With a coastline of roughly 5000km, or 3100miles, we think you’ll be spoiled for choice when looking for that perfect beach holiday in Spain. From the black volcanic sands of the Canary Islands to the  golden sands of the mainland, to the white sands of Mallorca, you might have a hard time picking your favourite beach when planning a trip to Spain. With that said, we asked fellow bloggers to send us a summary of their top Spanish beach destinations in the hope of helping you make the choice. So read on to discover what is on offer when planning your next beach holiday in Spain. When visiting Spain, don’t forget to browse the shops along the beaches to bring home the best Spanish souvenirs and to visit a local restaurant to savour some of the most tasty Spanish food.

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Best beaches in Spain you need to visit

In this post you’ll find a list of the 25 best Spanish beaches to visit during your holiday in Spain. We’ve broken up the post into the beaches of the Península Ibérica on the Spanish mainland, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Some of the most popular and most visited beaches are not included in this list, like the beaches of the Costa Blanca, however they are definitely worth visiting as well.

Best beaches in Southern Spain

Playa de los Caños de Meca in Cadiz

playa de los caños in Cadiz with white sandy beach, blue ocean and a lighthouse

Whilst the sun soaked beaches of the Costa del Sol are well known by European tourists, if you want something a bit more rugged, head south to Playa de los Canos de Meca. Exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, the waters are perfect for windsurfing and longboard surfing, albeit perhaps a bit windy for sunbathing on occasion! Located on Cape Trafalgar, most well known for the naval battle which took place here in 1805, the beach backs onto an impressive set of dunes and a striking beachline. You won’t find all the touristy restaurants and bars here that you would do in Malaga, but rather adventurous travellers pulling out a surfboard or a surf kite and hitting the water. The Cape of Trafalgar still houses the majestic lighthouse whose white walls sit proudly on the cape, framing the beach perfectly. If you are looking to stay in the area, don’t go anywhere else but Casa la Siesta for its tranquil gardens and beautifully decorated rooms.

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Playa Mansul, Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Almería

mansul beach in cabo de gata in almeria spain with rocks

One of the most interesting natural parks in Spain in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Almería.  The semi-desert climate is filled with unique volcanic landscapes, traditional fishing villages and plenty of secluded beaches. We hiked from the village of San José to Playa Mansul, enjoying incredible ocean views along the way.  Playa Mansul is unlike any other beach we’ve visited.  The volcanic activity combined with the wind and waves the exposed coastline receive, have created otherworldly rock formations like giant waves, frozen in time.

Playa Mansul has been featured in a few movies due to its alien landscapes.  Most notably, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade filmed some scenes here.  Another great feature of the Cabo de Gala beaches is that the nature reserve extends into the waters making this an excellent spot for snorkelling or diving.  The frequent winds here also mean a number of wind-powered watersports are popular here.

Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve does have limited bus service from the city of Almería but a car is the best way to explore the area.  Aside from hiking as we did, it is also possible to drive to Playa Mansur although the number of cars are limited during the summer months.

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Matalascañas and Asperillo beach in Huelva

yellow beach with yellow sandstone rocks matalascañas beach in huelva

Matalascañas is a beautiful 7 kilometres long and 80 metres wide beach in the south-west of Spain, in the province of Huelva. This sandy beach is a locals’ favourite, as it boasts lots of restaurants and cafes. Young people love the summer nightlife. During the summer, the shoulder months and bank holidays it can get crowded, with traffic jams to and from the beach. However, during the winter months it is usually deserted, especially when chilling winds blow inland. In my view, this is the best time of the year to visit. Even though this part of Spain is beautiful throughout the year, the beauty of the golden sand contrasting against the blue Atlantic is best appreciated with less people on it. But if you happen to visit in the summer, go up north, 17 kilometres towards Huelva, you will find a deserted beach, called Asperillo. This stretch of the Atlantic coast, bordering Doñana National Park, has huge sand dunes. It is a bit more difficult to access and has no facilities.

