The best beaches of Spain

Spain is the destination par excellence for enjoying your holidays on the beach. It doesn’t matter if you prefer small bays or large beaches, or if you prefer the warm, Mediterranean Sea to the chilly Atlantic Ocean. Thinking about it, Oceanbooking suggests you a selection of 10 beaches, that are considered to be the best beaches of the Spanish peninsula.

1. Playa de la Concha

The beach Playa de la Concha located in San Sebastian is one of the areas in the north of Spain, where you can enjoy spectacular, golden sand. The fine sand and the length of 1400 meters, make this beach is a true eye-catcher for any visitor. Once you are there, it is worth walking till Peine del Viento, a collection of sculptures made by Chillida, where you can enjoy a dream landscape. The historic centre of San Sebastián is very close to the beach, too. There you will find a large variety of bars, where you taste some exquisite tapas.

Playa de las catedrales2. Playa de las Catedrales

Situated in the municipality Ribadeo in Galicia, the beach Playa de las Catedrales is without a doubt one of the most spectacular beaches in Spain. There, during low tide, you are able to enter a long area, which is delimited by a rock wall, consisting of slate and shale that  were shaped into capricious forms over time: arches over thirty meters high, which are formed in a way, that reminds of the flying buttress of a cathedral, grottos, sandy passageways between rock blocks and other curiosities. The contrast between the cliffs and the ocean is simply marvellous and it is offering impressive views. Access to this beach by going up the stairs and following the trail...and then you only have to get amazed by the gorgeous landscapes.

3. Playa de Rodas   

You will find the beach Playa de Rodas on Cíes Islands in Galicia. This beach unifies the islands of Monteagudo and Faro. With a length of over one kilometer and a width of 60 meters, this beach represents an impressive area, ideal for passing a day with the whole family. The white, fine sand, the splendid vegetation and its cold, crystal-clear waters, make Playa de Rodas a true paradise. Luckily, the beach is close to the quay, so it isn’t difficult to access and you won’t have to walk for long, if you wish to visit it.

4. Playa de Isla Canela

With a length of about 5 kilometers, the “Cinnamon Island” extends in the extreme north of Andalusia in Huelva. It is located directly in the estuary of a river called Río Guadiana, which marks the border between Spain and Portugal. The sand there really looks like the exotic spice cinnamon, that gives this beach its name, whereas the water is of a marvellous turquoise colour. Moreover, the beach is well equipped with beach bars and facilities to do water sports. Besides taking a bath in this natural paradise, don’t forget to visit the tower “Torre de Canela”, which was built in the 16th century.

5. Playa de Zahara de los Atunes

One of the most delights of the province of Cadiz, is its beaches. The beach of  Zahara de los Atunes, also known as Playa de la Virgen del Carmen, is ideal for families with children. This beach has a length of more than 8 kilometers and width of 100 meters, and there you will find fine golden sand as well as a coastline full of native and protected flora. On top of that, the beach is perfectly equipped with lifeguards, sunbeds to rent, several beach bars, kiosks, public showers and toilets, and also it is also accessible for disabled people and baby buggies. However, what really makes this beach unique, is that you can enjoy the most amazing sunsets and even sight our African neighbours there.

Playa Bolonia6. Playa Bolonia

The beach Playa Bolonia, located in Tarifa in the province of Cadiz, is considered being one of the last untouched areas in the south of the Iberian peninsula. With its fine, white sand, the relaxing sound of the waves and its own nature, this beach is a true paradise for nature lovers as well as for windsurfers. The length of almost four kilometers and an average width of 70 meters, ensure that Playa Bolonia never gets too crowded. We recommend visiting the western part of the beach, where you will see the Dune of Bolonia, which is of a huge ecological importance and was declared natural monument in 2001.  

7. Playa de los Muertos  

The beach Playa de los Muertos is situated in the municipality of Carboneras on the coast of Almeria. It is a enormous beach with over one kilometer length as well as blue, crystal-clear waters. The sand consists of small pebbles, that will get smaller and smaller the closer you get to the sea. The path that separates the beach from the parking place, has a middle to upper difficulty: the steep trail is about 700 meters long and passes through a ravine. It is nothing less than a 15 minutes, occasionally complicated, walk, during which you will be able to show your hiking skills. Even so, it is worth to take this risk. Interesting fact: The beach owes his name to the frequency dead bodies of castaways or sailors, drawn by the sea currents, were washed up on its shores. For this reason, please be careful while swimming in these waters.

8. Playa de la Granadella

Located in a bay with the same name, Playa de la Granadella is a lovely beach in the municipality of Jaeva in the province of Alicante. This small, beautiful bay consisting of gravel and rocks, is one of the small treasures of the coastline Costa Blanca. You can only get there, by using the road access. This isolated beach with its crystal-clear waters is ideal for diving, scuba diving or snorkeling.

Playa Tossa de Mar9. Playa de la Malvarrosa

The most famous beach of Valencia is called Playa de la Malvarrosa. It is an urban beach with fine and golden sand. For its proximity it is usually the busiest beach during the summer time. However, this beach is the leisure spot: The beach itself offers plenty of services as well as the seaside promenade, that delimits it. There you will find a large variety of restaurants and cafes. On top of that, the beach has a lifeguard service and an area to swim accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

10. Playa de Tossa de Mar   

As already the name is telling, Playa de Tossa de Mar is the main beach of Tossa de Mar on the coast of Costa Brava. The silhouette of the cape of Tossa and the fortress of the old town in the southern zone, make this beach to one of the most famous ones. Only the views you can enjoy from this beach, are worth a visit. With its form of a half moon and a length of around 400 meters, this beach has space for swimmers, amenities as well as small boats stranded in the sand.

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