Five top beaches in Spain for a relaxed vacation

top beaches in Spain

Top beaches in Spain – With over 5,000 miles of coastline, Spain boasts a seemingly endless array of magnificent beaches.

Spain offers the perfect beach vacation—beautiful weather, a culture that loves to have fun, and plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

Here’s the list of Spain’s top secluded beaches where you can spend a relaxing vacation.

Canadians can enter Spain using only their passports but will need to obtain a visa from a Spanish consulate or embassy. Click here for the consulate of Spain in Vancouver.

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La Concha, San Sebastián – One of the top beaches in Spain

La Concha, San Sebastián

La Concha is regarded as one of Europe’s best city beaches. This spot practically begs to be Instagrammed, with its fine golden sand, sweeping views of the bay, and signature sophisticated white promenade.

La Concha is centrally located in San Sebastián, the foodie capital of the Spanish Basque Country. It’s popular with locals and tourists alike. The beach is incredibly spacious and offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages. Despite its popularity, the beach is barely crowded, even in high season.

La Concha’s water is nearly always calm, protected from the elements by Urgull and Igueldo hills on one side and Santa Clara island across a short stretch of water on the other, making it an ideal spot for swimming, paddling, and sunbathing.

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Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa

Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa

Playa de Bolonia is a tranquil beach that is part of a tiny traditional fishing village that also houses the 2,000-year-old ruins of the Roman city of Baelo Claudia. The beach is famous among many Spaniards and is gaining popularity among international tourists as well. However, it still remains a hidden gem of beaches. And, the beach area is within the boundaries of the Estrecho Natural Park.

Undeveloped and charmingly old-fashioned, the town hasn’t seen much of the highrise construction that many of Spain’s beach towns have seen. While Tarifa is the home of Spain’s kitesurfing scene, Bolonia has a small surfing scene with a few surf schools and small bars serving tourists.

Playa de Bolonia is a quiet spot for beach lovers. A powdery white sand beach with vegetation protected by sand dunes, you can relax in the serene view of this well-kept secret beach.

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El Playazo, Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve, Costa de Almeira

El Playazo, Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve, Costa de Almeira

Few places in Europe are as wild and unspoiled as Cabo de Gata, a natural park in the Iberian Peninsula’s southeastern corner that has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1997. Arid, wild terrain of rocky coves, jagged cliffs, and white, sandy beaches adorn the island.

Cabo de Gata means “cape of the cat,”  the name is likely derived from agate rock mined in the area. Cabo de Gata is a popular destination for eco-conscious travelers, as it offers a wide range of sustainable outdoor pursuits, including bird-watching, wildlife photography, diving, and boat excursions.

El Playazo is the most beautiful of all the beaches in Cabo de Gata. Rodalquilar is a small village located near the beach. The beach is 400 meters long and has a gentle slope and excellent swimming conditions. As the name suggests, Playazo is derived from the word playa, which means beach.

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Platja de Ses Illetes, Formentera

Platja de Ses Illetes, Formentera

It is a small Balearic island that attracts tourists from all over Europe every summer to enjoy its crystalline waters and powdery white beaches surrounded by pine trees and dunes. Formentera, which is only accessible by ferry or private boat from its much more crowded island neighbor, Ibiza, is a popular day-trip destination. 

Platja de Ses Illetes, part of the Ses Salines National Park, boasts some of the island’s finest virgin sand, despite its proximity to the main port at La Savina. Platja de Ses Illetes, part of the Ses Salines National Park, boasts some of the island’s finest virgin sand, despite its proximity to the main port at La Savina.

The beach attracts a fair share of the Hollywood elite, as they frequently stop by for lunch and a swim while their luxury yachts float on the horizon. With brilliantly turquoise water and luminously white sand, Platja de Ses Illetes easily qualifies as one of the most show-stoppingly beautiful beaches not only in Spain but in the world.

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Playa de Silencio, Asturias

Playa de Silencio, Asturias

As its name suggests (the “beach of silence”), the Playa de Silencio offers a quiet, wild, and unspoiled beach experience. It is located in the Asturias region, close to the town of Cudillero. The natural rock formation that surrounds the entire beachfront area gives the beach its name. Because the rock formation blocks almost all of the wind, the beach is peaceful, quiet, and serene. The beach is a long, gently curving sand cove with silvery sand.

Underwater rocks make swimming dangerous, but you can wade into the water and relax on the sand. This is a wild, undeveloped beach with no facilities whatsoever. The beach is accessible via a rather steep path, which keeps the crowds at bay for most of the year.

The Asturian coast is ideal for a day trip. Many northern Spanish cities have train and bus connections to Cudillero.

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