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The Best Beaches in Spain


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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 vacation 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.

Most beaches in Spain fit this billing and the following are just a few among many.

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. The beach has therefore managed to maintain its charm and so has the village.

Es Trenc Beach in Mallorca

This beach is famous, unspoiled, and rated one of the best beaches in Spain. Located in an area that is known for its spectacular sunshine, it is long but shallow at the same time so you should not be surprised finding people close by also looking to find cool spots for themselves. The beach is very beautiful, and despite its remoteness it is still 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 also amply 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 awesome for nature lovers.

Mundaka Beach in Biscay

This is one of the most famous beaches in Spain known more for how much surfers love to surf there. 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 favor surfers more than swimmers or sunbathers. There however are very nice bars and restaurants in the nearby village for vacationers to try.

These are by no means a perfect representation of the beaches in Spain. These are just a sample of what beaches in Spain have to offer. Southern Spain has abundant Mediterranean sun and should appeal to people looking to tan.

Spanish Island Holidays

Spains beaches attract visitors from all over the world looking for sea, sand and warm temperatures. Spanish Island holidays offer so much for the family holidays. The Balearic Islands and The Canaries are among the most popular tourist destinations for visitors looking for beach holidays Spain, as these islands are home to some of the best beaches in Europe, with white sands and blue seas. With a Mediterranean climate, these islands experience a warm temperature all year round, making them the perfect choice for a weekend getaway or for a longer vacation period with your family.

Blue Flag Beaches

550 Blue Flags where awarded to Spain's beaches for 2013, which means once again Spain has the highest number of blue flag beaches in the world. This is great news for the tourism industry and foreign visitors, around 85% choose coastal areas.
The Blue flags where awarded to beaches located all around Spain's long coastline and where distributed around the autonomous regions as follows:

Andalucia: 78
Asturias: 17
Balearic Islands: 46
Canary Islands: 42
Catalonia: 90
Ceuta & Melilla: 3
Valencia : 114
Galicia : 127
Murcia : 24
The Basque Country: 4



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Blue Flag Beaches in Spain

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. Galicia in the to Marbella in the south, Spain really can boast it has some of the most beautiful and best beaches in Spain.


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Playa de Estorde - La Coruña - North West Spain

The Estorde beach is situated around 81 kilometers South West of La Coruña in Galicia. The beach is arouns 500 km long and has clean fine white side, the water is thin and calm. Usually not very crowded exept Sundays where of course the local community is more present.


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Playa de las Americas - Tenerife

Playa de las Américas is a purpose-built beach and resort situated between Arona,and Adeje in the south of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. There are a number of beaches in the Las Americas area, most of which are man made from imported sand from Africa. Watch out though. the natural sand of the island is black and can get very hot during the summer months.


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Playa de Conil de la Frontera - Cadiz

The south coast of Spain has some very beautiful beaches. Stretching from Tarifa to the Huelva an the border with Portugal you will come across many long, clean, sandy, unspoilt and underdeveloped beaches to enjoy. Although they can be prone to the strong poniente winds coming in from the Atlantic don't let that deter you, in fact if your into wind driven water sports its a must visit. Some of the nicest beaches are around Conil, long sandy stretches on both sides of the Town, clean and ideal for spending a long undisturbed day of beach worshipping. Must visit beaches along the south coast include those at Sanlucar de Barrameda, Rota, Chipiona and Chiclana.

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Playa de Sotavento - Fuerteventura

The Playa de Sotavento is arguably the best beach on Fuerteventura, and there are many breathtaking beaches in this part of Spain. It is situated the corner of the island and a natural paradise of great ecological wealth. The beach is popular with both clothing-optional and normal bathers alike and has become a very popular beach for scuba diving and snorkelling Divers come here from all over globe to discover the magnificent underwater landscapes and mysteries that lie beneath the crystalline waves. This mostly quiet and unpopulated beach is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers and has a bohemian vibe with a scattering of beach bars. In front of the Playa Barca area there is a lagoon which is particularly good for swimming.

