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Northern Spain

Mark's verdict:

This is one of Europe’s best-kept family holiday secrets. Galicia in Northern Spain offers beautiful countryside, historic towns and regional cuisine - and the kids will love the unspoilt white-sand beaches. Get there by air or overnight ferry and rent one of these handpicked villas with private pool.

Recommended tour operator: Vintage Travel

Vintage Travel says

There’s so much to offer in north-west Spain, from unspoilt beaches, glorious countryside and delightful old fishing ports to superb regional gastronomy. It’s the perfect destination for a family self-catering holiday.

  • foodie paradise
  • seafront villas
  • villas with private pools

We offer a range of villas to suit all ages and party sizes with two up to eight bedrooms, all with a private pool and all located in the beautiful Rias Bajas region of Galicia, home to some of Europe’s best beaches. With your own or a hired car, you can enjoy the freedom of your home from home and explore as much or as little as you wish.

To give you a flavour, here’s just a small selection of the family villas we offer.

Just 180 metres from an idyllic white sand beach (a rare find in Spain), La Pintoresca is a great choice for families, especially with teenagers who can head down to the beach under their own steam. There are three bedrooms, pretty gardens and characterful beachfront bars and restaurants a short stroll away.

Pedrouco is a rural idyll for families who enjoy the countryside and outdoor activities. It’s a four-bedroom villa with vast gardens and rural views of the Miñor River – and yet it’s only 15 minutes from the beaches.

Set on the seafront, Carqueixa is a spectacular six-bedroom house with sea views from pretty much everywhere. Shops, beaches and cafes are all within easy walking distance.

Galicia is a vast region with a spectacular coastline of sandy beaches, pretty offshore islands and ragged, rocky coves. It’s also home to historic cities such as La Coruña and Vigo, Roman walls and lighthouses, Gothic cathedrals, Santiago de Compostela and beautiful wild landscapes, arguably more reminiscent of Scotland than Spain.

There’s a host of activities on tap such as walking, climbing, surfing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, bird-watching and cycling.

This foodie paradise boasts bustling markets, Michelin-starred restaurants and charming low-key eateries. Rick Stein’s 2011 TV series on Spain raved about the region’s cuisine, wines and passion for food.

With seven ferries a week to Santander and flights to Vigo, Porto, La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela from a range of UK airports, it’s easy to reach too.

We offer villa-rental only or we can arrange your travel and car hire as well.

Find out more about our family villa holidays in Northern Spain .

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