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, 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
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).