The best beaches in Spain

In this article, we will give you some tips to help you enjoy your summer to the maximum. We feel that the key to making the most of these months is knowing the best nearby beaches that you can visit during the summer. Here, we will list five of the best beaches in Spain, a destination known around the world for its sunny weather and some of the planet’s best beaches, as well as the services, hotels and top-quality eating options that can be found nearby. It will leave you wanting to go on holiday right away!

Calo des Moro

This magnificent beach is found on the Balearic island of Mallorca, only six kilometres from the town of Santanyí. A quick online search for pictures of this beach is enough for you to see the tremendous quality of its sand and water, as well as the majestic rock formations running down either side.

It is one of the area’s most popular locations for doing underwater sports. To reach this enclave, you need to make your way down a short path of just under half a kilometre, after parking your car besides the traditional picturesque houses of Sa Comuna. True, having to lug all your beach things for such a distance is far from ideal, but trust us, you won’t regret it.

Calo des Moro, Mallorca. Spain

Playa de las Catedrales

While Playa de las Catedrales is the beach’s “commercial” name, its official name is Playa de Aguas Santas, which can be found in the Galician province of Lugo. The name by which it is commonly known – translated as “Beach of the Cathedrals” – derives from the set of cliffs lining the beach, some of which are almost 50 metres tall.

The low tide cliff-to-cliff walks are simply spectacular, leaving you feeling like you’re on another planet. If you like the looks of this beach and need more specific information about how to get there, you will find it in the small village of A Devasa – not far from Ribadeo – very close to the border between Galicia and Asturias, which is naturally marked out by the passing of the River Eo.

View of the ocean between rocks of Praia de Augas Santas.

Playa de las Teresitas

This is the standard bearer for beaches in the tourist resort of Santa Cruz in Tenerife, capital of the Canary Islands: Europe’s southernmost paradise. This highly-regarded artificial beach, built on a natural bed of black volcanic sand in the 1970s, is only 7 kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Sand was shipped in from the Sahara Desert during the construction of this beach, with the magnificent breakwater marking the completion of the transformation of this public space. The Playa de las Teresitas is a very comfortable and child-friendly beach, located in one of the best spots in Europe in terms of year-round temperature and climate.

Picturesque view of Playa de las Teresitas beach

Playa del Mónsul

In order to enjoy this jewel of nature, you’ll need to travel to the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. The province of Almería is home to the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, wherein you will find the marvellous sands of the Playa del Mónsul, with a water temperature that is suitable even for those who feel the cold the most.

The outstanding beauty of this beach has led to it featuring in many films, advertisements, music videos, photo sessions, etc. Its beauty lies in the unique formations of eroded lava that flank it.

The beach and its surroundings remain remarkably unspoiled, which can only be accessed via a four-kilometre forest track from San José. You can travel by car or public transport, but if you take the car, we recommend that you set off very early, as there is only a single car park close to the beach which only has a few spaces.

Picturesque view of Playa de las Teresitas beach

Playas de Papagayo (Playa Blanca)

To enjoy these beaches taken right out of a movie scene, you’ll need to come back to the Canary Islands – this time to Lanzarote: a volcanic enclave with landscapes that are out of this world. This recommendation is a 2km stretch of different coves (Mujeres, El Pozo and Puerto Muelas, among others).

Playa Blanca is one of the most accessible beaches, as hotel complexes are offering a full range of amenities and services just a few minutes from the seashore. While lots of people flock here during the summer months, the sheer length of the beach means that the feeling of solitude is even retained in high season.

This authentic paradise is well sheltered from the wind, boasting waters that are almost always calm and sunlight hours that seem to go on forever. This beach exudes sensations of peace and wellbeing to anyone who visits it.

Papagayo beach at Lanzarote

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