Beaches in Spain
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Information about Spain’s beaches, Spain’s main types of beaches, the Balearic and Canary Islands as beach destinations, and tips for going to nudist beaches in Spain.
What comes to mind when you hear the words “sunny Spain”? I’ll bet you probably thought about Spain’s seemingly endless stretches of beaches. In fact, Spain has almost 8,000 kilometers of coastline, and Spain’s geography and generally warm Mediterranean climate work well together to provide the perfect natural gift to locals and tourists alike: hundreds of beautiful, quality beaches of different types. As a result, Spain’s beaches are renowned the world over, even earning Spain the distinction of having the highest number of blue flag designated beaches in the world. (Blue flag designations are awarded by an international jury to beaches and marinas that meet high environmental and safety criteria.)
10 Types of Beaches in Spain
Looking for a beach now? Here are some of the major types of beaches to enjoy in Spain – and the ones we recommend for each category:
Beautiful beach – El Sardinero Beach in the city of Santander (Cantabria) is considered the most beautiful beach in Spain, and once served as a summer spot for many European nobles. The beach is divided into two, with the pretty Piquío Gardens in between.
Sardinero Beach by Xavier Vargas
City beach – Want to hit the beach but don’t want to leave the big city? The hip port city of Barcelona (Catalunya) boasts six beaches, with Barceloneta Beach being the most centrally-located to the centre and unsurprisingly the most popular.
Barceloneta Beach by OliverN5
Famous beach – La Concha Beach in the city of San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa) is Spain’s most famous beach and rivals El Sardinero as the most beautiful beach in Spain. In any case, it is San Sebastián’s most prized jewel. The beach sits on shell-shaped Concha Bay where the old historic district (the casco viejo famous for its tapas), rolling green hills, and Santa Clara Island can be seen in the distance. In the summer stronger swimmers can swim out into the bay to platforms for diving and fun.
La Concha Beach by DumbYellowDog
Gravelly beach – Calahonda Beach, one of many beaches in Nerja (Andalucía), is a quaint beach with dark gravelly sand on the infamous Costa del Sol. There small, brightly-painted boats beached on the sand and a herd of cats weaving between them are familiar sights.
Calahonda Beach by Nerja Today
Inland beach – Los Nietos Beach is a local dark sand beach on the Mar Menor located right next to the town of Los Nietos. Actually a saltwater lagoon, the Mar Menor is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a thin strip of land known as La Manga (literally, The Sleeve).
Los Nietos Beach by trebol-a
Nudist beach – For those who want to show some skin, Los Muertos Beach in Carboneras (Almería) has a pretty beach that doesn’t get too crowded.
Los Muertos Beach by Sofía
Nudist gay beach – Las Balmins Beach in Sitges (Catalunya) is geared towards those looking for all things naked and all things gay in one place.
Las Balmins Beach by jsmjr
Party beach – D’en Bossa Beach is one of Spain’s main party beaches and a stone’s throw away from the clubs and keepers of the famous Ibiza sound on Spain’s riotous island of Ibiza (Baleares).
D’en Bossa Beach by Str1ke
Year-round beach – A pretty and sandy beach, Juan Gómez beach in Fuerteventura (Canarias) is open all year round.