Best beaches in Spain

It is not easy to name the most beautiful beaches in Spain, because the choice is huge. The country is characterised both by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast. Those who travel to the southern European country for a beach holiday, have the choice between accommodation on the numerous islands or the 3167 km long shoreline of the mainland. Find secluded bays or miles of sandy beaches with water sports, playgrounds and restaurants. The good water quality makes swimming and splashing a pleasure. Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or active holidays and night-life, Spain's top beaches leave nothing to be desired.

  1. Playa de Roda, Galicia
  2. Cala de la Roca Plana, Costa Dorada
  3. Tarifa, Cádiz
  4. Playa de La Fontanilla, Costa de la Luz
  5. Cala Torta, Majorca
  6. Cala de Sant Vicent, Ibiza
  7. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera
  8. Playa de Son Bou, Menorca
  9. Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura
  10. Playa de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Playa de Roda, Galicia

Roda beach is located on the Cies Islands off the coast of Galicia in north-western Spain. The crescent-shaped bay is a paradise for beach lovers and thrills with gleaming white sand. Here, the waters of the Atlantic shimmer turquoise blue and we need not shy away from the comparison with the Caribbean. Pack the snorkelling gear, because there are many fish playing here. To preserve the originality of the islands, the number of visitors is limited to 2,000 people per day.

Good to know: Apply for your access permit online for the enchanting islands with the beautiful Playa de Roda before the ferry passage from Vigo, Baiona or Cangas de Morrazo.

Cala de la Roca Plana, Costa Dorada

One of the most impressive beaches of the Costa Dorada is nestled into the Cala de la Roca Plana. The picturesque bay with golden sand is a paradise for peace seekers. It is located at the end of the almost untouched forest Bosque de la Marquesa. There are no restaurants or other facilities here, just the peaceful silence of the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea. Nudists like this undisturbed corner of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Due to the flat gradient, bathing is also easily possible for smaller guests.

Good to know: Bring your meals, because in the Cala de la Roca Plana self-catering is called for.

Tarifa, Cádiz

The beaches of the southernmost city of the European mainland is an Eldorado for water sports. Offshore, it is not only the Mediterranean and the Atlantic that meet but also the Poniente and Levante winds. Wind and kite surfers hunt along the waves and set colourful accents. The long, sandy beach is ideal for building sandcastles and sunbathing. Between April and October, whales and dolphins roam the Straits of Gibraltar and are admired by holidaymakers on boat excursions.

Good to know: From Tarifa you can reach the city of Tangier in Morocco by boat in just one hour - perfect for a day trip to Oriental bazaars.

Playa de La Fontanilla, Costa de la Luz

Some of Spain's best beaches are on the Costa de la Luz. The Playa de La Fontanilla with its golden sand, stretches from Conil de la Frontera to the bay of Cabo Roche. The long and wide beach indulges with plenty of space and good facilities including showers, toilets and hammocks. Surfers like the refreshing winds from time to time. In the fish restaurants on the promenade you can taste Andalusian specialities such as Almadraba tuna.

Good to know: Stroll across the long promenade one evening and watch the romantic sunset.

Cala Torta, Majorca

Majorca is renowned for its variety of beaches. One of the most idyllic to welcome the tourists is in Cala Torta. The small, wide bay in the north-east of the Balearic Island, with its white sand and dunes, is hiding in the middle of a nature reserve. Parking is free but the access road is a bit impassable. You will therefore, find that even during peak season, it always a nice place to relax and swim on the natural beach. Small snacks and refreshments are available at a beach bar. The bay is also good for nudists.

Good to know: Take a hike along the undeveloped coast and discover secluded bathing spots.

Cala de Sant Vicent, Ibiza

Overgrown hills hug the well-kept bay with a sandy beach and azure sea. The Cala de Sant Vicent houses one of the most enchanting beaches of Ibiza and is located on the north-east coast of the island. Here, a solid infrastructure with lifeguards, beach chairs, umbrellas and restaurants awaits the holiday guests. People with limited mobility like to come here because of the good accessibility. The promenade with shops entices you to take stroll. Water sports enthusiasts can practice on the pedalos, paddleboarding and diving. The audience is mixed and in good spirits.

Good to know: Unpack the camera at the vantage point on the southern access road and take some memorable snapshots of the stunning panorama.

Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera

If you are looking for a South Sea feeling in the Mediterranean, you should not miss Playa de Ses Illetes on Formentera. Make yourself comfortable on the velvety sand or on one of the sun loungers. To cool off, jump into the turquoise water. For a seamless tan, holidaymakers can go back to designated nudist areas. Other services on the coast include pubs and beach bars offering refreshing drinks and traditional meals. Two water sports centres delight the active holidaymakers with sailing, surfing and diving offers.

Good to know: Visit the offshore island Isla de Espalmador by catamaran.

Playa de Son Bou, Menorca

The Playa de Son Bou is the largest beach in Menorca at about 2.5km length. It is especially families who spend their beach holidays here. In the shallow, clear water the children can splash around undisturbed. Due to the cleanliness of the coastline, it has been awarded the Blue Flag several times. After bathing, people spend hours digging in the white sand. For a varied day, rent a rowing boat or canoe. There are loud cheers caused by the sky bus drive. Cafés, bars, sanitary facilities and shops complete the infrastructure of the beach.

Good to know: Due to its flat access, the beach is also good for tourists who are not so good on foot.

Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura

The beach of Sotavento delights its visitors in the south-east of Fuerteventura. For over about 5km, the light sand gently merges into the sea. There is a partial blowing a stiff breeze from the sea, which attracts many surfers. Both beginners and professionals jump on their boards. For sunbathing, look for a sheltered spot in the dunes. If you arrive by car, you can drive directly to the beach and park there.

Good to know: At low tide there are exciting mudflats on Sotavento Beach.

Playa de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

One of the most famous beaches of the Canary Islands is the Playa de Maspalomas in Gran Canaria. The wide and fine sandy coastline stretches for about 12km from Maspalomas. The wide, waterfront promenade is used by joggers, walkers and inline skaters alike. Stylish cafés and chic restaurants invite you to enjoy typical dishes and fruity cocktails. Several providers offer water sports. The impressive dunes of Maspalomas make the beach unique.

Good to know: In the evening, take a relaxing detour to the 68m high Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse.

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