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Playa de la Barrosa in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz

silhouetted man with dog walking on playa de la barrosa in chiclana de la frontera

La Barrosa is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches travelers can find in Andalusia, in the South of Spain. It’s located in Chiclana de la Frontera, a coastal town just half an hour drive from the city of Cádiz. The Barrosa beach is about 8 kilometers long, extending from the cliff of the Sancti Petri beach to the Loma del Puerco. It has nothing to envy to the Mediterranean or Adriatic beaches, such as those of the best islands in Croatia or Malta. This beach is surrounded by dunes and the construction of houses or buildings on the beachfront is not allowed, which makes it even more special. Besides, this popular beach has obtained important quality badges for its environmental management, such as the Blue Flag, a distinction granted each year for its cleanliness.

There is nothing better to enjoy of La Barrosa beach than walking barefoot through the sand first thing in the morning, when the beach is totally empty.   Another essential thing that you cannot miss at this beach is its sunsets. The sunsets in Cádiz are one of the most beautiful in Spain, and those on this beach are magical.   The sky is dyed orange and pink with the sea and the Castle of Sancti Petri in the background while having a mojito in one of its beach bars with live music.   Can you ask for more?  

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Playa de Bolonia in Tarifa

wide open beach with dunes, bolonia beach in tarifa spain

Bolonia, situated between Tarifa and Zahara de los Atunes on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, is home to one of the largest sand dunes in Europe. Climbing to the top of the dune is worth the effort for the stunning views of the beach’s golden sands and crystal clear waters, the pine forests of the Estrecho Natural Park, and the mountains of Morocco, around 20 miles away across the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is a mecca for kite surfers when the ‘levante’ is blowing but it never feels too crowded even at the height of summer. If water sports aren’t your thing there are plenty of walking trails through the pines and history buffs should take some time to explore the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia – a testament to the area’s fish salting past. With only one road into town – a stunning drive between two rocky outcrops – Bolonia has, so far, managed to retain its laid-back vibe. There are just a few places to grab a drink and something to eat and, out of season. you could well be the only person on the beach. Keep an eye out for the cows though – they love Bolonia beach as much as I do!

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Malaga beaches in Malaga

beach in Malaga with palmtrees and green grass

Travellers have made their way to the Costa del Sol in Spain for decades, drawn in by the warm sun and of course beautiful beaches. Malaga is located in the center of the Costa del Sol. Known for its beautiful beaches, including beaches within the city center, there is more to the city than the beach. While many of Spain’s other beautiful beaches are located in smaller, remote towns, the beaches in Malaga are right at the city’s doorstep. Many of the beaches are easily accessible by public transport or car ride.

Malaga offers visitors a unique blend of fun in the sun during the day and lively city nightlife. This includes strolling along the streets and alleyways searching for Malaga’s best tapas bars and restaurants. With ideal temperatures year round, Malaga and its beaches can be enjoyed even in winter. Regardless of the temperature, it’s quite likely that visitors can stroll around the city center under bright blue skies. At the center of Malaga’s beaches is the 3500 meter long San Julian beach. Other popular beaches in Malaga include Guadalmar, Misericordia, and San Andres beach. Malaga has its own airport for flights within Europe and is only a three-hour train ride from Madrid.

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Nerja beach near Malaga

beach full of people viewpoint high above with green bushes in front in nerja andalusia

Not far from Malaga on Spain’s beautiful Costa del Sol, Nerja, is a treasure. It’s got all of the beauty of more well-known beaches with fewer crowds. The beach is definitely the main attraction in this little coastal town, but beach access can be a bit tricky. There isn’t continuous access to the coast, but there’s still plenty of sandy beaches here to enjoy practically to yourself!

