*Updated on 01.04.2021
Everyone knows that Spain is one of the main tourist destinations in the world, especially for the sun and the seaside tourism. Do you already know what to do this summer? With our travel blog you will discover which are the most beautiful beaches in Spain and to plan your days at the seaside!
From north to south, from the Balearic Islands to Asturias, Spain contains spectacular beaches in the midst of wild nature, offering absolute relaxation and a fascinating green and emerald landscape.
In 2019, Spain was the country with the most blue flags in the world, regarding the mainland and the islands, able to meet the needs of all types of tourists for a total of 686 countries.
From the most famous and crowded, such as Formentera, both the quieter ones such as those of Meroca or even the lesser known ones of Asturias and that of Gulpiyuri. The common denominator are the incredible colors of the sea, which from blue and emerald green, and from cleanliness. Here are the most beautiful beaches in Spain:
Calò des Moro
This beautiful and charming island of Majorca is located at six kilometres from Santanyí. This is an ideal destination for those who love diving and for those who want to arrive here in small boats. Definitely one of the most beautiful Spanish beaches.
This is the case of a single beach without sea between the coast of Llanes and Ribadesella in Asturias. It has been declared a natural monument, and here the water passes through a tunnel between the rocks.
The beautiful beach of Cala Caldana is located at 23 kilometres from Ciudadela and 36 Mahon in Menorca. Famous for its white sand and crystal clear waters, it is perfect for families. There is the possibility to rent pedal boats, deckchairs and parasols.
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It is one of the best known beaches of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This beautiful beach is located in the village of San Andrés and is characterised by the golden sands and the multitude of palms. It is the perfect beach for those seeking tranquility and is an ideal destination for families. Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
A beautiful beach of white sand and fine reminiscent of the Maldives. So you don’t have to travel to the beaches of the Caribbean, or in the West Indies to enjoy a show that you can admire in Mallorca.
Figueiras, isolate Cies
Figueiras is known as a nudist beach declared natural Park in 1980, or the German beach. It has a length of about 300 meters and 50 meters wide, and is the ideal place to spend a few quiet days with or without bathing suit without the usual crowds of tourists.
This beautiful and wild beach is located on the Costa Brava in Begur, Girona. It is surrounded by a natural environment almost completely untouched. A favorite summer destination for many who come on foot from a steep cliff to reach this cove of fine sand and its clear waters.
This beach is 140m long and is located five kilometres from Sant Francesc. It is one of the smaller beaches, but the most beautiful that exists in Formentera, in the Balearic Islands. It is ideal for those who love diving, one of the main activities of every summer in this area.
Also known as s’arenal de sa Mesquida, it is situated at seven kilometres from Capdepera. Together with Cala Moltó and Cala Agulla, it was declared a natural Area of special interest by the Parlament de les Illes Balears in 1991. It has one of the largest colonies of seagulls and cormorants in the Balearic archipelago. For those demanding in choosing a destination for sun and beach this summer, this destination is ideal.
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Another name is Cala Pi de la Posada, and is located at 14 kilometres from Port de Pollença, Mallorca. In This beach paradise you will find very fine sand of a bright white color. The beach is surrounded by a lush forest of pines and oaks that almost come to bathe in its waters.
This beach is considered one of the most beautiful of Minorca and one of the most popular travel destinations, both for the quality of its sand and the clarity and beauty of the turquoise blue waters. Around you can do several excursions.
This beautiful beach located in the Balearic Islands is 690 metres long and 25 metres wide. It is also an option for those who like to practice nudism. Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
The beach of Maspalomas, in the Canary Islands, starts from the Playa del Inglés and heads towards the lighthouse of Maspalomas. This is also another option for those who practice nudism. It is surrounded by two natural areas of great interest: the dunes of Maspalomas and the pond of Maspalomas, declared protection zones. As many beaches this island offers several activities for visitors, including water sports, nightlife and much more. Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
Santa Ana in Benalmadena is the number one beach when you are looking for a family-friendly beach. It is 500 m long, 50 m wide and has shallow water. There are also many hotels near the beach so you don’t have to walk too long. In the evening, Santa Ana beach becomes a favorite place for a romantic walk or just for jogging. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas for €9 per day. If you like water sports, you can rent paddle boards, kayaks (don’t forget to check which kayak would be the best for you if you are a beginner) and other equipment.
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Cala Gat and Son Moll
Cala Gat may be small, but it’s very popular. This beach is part of Cala Ratjada, a bathing establishment in the northeast of Mallorca, only half an hour from Palma de Mallorca airport. It is surrounded by cliffs and trees on both sides and there is also a car park nearby. The water is crystal clear and the sand is golden in colour. If you are looking for something ice-cold to drink, you can get it in the nearby bar. The largest beach, Son Moll, is a 150 m long sandy beach with many restaurants and bars nearby. It is easy to reach as the nearest stop is a 6 minute walk from the beach.
Barceloneta, which owes its name to the famous district of the city, is the most popular beach in Barcelona both among locals and tourists. The beach is well adopted with showers, toilets, children’s playgrounds, sunbeds, changing rooms and numerous bars and restaurants. Another advantage of the beach is the accessibility for people with reduced mobility and there is always a volunteer ready to help them get into the water or out of the sea. Visitors have many sports activities at their disposal – gymnastics courts, beach volleyball, beach tennis and water sports.
