aDLERSHotel in Innsbruck
Our 64 rooms are elegant and modern, and many of them come with sea views. They all have free Wi-Fi. Our 6 Superior rooms have a private balcony, while our 2 Suites have a hot tub. Our fine dining restaurant serves modern Spanish cuisine prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. It also has a gastrobar with designer tapas and cocktails. In summer, you can relax in the hotel spa or by our rooftop pool. And there’s also a well-equipped gym.
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When most surfers think about Spain, Mundaka instantly comes to mind, but what about the rest of that north-facing coastline? Divided into two regions, namely Galicia and El Cantabrico, it’s the Cantabrican coastline that extends westwards from the French Basque border, for 867 km. Encompassing the 3 provinces of Pais Vasco, Cantabria and Asturias, the coast is shadowed by The Cordillera Cantabrica and Picos de Europa mountain ranges, reaching up to almost 3000m (10,000ft). These wet, verdant mountains meet the sea as high cliffs, cut by deep valleys leading to an assortment of narrow and wide rivermouths called Rias. The unspoiled landscapes are regularly interspersed with dense pockets of urbanization and heavy industry. Much of northern Spain’s coast was targeted by Franco for industrial development, alongside the traditional local economy of agriculture and fishing, resulting in some stark visual contrasts.
In Asturias, the mountains run close to the coast, which means a much more rugged coastline than both Cantabria and the Basque Country. It has steep cliffs and very difficult access. There are many rocky coves with small offshore islets either blocking the swell or causing interference to the waves. These areas are, therefore, not particularly good for surfing. However, there are also some excellent beachbreaks, many of which face west and are unaffected by the NE sea breezes that blow during summer. There are a few spots that only come into their own during the larger swells of winter, including the regional classic Rodiles. These work up to a reasonable size but tend not to handle the largest swells. Crowds are not a major factor in Asturias. Surfing tends to be highly concentrated at a handful of spots such as Salinas, near the heavily populated industrial centre of Avilés, a few areas near the city of Gijón, and at Tapia, which is now a well-known contest site. Outside of these areas you can often find totally uncrowded surf. Surfboards are practically all shortboards, although there is a growing longboard movement in Salinas. There are few surf shops and most equipment is brought in from Cantabria or the Basque Country. Notable spots include Rodiles, a rivermouth left-hander in a beautiful setting, similar to Mundaka, El Mongol, a powerful right-hander in the centre of Gijón, and the solid beachbreaks at Tapia. Asturias is more consistent than those areas further west and a good place to visit during spring, summer and autumn.