Best Spain Beaches

Would you like to visit a country with some of the best beaches in the world? Visit the best Spain beaches here.  You can choose from 586 beaches and 100 marina resorts distinguished with the prestigious Blue Flag award, thanks to their quality and safety. Crystal-clear waters, coves, cliffs, broad stretches of sand, and all bathed in radiant sunshine… Spain has exactly what you want. Spain has what you need, Spain beaches have wonderful beach travel destinations waiting just for you!

In addition to relaxing and sunbathing, you can rest assured that you need never be bored on Spain's beaches. Many of them are favorites with surfing enthusiasts. But there's a whole lot more! Sailing on board your own boat, water-ski, parasailing, kite surfing, scuba diving… This year, for the first time, 5 Blue Flags were awarded to sustainable tourist boats offering activities like whale-watching, scuba diving, recreational fishing, and bird-watching. Nearly 8,000 kilometers of coastline are waiting for you to lie in the sun, dip your feet in crystal-clear water, watch the intense red of dawn… for you to enjoy the sensations offered by the best Spain Beaches

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

The beach, which boasts just under a mile of white sand, is incredibly spacious, and, although it attracts everyone from residents and tourists to families with small children, elderly couples, and groups of friends, it very rarely gets packed–even in high season. Sheltered from the elements by Urgull hill on one side and Igueldo hill on the other, and facing Santa Clara island across a short stretch of water, La Kontxa’s water is nearly always calm, making this an ideal spot for swimming, paddling, and sunbathing.  To learn more about San Sebastian, and start planning your vacation here, visit our San Sebastian Donostia Spain guide here.

Playa Las Arenas Valencia, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacationsPlaya Las Arenas, Valencia

The water is calm and shallow, making it suitable for swimmers of all ages and abilities, as well as windsurfers and sailors. Meanwhile, the wide, busy promenade that runs alongside the grand beach is packed with bars and restaurants.  Don’t miss an opportunity to try one of Spain’s national dishes of seafood rice, or paella, originally conceived here in Valencia.  Check out our Valencia Spain Hotels guide and plan your Valencia vacation.

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Playa de la Ribera, Sitges, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacationsPlaya de la Ribera, Sitges

The dreamy seaside town of Sitges is  25 miles down the coast from Barcelona, making it a popular day-trip and weekend destination. Whereas Barcelona’s man-made city beaches are somewhat gray and gravelly, the pristine, white powder sand of Sitges is in parts more reminiscent of Southeast Asia than the Med. Situated right off the main drag in the city center, Playa de la Ribera is most popular with gay holidaymakers. Families are also drawn to its soft sand and shallow waters.  Visit our Sitges Spain Beach Hotels guide and start planning!

Cala Mondrago, Mallorca, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, Cala Mondragó, Mallorca

Situated in the heart of Mondragó Natural Park on southeastern Mallorca, this white sand beach is the place to go if you’re seeking an escape. The surrounding area is protected land, and it's a prime spot for glimpsing wildlife. Birdwatchers should come armed with binoculars and keep an eye out for Cross Bills and Peregrine Falcons. Rent a kayak to explore the coast, or bring a mask and snorkel—the clear waters are teeming with fish. And don’t miss the beginner-friendly hiking trail along the coast.  Visit our Mallorca Spain Hotels guide here.

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, Cala Macarella, Menorca

This spot considered one of the most beautiful places on the whole of Menorca. The sand is soft and pinkish-white, and the sea here is so clear that your eye is tricked into thinking anchored boats are hovering. The warm season here stretches out far past the end of summer, so come here year-round to soak up the sun and enjoy a picnic on the sand. Be sure to take the trail to neighboring beach Macarelletta—the oceanfront overlook along the way is enough reason to go.  Visit our Menorca Spain Hotels guide for more information on Menorca.

Bogatell, Barcelona, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, Bogatell, Barcelona

Bogatell is the beach of choice among locals because it is less crowded, but it is also cleaner and less popular with local pickpockets. The downside, meanwhile, is that it requires a slightly longer trek from the city center. But Bogatell is well worth the hassle, with cleaner water, considerably more space, and far better facilities.  Visit our Barcelona Spain Travel Guide for an information guide to planning your Barcelona vacation.

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Migjorn Beach, Playa de Migjorn, Formentera, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, Playa de Migjorn, Formentera

The sand on this expansive bay stretches on for a few miles, making it a must-see for every type of beach goer. Whether you’re hoping for an action-packed day of water sports, a shaded lounger and a party-ready vibe, or an isolated spot for snoozing in the sun, there’s a place for you on Playa de Migjorn. Our perfect day? Start with a morning paddle board excursion, break for a midday cocktail at one of the many beachfront bars, then take a leisurely stroll toward the bay’s eastern edge for the best views of the sun setting over the water.  Visiting Formentera?  Head to our Formentera Balearic Islands guide to start planning your vacation.

