12 Fabulous Beaches in Spain

Calas de MallorcaSpain and the Spanish islands have some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Move away from a few over-crowded resorts and you will find places that are a match for anything you could see in the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean.

White sand and turquoise water. Rugged, rocky shorelines. Long, long stretches of firm sand. And the occasional surprise.

Do you have a favourite? If so, please tell us. Meanwhile, here are a few contenders for our own favourites.

 
Caló des Moro - Mallorca
Just one of the many gorgeous little coves on the east coast of Mallorca, Caló des Moro is close to the village of Santanyi. Calo des Moro Santanyi Mallorca

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Any of the little hotels in the south or east of Mallorca would be ideal for visiting the Calas.
 
Cala Turqueta - Menorca
There are several secluded calas in the south-west corner of Menorca, all equally beautiful. Cala Turqueta Menorca Minorca

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Morvedra Nou is the little hotel closest to Cala Turqueta.
 
Playa de Los Muertos - Almería
It's a bit of a walk down to Playa de Los Muertos, but absolutely worth it. Playa de Los Muertos, Almeria

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The Almería coast is only lightly touched by tourism, so try any of our hotels there.
 
Playa de Bolonia - Cadiz
Long, long beaches of golden sand, and no crowds. Alternatively head for Zahara de Los Atunes where (when we were last there) you could see the tuna fish as you snorkelled above them. Playa_Bolonia, Cadiz

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The nearest little hotels are La Botica de Vejer and Hotel V....
 
Playa de la Granadella - Jávea, Alicante
This little Mediterranean beach has won many awards as the most beautiful in Spain. That's a pretty big claim, but it's certainly right up there amongst the best. Cala de la Granadella, Jávea, Alicante, Spain

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Cuatre Finques, La Madrugada and Casa del Maco are all within easy distance of Cala de la Granadella.
 
Cala del Pi - Girona
Typical of the rocky shoreline and small sandy beaches of the Costa Brava. Cala del Pi, Platja dAro, Girona

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The nearest little hotel is Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur.
 
Playa de Laga - Vizcaya
There are lots of exciting places to explore along the coast of the Basque Country. Long sandy beaches, rocks, cliffs and little fishing villages. Playa de Laga, Vizcaya, Basque Country

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Hotels Gametxo, Zubieta and Iturregi are all on this beautiful piece of coastline.
 
Playa de Oyambre - Cantabria
The north coast of Spain is renowned for long sandy beaches. This is one of the best. Playa Oyambre, Cantabria

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There are lots of charming little hotels along or near the Cantabrian coast.
 
Playa de Peñarronda - Asturias
This famous beach is probably more suited to surfers and walkers rather than those who want to paddle. There's room for everyone though. Playa de Penarronda, Asturias

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The nearest little hotel is Torre de Villademoros.

Playa de Gulpiyuri - Asturias
There's a beach. There are rocks. The tide goes in and out. But where is the sea? You might find out more here. Playa de Gulpiyuri, Asturias, Spain

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Hotel Las Helgueras, Hotel Rural Valleoscuru and Posada del Valle are small country hotels conveniently nearby.
 
Playa de Rodas - Galicia
The deeply indented coastline of Galicia (the "Rias") create some magnificent stretches of water and sand. Playa de Rodas, Galicia

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You'll need to take a ferry to visit this beach. The nearest little hotel is Rectoral de Cobres, but you might also choose to stay at Novavila Wine Hotel.
 
Lago Verde - Lanzarote
The Green Lake at El Golfo takes the form of a crescent, resting against the side of a former volcanic crater. It's distinctive colour comes from the unique shellfish called Clicos that live there in abundance. Lago Verde Lanzarote

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The nearest hotels are Casona de Yaiza, Casa de Hilario and Casa El Morro, but really it's not that far from anywhere on Lanzarote.
22 Aug 2016, 16:49