Summer brings the heat to Spain, and the best way to cool off and refresh is to do as the Spanish do: escape to the beach! With miles of coastline surrounding the country on both the Mediterranean and Atlantic sides, the sand and sun options are endless, but we’ve narrowed it down so you don’t have to. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
Playa del Silencio
As its name suggests, you can expect to get some serious peace and quiet and this beach. Backed by large cliffs, the silvery sand runs into the emerald waters seamlessly, though thanks to underwater rocks, it’s not the best cove for swimming. But it is perfect for strolling, relaxing and soaking in the sun. Expect ultimate tranquility here — there are no bars, restaurants or even bathrooms at this secluded spot.
Playa de Treumal
Just about an hour north of Barcelona sits the Cala Treumal, a small cove with golden sands and turquoise waters. Part of the protected area of Pinya de Rosa, you can spend the morning exploring the stunning cactus botanical gardens there, and then spend the afternoon on the beach. Although the beach is just a few minutes away from the town of Blanes, it seems to be part of a quiet underworld, hidden away by pine trees, rocks and stones scattered along the sand.
Playa de Las Catedrales
This beach was made for adventurists, as the stunning stretch of sand and rocks has formed arches and caves that can be explored during low tide. Just be prepared for cooler waters and temps. The beach, which is located in the Lugo region of Galicia, sits on the shore of the Cantabrian Sea, which is chillier and rougher than the Mediterranean. Often called Playa de Aguas Santas/Beach of the Holy Waters, you may feel a bit ethereal after bathing in these salty waters. And the spiritual fun doesn’t stop at the beach: a stop here can be combined with Corazón Travel’s guided Camino de Santiago Tour, which takes you through the unique and diverse landscapes of Northwestern Spain.
Playa de Carabeillo
Located in Malaga’s Nerja region, you’ll face a steep descent of about 117 steps to reach the beach, but we promise it’s worth it! Although the sand here is dark and coarse instead of fine and white, Carabeillo beach is still postcard perfect, thanks to its giant rocks sheltering the sands and the bold blue waters. Although there aren’t many amenities here, you can walk to the nearby Burriana Beach for restaurants, bars and bathrooms.
Close to Cádiz and Tarifa, this Andalusian beach haven is considered a windsurfing paradise thanks to its breeze — called levante –that blow through the cove. While many Spanish beaches are flanked by high-rises and bustling urban hotspots, Bolonia beach has managed to retain its tranquil charm, encased in a natural park called Estrecho. Home to one of the largest dune systems in Europe, the soft white sands seem to stretch on forever.
Playa de La Garrofera
Located in the La Albufera nature reserve, this beach features dunes up to 1500 meters high. It’s unique protected location is special for another reason: the beach has the Mediterranean waves lapping on one side, but when you tire of the the salty sea, the tranquil Albufera lake sits on the other side. Here, you can rent boats, hike or bike around the lake and surrounding greenery. If you sign up for the guided Valencia Tour with Corazón Travel this September, you’ll be able to enjoy a boat ride on the Albufera lake, in addition to wine tastings, cultural visits and more.
Playa de Ses Illetes
Frequently topping lists for the best beaches in the world, you’ll have to fly to Ibiza and then take a boat to the tiny island of Formentera to reach this gem. You may actually think you’re in the Caribbean, as the beach has that fine white sand and crystal clear water you might find in Cuba or Antigua. Many have even deemed this beach the ‘Spanish Caribbean.’ It’s best to visit in the shoulder seasons like May, June, September or October when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds have subsided.