Platja del Raco, Begur, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, Platja del Raco, Begur

Delimited areas for sports and children’s games, floating platforms and stands for hiring windsurfing boards ginger up this beach of urban ambience from which excellent views to Bahía de los Naranjos can be seen. Being of fine and golden sand, the spike delimiting Cap Blanc shelters it from strong winds and swell. Accessible beach with services for people with reduced mobility. It has a length of 1350m. and an average width of 50m. It has a high rate of popularity.  Visit our Begur Spain Hotels guide for travel planning information on Begur.

Illa Roja, Begur, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations, Illa Roja, Begur

Illa Roja is a picture postcard perfect Costa Brava beach…plunging pine clad cliffs give way to a golden sand beach and the bluest of seas.  A very long time ago it used to be two beaches, but the rugged headland that separated the two coves has since crumbled to the sea, leaving a towering reddish rock (that gives the beach its name) at the waters edge, which provides a welcome bit of shade on hot summer days.  Illa Roja is a nudist beach, but feel free to keep your clothes on if you wish.  Visit our Begur Spain Hotels guide for travel planning information on Begur.

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Playa de la Victoria, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations
Playa de la Victoria, Cádiz

Playa de la Victoria is the most famous beach in the city of Cádiz. The spacious, golden sand beach is popular with families. The boardwalk that runs alongside it is almost two miles long and seems to have a large number of beach bars that also serve fishy specialties, such as grilled sardines and locally caught tuna and shrimp. Looking for Luxury Hotels Cadiz Spain, visit our guide here and start planning.

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El Playazo, Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve, Costa de Almeria, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations
El Playazo, Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve, Costa de Almeria

Cabo de Gata's wild, arid landscape is a mix of secluded rocky coves, jagged cliffs, and idyllic white, sandy beaches. Cabo de Gata is particularly popular with eco-minded travelers, as it offers a wide range of sustainable outdoor pursuits, from bird-watching to wildlife photography, as well as diving and boat excursions. El Playazo is a long stretch of white sand that offers a gentle slope and excellent swimming conditions. Read our Best Hotels in Costa de Almeria guide here to start planning.

Ses Salines, Ibiza, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations
Ses Salines, Ibiza

Ses Salines is known for its crystal-clear water, fine sand, and fashionable beach bars, including the Malibu Beach Club and the Jockey Club Salinas. A cool hangout for those in the know, Ses Salines is both easy to reach and surprisingly not too developed, making it one of the top places to see and be seen in Ibiza. For the best Hotels on Ibiza Spain, go here.

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Es Trenc, Mallorca, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations
Es Trenc, Mallorca

The water here is clear, while the soft white sand remains pristine and unspoiled. The beach is not attached to a hotel, but it has excellent facilities, including loungers and umbrellas for hire, lifeguards, toilets, wheelchair ramps, and a variety of restaurants and beach bars. Popular with nudists and day-trippers, Es Trenc has a wild and natural feel and is an ideal spot to let it all hang out—if that’s what you’re into.

Carvajal, Fuengirola, Spain, Spain Beaches, best Spain Beaches, beach travel destinations, beach travel, beach vacations
Carvajal, Fuengirola

Carvajal is one of many Blue Flag beaches in southern Spain. It's an urban beach that is popular with both local and visiting families. This is due in part to its calm waters and excellent water quality, as well as the fact that Carvajal is significantly quieter than some if its rowdier neighbor beaches. Measuring just over a quarter of a mile long and characterized by its coarse, dark sand and pebbles, Carvajal beach tends to get extremely busy in high season. Check out our Best Fuengirola Spain Hotels guide and start planning your Fuengirola vacation.

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East Side Beaches, Marbella

Marbella boasts some particularly stunning beaches, such as Costa Bella and El Alicate, two popular, family-friendly stretches of golden sand that sit alongside each other to the east of the center. Lined with residential complexes, these two long beaches are also home to some of the Costa del Sol’s remaining sand dunes. Both beaches offer a full array of facilities, including toilets, bars, restaurants, and a beach club, as well as loungers and parasols for rent.

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Playa Los Lances, Tarifa

Tarifa’s location at the point where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet gives it a unique micro climate and also makes it ideal for spotting all kinds of marine life, from dolphins to orcas and even whales. It also tends to be rather windy, which is why kite surfers from around head here to catch a breeze.

24 Comments

  1. Aly

    Wow! These beach locations in Spain are absolutely dreamy! I can definitely picture myself at one of these great beaches enjoying the crystal blue waters and warm sun. The main photo looks like it has a bunch of buildings right at the beach. Are any of those buildings vacation rentals that would be good for tourists? It looks like the perfect place for a relaxing vacation!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you’ll find vacation rentals right on the beach in a variety of price ranges and sizes.  It is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation!

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  2. Deborah

    Oh my goodness. Such beautiful beaches. My problem would be deciding which ones to visit. Then again, maybe I could stay longer and visit them all. Perhaps once this COVID is over and international travel resumes. Spain is definitely on my list of must-visit places. Do you happen to know how long a Canadian visitor can stay in Spain? 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Deborah, you can stay up to 90 days in a 180 day period.  So plenty of time to see the sights, the beaches and to enjoy the food!  Thanks for visiting my Best Spain Beaches guide.

