Off Beat Places For Adventures In Spain

Popular city break destinations such as Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome are synonymous with
travelling to Spain, as are beach resorts such as Ibiza, Majorca, and Tenerife, however, the country boasts a wealth of undiscovered cultural gems which are ideal for an offbeat,
adventurous escape.

If you’re looking for a Spanish escape with a difference, consider these off-beat places to
explore in Spain.

Setenil de las Bodegas, Andalusia

Located deep in a gorge with streets built under overhanging rocks, Setenil de las Bodegas is one of Cádiz’s most delightful pueblos blancos (white towns). Wend your way through the
town and explore Nazari Castle, a former Arab fortress built in the 13th century before
retiring to one of the town’s many cave restaurants where you can enjoy fresh local produce
farmed in the surrounding hills.

Calella de Palafrugell, Costa Brava

The southernmost of Palafrugell’s seaside resorts, Calella is an old fishing town with
authentic coastal charm. Here whitewashed buildings line the shores of a scenic bay and
small fishing boats sit on the sand, patiently awaiting their captains. Sandwiched between a
dramatic mountainous landscape and the azure Aegean Sea, Calella is the ideal place to relax and unwind.

Mijas, Andalusia

A municipality of two parts, Mijas Pueblo boasts cobblestone streets, historic charm, and a
Moorish castle, whereas Mijas Costa offers a taste of modern Spain with acres of golf
courses and beach-front holiday rentals. Known for its donkey taxis and endless
whitewashed buildings that blanket the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas, Mijas Pueblo has the
feel of a rural Andalusian village and one of Spain’s best-kept secrets.

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Typically Catalan in appearance, the old town of Tossa de Mar is all cobbled streets and
traditional architecture, there’s even a historic castle and fortified stone walls that surround
the Vila Vella (old town). With mountains and valleys to explore nearby, the town is
surrounded by some of the most scenic countryside in Costa Brava. There’s even a choice of
nearby sandy beaches to retreat to after your adventures inland.

Soler, Mallorca

Nestled in a valley surrounded by the grey-green hills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Sóller is a
gorgeous little town that has remained relatively untouched by modernisation. Boasting a
picturesque plaza bursting with citrus trees and a vintage train and tram rides, here you’ll
also find galleries showcasing Picasso and Miró. Make Sóller your base for exploring the
west coast and the Tramuntana, it’s the trailhead for some magnificent mountain hikes.

Ronda, Malaga

Noted for its panoramic views, the town of Ronda was built on the edge of a dramatic
cliffside that falls away into the deep El Tajo gorge which carries the Rio Guadalevín. Enjoy
the 360-degree vistas from the 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge, which straddles the
100m chasm below, before taking in the views from the Alameda out over the Serranía de
Ronda mountains.


With a wealth of off-the-beaten-path destinations to explore, Spain is the ideal destination for adventurous travellers who enjoy exploring scenic locations steeped in history.