To orient yourself, look for the Balcony of Europe, a viewpoint with gorgeous views of the coast stretching in both directions. Legend has it that the “balcony” was so named by King Alfonso XII who visited Nerja after a huge earthquake back in 1885 and proclaimed it one of the best views in Europe.

Today, this is where the action is in Nerja. On the day we visited, during a Fiesta day, every local female—from grandmas to babies—was decked out in a beautiful, form-fitting flamenco dress! Nerja was the perfect “vacation from our vacation” after our whirlwind tour of Andalusia before we headed back to Barcelona.

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Playa Canatarriján in Almuñecar, Costa Tropical

Playa Canatarriján in Almuñecar, Costa Tropical, pebble beach with rocks in the water and a large rock next to the beach

Playa Cantarriján is one of the most beautiful beaches on Costa Tropical, in Andalucia – Southern Spain. Located in the Cerro Gordo National Park between Nerja and La Herradura, Playa Cantarriján is nested between two mountains, which makes it a perfect option for snorkelling and kayaking due to the mild current. Because the beach is inside a cove, it is always protected from the wind. The beach is accessible by car on an unpaved track from the main road, only in winter. In summer, to avoid overcrowding, the track is closed, and a shuttle is introduced to take tourists up and down, for a 1 euro fee.

Playa Cantarriján is a naturist beach, but people who come to sunbathe here are a mix who like and who don’t like to wear bathing suits. It’s never uncomfortable, no matter which option you prefer. What makes Playa Cantarriján special is the crystal-clear water in which you can easily spot fish swimming around. The beach is quite secluded during the week, getting busy during the summer weekend. Plan to arrive before noon, as that is when the locals come. The beach is rocky, so you need to wear special shoes to be comfortable. There are two beach restaurants here if you want to have lunch, or if you want to rent a beach chair and an umbrella.

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Best beaches in Northern Spain

La Concha beach in San Sebastian

la concha beach san sebastian in the shape of a shell with the city right next to it and the mountains in the background

La Concha (meaning shell) is definitely one of the most amazing city beaches. Located in La Concha Bay in the picturesque Basque town San Sebastian (called Donostia by the locals), this sandy beach stretches for 1350 meters. It’s usually quite wide (around 40 meters) but this is strongly influenced by the tides. With low tide, it is directly connected with another beach – La Ondaretta, a much smaller one but especially loved by bodyboarders. With the high tide, the beach shrinks and it’s advised not to put anything next to the shore. The water is usually calm here (unlike on the wave La Zurriola beach on the other side of the town – a perfect spot for surfers and water sports lovers).

Above La Concha there’s a wide promenade that runs from Mount Urgull and the marina to Mount Igeldo. From the marina, you can take a boat to the island (Isla Santa Clara) and you can enjoy a splendid view from either of the mentioned hills (Mount Urgull you need to climb yourself, while there’s a funicular that can take you up Mount Igeldo).

It’s especially worth to visit San Sebastian during the summer feast – Semana Grande in August. There’s an international fireworks competition and each night you can see a performance from a different competitor. And the best view you get sitting on the sand at La Concha beach. There are also other interesting activities during the summer like Pirates boarding which starts in the marina and the goal is to get to the beach on a hand-made pirate ship. Anyone can take part and it’s a lot of fun!

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Rodas beach on the Cíes Islands

white sandy beach with boats in the blue water at rodas beach in cies islands

The Cíes Islands are a true gem in northern Spain, and Rodas Beach is one of their crowning glories. Connecting the islands of Monteagudo and do Faro, this strip of white sands along with the turquoise water create the most heavenly beach you could ever imagine. It was even chosen as the most beautiful beach in Spain a few years back.

As part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, the islands and beach are a Nature Reserve and a protected area. On the islands, you can only find a visitor center, a restaurant, and a camping area, so you can enjoy pure nature. It also means that services like showers, sunbeds, and even trash cans are unavailable, so be sure to take that under consideration, and of course, take everything with you back to the mainland.

