Spain wouldn’t be Spain without the beaches and there’s no argument its coastline’s sheer magnificence. But this is also one of the largest countries in Europe and that’s a lot of land without a single speck of sea or sand in sight. So if you want to step away from the sun lounger for a change this summer, there are still some wonderful family holidays to be had in Spain. Here’s eight for starters.
Even in a country as blessed with mountains as Spain, the Picos de Europa stand tall: over 2600m tall in the case of Torre de Cerredo. Climbers the world over speak of these immense mountains with awe and they’re the centrepiece of Picos de Europa National Park which covers 647km² across the regions of Castile y León, Cantabria and Asturias.
But families shouldn’t be put off by the grandeur. The park does foothills and lush valleys with as much ease as mighty peaks. So it’s more than manageable for the youngest mountaineers and few places come close for camping.
You don’t even have to bring your own tent (or stay under canvas at all). Several of the park’s campsites have chalets, cabins and static tents. Or you can always opt for eco-luxury and choose a converted, traditional farmhouse as base-camp after a long day adventuring.
El Cares Camping sits at the highest point of Valle Valdeón in the heart of the park. Cute, bunkhouse style log cabins sleep up to four and cost from £71 per night.