The 10 most beautiful beaches in Spain

Spain has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Whether you are looking for white sand or black sand, a beach surrounded by restaurants or surrounded by trees. I am sure there is a beautiful beach to suit your needs in Spain.

I’m a sun worshiper. I could lie on the beach all day with the sun on my face and a good book in my hand. I know some of you prefer to take walks along the beach, join in water sports or relax in a shady beach-side bar.

With that in mind, each beach in this list will have the wow factor when you first see them. They are all breathtakingly beautiful. They will also have a variety of seclusion, nearby activities and beach facilities. So that there’s something for everyone.

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These beaches are, in my opinion the 10 most beautiful beaches in Spain. We will take a look at each beach, where you can find them and how you get to them.

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Spanish beaches and coastline

  • Spain has over 8,000 km of coastline
  • The coastline of Spain meets the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay
  • The coast of mainland Spain is divided into over 15 separate areas called “costas”
  • As of 2017 Spain was awarded a record 579 blue flags for their beaches
  • The word for beach in Spanish is “playa” and in Catalan “platja”
  • For more safety info about Spain’s beaches check out Anglo info

The best beaches in Spain and where to find them

Calahonda – Costa del Sol, Andalusia

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Nerja

The Costa del Sol contains some amazing beaches but Playa Calahonda in Nerja is without doubt the most picturesque beach in the area. The rocky cliff drop down to the beach and the mountains in the distance create a beautiful view.

The town of Nerja is just a short walk and some steep steps away. Providing many shops, bars and restaurants. In the summer this beach is busy with sun loungers and water sports but even then, you can’t help but be mesmerized by that view.

Nearest town: Nerja

Nearest airport: Malaga

More information: Nerja Today

Rodas – Cies Islands, Galicia

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Rodas

Just a short boat ride from the port of Vigo lie the Cies Islands. Three small, uninhabited areas of natural beauty. Playa de Rodas is the most breathtaking beach on the island and was even voted the best beach in the world by The Guardian newspaper.

The islands are protected and allow a maximum 2,200 visitors a day so make sure you book your boat trip early. You can camp overnight on the island but again book in advance and be sure to pack everything you will need as there is no electricity or water supply.

Nearest town: Vigo

Nearest airport: Vigo

More information: Turismo Vigo

Tamariu – Costa Brava, Catalonia

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Tamariu

Up on the Northern Costa Brava you can find rocky coves and lovely little beaches but Platja de Tamariu is the prettiest of them all. With its dark blue water, rows of fishing boats, whitewashed houses and surrounding pine trees.

The nearby villages offer facilities for beach lovers and holiday makers and it’s just a few minutes’ drive to the quaint town of Palafrugel.

Nearest town: Palafrugell

Nearest airport: Girona

More information: Visit Palafrugell

El Moro – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - El MoroPlaya del Moro is a soft white sand beach on the North East coast of Fuerteventura. Beautiful clear turquoise waters dotted with black rock create shallow rock pools and the winds make it perfect for surfing out beyond the break. Behind lie the iconic sand dunes of Corralejo, a natural park of pure white sand and tufts of dry grass.

The resort town of Corralejo is only 15 minutes’ walk away and offers many accommodation, shopping and dining options.

Nearest town: Corralejo

Nearest airport: Fuerteventura

More information: Visit Canary Islands

Bolonia – Costa del la Luz, Andalusia

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Bolonia

A 20km drive from the town of Tarifa, Playa de Bolonia is a huge, golden, stretch of unspoiled beach. Much quieter than the beaches near the city, it has a wild, untouched natural beauty and is perfect for wind surfing and kite surfing.

The South end of the bay has a cluster of beach hut bars and restaurants. The nearby village has a few accommodation options and there’s an amazing historical site of Roman ruins at the North end.

Nearest town: Tarifa

Nearest airport: Jerez

More information: Andalucia.com

Turqueta – Menorca, Balearic Islands

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Turqueta

A secluded natural cove sheltered by trees and rock on the island of Menorca. Cala Turqueta is a stunning beach away from the tourist resorts. The turquoise waters are shallow here so perfect for taking a dip. It’s popular in peak summer so will get busy.

You must drive there, it’s a 10-15 walk from the nearest carpark and there are no facilities so bring everything you need.

Nearest town: Menorca town

Nearest airport: Menorca

More information: Menorca Blue

Mónsul – Almeria, Andalusia

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Monsul

Playa de Mónsul beach is in Cabo de Gata nature park. It’s a wild and isolated beach with unique volcanic rock and lava formations . This area is the hottest part of Spain and famous for location filming of big Hollywood movies due to the arid landscape.

To access this beautiful beach you drive down a forest track and there are no facilities or restaurants nearby.

