The 10 Greatest Seashores In Spain
Spain has all the characteristics that wide-eyed travelers long for a holiday destination: great weather, cultural offerings, a vibrant nightlife and delicious food. Not to mention the country has a seemingly endless selection of gorgeous beaches that are a feast for the eyes!
Praised worldwide for its scenic beauty, Spain has more than 3,000 miles of coastline and 60 breathtaking islands such as Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Ibiza and Cabrera to name a few.
Do you dream of experiencing Spain’s rich collection of fascinating beaches? Then read on to discover the 10 most beautiful in the country.
The most beautiful beaches in Spain
Cala Mesquida, Palma de Mallorca
Cala Mesquida is located on the northeast coast of Palma de Mallorca and is a long sandy beach in the shape of a bay. Part of the beach is nestled between pine trees and sand dunes, while the other is close to some of the area’s best resorts.
Due to its natural beauty, the area around Cala Mesquida has been designated an “Area of Special Interest”.
Cala Mesquida has fine-grained, gin-clear water and is a great place for activities such as diving, snorkeling, and paddleboarding.
Best travel time: June, July, August and September.
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Bolonia beach, Tarifa
On the edge of the El Estrecho Nature Park, in the municipality of Tarifa, lies the beautiful Playa de Bolonia, a natural paradise in southern Spain. With fine white sand and clear turquoise waters, this stunning beach has an abundance of features that attract a wide variety of visitors.
The majestic sand dunes on the west side of Playa de Bolonia make the beach a perfect place for nature lovers. In the southern part of the bay of Bolonia there are also several water harbors and tempting beach bars and restaurants. Naturists can flock to the beach’s secluded coves, officially designated as nudist beaches by the city of Tarifa, while families can explore the Baelo Claudia archaeological complex, which contains Roman ruins dating back to the 2nd century BC. Includes
Best travel time: June, July, August, September
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Burriana Beach, Nerja
Burriana Beach is awarded the Blue Flag year after year and is less than 1.6 km from Nerja, a beautiful coastal town on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.
This family-friendly beach stands out for its proximity to urban amenities such as bars and restaurants and an abundance of areas perfect for exercising. While the most active visitors can play volleyball in the local courts, go paddle boating, or try more extreme activities like jet skiing, foodies can flock to the nearby Ayo Restaurant for the best paella a la Lenã on the Costa del Sol.
Best travel time: Late June to early September
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Victoria Beach, Cadiz
Conveniently located just a 15-minute walk from the historic center of Cádiz, in the Andalusia region, Playa de la Victoria (Victoria Beach) is one of the most sought-after city beaches in Spain.
The beach is known for its scenic beauty that includes fine white sand and endless views of the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
While not ideal for surfing, Playa de la Victoria has dedicated sports areas – like soccer fields and rugby goals – and is extremely well served in terms of amenities and recreational activities. After a sundowner, be sure to take a stroll along the promenade, which is dotted with restaurants and lively chiringuitos (beach bars).
Best travel time: June, July, August, September
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Arrow from Rompido, Huelva
Flecha del Rompido, a crown jewel on the Costa de la Luz of Huelva, is the stretch of beach at the mouth of the Río Piedras, a river that flows next to the village of El Rompido between the municipalities of Lepe and Cartaya.
Often praised as one of the best beaches in Andalusia, “La Flecha” is a true paradise, perfect for those who want to relax from everyday stress. The beach has even been declared a nature reserve and is known for its beautiful sand formations on the coast.
Far from most travelers’ maps, La Flecha is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a quieter spot, even in midsummer. Note, however, that the beach has limited facilities so we recommend bringing your own snacks and water with you.
La Flecha can be reached with a small ferry from the marina in El Rompido, which crosses and runs in 10 minutes from mid-June to mid-September.
Best travel time: June, September
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La Concha Beach, San Sebastian
La Concha is often referred to as the most beautiful city beach in Europe and is the most centrally located beach in San Sebastián in the Basque Country. This crescent-shaped city beach is surrounded by green mountains – Urgull Mountain on one side, Igueldo Mountain on the other – that protect the place from the wind and high waves.
Playa de la Concha is the best place for a long walk in San Sebastián thanks to its almost 1.5 kilometers of fine golden sand. Not to mention that the water is calm and not very deep in the bay, which makes La Concha one of the best family-friendly beaches in Spain.
Best travel time: May to September
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Silence Beach, Asturias
If you dream of marveling at one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in Spain, Playa del Silencio is the place for you. This extraordinary beach in Asturias on the north coast of Spain is known for its pristine natural features.
Although Playa del Silencio is difficult to access, visitors are immediately rewarded with mesmerizing views of the ocean-green, shallow waters that merge into the majestic rocky crescent moon.
With no amenities nearby, the beach is a peaceful retreat that offers nature lovers a real treat for the soul!
Best travel time: June, July and August
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Torimbia Beach, Torimbia
Surrounded by a 50m high cliff and majestic green hills, Playa de Torimbia is a secluded beautiful beach west of Llanes, Torimbia. Wild and untouched, this fine sandy beach offers visitors the opportunity to experience nature in a unique, pristine environment.
The beach is only accessible via about a 15-minute walk, which is wide but a little steep.
Best travel time: June to September
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Maspalomas Beach, Gran Canaria
If you want to visit Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, don’t miss the opportunity to stop by Maspalomas Beach. Flanked by the majestic nature reserve of the dunes of Maspalomas, this fine golden sandy beach has something to offer for everyone.
Families can enjoy the local services and amenities like nearby restaurants and stalls, while nudists can explore the more remote areas where nudism is popular.
Best travel time: During the whole year
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Recommended Reading: The Best Canary Islands To Visit
Cabo de Gata – Níjar Natural Park, Andalusia
Cabo de Gata is located in the southeast corner of Spain and is Andalusia’s largest protected coastal area and a real gem on the Mediterranean coast. This heavenly natural park is dotted with so many fabulous beaches that we couldn’t pick just one for the list!
One of the most spectacular beaches in the park is undoubtedly Cala San Pedro, an earthly paradise framed by hills and lush vegetation. This fine sandy beach is perfect for swimming and is lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
Other fantastic beaches in Cabo de Gata are Mónsul, Genoveses and Los Muertos Beach.
Best travel time: May until October
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Frequently asked questions about beaches in Spain
What is the most beautiful beach in Spain?
Spain has more than 3,000 miles of varied coastline and is home to a variety of beaches. When it comes to the best beach in Spain it all depends on what you are looking for as the country has something for everyone.
Where is the clearest water in Spain?
Cala Macarelleta on the southwest coast of Menorca is known for having one of the clearest waters in Spain.
Are the beaches in Spain warm?
The water temperature ranges from cool to comfortably warm. The warmest water in Spain is in Menorca with an average temperature of 26 ° C.
What’s the best beach for families?
Playa de la Victoria (Cadiz), La Concha Beach (San Sebastián), Cala Galdana (Menorca) and Playa de la Arena (Cantabria) are some of the best family-friendly beaches in Spain.
Does Spain have white sandy beaches?
Yes, there are several soft white sand beaches in Spain, and Platja de Ses Illetes, Formentera, is one of the most famous of them.
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