How to get to the Cíes Islands: Several companies like Cruceros Rias Baixas, Mar de Ons, and Naviera Nabia operate ferry services from Vigo, Baiona, and Cangas to the islands. You must book your tickets in advance as the number of daily visitors is limited and you need the authorization to visit the islands (you can get it in the booking process).

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Nemiña beach in Galicia

person jumping in the sunlight on nemiña beach in galicia

When he was a kid, my partner used to spend long summer periods with his family on the Death Coast, in Galicia. It is easy to understand why. Away from the rest of the region by a rugged and capricious geography, this area is full of charming spots that make it simply irresistible and perfect for family tourism. Before visiting it myself, I have already heard many stories about this one particular beach: Nemiña. It truly had to be special. He could not stop raving about it! But it wasn’t until he took me for the first time when I could finally understand why. It was a very long beach, with fine sand and a gentle breeze, perfect waves for surfing, and no one else in sight that afternoon. It was so perfect that suddenly toped also my best Galician beaches ranking. Recently we enjoyed it again, while we were walking the camino from Fisterra to Muxia. There it was, as pretty as ever. With hardly any people, with its special light and only a few young surfers enjoying its waters. How lucky we are to be based near it! If you decide to visit it, be sure to stop by the beach bar in Lires too. You can reach it by swimming from Nemiña (around 5 minutes) or if the current is very strong and you don’t feel like getting wet, by car. Because although they are really close, 12km separate them away. Enjoy!

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Playa de las Catedrales or Cathedrals beach in Galicia

boulders on the beach in cathedral beach galicia

Cathedral’s Beach in the North of Spain is one of Spain’s most striking and unusual beaches. The beach is carved by cliffs and stones shaped by the Atlantic Ocean making it a magical place. To fully appreciate the beach you need to visit it on low tide, only then you can see and explore the caves and arches on the beach. Even accessing the beach can only be done during low tide, as it’s submerged during high tide.  The whole coast of Galicia is marked by wild beaches with many cliffs and capes. It is definitely a region to visit when traveling in Spain. However, Cathedrals beach is a mandatory stop. It is located in the northern coast of Galicia, about 10 km west of the city of Ribadeo. Be aware that Cathedral’s Beach can be a bit cold especially in winter. After all, we are talking about Northern Spain. The sea is always freezing cold, but in summer it is a good place to sunbathe and even swim in the sea, if are brave enough.

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Somo beach in Santander

wide open beach with people scattered sunbathing and rolling waves in somo beach santander

The north of Spain is largely ignored when it comes to Spanish beaches. However, there are many reasons to go and my personal favourite is Somo, just outside Santander in the northern region of Cantabria. Whilst Santander itself has some of the best city beaches in Spain, Somo adds something else. Despite its small size, Santander has a reputation for being an affluent city and its people closed-minded. Somo couldn’t be more different. The local area has a chilled-out surfer vibe to it and feels more similar to some Cornish towns in the UK such as Newquay. The beach itself is a long stretch of golden sand, perfect for enjoying the hot summer days away from the city with incredible views across the bay towards the picturesque Magdalena Palace.

Something that you don’t necessarily find on Mediterranean beaches is good surfing and, with its own surf school, Somo is a popular spot for learning all year round. If you can brave the freezing Cantabrian Sea during the winter! But that isn’t the only sport you’ll find there. Beach volleyball nets dot the sand, with groups always on the look out for extra players. And if the action gets too hot, a few minutes diving amongst the waves will soon cool you down. Getting to Somo is simple. Ferries run throughout the day from the bay in Santander, taking just 30 minutes to reach Somo and less than €5 for a return ticket.

