Find your own little slice of sand this summer at these secluded spots, from Scotland to Greece.
From a Roman colony to the host of the 1992 Olympics, the proud capital of Catalonia is one of Europe’s most dynamic metropolises.
The Noche de San Juan festival on 23 June celebrates the summer solstice with ceremonial bonfires and a parade of witches.
A centuries-old tradition held each June in the small town of Castrillo de Murcia involves jumping over mattresses of baptised infants to cleanse their original sin.
In northern Spain, Lonely Planet photographer Dominic Bonuccelli tries his hand at the unusual activity of Basque pelota, which once held the world record for fastest ball speed.
As millions of tourists flood the Spanish city known for charm and authenticity, locals say they are drowning.