Best Beaches in Spain
Where to find the best beaches in Spain
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. Spain has more blue flag beaches than any other country in Europe, here are some of the best .
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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 length of this beautiful beach, Bayas is also of great ecological interest with many species of plants found in this area.
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 stunning calas on the island include Cala Macarella, Cala Es Talaier, Cala N,porter, Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Galdana and Cala Pregonda.
Playas de Barbate – Cadiz
Barbate is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Spain including the Mangueta beach, Hierbabuena, Zahora Ntra. Sra. del Carmen, Cañillos, Los Canos de Meca, Pajares and the famous Zahara de los Atunes. Most have long areas of fine white sand, sometimes a little windy but beautiful none the less. These lovely beaches are all clean and peaceful and provide a welcome and relaxing break away from the busy Costas. Take our advice and make sure you put them all on your list the next time you visit this area of the Costa de la Luz.
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 tranquil. 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”
Playa de Illetes – Formentera
Probably our favourite in this guide is the Playa de Illetas. Situated on the northern tip of Formentera with the island of Espalmador only some 150m off shore. 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.
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.
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 ( residents from Seville ) 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.
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.
Beaches of San Vicente de la Barquera – Cantabria
San Vicente de la Barquera offers some naturally beautiful beaches around its coastline, they are Playa del Cabo o Guerra , which is isolated and frequented by Surfers due to its strong winds and surges. Playa de Merón , This is a semi urban beach with fine white sand. Playa del Rosal or Tostadero, another semi urban beach with fine golden sand. Playa de la Maza , this is a smaller beach situated just before the entrance to San Vicente, it offers fine golden sand and calm seas. Playa de la Fuente, another smaller quiet beach with golden sands.
Beach de Levante – Benidorm – Alicante
If your preference is quiet and isolated then perhaps the Playa de Levante is not for you, however it truly has a place in any Spanish beach guide. This beach epitomises everything that is good about a family orientated beach in Spain. not to mention 6 kms of clean golden sands. You will find something for everyone here, thousands of sun beds for rent, many restaurants, beach sports, special activities, security and first aid posts, children’s activities and much more.
Beach de Las Islas Cies – Pontevedra
Absolute beauty is how to describe the beaches here and the surrounding area. The main beaches are the Playa de Rodas, Playa de Figueiras or de los Alemanes, Playa de San Martiño, Playas de Cantareira, Margaridas, Playas de Mixueiro, Areina Playas de los Bolos and Nuestra Senora, Nuestra Senora and Carracido. Natural beauty, clean sands and crystalline waters make sure every outgoing visitor has a hunger to return another day.
Calita de Banyalbufar – Mallorca
The small village of Banyalbufar is situated on the west coast of Mallorca, near to the mountain range Serra de Tramuntana. The beach is long and narrow in a small bay surrounded by cliffs and trees. Part of it is large stones while the rest of gravel. It is possible to lay down on a towel and the view from the beach is amazing. To some this may not sound an ideal beach but when you are sat on its gentle slopes by fantastic crystal clear waters and beautiful scenery you will understand why this unique place is on our list of best beaches in Spain. Parking is free and is close to the beach. Unfortunately it is not child friendly and is more suited to adults. The bay is ideal for diving and snorkelling. There are no restaurants or beach bars.
Beaches of the Colonia de Sant Jordi – Mallorca
The beaches around the Colonia de San Jordi includes Estanys, Dolc and Carbo. This beautiful stretch of coastline offers clear blue waters and isolated and unused beaches of fine white sand and an abundance of vegetation.
Beach de Cabo de Ajo – Cantabria
Isolated beach of natural beauty on the Cantabrian coastline. Across the bay from Santander lays the beautiful headland of Somo where you can some stunning fine sandy beaches. If you head eastward from Somo the gently rolling scenery dramatically meets the sea with some spectacular cliffs, out towards the Cabo de Ajo and beyond. The cliffs are interspersed with some lovely beaches and there are some nice seaside holiday spots such as Ajo and Noja, ever popular with the Santander and Bilbao residents.
Xivares – Asturias
The Xivares beach sums up everything that is Asturian, wild natural beauty, rugged coastline and a freshness that you would expect in part of Spain. It can be quite windy of course with a medium sea surge with sometimes strong currents that can be dangerous so please pay attention to the warning flags.
San Francisco – La Coruna
Situated in the mouth of the River de Muros and Noia the beaches around San Francisco are quiet and ideal for families. Clean golden sand and clear blue waters.
Beach Las Teresitas -Tenerife
Las Terasitas is the white sandy beach in the north of Tenerife. It is made up of sand imported from the Sahara which was used to cover up the black volcanic sand of the Island. It is an excellent family beach specially for the children as there is a breakwater some meters off shore which makes it ideal for bathing.
Beach El Cofete – Pajara – Fuerteventura
Another awesome isolated beach in Fuerteventura, long, golden sands crystalline waters. Can be windy hence another superb windsurfing destiny.
S’Alga beach – Formentera
You will be forgiven in thinking you are on another Caribbean Island at the Salga Beach, Fine white sand, calm clean waters and a breathtakingly natural beauty.
Las Conchas – Teguise – Lanzarote
Another beautiful beach, this time Lanzarote. It is isolated and rustic and prone to strong winds and a high sea surge so take your surf board. A trip to Lanzarote would no be the same without spending time on this superb beach.
Es Caragol beach – Santanyi – Mallorca
Es Caragol is one of the finest beaches on the Mallorcan coastline. Fantastic fine white sand, isolated, quiet with clean calm waters. This is beach lovers dream. It must be said though that it does not offer facilities such as toilets ,wheel chair access. first aid or water sports. Despite that it still has a place on our best beach list due to the incredible overall quality of the beach, sand and location.