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  3. Christine

    I’ve been to Spain a few times, but I didn’t know that some of the world’s best beaches were right there. I haven’t been to Mallorca or Menorca yet, but I’d like to go one day. The one beach that really struck me was Cala Macarella. It’s just gorgeous! And you’re right, it really looks as if the boats are hovering! Amazing! I’d love to see that one day.

    Illa Roja also looks spectacular. I’ve been to the Costa Brava, but not to Illa Roja. Still so many places I have to see.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Cala Macarella is gorgeous and they do have more than one beach that is rated among the best beaches in the world.  I’ve been to Spain and I absolutely love it as well.  Gorgeous and great food and culture too.

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  4. Kwidzin

    “You’ve got to have a dream, if you dont have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Haha. I gotta say, i love these articles. They make me think of places i want to be. Maybe if if i can start earning loads, i’l maybe move here permanently. It looks amazing. On a more realistic note, i’d love to visit here.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Spain is beautiful.  Thanks for visiting the Best Spain Beaches!

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  5. Will Coronel

    This is a great read and lots of love came out through the very vivid and poetic descriptions. I would love to see more pictures and learn about more of the beaches.  Spain is a beautiful country with a lot of coastline.  I am looking forward to see a guide to some of the places you mention maybe?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Will and yes, I plan to add more to it and get guides for each of the vacation worthy beach spots.  Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Tony

    I have travelled to Spain a few times in my lifetime, and I can definitely vouch for some of the beaches. Apart from around the island of Majorca, which are lovely, the Costa Dorada coastline offers some truly remarkable beaches. Well worth a visit to the region just for this.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for visiting Tony! I will have to do some research on Costa Dorada and add some of their beaches!

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  7. Vertical Veloxity

    Oh my that is sooo beautiful. I am about to fall in love or fall out looking at the pictures. I am not sure lol.. I just read your post on Portugal. That was very nice. But this one on Spain might be even better. I think these two countries are two that some people forget about when planning a vacation. But they are great choices.

    I love your site by the way. It looks and feels great. Very easy to read. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much. I have been to Spain and their beaches are amazing. I think they probably have some of the best beaches anywhere, hands down.

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  8. Irma

    This website is very easy to navigate. The size of the pictures are ideal. The content is just enough and directly to the point. It is well organized and I have to admit, It gave me a better understanding about the relationship of the picture to the content. Great job!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Irma. I am glad you like my website on beach travel destinations!

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  9. pennyDoth

    I never heard of so many beaches in ONE location. Wow! This post is loaded with interesting info. A fellow art friend of mine travels to Barcelona often and now I know why: She lives in Sweden; I never knew just how close a plane ride she had to get there. As someone who lives Stateside, I’m so used to hearing about people planning trips just to get to Argentina from up here. People living in Europe are so lucky to have so much ancient history so close and accessible—not to mention such beautiful sites too! This page is very informative. It’s great that you have airfare info so noticeable and accessible; I myself barely know anything about booking flights haha

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments! I try hard 🙂 If there is anything else you need, or further information on beach travel destinations, please let me know.

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  10. James

    I love this piece! I am a beach junkie myself and only get around to visiting once a year or so. I’ve been to some amazing places in Central America and the Caribbean. The pics you posted of the Spanish beaches are amazing. I especially like the commentary on each region. Thanks for the great reference information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome James and I am glad you enjoyed 🙂 Huge passion of mine for sure as I love the beaches!

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  11. Advent Voice

    Hello Leahrae,

    This is an amazing site. I am so glad I am able to entertain and inform a person of your caliber, To think for a living you advertise the best spots to vacation and people listen and plan based on your reports. Then you, when you have so many better things to do, stop to look at my works of art. I am amazed. I love your site. I want to plan my next vacation through your services. You are so professional. Picture perfection and the paradise you have presented on your site is right on the money!
    Please keep working as hard as you do, cause I am going to take a trip! Yeah your site is Inspiring!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad you like it and I would love to help you plan your next trip! I can and know how to find the best deals out there. That is a promise! Thanks for visiting and I am glad you enjoyed!

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  12. roamy

    Hello Leahrae
    I have been vacationing in Spain for so long, l think the first time i visited Spain l was about 14 years old but honest l did not know they have over 500 beaches.Now l know there are marinas too but over 100?They must be lucky.
    As said, been vacationing in Spain for years,being from Switzerland,Spain is just 2-3 hours away depending which part of Spain and l have always enjoyed the beaches,sun shine and the laid back way of life.
    Thanks for a very informative post,although l always thought l know Spain well,you have given me some wonderful tips for new destinations in Spain.
    Cheers Roamy

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad I could help Roamy! They do have a lot to choose from and soooo many beaches. What is not to love?

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