©

Castro Urdiales trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Castro Urdiales

Trip Planner Europe  /  Spain  /  Cantabria  /  Castro Urdiales
(3.4/5 based on 550+ reviews for top 10 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites, nightlife
Castro Urdiales is a seaport of northern Spain, in the autonomous community of Cantabria, situated on the bay of Biscay. Castro Urdiales is a modern town, although its castle and the Gothic-style parish church of Santa María de la Asunción, date from the Middle Ages. Its chief industries are tourism, fishing, and the preservation of fish, especially sardines and anchovies, in oil. The "Lolin" and "La Castreña" anchovy canning factories serve as a reminder of the town's closeness to this industry and its proximity to the sea.Tourism has greatly increased in Castro Urdiales in the last thirty years; many people from Bilbao and other parts of the Basque Country and Cantabria as well as Northern Spain in general keep summer homes in the town. Although the number of people registered in the town is around 32,000, the summer population can double or even triple this figure.The town is popular because of its beaches and scenic harbor.HistoryCastro Urdiales was originally called Portus Amanum, and was the chief city of the Autrigones. In AD 74 a Roman colony was established under the name Flaviobriga, during the reign of emperor Vespasian. It was most likely established to mine the abundant iron in the area.In 1163 the town of Castro Urdiales received its municipal charter. Castro Urdiales benefited much from trade with northern Europe and Castile.It was destroyed by the French in 1813, but was speedily rebuilt and fortified. Its rapid rise in population and prosperity dates from the increased development of iron-mining and railway communication which took place after 1879.
Add Castro Urdiales and other destinations to your itinerary using our Spain vacation builder, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Castro Urdiales

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
We'll find the best hotel deals
from all the top travel sites.

Best price guaranteed.
Powered by

Where to stay

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
Checking In:
Checking Out:

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Castro Urdiales:
Museums, sightseeing, fun & games
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, nature, beaches
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Wildlife areas
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, nightlife
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »
Adventure, nightlife, spas
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News