Laredo still nurses a handful of small fishing smacks in its harbour, but the town’s sole focus these days is tourism, powered by its sunny climate and superb beach, La Salvé, 5 km of golden sand arcing round the bay. It’s a big town, and there are kilometres of ugly resort housing along the beach; if you’re prepared for that, it’s a likeable place, particularly if you spend some time in its compact old town. It’s worth visiting the 13th-century Iglesia de San Francisco, as well as sniffing out a tunnel carved in the 1860s that makes its way through the headland to a small harbour. Otherwise, relax on the sand and prepare for the lively summer nightlife. There’s a cheerfully efficient tourist office (T942 611 096, daily 0930-1330, 1600-1900) in the Alameda Miramar park.
do you know Laredo well?