For most holidaymakers, the draw of Spain is fun in the sun, and that means that almost every tourist looks for golden sands. Spain’s over 5,000 miles of coastline dotted with idyllic beaches and the luxury of almost the all-year-round sunshine are what draws visitors year after year to her shores and her islands. But it’s hard to single out the very best beaches as all of Spain’s beaches are among the very best in the world. So it all comes down to personal choice.
You will find beaches in Spain that are suited to those who hesitate to leave the buzz of city life, some beaches are ideal for families, and there are beaches where you can take your picnic and enjoy a little peace and quiet, and of course there is the sun-worshipper havens.
Whether you choose to holiday along the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Verde or head for the Balearic Islands or perhaps the Canaries, you will find yourself spoilt for choice.
Best Beaches for peace and quiet in Spain:
Cala de Algaiarens – Menorca (Balearic Islands)
Playa de Algaiarens – Menorca (Balearic Islands)
A private beach with an entrance fee. It is not suitable for those with young children, so a perfect choice for those who prefer to be away from family holidaymakers.
Playa del Silencio – Oviedo – (Asturian Coast)
The Beach of Silence, says it all. No maddening tourist crowds, and none of the trappings that come with the more famous beaches. This quiet and restful bay near the fishing village of Cudillero offers incredible views and sheltered waters.
Aiguablava – Girona – (northern Costa Brava)
Between steep cliffs is this idyllically beautiful cove – ideal for those who wish to escape the tourist mainstream but who don’t want to take their picnic. There are some excellent little fish restaurants above the beach.
Playa Das Raias (Muxia, A Coruña) (north-west Spain)
A little paradise near the town of Muxia. A peaceful and sheltered haven for those who are looking for clear waters and change for some restful snorkelling.
Genovese Beach, Almería (Andalucia)
Just outside the little town of San José in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata is this totally isolated and beautiful stretch of beach with an abundance of sea life.
Best Beaches for Family Fun in Spain
La Barrosa – Chiclana de la Frontera (Cadiz)
This is a beach for everyone – a blue flag beach that is patrolled by lifeguards in the high season months of June to September.
Conil – Conil de la Frontera – (Cadiz)
With shallow waters and a long stretch of sand that extends from the family orientated beach (Playa de Los Beatles) directly in front of the village, to lesser frequented coves further north, this lovely beach deserves its place among the top ten beaches in Spain. If its topless or nudist bathing you seek then venture across the river, and you will be able to enjoy the sun unencumbered.
La Concha – San Sebastian (Basque Country)
One of the loveliest urban beaches only 13 miles from the border with France, has something for everyone, and the waves are a draw for avid surfers.
L’Arrabassada – Tarragona (Costa Brava)
Laze on this blue flag beach, or hire a yacht – this very lovely beach with its calm waters and pristine sands is a spot where you can truly relax as it offers safe bathing for children and the not so experienced.
Cala Contessa – Mallorca (Balearic Islands)
Just south of Illetes is this lovely family-friendly beach, where children delight in buying ice-cream at the quaint kiosk. There are many watersports on offer, and if you feel energetic, you can swim out to a tiny island just off the shore. No matter in which region of Spain, you decide to spend your holiday, you are sure to find the perfect beach.