Beaches and…Coffee in Spain!

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The Spaniards take their coffee seriously, no doubt about that. Originally introduced via Turkish influences, Spanish coffee culture has expanded so that it has a unique flavour, contributing to so many drinks we know and love.

It is also thanks to Spanish explorers carrying coffee plants and seeds to new lands on their varied routes that the plant spread and is produced around the world today. These and many other reasons why group holidays in Spain are an attractive idea…

While the days of Spanish explorers bringing back exotic treats from the New World are gone, Spain still dominates the list of European beaches too. With one of the many traditional Spanish coffees in hand, get ready to pick a beach to suit your tastes.

Benidorm, Alicante

One of the most popular beaches, Benidorm has good reason to top the list. Orderly but vibrant, well-liked and comfortable, experiencing holidays in Benidorm is like catching a glimpse of a model in her jogging bottoms: a sight at once both beautiful and relaxed. Check out Beni for a first foray that’s different, but not too unfamiliar.

Drink: Café con leche
Description: A cup with about two thirds or three quarters of espresso and steamed milk with no foam.
Flavour: Familiar
Saying: “There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.”

Zahara de los Atunes, Cadiz

Way down south nestled next to a tiny fishing village, Zahara de los Atunes is a beach for exploring. With over 20km of white sand, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Although at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Zahara de los Atunes benefits from its geography: much quieter than big brother Beni and benefiting from all the picante atmosphere of Andalusia.

Drink: Carajillo
Description: Usually, a cup of dark hot coffee with a bit (or not) of brandy.
Flavour: Bold, but traditional
Saying: “I like my coffee like I like my women: hot and strong…”

Las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Galicia

At high tide, Las Catedrales (also known as As Catedrais) appears to be a smallish, unassuming beach. Visit this regional Natural Monument at low tide to fully appreciate its hidden majesty, as the receding tide reveals the natural arches and caves the sea has carved into the Galician cliffs over the aeons. Whatever shapes you see shifting there are all your own.

Drink: Cortado
Description: A drop of steamed milk just to give some flavour to a nice and strong espresso
Flavour: Magical
Saying: “Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them.”

No matter where you go, you’ll find a taza waiting for you. Choose sun, sand, and caffeine for the perfect rejuvenation this summer!