Attractions

Beach in Castro Urdiales

Playa de Sonabia

About 14km east of Laredo, small, wild Playa de Sonabia is tucked into a rock-lined inlet beneath high crags, above which rare griffon vultures circle the sky. Drive through tiny Sonabia village and turn left direct…
Church in Castro Urdiales

Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción

The haughty Gothic jumble that is the Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción stands out spectacularly above Castro Urdiales’ harbour. It was built in 1208, but additions continued until almost the 20th century. The c…
Beach in Castro Urdiales

Playa de Oriñón

This broad sandy strip, just off the A8 16km west of Castro Urdiales, is set deep behind protective headlands, making the water calm and comparatively warm. The settlement here consists of ugly holiday flats and car…
Beach in Castro Urdiales

Playa de Ostende

Of Castro’s two beaches, the northern Playa de Ostende is the more attractive: a soft golden arc sprinkled with a few outcrops.
Beach in Castro Urdiales

Playa de Brazomar

At the southern end of town, this wide sandy stretch of urban beach gets a bit of surf.