7 Best Beaches In Spain
Visit these beaches for a veritable paradise of sugar white sand or pebbles, crystal clear waters and dramatic scenery…
One type of holiday that never goes out of style is a beach-based one. In fact, lovers of those soft sands, azure waters and spectacular sunsets often look for ways to return to the beach multiple times a year. After all, it is the perfect way to escape the humdrum and really unwind. And with a coastline as long as about 5,000 kilometres, boasting the highest number of designated Blue Flag beaches, recognised for being clean, safe and simply stunning, Spain is a natural choice. Home to about 60 islands, including hotspots like Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Fromentera, the sunny spot on the globe has a seemingly infinite range of gorgeous beaches.
Here are the top seven beaches to visit in Spain if you are planning a holiday that involves getting your fix of sun, sea and sand with a cool drink in hand…
Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, Menorca
Menorca may be home to some lavish resorts, but the island is more renowned for its secluded coves, glistening seas and fantastic hiking. Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta are two of the amazing beaches that stand out among the island’s many choices. These picturesque coves on the island's southwest coast are an Instagrammer's dream. Immaculately clear seas with stunning changing tones from aquamarine and azure blue, white sands and small, glistening rock pools all help make these two a favourite for beach lovers. Although they grow crowded through the summer, their relative distance helps to keep congestion to a minimum.
Praia As Catedrais, Galice
Just like a movie scene, this gorgeous sandy stretch of Spain's northern coast is laced with spectacular Gothic-looking rock structures, arches and chambers sculpted by the Atlantic Ocean's waves. One should avoid visiting this beach a couple of hours before and after the high tide since it gets submerged underwater. It is a popular location so you may need to get permits before visiting, which can be done online.
El Playazo, Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve, Costa de Almeria
A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Cabo de Gata is a natural park recognized as one of Europe’s few pristine areas. The reserve is especially appealing to eco-conscious visitors because it provides diverse, sustainable outdoor activities, including birdwatching, nature photography, diving and boat trips.
El Payazo, one of the most beautiful and tranquil beaches in Cabo de Gata, is about 400 metres in length. Covered with white sand, located near the tiny community of Rodalquilar, it has a moderate slope and provides ideal swimming conditions.
Playa Oyambre, Cantabria
Playa Oyambre, located on Spain’s northern coast, west of Comillas, is where you can frequently find surfable waves and several camps. This exquisite beach is never overcrowded, especially compared to the southern Spanish beaches, and is loved by visitors for that exact reason. When the tide gets low, there is a vast stretch of beautiful flat wet sand. Another reason to add Playa Oyambre to your must-do list is that it has amenities ranging from showers, toilets, bars and restaurants to cafes and a surf school, all right by the beach!
Playa del Aljibe, Fuerteventura
The Canary Islands are an unmatched sun and sea paradise with fantastic weather all year round, making it a great destination for Europeans seeking the sun's warmth during winter. Playa de Aljibe, located to the south of the lovely community of El Cotillo, has nearly a kilometre of white and gold sand, as well as crystal-clear seas with decent waves, making it ideal for a spot of kiteboarding or windsurfing. And it's difficult not to reach out for your camera as the sun is setting while you’re visiting this haven. It’s also worthwhile to observe how the cliffs near the town rise up, guarded by the Tostón tower from the beach.
Cala Estellencs, Mallorca
Even in peak season, the little stony beach of Estellencs remain a peaceful retreat. Here, you’ll have easy access to the nearby rock caverns, which provide excellent diving, snorkelling and swimming opportunities. Although the beach is short and pebbly, the tranquility and incredibly clear water that’s ideal for a refreshing dip in the summer is what sets this small harbour apart. Another way to enjoy this slice of heaven is to spend an evening there with a picnic basket on hand.
Es Trenc, Mallorca
Thanks to its two-kilometre long stretch of Caribbean blue waters and beautiful white stand, Es Trenc is one of the most well-known beaches on Mallorca. The idyllic spot that has been spared from resort construction has a wild and natural air that manages to take people back to simpler and more peaceful times. With crystal-clear water and pure fine sand, the beach is not connected to a hotel, but it boasts good amenities such as loungers and umbrellas for rent. Lifeguards and a selection of restaurants and beach bars also make it a practical choice.