Beaches in Spain

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Spain is spoiled for having some of the best Beaches in Europe

Spain has more than 5,000 miles of beautiful coastline; most of this is adorned by equally beautiful beaches. Some of these rank among the greatest in the world. By definition, a great beach is one that gets you hooked and makes you hate the idea of leaving when your holiday is over, the kind of beach that elicits constant dreams and makes you plan to revisit even before the holiday tan is gone. Family beach holidays are where some of the best moments and memories are made of and should be enjoyed to the max when holidaying with your family.

Blue Flag Beaches in Spain

Spain has not only maintained its enormous amount of blue flag beaches from last year but has increased the overall number of beaches to 573 in total, more than any other country in the northern hemisphere and well above other tourism hotspots such as Greece, Turkey, The United States, Portugal and France. This is great news for the Spanish tourism industry and foreign visitors as around 85% of all visitors choose the coastal areas to enjoy their holiday vacation.

Fuerteventura Beach

Fuerteventura Beach

The Blue flags where awarded to beaches located all around Spain’s long coastline and where distributed around the autonomous regions as follows:

Andalucia: 81
Asturias: 17
Balearic Islands: 61
Canary Islands: 43
Catalonia: 89
Valencia : 120
Galicia : 123
Murcia : 31
The Basque Country: 4

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco label awarded to thousands of beaches and marinas in 41 countries across Europe and around the world. It is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services. The program also includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators.

From Galicia in the north to Marbella in the south, Spain really can boast it has some of the best beaches in the world.

Some of the Best beaches in Spain:


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La Concha Beach in San Sebastian

This beach is awesome because of its location on the edge of a city; it provides a mix of both city life as well as the sought after laid-back coastal holiday feeling. It has been ranked one of the best beaches in the world. Being on the edge of San Sebastian, a chic coastal city, adds to the aesthetic value of La Concha and its proximity to the French border gives more glamor to its exotic nature. The city of San Sebastian has a cultural and culinary experience that makes it one of Spain’s best destinations. The beach therefore has a lot to offer.

Tamariu Beach in Costa Brava

This diminutive beach provides an excellent setting for families that want to get some sun. It is one of the best beaches in Spain. Surrounded by what used to be a fishing village, the beauty of the beach is a direct result of the limited development and has therefore managed to maintain its charm and so has the village.

Majorcan Coves

Majorcan Coves

Es Trenc Beach in Mallorca

This beach is famous, unspoiled, and rated one of the best in Spain. Located in an area that is known for its long sunshine hours, it is long but shallow at a popular place to take dip in the summer months to cool off and relax. The beach is very beautiful, and despite its remoteness it is very popular, so expect to find it very busy in the peak season. There isn’t a resort attached to the facility, but there are parasols and sunbeds for hire and other necessary amenities are provided. It is suitable for children because of its shallow water and sits close to wetlands and protected sand dunes that are home to marine vegetation and migratory birds, which is a bonus for nature lovers.

Mundaka Beach in Biscay

This is one of the most famous beaches in Spain known more to surfers love to ride the big waves here. It actually ranks in the top ten of the best surf spots on the entire planet. The beach is long enough with huge areas of sand, but the tide variations favour the more energetic water sports more than swimming or sunbathing. There however are very nice bars and restaurants in the nearby village for visitors to try.

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