Nearest town: Almeria

Nearest airport: Almeria

More information: Turismo Almeria

Maspalomas – Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Maspalomas

A long stretch of golden sand flanked by sand dunes, Maspalomas is probably the most popular beach in Gran Canaria. The seas are calm and great for swimming and the dunes create a beautiful dessert like back drop.

This beach has lots of facilities being near a busy resort town. There is ample parking and public transport.

Nearest town: Maspalomas

Nearest airport: Gran Canaria

More information: Spain Gran Canaria

Lleniare – Mallorca, Balearic Islands

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Lleniare

Lleniare is a fine sand beach lined with palm trees and grassy verges, in the Port of Pollença. It’s an area very popular with watersports and does get busy in the summer, walking along the shore will lead to smaller quieter coves.

There are lots of accommodation and restaurants options here.

Nearest town: Palma

Nearest airport: Palma de Mallorca

More information: ABC Mallorca

Torimbia – Llanes, Asturias

10 most beautiful beaches in Spain - Torimbia

Playa de Torimbia is a horseshoe shaped bay of white sand and lush green hills. The view looking down onto the beach is stunning and walking on the sand is equally as lovely.

It’s a popular nudist beach but not exclusively so. It’s quite a walk from the nearest village and the car park is 1 km away. High tides will reduce the amount of sand so time your visit wisely.

Nearest town: Llanes

Nearest airport: Asturias

More information: Turismo Asturias

I hope this list of the most beautiful beaches in Spain has given you some inspiration for you next beach holiday 🙂

Have you visited any of these Spanish beaches? Or do you have another beautiful beach in mind when you think of Spain? Tell us all about it in the comments box below ↓↓

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29 Comments

  1. Gunjan
    12th June 2018 / 2:44 pm

    I love you blog. I am going to Spain this summer, and we will be near Cadiz. We will be traveling south -Marbella, Malaga, and Ronda. Any blog that could be helpful?

  2. 21st April 2018 / 4:18 am

    I think Spain is the most amazing country but I have never been to the beach there. I have only been to cities: Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. It seems like from your list the Canary Islands are the place to go when it comes to beaches! I’d like to try the Balearic Islands as well.

    • 21st April 2018 / 8:06 pm

      I love exploring Spain’s cities but the beaches are also worth visiting. The canary islands are a great choice for your first Spain beach holiday. Each island offers amazing variety from quiet secluded spots to lively party beaches, stunning sand dunes to vast volcanic rock.

  3. Candy & Crystal
    21st April 2018 / 2:28 am

    So many beautiful options that it’s hard to pick just one! I would love to visit Tamariu – Costa Brava, Catalonia. I love areas with rocky coves and the color of that water is gorgeous!!!

    • 21st April 2018 / 7:50 pm

      That’s such a lovely spot full of beautiful rocky coves and cliff walks!

  4. 20th April 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Aww those Spanish beach vibes are insane! We’ve only been to the big cities there, because we already have a pretty good coastline here in Portugal, but we have to check them out one day 😀
    Sending all the love,
    xx

    • 20th April 2018 / 2:24 pm

      It’s hard to rival some of those gorgeous beaches you have on the Algarve! Maybe a trip to the Canary Islands to see the stunning sand dunes would offer something a bit different for you?

  5. 20th April 2018 / 12:32 pm

    I’m not normally much of a beach guy – but if I ever get to Spain, these are some places I really want to see! The waters all look so beautiful, and the shores are idyllic. Great post with excellent photos.

    • 20th April 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks Jim, it’s good to hear that the beautiful waters have enticed even a non-beach lover! Maybe choose a beach with lots of facilities and amenities nearby to help keep you entertained 🙂

  6. 20th April 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Those beaches do look beautiful. I missed getting to Rodas when I was in Vigo (too late to get to the ferry). I did enjoy beaches in Costa Brava and Malaga.

    • 20th April 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks Rhonda, so glad to here that you enjoyed the beaches you visited in Spain. Perhaps Rodas can be on your list for next time!

  7. Lisa
    20th April 2018 / 10:05 am

    Playa de Rodas is the beach that most intrigues me. Mainly because, I’d like to explore more of Galicia, and this beach would be perfect for me. Costa de la Luz takes second place, just because I’m in love with Andalusia!

    • 20th April 2018 / 2:17 pm

      Galicia has such a rugged and natural beauty, visiting Playa de Rodas would be an amazing. I too love Andalucia! 😉

  8. 19th April 2018 / 11:41 pm

    I have only been to the beach in Barcelona in Spain. There are so many nice beaches in Spain for sure. I would love to visit all of them. Mallorca and the Canary Islands are very popular destinations for Norwegians, but I still haven’t been. I hope I get to go soon 😀

    • 20th April 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Barcelona doesn’t offer the best Spanish beaches unfortunately because it was an active port/industrial seafront until the Olympics. Up on the Costa Brava there are beautiful beaches and yes the islands have some of the most stunning ones. I hope you get the chance to visit soon 🙂

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