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Secret Spain Matarrana: piece for the Times

Spain is the most popular destination for British travellers, with visits there in 2015 numbering some 13 million.

That’s a lot of towels on the beach – or is it? Not everyone who heads to Spain is seeking a beach holiday after all, and if you want to get away from the crowds this summer it’s very easy to escape, simply head to a region that is still largely undiscovered.

I’ve written several articles for The Times on Secret Spain – the bits the Spanish have been keeping to themselves. My latest is on Matarrana, a region that can be reached from Castellon or Barcelona airports easily and explored with barely another English accent in earshot. Here you’ll find the bizarre mountain scenery that inspired Picasso, vultures by the hundred and some of Spain’s best wild swimming spots. Not to mention plenty of olive oil, tapas and local wine, of course.

Many thanks to Real Holidays for hosting my trip to this fabulous region.