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Every year, we see an exodus of keen holidaygoers flood to the Iberian Peninsula in the hopes of a warmer climate and new experiences. Popular destinations like Malaga, Alicante, and Tenerife are great for a relaxing, cheap holiday abroad but if you’re after something away from the tourist hotspots, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our favourite lesser-known locations in Spain that are sure to provide you with a more authentic Spanish adventure.


Somehow, Estepona has managed to escape the floods of tourists over the years that have dramatically altered Spain’s south coast. Just a short distance from Marbella, this stunning little town is one of the greatest undiscovered treasures of the Costa del Sol.

The flower-lined streets are highly romantic and the town is host to one of the best – and least crowded – beaches in the whole of Andalucía. Estepona is also the place to be when it comes to fine dining. The town is filled with restaurants serving tapas and sangria, perfect for those chilled evenings.

It’s also worth mentioning the Orchid House and Botanical Garden, which is home to over 4,000 different species of orchids. There is always something in bloom here throughout the year and is a great way of spending those cooler days.


A little well-kept secret, Villajoyosa is the ideal location for those seeking sun, sea and golden coastline. Not far from the Costa Blanca hotspots, this charming old town isn’t well known by tourists and is great for relaxing all day long.

There’s also a delightful promenade to walk along and stunning Spanish architecture everywhere you look. This should be a must-visit on your Iberian adventure, especially if you’re someone who hates crowded beaches on holiday.


For many, the words ‘Costa del Sol’ spring to mind high-rise buildings and loud Irish bars. However, the Andalusian region couldn’t be more different and is a far cry from the stereotypes people usually have.

A short distance into the mountains in Malaga reveals a number of small, quaint Spanish villages that are teeming with whitewashed buildings and rustic streets. The town of Riogordo is a paradisical location with charming bars and restaurants but without the usual swarms of tourists.

The views across the Sierra here at sunset are incredible here and not to be missed. Better still, everything in Riogordo is reasonably priced due to the lack of tourists.

If you plan to stay in Riogordo, the town is best reached through Malaga via the main roads, Colmenar (A-356) and Casabermeja (A-45), but you can arrange a Malaga airport transfer to take you there instead once you arrive. Both should take approximately 35-40 minutes.


Those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in true Spanish culture need look no further. The white village of Olvera is chocked full of history and tradition, featuring an impressive castle with an old church at its peak.

Found in the Cadiz province, the name of the town is a reference to its production of olive oil – some of the best in the region in fact! It is even host to a restaurant that was featured in the Michelin Guide, La Tarara.

Regardless of when you choose to visit the small town, you won’t find many tourists here, which is perfect if you plan on going for a scenic hike or simply enjoying the stunning views free of noise.

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  1. Pia

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