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Castelldefels beach in Barcelona

lots of people walking towards castelldefels beach in barcelona

Castelldefels beach is a 5-km long sandy beach located about 20 km from Barcelona. If you are looking to relax after hopping around the major tourist attractions, Castelldefels is a perfect offbeat beach to include in your Barcelona itinerary. While there are many shacks and parties all evening, you can also find a quiet and serene corner on the beach. This is true even at the peak travel season. There are many upscale hotels and restaurants near the beach as well. The beach had sunshades, shower cubicles, sanitary cubicles, children’s play area, game rooms among other facilities. It’s a great place for couples and families, as well as party-lovers. There is free wifi along the whole beach. You can also walk up to the Olympic canal of Cateldefells within 1 km from the beach. It is an artificial canal that was built for canoeing competition in the 1992 summer Olympics. Oh, if lucky, you may also bump into Barcelona Football Stars Lionel Messi or Suarez who happen to live in Cateldefells.

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Platja Gran in Tossa de Mar

boat on the beach with people sunbathing and a castle in the background tossa de mar spain

Tossa de Mar is located about 100 km north of Barcelona on Spain’s famous Costa Brava. The most convenient and closest airport is Girona located only 36 km away. Tossa de Mar is a small yet very charming town with a gorgeous beach situated within it called Platja Gran. There are many good restaurants by the beach where you can grab a lunch or a dinner with a view. The beach is wide with gritty sand and crystal clear water. But what makes it very special and unique is a stunning castle located right by the beach on Mount Guardi. The castle was built in the medieval era and it’s very well preserved.  So in addition to a great day on the beach, you can take a leisurely walk to the neighbouring hill and explore this picturesque structure that was constructed to defend the residents of what once was a fishing village. You can still see the cannons guarding the castle towers.  And when you get to the top, there is a truly spectacular view of the beach and the Mediterranean Sea awaiting you.

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Playa de las Arenas in Valencia

playa las arenas in valencia with blue and white striped beach houses and reed sun umbrellas

Valencia is the birthplace of paella and the best place to eat it is right at the beach. Valencia’s proximity to the sea makes it such an attractive place for a city trip. You can visit the old town center with its medieval alleyways and monuments, or the cutting edge Ciudad de las artes y las ciencias by Calatrava in the morning. And when you start feeling peckish you simply hop on a rental bike or a tram to the beach. Within 10 minutes you will find yourself on the promenade of Playa de las Arenas, full of restaurants that serve the best paella in the city. There’s nothing better than having paella in Valencia with a view over the Mediterranean. After lunch not only can you spread your towel and have a little nap in the sand, you can venture to the striped beach huts and get a massage. How’s that for a relaxing city break! Parasols and sunbeds are also available for rent.

A lot of Spanish coastal towns have become overpacked seaside resorts. Valencia’s Playa de las Arenas is popular, though luckily far from overcrowded. There are restaurants and bars and a few hotels, but that’s it. Therefore, no matter how far into the high season, the atmosphere remains relaxed. If you feel like treating yourself to a day of beach fun and relaxation Marina Beach Club is a Las Arenas hotspot you should visit. You can take a dip in the pool, have a cocktail at the pool bar and watch the sunset whilst sipping a glass of Agua de Valencia. Perfecto!

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Platja de Sant Sebastià in Sitges

people playing beach volleybal in sitges with palmtrees and a church

On the east coast of Spain, Platja de Sant Sebastià is a small beach in the seaside town of Sitges. Even though it’s the main beach, it still maintains its charm and quaintness. Behind it is a breezy pedestrian promenade lined with palm trees, and to the side, the whitewashed church perched atop a hill, the Church of Sant Bartomeu y Santa Tecla. If you get tired of laying on the sand, you can also walk nearby to the local shops, get lost in the narrow alleyways, or have a slow-simmered paella at one of the seafood restaurants on the seafront. Platja de Sant Sebastià also has several amenities like active lifeguards, sunbeds, umbrellas, and showers. Families love this beach for its fine sand and the gentle slope of the sea bed, so little ones can also splash about comfortably in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the perfect place to spend a whole day as you’ll find plenty of things to do in the area!

