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Spanish Resorts you may have overlooked

With so many resorts on the Costas, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the ideal beach holiday in Spain. But if you want to avoid overcrowded, over-subscribed beach resorts, or want a more authentic Spanish experience instead of English Breakfasts and warm beer, here's a selection of spanish resorts you may have overlooked.

The seaside resort of Blanes in the heart of the Costa Brava, not far from Barcelona, is where clued up Catalonians rush to on holiday. Surrounded by lush forests, Blanes offers pristine beaches and a charming Mediterranean vibe. Unlike other resorts in the Costa Brava, Blanes has developed slowly, so that the many hotels in the town fit in with the surrounding environment. Particularly alluring is the town's seafront promenade, which comes alive in the evening, and is a perfect place to watch the sun set over sangria and tapas.

Most Brits know popular resorts such as Magaluf, Marbella and Benidorm like the back of their hand. However, what us Brits know less about are those resorts where the Spanish go on holiday. The picturesque harbour town of Llanes is an enduringly popular destination for Spanish travellers, who come to eat in restaurants specialising in seafood, or wander around the cobbled, historic streets, and sunbathe on the pristine and quiet beaches. Located in Asturias on the Northern coast of Spain, the area is known for its unspoilt, rugged coastline, with mile upon mile of peaceful beaches. The beach at Gulpiyuri comes highly recommended, hidden behind cliffs and sheltered by trees, the beach is a private lagoon oasis.

Isla Cristina near Seville is famed for its whitewashed architecture, blazing sun and vibrant nightlife. Popular with visitors from around Andalucia, the historic town is noted for its salted fish, a local delicacy. A nearby nature reserve is always a hit with children, who can get up close and personal with flamingos and storks.

So next time you are looking for Spanish resorts remember that there are far more out there than the usual suspects.

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