Castro Urdiales is a small coastal town and larger surrounding municipality, located in Cantabria, halfway between the major cities of Bilbao and Santander. With a lovely old port and a handful of excellent beaches, it’s a great spot for an alternative break. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Castro Urdiales.
Housed in an elegant historic building from the early 20th century, the Hostería Villa De Castro is located just one street back from the beach, and is close to many of the major sights in town. Offering just 17 rooms, the hotel is both quiet and personable and features elegant decor in its floral wallpaper, intricate headboards and unique pieces of furniture. All rooms are en suite, while some also offer kitchenettes, so you can self-cater. Free Wi-Fi and a cosy breakfast room are also available.
Housed in a beautiful old stone-clad building in the centre of Castro Urdiales, Pensión Ardigales is a lovely little guesthouse, offering just 11 rooms. The decor is simple yet stylish, decorated in black and white. Individual, double and family rooms are available. Public areas include a sunny roof terrace, a chill-out area and a bar for drinks.
The Hotel Rural la Llosa de Samano is located in the countryside, around two kilometres outside the town of Castro Urdiales. A beautiful stone house, surrounded by ponds and gardens, this rural hotel is ideal for a tranquil and relaxing stay. Rooms are cosy and homey, filled with chunky wooden furniture, polished wooden floors and warming colours such as terracotta and ochre. The house also has a small restaurant, outdoor seating and a chicken run.
Guesthouse Posada Casa Rosalia can be found in the countryside, surrounded by fields and rolling hills, just outside the charming town of Castro Urdiales. It’s housed in a typical Cantabrian stone house, which is over 200 years old. With only 10 bedrooms, it’s a peaceful and intimate place, decorated with lots of natural wood and stone, and warming colours. Some rooms also offer hot tubs, perfect for relaxing those muscles after a day hiking in the surrounding countryside.
Situated in the centre of Castro Urdiales, Pensión Chili is just a five-minute walk from the port and Ostende Beach. It’s housed in a lovely wine-red coloured building and features a cosy and homely interior. Staying here feels akin to staying with friends – as public areas are filled with personal touches from paintings and plants to model boats and odd knick knacks. Rooms are slightly on the small side, but are perfectly comfortable and nicely decorated in soft colours and old oil paintings. There are no other facilities, but there are plenty of cafes and restaurants close by.