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Canary Islands beaches

Papagayo beach in Lanzarote

people sitting on papagayo beach in lanzarote with dark red sand and rocks

Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, is full of contrasts. Especially when it comes to its landscape. If you drive north, you’ll find rugged cliffs, if you head south, then golden sand beaches await you. Speaking of golden sand beaches, one of the finest in the area is Playas del Papagayo, about 1 hour drive from the capital city, Arrecife. Known for being one of the best spots for snorkeling on the island, this secluded beach is a true gem. However, getting there may be a bit of an adventure. It is located in a national park and you’ll have to go off road through the park to get there, after paying a minimal conservation fee, of course. But once you are there, you’ll be happy you made it. Alternatively, you can reach it on foot or by water taxi from neighbouring Playa Blanca. Besides chilling at the beach, the area is ideal for short hikes to any of the surrounding mounds to see if you can spot the nearby island of Fuerteventura.

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Playa del Castillo, Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife

black beach with palmtree and black rocks in playa del castillo tenerife

If you’re looking for truly unique beaches to visit in Spain then what could be more unusual than one covered entirely in black sand. There are several places around the world where you can see these beaches formed by volcanic fragments and lava but my very favourite is Playa del Castillo in Puerto de la Cruz on the Island of Tenerife. Playa del Castillo is one of the quieter beaches in Puerto de la Cruz which in my opinion makes it the best, it has a few sunbeds, a wooden path down to the waves and is surrounded by black rocks which just adds to the atmospheric sand. Fair warning, black sand retains the heat better than yellow or white, lovely over the summer months but red hot on your toes in summer. When you get bored of building black sandcastles and soaking up the sun, head up the steep steps to the pedestrianised walkway where you’ll find a few lovely cafes and beach clubs or even to the main attraction in Puerto de la Cruz, the Loro Parque Zoo.

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Cofete beach in Fuerteventura

Alone on Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

The beaches of the Canary Islands are world famous, and amongst them Fuerteventura deserves special mention. From white sand beaches to volcanic beaches, you can find a large variety of amazing beaches there. If we had to peak one from these special beaches in Fuerteventura, we would peak Playa Cofete.  This beach shows the wild and savage side of the island. Cofete Beach is a 12 kilometer long golden sand beach on the West coast of the Morro del Jable Peninsula. It’s not easily accessible since you have to drive a steep dirt road to cross the mountain to get there from the more urbanized part of the island.  The views of this pristine beach from the mountain pass are simply fascinating.  Since Playa Cofete is remote, the beach is never busy and you can often have it all for just you. It’s also important to mention that the currents on this side of Fuerteventura are quite dangerous; therefore you have to swim with a lot of precautions. 

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Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria

maspalomas beach gran canaria with white sandy dunes and shrubs

One of the most famous beaches in the Canary Islands is Maspalomas Beach, which sits on the south-east corner of the island of Gran Canaria. Even though it’s a popular tourist spot, it’s well worth making a journey to visit, even if it’s just for a day. What makes Maspalomas beach so impressive isn’t so much the beach itself, but the backdrop behind it. Maspalomas beach backs on to a 404-hectare area covered in sand dunes.

The Maspalomas sand dunes are impressive from first sight, but it’s only once you get into them that you appreciate just how massive they are. You can walk the entire length of Maspalomas beach all the way to the equally famous Playa del Ingles beach. As you do, you’ll enjoy the sea on one side and the towering dunes on the other the entire time. The dunes also hide one of Spain’s most famous nudist beaches, if that’s your kind of scene!

Many travellers choose to stay in this area of Gran Canaria because there are so many things to do in Maspalomas in addition to the beaches. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you can easily visit on a day trip by taking any bus that stops at the Faro de Maspalomas bus station.