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Playa de Somo - Cantabria

6 kms of fine white sandy beach , very popular with the windsurfers as it is a sheltered beach break that can be working any time throughout the year. When the surfing is right the beach can get very crowded.

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Playa de Bayas - Asturias

Playa de Bayas is one of the best beaches in the province of Asturias. It is surrounded by natural forest along the whole lenght of this beautiful beach, Bayas is also of great ecological interest with many species of plants found in this ar

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Playa de Mataro - Barcelona

The Beach at Mataro is some 5 km long and has fine golden sand, a great place to sit overlooking the Mediterranean and enjoy this beautiful part of Catalonia.

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Cala de Algaiarens - Menorca

One of the main reasons I visit Menorca is to swim in one the many coves ( Calas ) this attractive little Island has to offer. Quite a lot of them are only accessible via the sea and there position only given away by the yachts and small craft anchored slightly offshore around them. Driving around the island is a great way to explore the Calas and the awesome beach in the Cala de Algaiarens is must see. although difficult to reach some of them by car it is well worth the efforts to reach each destination. Algaiarens has two large beaches which nestle amongst the Menorcan pines. Other Calas highly recommended on the island include Cala Macarella, Cala Es Talaier, Cala N,porter, Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Galdana and Cala Pregonda.

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Playas de Barbate - Cadiz

Las playas de Mangueta, Zahora, Los Caños de Meca, Hierbabuena, Ntra. Sra. del Carmen, Cañillos, Pajares y Zahara de los Atunes make up the Beaches of Barbate. Long areas of fine white sand, sometimes a little windy but beautiful none the less, I have visited these beaches on many on occasions, there are all clean and peaceful and provide a welcome and relaxing break away from the busy Costas. Take my advice and make sure you put them all on your list the next time you visit the south of Spain.

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Playa de A Llagostera - La Coruna

This beach is situated at the entrance to Villa de Fisterra and has around 2 kms of quality beach. The water is crystalline and tranquille. There is an oddity as there is an old run aground cruise liner just of the northern part of the beach called the " Cruz de Baixer"

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Playa de Illetes - Formentera

Probably my personal favourite in this guide is the Playa de Illetas. Situated on the northern tip of Formantera with the island of Espalmador only some 150m offshore. You may think you are on a remote Caribbean island when your lounging on the beach at Illetas. This beach is probably the most visited by tourist and locals alike so can get a little busy at peak times. The general area is easily accessible by any vehicle although due to the terrain some parts are only accessible by walking or Bike. There are restaurants, kiosks and sun beds to rent.

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Playas de Denia - Alicante

The nicest beaches along the coast of Denia coastline are the Les Marines, Les Deveses and the Les Rotes Beaches. Les Marines is about 2 kms long with fine sand. Les Rotes is located to the South of Denia and is noted for its natural beauty. Les Deveses is the largest beach in the area at around 4kms long, it has fine golden sand with a normally calm surge, It is prone to get windy at times and therefore a firm favourite with the windsurfing community.

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Playas de Chipiona - Cadiz

Although the beaches here are set amongst the built up area of Chipiona and at first glance may not seem the most pretty of beaches I do feel it should have a special mention. Chipionas beaches are proud holders of the Blue Flag since 1998 and has been undoubtedly the most sort after summer location for the Sevillanos for many a generation. I have always been happy in this area and love the typically Spanish atmosphere of the town and its beaches. Enjoy the Sardines roasting over the open fires set by the beach bars and restaurants and other fine fresh sea food on offer, specially the delicate taste of the famous Gambas Blancas White Prawns caught close by in the warm and clean waters off the Cadiz coast.

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Playa de Mazagon - Huelva

The Playa de Mazagon is a form favourite for all beach lovers staying near Huelva located Andalucía's beautiful southern coastline. The impressive Mazagon beach is long , around 36 kms of clean golden sand and mostly not crowded even during the high season in July and August. This beach is the pride of the Costa de la Luz.

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