Best Spain Beaches

La Concha Beach

La Concha Beach

Would you like to visit a country with some of the best beaches in the world? Then grab your swimsuit and come to Spain! 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 favourites 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.  Here is our list of the best Spain beaches has to offer:

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

La Concha Beach is one of the best city beaches in Europe, let alone Spain. Situated in the north-east corner of Spain, near the western end of the border with France, San Sebastián is a chic coastal city with excellent Pintxos (or tapas) and one of the nicest beaches you’ll ever get in a city.  It is famous not only in Spain but also in many places all over the globe, since it has been frequently featured in travel magazines as one of the best urban beaches in the world.  Throughout the long summer months a fiesta atmosphere prevails, with thousands of tanned and toned bodies spread across the sands. The swimming is almost always safe.

The The Concha promenade has several elements  well known beyond the city: the Concha railing (one of the most universal icons of the city), the lamp posts, and the area around La Perla with its variety of spa options, bars & restaurants, sports clubs, etc. All of this make a stroll round the Concha (whether by the beach or the promenade) an essential activity for locals and tourists alike. You can continue your walk round the bay by taking the Paseo Nuevo promenade round the bottom of Monte Urgull and heading along the Zurriola Beach until coming to Sagüés in a spectacular city stroll covering around 6 kilometers.

Playa de Aiguablava

Playa de Aiguablava

Playa de Aiguablava, Catalonia

Aiguablava Beach is a nice sized beach tucked into the pine clad headland. It makes for safe swimming as its waters are protected by d’Es Mut point which curves round to make a sort of natural harbor.  The famous Parador Nacional de Turismo hotel sits on d’Es Mut point.  Soft sand and clear, calm waters make Aiguablava the finest bay in Costa Brava. Surrounded by rocky outcrops and lush forest, the beach itself feels isolated, but easy access to amenities (restaurants, showers, toilets) make it a great pick for families looking to get away from it all without roughing it. If the beach gets too crowded, venture a short way up the coast to take a dip in La Piscina Natural Es Cau, an ocean-fed swimming pool carved into the rock.

Playa Cala Salada, Ibiza

This quiet cove is perhaps the most picturesque in Ibiza, unspoiled by the crowds and commerce that proliferate elsewhere on the island. It’s classic Mediterranean through-and-through, with cliffs and pine forest jutting up to the oceanfront. Hike down from the carpark and cool off before setting up camp with a quick jump from the cliffs into the pool. The water is a deep blue and relatively warm year-round. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the rustic oceanfront café for the freshest paella you’ll ever eat.

Cala Mondragó, Mallorca

Situated in the heard 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.

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.

Playa de Migjorn, Formentera
Playa Migjorn

Playa Migjorn

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.

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.

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.  If you fancy being at one with nature…this is the beach for you…Illa Roja is a nudist beach (but feel free to keep your clothes on if you wish).

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14 Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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