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.
Best beaches in Southern Spain
Playa de los Caños de Meca in Cadiz
Recommended by Laura & Charlie from The Travelling Stomach
Playa Mansul, Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Almería
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.
Recommended by Claire from Past The Potholes
Matalascañas and Asperillo beach in Huelva
Recommended by Stefania van Lieshout from Views of the World
Playa de la Barrosa in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz
Recommended by Sara from Mindful Travel
Playa de Bolonia in Tarifa
Recommended by Alison from Alison in Andalucia
Malaga beaches in Malaga
Recommended by Amber from Food And Drink Destinations
Nerja beach near Malaga
Recommended by Christina from Explore Now or Never
Playa Canatarriján in Almuñecar, Costa Tropical
Recommended by Joanna from The World in My Pocket
Best beaches in Northern Spain
La Concha beach in San Sebastian
Recommended by Aina from Liquid Traveling
Rodas beach on the Cíes Islands
Recommended by Or from My Path in the World
Nemiña beach in Galicia
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!
Recommended by Inma from A World to Travel
Playa de las Catedrales or Cathedrals beach in Galicia
Recommended by Jorge & Claudia from Traveldrafts
Somo beach in Santander
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.
Recommended by Stuart Fahy
Castelldefels beach in Barcelona
Recommended by Sinjana from Backpack & Explore
Platja Gran in Tossa de Mar
Recommended by Mal from Raw Mal Roams
Playa de las Arenas in Valencia
Recommended by Esther de Beer from Mooistestedentrips.nl
Platja de Sant Sebastià in Sitges
Recommended by Justine from Latitude Fortyone
Canary Islands beaches
Papagayo beach in Lanzarote
Recommended by Henar from Wanderwings
Playa del Castillo, Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife.
Recommended by Karen from Are We There Yet Kids
Cofete beach in Fuerteventura
Recommended by Gábor from Surfing the Planet
Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria
Recommended by Jodie from A La Jode
Playa de las Conchas in La Graciosa, Lanzarote
Recommended by Jenny from Travelynn Family
Balearic Islands beaches
Cala Macarelleta in Menorca
Recommended by Nadine from Le Long Weekend
Cala Mitjana in Menorca
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!
Recommended by Miranda & Mark from The Common Wanderer
Calo des Moro beach in Palma de Mallorca
Recommended by Sarah from Borders & Bucket Lists