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Playa de las Conchas in La Graciosa, Lanzarote

kid with red tshirt running on playa de las conchas in la graciosa lanzarote

With its fine white sand and turquoise waters, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking you’d been transported to the Caribbean. But Playa De Las Conchas is an absolute gem of a beach, although not the easiest to get to. Firstly you need to take the 30 minute ferry from Órzola, at the northern tip of nearby Lanzarote. As you step off the ferry on to La Graciosa, you feel like you’ve been transported a million miles away, with its sandy roads, and a simpler way of life. There are no paved roads on this island and only 700 people live here. Playa De Las Conchas is on the opposite side of the island. You could walk there, or hire a bike. But as I was visiting with just my 3 year old son, we clubbed together with some other travellers and hired a 4×4 to take us. For four adults the price is €50, and small children are free. When you disembark the ferry, walk to the right and to the line of 4×4 waiting for tourists. There are no facilities whatsoever at Playa De Las Conchas, so bring all food and drink with you, and take all rubbish away with you. For those visiting from Lanzarote with kids, do bear in mind that there is no shade for little ones.

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Balearic Islands beaches

Cala Macarelleta in Menorca

Cala Macarelleta in Menorca small beach with white sand and lots of trees and bushes around

In an island blessed with as many beautiful beaches as Menorca, it takes a little something special to stand out from the crowd. But special sums up Cala Macarelleta perfectly. Its remote location, wild and natural beauty, sheltered position and fine white sand all add to its appeal. And if you prefer to bathe sans swimsuit, it’s the perfect place for that too. The little sister of the more accessible Cala Macarella, this Balearic beach is worth the extra effort to get to. A short coastal walk will deliver you around the cove in no time, and provide breathtaking views on the way. In the summer months, when the car park at Cala Macarella is closed, you’ll need to walk a bit further. Follow the Cami de Cavalls track from either Cala Turqueta or Cala Galdana to reach the secluded Cala Macarelleta, or hire a boat to arrive in style! Because of the beach’s remote location, you’ll need to pack the day’s essentials with you – including plenty of water and snacks to see you through.

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Cala Mitjana in Menorca

Cala Mitjana in Menorca with people in the water and on the beach with trees around

Menorca is home to 99 beaches, making it a brilliant destination for those wanting to soak up all the vitamin D which, let’s be honest, is everyone. Our favourite beach on this Balaeric beauty? Cala Mitjana, a gorgeous cove located on the south of the Island. The bright white sands, shimmering turquoise water, ivory-coloured limestone cliffs, and surrounding Meditteranean pine trees make it feel as if you’re somewhere slightly more exotic, like New Caledonia or the Caribbean. Yet this laidback Menorcan gem is the perfect place to while the long summer days away.

Although most beaches on Menorca are far quieter than their mainland rivals (looking at you, Greece), in the height of summer you’ll need to head to Cala Mitjana early to secure yourself a prime position on the bright white sands. If you’re looking for a smaller alternative, Cala Mitjana’s baby sister, Mitjaneta, is a short swim/walk away. There’s only space for 20 or so sun-seekers, so make your way there early!

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Calo des Moro beach in Palma de Mallorca

Calo des Moro beach in Palma de Mallorca with rough sea with limestone cliffs in the background

Located on the southeastern point of the island of Mallorca lies a hidden bay named Calo des Moro. This small lagoon-like oasis is usually quite empty (except in the summer months). Not only is Calo des Moro a relatively well-kept secret, but it is also quite difficult to reach its sandy shores. To get to the beach, one must navigate around and over quite a rocky, downhill path. However, the reward is completely worth it. Once you reach Calo des Moro, there are beautiful white sandy shores and turquoise waters. If you turn away from the water, there is another surprise: little orange caves. They can make the perfect little picnic spot, especially if you’re hoping to get some shade from the sun. On each side of the beach, there are steep, greenery-filled cliffs, protecting the lagoon from the huge ocean waves. It’s a perfect little secluded oasis.

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Have you been on a Spanish beach holiday? What did you like about it? Do you have any other recommendations? Let us know in the comments.

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