute holidays in summer 2014 might require a change of attitude to Spain. The north is not about sangria and paella. Instead sample local delicacies like octopus, tuna, bean stew and Asturian cider. Galicia does offer Spain's finest white wine, called albarino, the perfect accompaniment to local shellfish.

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