When only sand, sea and sangria will do for a beach break, Spain’s stunning coast delivers. Attractions, water sports and fabulous resorts are a favourite with families, couples adore secluded coves and beach villas, while night owls take advantage of vibrant bars, restaurants and clubs just steps from the sand.
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You’re spoilt for choice, so here’s a look at some of Spain’s best beaches, to help you decide on your next getaway in the sun.
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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera
White sand stretching as far as the eye can see, aqua water and an eclectic mix of people await on the island of Formentera. Famous for hosting the rich and famous, as well as being the daytime playground of Ibiza’s club hoppers, Playa de Ses Illetes is the most popular. Shallow water makes it ideal for families, water-sport activities are available and several seafood restaurants make dining a breeze. To get there, catch a ferry from Ibiza and take a car or scooter from the harbour town of La Savina.
Playa de la Concha, San Sebastián
When you want to blend a city stay with a glorious, beach front location, San Sebastián’s Playa de la Concha is the choice for you. The iconic strip of sand runs for one and a half kilometres and, in the summer months, the festival atmosphere brings thousands of sunworshippers to its shores. Surrounded by lush hills, the strip offers kayaking, canoeing, parasailing and jet skiing and the promenade is the perfect spot for an evening stroll in the moonlight.
Calo Des Moro, Mallorca
Located in the south east of Mallorca near Santanyí, Calo Des Moro is a postcard perfect beach for a dip in the azure sea. You need to descend over rocks to get to the small strip of sand, where you can swim beneath rocky, pine tree covered cliffs. Don’t expect facilities and hordes of tourists here – it’s a spot to relish in nature’s finest surroundings from the shore or a small boat anchored in the bay.
Maspalomas Beach, Gran Canaria
Powder-soft sand and wind-sculpted dunes act as the backdrop to the glittering blue sea at Maspalomas Beach. Different areas cater to families, nudists and party-goers and you’ll find sun-loungers, great surf breaks and a wealth of water sports. If you love golf, you can play surrounded by the towering dunes, or even go for a camel trek, making for unique holiday experiences on the island.
Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen, which was originally a small fishing village, is a central base to explore the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Six kilometres of sandy beaches flank the resort and the balmy climate ensures a dip in the Atlantic is always a possibility. For families, Blue Flag beaches are safe options and you can also learn how to dive and windsurf. The Avenida de las Playas is a promenade lined with restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlours, so there’s plenty of options after a day in the sun.
Cabopino Beach, Malaga
Small and perfectly formed, Cabopino is a harbour village on the Costa del Sol, between Marbella and Fuengirola. The beaches on either side of the village are quiet and surrounded by sand dunes and pine trees, making it a relaxing base to explore the region from. Lifeguards are on duty in high season and an array of bars and restaurants will keep the hunger pangs at bay.
Cala Comte, Ibiza
When you want to escape the bustling crowds at Playa d’en Bossa, Cala Comte is a small beach with turquoise coves and spectacular views of nearby islands. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag and lifeguards are on patrol during the summer months, so families can play in safety. There’s a nearby restaurant, bathroom facilities and you can get there by car or bus from San Antonio.
Levante Beach, Benidorm
The holiday hub of Benidorm is home to popular Levante Beach, better known as Sunrise Beach. Thousands of sunbeds rest along the sand, in front of a promenade boasting bars, cafes and shops. You’ll find diving boards, slides and lifeguards, though the sea is relatively calm for swimming and playing. This is a beach to see and be seen, while you make the most of a wealth of activities.
Whether you want a small beach town for a family break with toddlers, secluded coves for a romantic getaway or endless options for fun in the sun, you simply can’t go wrong at any of Spain’s best beaches.