The first Spanish seaside resorts


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History Today
Vol. 44, no. 8 (August 1994), p. 23-29


Most tourists thinking of Spain, sun and sea summon up visions of the 'Costas', but in fact it was in Northern Spain where the tradition of the seaside holiday first originated in the nineteenth century, aided by some discreet royal patronage. John Walton and Jenny Smith tell the story