The best beaches in Spain
The British newspaper The Guardian launched a new section on European countries. Among the various articles published on Spanish culture, politics, travel, hotels, gastronomy, etc. This is about which are the best Spanish beaches in the opinion of The Guardian readers.
Poo Beach, Llanes, Asturias
This is a great beach for children. It is full of caves, has an area with fabulous waves, a shallow stretch for paddling and capes and streams. Two cafes offer snacks and services. There are usually lifeguards most of the time, although the flag system should be observed.
Silence Beach, Asturias
Deserted even in September, the Bahía del Silencio is located on the coast of Asturias, northwest of Oviedo. From above, the view through the pine trees shows steps that go down a cliff to a cove. The beach is very calm and inexplicably empty, but the flow lines of the rock strata at the base of the cliff suggest that there was tumultuous activity in times past. It offers great fun for those who are doing the Camino de Santiago.
Zahara de los Atunes, Cádiz, Andalusia
A small fishing village with beautiful beaches and high quality cuisine. It is a quiet place, out of the tourist bustle and visited mainly by the inhabitants of the area. The beach is wide, clean and seems to have no end.
El Palmar beach, Cádiz, Andalusia
El Palmar is a deserted stretch of sand, a windswept beach so long that you can't see the end. There are no tall concrete hotel blocks, no fancy restaurants, no full English breakfasts. There are a few chiringuitos that serve tinto de verano, anchovies and other snacks.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Andalusia
A beach that is worth visiting at any time of the year; it's full of bars serving fresh seafood and manzanilla sherry. Yet for two weekends in August it transforms into the most glorious racetrack. Horses gallop alongside the waves as families watch them from loungers.
Valdearenas Beach, Santander, Cantabria
This beach located on the north coast of Spain has impressive sand dunes and long coastal walks with sandy beaches and spectacular rocky outcrops.
Aigua Blava, Catalonia
This is one of the most beautiful coves found between the cliffs to the north of the Costa Brava. On the beach there are two old restaurants, but with wonderful fish, and there is no greater pleasure than sitting outside eating paella or freshly caught squid with a cold sangria. There is also a parador overlooking the beach at the top of the cliff for those who want a more elegant meal or spend the night there.
Sitges and Garraf, Catalonia
The picturesque town of Sitges is 35 km southwest of Barcelona and is easy to reach by train. In addition to being full of culture and carnivals, the area has 17 clean sandy beaches. The town's beaches are the most crowded, but to the east is Les Botigues, a quiet beach with open-air bars and the long beaches of Castelldefels. Garraf Beach is family friendly and very popular with locals, with excellent restaurants overlooking the beautiful bay.
Rodas Beach, The Cíes Islands, Galicia
This spectacular white sand crescent is located off the coast of Galicia and can only be accessed by boat, from early spring to late summer. The beach is part of the Illas Atlánticas Natural Park, so there are no hotels, and practically no signs of development. Its impressive crystal clear waters, soft white sand and a warm microclimate make it a paradisiacal getaway during the summer months.
Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Galicia
While it does not offer the best sand, nor is it the best for sunbathing or enjoying the nightlife, this is one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Only at low tide are magnificent natural rock arches visible, reaching 30 meters in height and giving this beach the appearance of a cathedral from which it receives its name. One word of caution: make sure you return to a safe area before the tide rises.
La Concha, San Sebastián, Basque Country
La Concha, the beach located in the center of San Sebastián, has fine golden sand, with a shallow slope into the sea and is surrounded by the green hills of the Basque Country. Best of all, it is an enclosed cove with an island in the middle, so that the two beaches are completely sheltered from ocean currents and waves, making it very safe for swimming. There is also a beach ideal for surfing. It is kept spotlessly clean and has changing rooms, lockers, showers and cafes on the beach, which is right next to the beautiful and bustling old town.
Cala Gracioneta, Ibiza, Balearic Islands
A beautiful secluded cove on the outskirts of Sant Antoni de Portmany. It is well hidden, so the easiest thing is to head towards Cala Gració (its touristy older sister) and then, on foot, follow the rocky promontory that surrounds it and pass to the bay next door. In it you can find an interesting mix of locals, but above all, peace and tranquility, fine golden sand and crystal clear, shallow and warm waters; ideal for children to practice snorkeling.
Cala d'en Serra, Ibiza, Balearic Islands
On the north coast of the island is one of the quietest and most idyllic beaches. Located in a shallow cove and surrounded by cliffs and fishing shelters, Cala d’en Serra is only about 50 m wide, but it is very beautiful and there are never usually more than five or six people.
Ses Illetes beach, Formentera, Balearic Islands
A beach at the north end of the island with white sand and crystal clear waters reminiscent of the Caribbean. It is quieter in September and the water temperature is perfect.
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