(Photo by Juanjo)
It really doesn’t get much prettier than La Concha Beach!
Finding the Best Beaches in Spain
If your idea of a dream vacation is blue waters and white sand, then Spain is the perfect destination for you. Spain’s tourism industry is one of the world’s largest, and its beaches are a main reason why. Spain has what meteorologists call a Mediterranean climate. What does that mean for us? It’s a country that offers wonderfully warm and sunny summer weather to match its warm and friendly people. There are few things more relaxing than a beach vacation and few destinations with more beautiful beaches to choose from than Spain. So pack your swimsuit and sunscreen: Let’s find the best beaches in Spain.
Some of Spain’s best beaches are not found on its mainland, so be prepared to do a little traveling in your quest for the perfect sandy oasis. The Illas Cs, or Cs Islands, are part of Galicia, which is the northwest region of the country. Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean 50 minutes from the mainland town of Vigo, you’ll find a fiercely protected and undeveloped three-island sanctuary. Ferry over to the Illa do Monte or Illa do Faro to spend the day at Rodas Beach and saltwater lagoon. The beach connects the two isles and is said to have some of the bluest waters and whitest sands in the world. Worried about crowds? Don’t be. Only a certain number of people are allowed to travel to the Illas Cs daily, so get your ferry tickets in advance.
Playa de Ses Illetes
Our next best Spanish beach destination is also found on one of Spain’s outlying islands. Formentera is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, and it is located in the Mediterranean Sea east of the mainland. The Playa de Ses Illetes beach is Formentera’s hot spot. Here, you will sunbathe next to some of the Spanish elite. Playa de Ses Illetes offers the typical powdery white sands you’ll find on most Spanish beaches and the warm and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You’ll also find some beach bars to enjoy some much-needed refreshment, and you can enjoy sustenance among the jet set at the seafood restaurant Juan y Andrea, a multi-level posh and popular eatery.
Speaking of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, or Majorca as the Spanish call it, is well-known for its natural beauty and being the home of tennis star Rafael Nadal. Es Trenc is Mallorca’s entry into our best beaches in Spain listing. What makes it so special are the surrounding areas that somewhat isolate the beach. Es Trenc is surrounded by sand dunes and forestland. Here, you have it all: Beautiful beach sands and clear blue water that is shallow enough for the kids, backed by majestic dunes and glorious trees. Some people say Es Trenc looks like a Caribbean beach; I say it’s amazing in and of itself and definitely worthy of a boat ride over to Mallorca. Who knows, tennis fans – maybe Rafa will be there!
La Concha Beach
Let’s head north, way north, to San Sebastian on the Spanish mainland, resting against the Bay of Biscay. The Bay of La Concha is a crescent-moon-shaped watery oasis with one of Spain’s most beautiful and popular beaches. Instead of a Caribbean beach, you might view La Concha Beach as a more breathtaking version of Honolulu; the beach waters are blue, the sands are white (of course), and the backdrop is La Concha’s modern cityscape. You have approximately 4,500 feet worth of sandy beach to play on at La Concha Beach, and it is an ongoing party. You’ll see why La Concha Beach is considered one of the world’s best urban beaches once you’ve spent some time there.
Playa de Bolonia
Now we’re heading south, way south, to the southern portion of the Spanish mainland and Tarifa, a town in the Andalusia region. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of the beaches in Andalusia, but one of my personal faves is the Playa de Bolonia. Most of Andalusia’s beaches are crowded, but the Playa de Bolonia is tucked away in the fishing village of Tarifa, so it’s unspoiled and easier to find towel space. It’s a good-sized beach with 2.4 miles of shoreline, and because of the location of the Playa de Bolonia, winds allow for some of the best windsurfing in the area, so grab your board!
You won’t be disappointed if you visit any beach in Spain, but these five are particularly special and grand. I say take a traveling beach vacation and visit all of them. Spend a couple of days at each to discover the unspoiled beauty and amazing sands and waters that draw so many people to Spain annually. Plus, you’ll get to see most every corner of the country, too, and who can ask for more than that? It’s a tour of much of Spain and a great tan to boot!