Top 10 beaches in Spain

Boasting 5,000 miles of coastline, most of which is blessed with soft sandy beaches, it’s no surprise that Spain has long been a favourite with holidaymakers in search of Mediterranean relaxation. With sun, sea, sand and sangria, Spain is the quintessential beach holiday destination.

From sun drenched golden sands to secluded rocky bays, the only worry you’ll have is deciding which one to visit. And although many tourists head to the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Balearic Islands, there are beautiful beaches all over Spain to discover.

  • La Concha beach, San Sebastian Keta under this license

    La Concha // Basque

    The beach of La Concha is a large crescent of fine golden sand with the city of San Sebastián as a backdrop. The beach is set in a spectacular semi-circular bay between the forested headlands of Monte Urgull and Igueldo. This vista is further enhanced by the tree covered Isla de Santa Clara rising out of the middle of bay. La Concha is often cited... read more »

  • Papagayo beach, Lanzarote, Canary Islands Tono Balaguer / 123RF

    El Papagayo Beach // Canary Islands

    Set in Los Ajaches Nature Reserve near the southern tip of Lanzarote is El Papagayo beach. Actually there are four beaches collectively termed the Coasta de Papagayo but it is Playa de la Cera that is the best known. Frequently described as the most beautiful beach on Lanzarote Papagayo comprises a small crescent of white sand protected by cliffs... read more »

  • Agua Blanca beach, Ibiza lunamarina / CanStockPhoto

    Agua Blanca Beach // Ibiza

    The often quiet, secluded Agua Blanca beach is a far cry from the resort towns on the south of the island. This long beach of fine sand gets its name (meaning "white water") from the white horse's that frequently crest the waves on choppy days. However, these prevailing winds that blow throughout the year become a welcome breeze in the summer... read more »

  • Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Ibiza Tono Balaguer / 123RF

    Playa de Ses Illetes // Ibiza

    Located just a stones throw away from the party island of Ibiza is the small island of Formentera. Despite its proximity Formentera can only be reached by boat and feels like a different world. There are several beautiful beaches around this unspoilt island but the Playa de Ses Illetes is the best of the bunch with its fine white sand and crystal... read more »

  • Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta, Menorca Tono Balaguer

    Cala Mitjana // Menorca

    Located in a wide rocky inlet on the south coast of Menorca are two of the islands most beautiful beaches; Cala Mitjana and the tiny cove of Cala Mitjaneta. Here you will find a bay with brilliant turquoise sea which contrasts with the low white cliffs surrounding it. All around the beaches and bay are pine and olive groves and there is virtually... read more »

  • Maspalomas beach dunes, Canary Islands Tono Balaguer

    Maspalomas Beach // Canary Islands

    Set on the southern tip of the island of Gran Canaria is a little slice of the Sahara Desert. Over the centuries the fine golden sand here has been sculpted into an extensive network of dunes extending several hundred metres back from the beach. With a landscape like this you won't be surprised to know it hardly ever rains and the temperature... read more »

  • Cofete Beach, Fuertaventura, Canary Islands eyewave

    El Cofete Beach // Canary Islands

    Cofete Beach is located just around the headland from the southern tip of Fuertaventura. The bright lights and resorts to the north of the island will do nothing to prepare you for the awe-inspiring scale and wildness of this beach. The beach is a wide expanse of golden sand that continues for as far as the eye can see. Directly behind the beach... read more »

  • El Bollullo beach, Tenerife Tono Balaguer / 123RF

    El Bollullo Beach // Canary Islands

    El Bollullo beach is located on Tenerife's north coast, a world away from the package-tours and resorts the island is often associated with. This small cove has a wild, natural feel right down to the black volcanic sand - there's no sprinkling golden sand imported from the Sahara here like on some of Tenerife's beaches.
    Set in the island's... read more »

  • Benirras beach, Ibiza Tono Balaguer / 123RF

    Benirras Beach // Ibiza

    The small secluded bay of Cala Benirrás is on the north coast of the party island of Ibiza. Set at the foot of a pine covered valley this sheltered cove is ideal for swimming and the crystal clear water makes for great snorkelling. Being sheltered it is also a popular spot for yachts and motor boats to drop anchor and take in the sunset.
    Benirrás... read more »

  • Playa de Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands Dirk Vorderstraße / CC BY

    Sotavento // Canary Islands

    Situated on the "Calma Costa" which runs along the south east coast of Fuerteventura is Sotavento beach. A vast tract of golden, windswept beach this stretch of coast is about one of the most remote areas on the island.

    Sotavento is a collection of beaches which together create a virtually unbroken stretch of sand from Playa Barca right down... read more »

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