The Most Beautiful Beaches in and Around Castro Urdiales

Playa de la Arena, Biscay, Spain | ©Roberto Latxaga / Flickr
Playa de la Arena, Biscay, Spain | ©Roberto Latxaga / Flickr
Photo of Esme Fox
3 January 2018

Castro Urdiales is a small and charming coastal town located in Cantabria, near the border with the Basque Country. There are many beautiful beaches both in the town and nearby, from natural and wild ones to those great for surfing and those hidden rocky coves. Here are our picks for the most beautiful.

Playa de Sonabia

Playa de Sonabia is located in Liendo, around 17km west of the town of Castro Urdiales. Nestled between two huge green hills, it’s a small and isolated beach, which slopes towards the water’s edge. It’s also a popular spot for nudists, so you don’t even need to remember your bathing suit when you visit this one. With no buildings, bars or facilities, Playa de Sonabia is completely wild and natural.

Playa de Sonabia, Liendo, Spain

Playa de Pocillo de los Frailes

Tucked in between the cliffs on the edge of Castro Urdiales, you’ll find the hidden cove of Playa de Pocillo de los Frailes. There’s no sand, just rocks and pebbles, and no man-made facilities – everything here is completely natural. It’s best for true nature lovers who like nothing more than the sound of the waves.

Playa de Pocillo de los Frailes, Castro Urdiales, Spain

Playa de la Arena

Situated between Muskiz and Zierbena, east of Castro Urdiales and across the border into the Basque Country, you’ll find Playa de la Arena. It’s a favourite beach with surfers, offering excellent swell and wave conditions, as well as a surf centre that offers lessons. Other activities you can do here include kite surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and volleyball. Beach bars, lifeguards and changing rooms are also found here.

Playa de la Arena, Spain