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Best Beaches in Spain

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Spain has over 5,000 miles of coastline and more than 3000 beaches, from rocky to sandy, deserted to crowded, nude beaches, party beaches, family friendly beaches, beaches perfect for a sunset stroll and more. With the Mediterranean to the east, the Cantabrian Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the Southeast, there literally is a beach in Spain for everyone.

Whilst most tourists flock to the Costa del Sol, the Costa Brava and the Costa Blanca, where the cheap package holidays and hotels are, there are many more beautiful beaches all over Spain, just waiting for you to discover them.

Spain also continues to be the world leader with it's Blue Flag beaches and Marinas, there are 527 Blue Flag beaches in Spain (2008) awarded because of the quality of the water and sand, the safety levels and facilities.

Spanish Flag La Barrosa Beach, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

La Barrosa Beach, Chiclana de la Frontera, SpainAwarded a European Blue Flag for it's cleanliness, La Barrosa beach is huge with 8km of fine white sands and clear blue water. There are two distinct parts to it, an untouched "natural" beach and the urbanised promenade with it's shops, restaurants and bars. The beach located about 5 kilometers from the town of Chiclana.

La Barrosa is a popular Spanish holiday resort, whilst Chiclana de la Frontera is a bustling seaport and was one of the most important wine producing regions in Spain. It is located just south of historic city of Cadiz in Andalusia.

If you are looking for a beach closer to the city of Cadiz, Playa de la Victoria is also very nice.

Spanish Flag Playa de la Concha, San Sebastian, Spain

Playa de la Concha, San Sebastian, SpainLa Concha beach, located in north eastern Spain not far from the Spanish and French border is said by many to be one of the best city beaches in Europe.

This huge disc shaped sandy beach is not the place to get away from it all as it does get crowded in summer. Although if you want to go for a fantastic walk, get up early in the morning, it make a wonderful beach to walk along before anyone gets up. There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby and San Sebastián is a wonderful coastal city with fantastic traditional tapas bars, restaurants and hotels and one of the nicest beaches you'll find anywhere in Spain.

This beach and the town make the perfect location to visit if you take a ferry crossings to Spain which arrives in Bilbao only an hour away.

Spanish Flag Playa del Sardinero, Santander, Spain

Sardinero Beach, Santander, SpainThis blue flag beach is over a kilometer long and is Santander's longest and most popular beach, especially families and water sports enthusiasts. On a sunny day, especially if it is on the weekend it can get very busy.

The facilities at Sardinero beach are good with showers, car parking facilities, lifeguards, toilets and access for handicapped people. You can hire sunshades as well as sun beds and at one end of the beach, there is a park as well as a promenade, which takes you to Magdalena. There are plenty of places to eat, drink as well as hotels near the beach.

On Sunday mornings locals meet to play a game of palas, which I guess you would call beach tennis, played with wooden bats.

Ferry to Santander

If you are interested in visiting Santander, or to explore this part of Spain, Portugal and Southern France, one of the best ways to get here is by ferry. With no baggage allowances, your own car and a restful nights sleep, take a look at the Beach Holiday Guide on Car Ferries to Spain

Spanish Flag Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia, Spain

Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia, SpainStunning rock formations and soft sands make the beach of the Cathedrals one of the prettiest beaches in Spain.

Officially called Praia de Augas Santas, the beach is about ten kilometers west of the town of Ribadeo in the Galicia region of Western Spain.

The beach has an average length of 1500meters, but this can be reduced to 320m during high tides and so it is best to visit during the ebb phase of the tidal phenomenon. Apart from the beach, the tracks that follow the coastline make excellent costal walks as the scenery is simply stunning.

Spanish Flag Las Islas Cies beach in Galicia, Spain

Las Islas Cies, Galicia, Spain Las Islas Cies or the Islands of Cies are an archipelago of three islands on the coast of Pontevedra in Galicia located on the western coast of Spain.

The islands were declared a nature reserve in 1980 and now form part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park (Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre das Illas Atlánticas de Galicia) and remain uninhabited for most of the year and only open to the public during the summer.

There are two popular beaches: Rodas Beach and Figueiras Beach both look and make you feel like you are in the Caribbean.

Read more on Las Islas Cies beach in Galicia, Spain

Spanish Flag El Torn Beach, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

El Torn Beach, Tarragona, Catalonia, SpainThis has to be one of the largest and most popular clothing optional or nudist beaches in Spain, but because of it's size, never really feels crowded.

El Torn beach is located just south of Tarragona along the coast of Barcelona. Tarragona was dominated by the Romans and was founded by Publicus Cornelius Escipión in 218 BC.

The beach is regularly cleaned by the authorities and there are garbage cans are available.

Near the nude beach is El Templo Del Sol naturist camping and caravan site, complete with swimming pool and other modern facilities and is a good place to stay.

Spanish Flag Salon Beach, Nerja, Costa del Sol, Andalusia

Nerja, Costa del Sol, Andalusia, SpainInstead of traveling west from Málaga airport to Torremolinos and Fuengirola, head east to Nerja. The white village (pueblo blanco) has 9kms of award winning blue flag beaches. Whist much of the beauty of the Costa's has been spoiled by high rise buildings and general over development, there are still little gems if you know where to look.

Playa el Salon is one of Nerja’s best kept secrets and is located in a very pretty bay and is reached via a windy cobbled walkway, that runs between the hotel and the church.

Also worth a visit in Nerja is the Playa Torrecilla, which is located at the bottom of town center, recent renovations that have made the beach wider as well as much safer for children.

Spanish Flag Playa de la Malagueta, Malaga, Spain

Playa de la Magdalena, Santander, SpainLa Malagueta beach is another one of Span's Blue Flag beaches and is over a kilometer long.

It is located about 10 minutes from the centre in Paseo Pablo Picasso. It gets busy in summer and is popular with both locals and tourists as there are plenty of good facilities, life guards, restaurants, beach bars and easily accessible by both car and bus.

I have read that it is actually an artificial beach made from sand imported from the Sahara desert, but have not been able to verify this.

Spanish Flag Playa de los Bikinis, Santander, Spain

Bikini Beach, Santander, Spain Playa de los Bikinis, translated into english means beach of the Bikini, or Bikini Beach and was probably named as such because of the foreign students at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo, who would wear bikinis before they became a common sight on beaches in Spain in the 1950's.

Bikini beach is located on the eastern point of Santander and is over half a kilometer long and runs almost all the way along the south side of the peninsula. There are two islands opposite the shore to the south, the Torre (Tower Island) and the Horadada.

The beach has a car park as well as showers and life guards and is cleaned daily.

Ferry to Santander

If you are interested in visiting Santander, or to explore this part of Spain, Portugal and Southern France, one of the best ways to get here is by ferry. With no baggage allowances, your own car and a restful nights sleep, take a look at the Beach Holiday Guide on Car Ferries to Spain

Spanish Flag Es Migjorn, Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

Es Migjorn, Formentera, Balearic IslandsOf the four largest Baelearic islands (Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera), Formentera is the smallest and least developed with many beautiful beaches around the coast. Almost all of the beaches have soft white sands and because Formentera is surrounded by a crystal-clear Mediterranean sea it offers excellent underwater visibility, making it an ideal location for diving and snorkeling. The constant breeze not only helps in keeping you cool, but you can also use it to try your hand at wind-surfing.

Formentera is very different from its high-living, high octane party all night neighbour Ibiza and is a place where you can go to relax. Es Migjorn has miles and miles of fine, white sand ensuring beach-goers can find their own spot in the sun.

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