Spain has more than 5,000 kilometers of coastline divided between the Iberian Peninsula and the archipelagos. In addition, it has beaches for all tastes: from the cold waters of the Galician Atlantic for the most daring to the warmth of the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor for the chilly.
There are very long beaches like those of Cádiz and hidden coves like those of the Costa Brava or Menorca. Sand or pebbles, with wind to surf or without waves for children to play safely. With all the services and the chiringuito at hand, or lost and inaccessible to which one must arrive walking or by boat. Some with meadows and cows on the beach, as in the Bay of Biscay, others with black and volcanic sand like those of Lanzarote. All this quantity and variety makes our country one of the favorite destinations for lovers of the sea.
In 2018, Spain has 696 blue flag beaches. This distinction is granted to those beaches that meet minimum requirements based on criteria that are divided into four major blocks: information and environmental education, water quality, environmental management and security and services. For example, the beaches should have information panels and organize at least five environmental education activities per year, Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, have public restrooms and one adapted for people with disabilities, have first aid equipment, comply with the Law of Coasts, to have an adequate system of waste management, and a long etcetera.
This year, as a novelty, Madrid has entered the list of provinces that have at least one beach with a blue flag, by granting said distinction to that of the Virgin of the New of the San Juan reservoir. It’s over singing “There’s no beach here!”
It is very difficult to make a selection, but in this gallery we have tried to make a representation of the enormous variety and quality of the beaches of the Spanish coast. After seeing the photos, who does not want to go for a good dip?
1Beaches of Bolnuevo (Murcia)
If you are one of those who thought that in Murcia there are only crowded beaches, you were wrong. Those of Bolnuevo are an example: a paradise for lovers of tranquility and naturism.
The beach of Bologna is one of the most famous in Cádiz. One of its biggest attractions is its huge dune: if you manage to climb to the top of it, the effort will be rewarded by an impressive panoramic: the rock of Gibraltar, the pines buried in the sand, the sea and, if the day is clear, you will also see Morocco.
The beaches of Getxo are very close to Bilbao, so they are very popular on hot summer days. A unique landscape of steep cliffs, highly recommended for surfers.
4Cala d’Hort (Ibiza)
This little cove of stones provides a good view of the islet Es Vedrá. Suitable for family, although in high season is increasingly crowded.
5Calella de Palafruguell (Girona)
This small fishing village on the Costa Brava has several coves, many of them connected by a promenade that can be explored on foot.
6Beach of Famara (Lanzarote)
Six kilometers of volcanic beach, without doubt one of the most spectacular on the island of Lanzarote.
The Mediterranean coast is perfect for those who seek sun practically every day of the year. In Calpe there are 13 kilometers of coastline with beaches of all kinds. Highly recommended also if you like to dive.
8Beach of the Cathedrals (Lugo)
This impressive beach of the Mariña Lucense is famous for its rock bridges sculpted by the action of the waves of the Cantabrian Sea. Due to its great affluence, in high season it is necessary to reserve to access this unique landscape. In fact, the impact of tourism on the beach of the Cathedrals is a current topic of debate, since in Easter of 2018 there was the death of a visitor as a result of a rockfall.
9Charco Verde (Lanzarote)
El Charco de los Clicos or Charco Verde is a lagoon formed by filtered seawater and has a green hue due to the presence of seaweed called Ruppia marima. It is totally discouraged to swim on the beach because of the dangerous currents, but the visit of this spectacular corner of the island of Lanzarote is worth it.
10Beach of Cuevas del Mar (Asturias)
This Llanes beach is located in a protected landscape. The beaches of the Cantabrian Sea change a lot depending on the tides, so we recommend you to visit it at different times of the day.
This municipality offers 15 kilometers of fine sand beaches, some in urban surroundings and others more quiet and collected. A place with good weather and perfect for practicing water sports.
12The Playazo (Almería)
The Playazo de Rodalquilar is one of the most famous beaches of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar. Large, with fine sand and progressive slope, suitable for the whole family.
13Cala Santanyí (Mallorca)
From this beach you can walk to Es Pontàs, a gigantic rock arch sculpted naturally by the action of the waters.
14The Genoveses (Almería)
It is another of the star beaches of Cabo de Gata. Although it is located in a desert and with few buildings, you can get there by car very close. Of course, we always recommend that you do it by bicycle or public transport!
15Beach of the Tejita (Tenerife)
We return to the Canary Islands to visit this idyllic beach one kilometer long. In the background, the volcanic cone Montaña Roja.
16Cala Macarella (Menorca)
A paradisiacal beach with crystal clear waters, which unfortunately is crowded in summer. The good thing: since 2018 you can no longer access by car, you need to take a bus from Ciutadella or go by bike or motorbike.
The Natural Site Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo is located between the provinces of Málaga and Granada. Most of its beaches are quite inaccessible and it is required to descend on foot by its steep slopes, which makes its coves little crowded even in the middle of summer. Perfect leg nudists and lovers of tranquility.
More than five kilometers of beach next to the Doñana National Park.
19Beaches of Corralejo (Fuerteventura)
The set of the Great Beaches of Corralejo is located north of the island of Fuerteventura. White sand, turquoise waters and huge dunes… a paradise for the most demanding travelers.
20Playa del Silencio (Asturias)
It is located in the Cudillero area and is far from large population centers. If you do not want to make the trek up to the bottom, it is worth stopping at the lookout on the road to observe the panoramic view from above.
21Big Beach of Miño (La Coruña)
It is a large beach in an urban environment in the area of the Galician Rias Altas. It is very comfortable and has all the services.
22Beach of Pechón (Cantabria)
The beach of Pechón or Amió is very original, because it is a tongue of sand that connects the ‘mainland’ to an islet. Be careful with the tides, because the beach appears and disappears throughout the day.
23Beach of Rhodes (Cíes Islands, Vigo)
This beach became very popular internationally when in 2007 The Guardian newspaper ranked it first in its top 10 of the best beaches in the world.
24Torimbia Beach (Asturias)
This nudist beach is located on the east coast of Asturias, in the council of Llanes, and is 500 meters long.
25Hoya del Pozo Beach (Gran Canaria)
A dark sand beach in the municipality of Telde, southeast of the island of Gran Canaria.
26Beach of Laga (Vizcaya)
This spectacular dune beach is located in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. It has a surf club and you can practice other water sports such as sailing.
27Rijana Beach (Granada)
It is located on the Costa Tropical, near Castell de Ferro. The entrance is difficult to find, and is generally not crowded.
28Ses Illetes (Formentera)
It is a paradisiacal beach with turquoise waters located in the Ses Salines Natural Park. A good idea to visit this enclave is to rent a bicycle, which does not pay toll in the park, and circulate through the comfortable bike path.
29Beach of the Calblanque (Murcia)
It is located in the Regional Park of Calblanque, an almost virgin environment in the province of Murcia. In summer the accesses to the parking are closed, which allows a better conservation of this privileged natural environment.
30Tossa de Mar (Gerona)
We end up on the Costa Brava, in this beautiful walled town that has both urban beaches and hidden coves.