Not too far from the city centre of Benidorm is the Poniente beach. Although it is usually a very crowded beach, it is even quieter from another popular beach in Benidorm, Levante. Poniente is the ideal choice for families because it is spacious and the sand is perfectly clean every day. Sports activities you can choose from include diving, sea kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding and monoskiing. And there are also sports areas and playgrounds for children – you can’t get bored here for nothing!
Playa de Malvarossa
There are three main beaches in Valencia: Las Arenas, Playa de Cabanayal and the main one Playa de Malvarossa. Besides sunbathing and swimming, Playa de Malvarossa also serves as a meeting place for young people. When locals say ‘I go to the beach’, they usually refer to Malvarossa for the so-called ‘beach botellons’ when groups of people meet and drink before going to clubs.
La Concha beach is probably the most famous beach in the Basque Country. It is almost 1.5 km long and 40 m wide so you don’t have to worry about whether you will find a free place on the beach or not. Although it is located right in the city centre, the water is always clean, as is the sand. Unlike Malvarossa, people here don’t party, but visit the clubs and bars on the waterfront instead. In summer the city sets water slides in the sea but you have to swim to reach them because they are set a little above the sea depth.
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The “beach of the islets” is an authentic bathing paradise, located in the north of Formentera, just 4 kilometres from La Savina. The clear waters that touch this white stretch of the Balearic coast allow you to enjoy a perfect view of the prairie of posidonia seaweed lying on the seabed, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of incomparable value.
In Tarifa, in the far south-west of Andalusia, one of the most popular beaches for surfers in Europe peeps out. Strongly ventilated, Bolonia offers the chance to try the most adventurous water sports with an impressive view of the African coast.
After a relaxing day at the beach, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Complex of Baelo Claudia and its most interesting monuments, such as the basilica, the Roman theatre, the market and the temple of Isis.
Gem of the tourist region of Rías Baixas, in Galicia, Rodas has been mentioned among the best beaches in the world by the British newspaper “The Guardian” (2007) for its landscapes of impressive beauty, embroidered with emerald waters and fine sand like talcum powder.
The beach connects the islands of Monteagudo and the Lighthouse. To the south, you can visit a saltwater lake, the Lago de los Niños, a brightly coloured place that has nothing to envy from Caribbean beaches – not surprisingly one of the most fascinating destinations of the “Islands of the Gods”.
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Also in Galicia, to the west of the town of Ribadeo, in the province of Lugo, stands a true natural monument, characterised by its lunar atmosphere, embroidered by the evocative succession of rock formations of the “Rasa Cantábrica”.
Stroll along the cliffs to enjoy one of the most fascinating views of the coast of northern Spain and, if the tide allows it, venture into the natural caves that dot the area.
Embellishing the extreme boundaries of the municipality of Tossa de Mar, in Catalonia, this picturesque marine oasis, which extends at the foot of a medieval castle and its fortified walls, in a striking setting.
Take a tour on board a boat with a transparent bottom and admire the spectacle of the seabed, before enjoying a break in one of the many bars that liven up the beach.
One of the most idyllic places in Asturias, with its mild, shallow waters surrounded by lush nature, it is a favourite destination for families with children in tow.
The beach is just a few kilometres from the town of Llanes, opposite the Isla Grande, near a shopping street full of small shops, bars and restaurants, where you can indulge in a little shopping, as well as tasting one of the region’s tastiest fabadas.
To the south of Majorca, lies the islet of Dragonera which, among its most precious treasures, houses this small but precious marine oasis of golden beaches and surprisingly bright blue waters.
We are located in one of the most famous seaside resorts of the island, efficiently equipped for the practice of various water sports, snorkeling in primis.
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The “burnt beach” of Lanzarote, an authentic bathing paradise of volcanic origin, is characterized by its dark tones, scenically contrasting with the bright blue of the sea.
Take advantage of it to discover one of the few stretches of coast immune to mass tourism and visit the small town of Yaiza, with its characteristic little white houses with their doors painted blue and green.
Playa de Puerto Naos
A beach not for everyone, but definitely right for those who love to discover unusual places: you will not be disappointed by the interesting mixture of colors that characterizes the sands, between the volcanic black and the green of the dust of the olivine rocks.
Must for those who love to stay with their nose up, a stop at the astronomical observatory of Roque de los Muchachos, from which you can access an interesting range of guided night tours and themed accommodation.
Not your usual Fuerteventura. Far from the tourism giants of the Canary Islands, this beach offers 14 kilometres of sand lying at the foot of majestic peaks: the ideal setting for lovers of untouched places far from chaos.
Another sacred stop in the Canaries, this time on the island of Ibiza. Cala Bassa represents the right compromise between the crowded tourist centres of the archipelago and the coves with unspoilt ecosystems.
We are nine kilometres from Sant Antoni de Portmany and, amid idyllic scenery, you can access a wide range of services, from camping to diving sites.
Zahara de los Atunes
The pride and joy of the Costa de Luz, in Andalusia, is a golden beach, several kilometers long, lapped by crystal clear waters and surrounded by a characteristic landscape of Campania, dotted with rugged vegetation that slopes down from the nearby mountains.
Palamos, Costa Brava
With its scenic alternation of rocks and coves protected by lush vegetation, the municipality of Palamos offers some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline on the Costa Brava. Among these, the Platja del Castell stands out, perfect for lovers of wild natural scenery.