Travelling has never been easier before – in 24 hours you can pretty much travel half across the globe and in 36 hours reach the most remote places on earth! Also the Internet has become an inseparable part of our journeys. Before we step out of the comfort of our hope Google images can show us a place that we want to visit, Tripadvisor can give unbiased reviews, Facebook friends can add credibility, Google maps show how to get there, Opodo help us get there and Booking.com or Airbnb make our stay unforgettable! Sounds easy, right? Not at all!
With all this information it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get away and find something secluded and not spoiled by the crowds. With that in mind we set out to start our own Bliu Bliu’s Secluded Places travel section on our blog.
And we’re very happy to announce the first one in this series – Hidden treasures of Spain!
Spain is probably one of a more difficult countries to start this series with as it is HUGE and is very diverse in terms of climate, nature and even culture, people, cuisine and language! Who likes easy?
So here we go, our own hand picked most well hidden spots that are worth a visit in Spain:
The beach of the Crystals or Bigaral on the coast of Cape Cocks, Asturias
This spectacular beach is located in Antromero, south of Luanco, in the province of Asturias. The truth is the beach is very small – it’s only about 70 meters long and 30 meters wide. Nevertheless, you have to see it on a sunny day because the sand reflects multiple colours of green, white, brown, blue and other making a spectator feel like in a fairytale.
The beach used to be a burial place for glass bottles. Once the practice was eliminated, the sea has broken bottles and polished their parts to beautiful rounded and crystal like pieces. That’s where the name Playa de los Cristales comes from.
You can get to El Bigaral by car from the village of Antromero or by foot following the trail along the coastline that parts from San Pedro de Antromero beach. The parking isn’t very big and is not very close to the beach so get ready for a nice hike and some adventure.
Las Alpujarras in Andalucia
The Alpujarra is a natural and historical region in Andalucia, Spain, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada, cloven by deep, sheltered valleys and gorges which run down towards the Mediterranean. The Alpujarras, is famous throughout Spain because of its unique mini-ecology. Its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, constituting a high-altitude oasis of greenery which stands in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below. The mountains, the steep sided gorges and pretty villages clinging to the hillsides will leave you breathless. This is ideal hiking terrain for adventurous travellers, provided you take along a tent and well-padded sleeping bags – the average altitude is 4,000 feet above sea level.
Gijon in Asturias
A 5,000 year old city on the Cantabrian Sea reveals itself to us as an open, peaceful, cosmopolitan city, full of charm and endless possibilities available to visitors. The gijonese people are also kind and always willing to put their best foot forward for those who choose to come visit this beautiful city.
The city of Gijon is way off the tourist radar, but is a great base for exploring Spain’s ‘Green Coast’. Free of the intense heat of the south, it is ideal for touring, harbouring hidden coves, beaches and fishing village. Gijon itself is home to the unexpected marvel that is the International Bagpipe Museum.
Las Cuevas de Guadix in Andalucia
The so-called “European Capital of Caves”, is located in Guadix, eastern Andalucia close to Granada. Is origin dates from 1492, after the capture of Granada by the Catholic Kings, where the displacement of the Moors came to the suburbs and outskirts. There are approximately 2,000 homes underground, most of which are still inhabited by about 4500 accitanos enjoying all the comforts of modern living and their natural benefits.
It is impressive to explore the wealth of the area and stay overnight in one of these stunning works excavated by man. The area is even more stunning when you realise that the houses were all dug with pick and shovel!
Albarracin in Aragon
Yes, Europe also has a Chinese wall or so Albarracin looks like. This sleepy village is like untouched by modernization. According to Spanish newspaper ABC.es Albarracin is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. And based on 2007 census (INE), the municipality had a population of 1075 inhabitants. Don’t miss a chance to go back in time to medieval times.
Parque El Capricho, a secret garden in Madrid
A secret gem in Madrid? One of the major capitals of Madrid? Really? Yes!
Perhaps the city’s best hidden gems are its ‘secret gardens’, providing real oases of calm and green in this bubbling and rushing center. There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful climate than by spending time in one of its wonderful gardens.
There’s so much more to Spain that we could continue without an end! But this is it for now, enjoy your different holiday in Spain this year and DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH WHILE YOU ARE EXPLORING THESE HIDDEN GEMS!