For some travellers, walking the cobblestone roads simply can't compare to soft sand under bare feet. Discover the most beautiful and tranquil beaches in Spain, and sunbathe to your heart's content.
We’ve included our favourite destinations for a truly relaxing beach day, plus the best beaches for adding a pop of adventure to your getaway.
Best Beaches in Valencia
Visit Playa del Puerto de Sagunto to chill
Like most of Valencia’s beaches, the shore at Sagunto is extra wide, with gentle waves perfect for swimming. Mostly undiscovered by tourists, you’ll find a tranquil experience here. A short drive into town brings you face to face with stunning Roman architecture at Sagunto Castle - an essential stop if you’re spending the day in the area.
Visit Playa La Malvarrosa for thrills
Just minutes from the luxurious Hospes Palau de la Mar, yet remarkably free from large tourist crowds, Playa La Malvarrosa offers a welcome escape from the city sights and sounds. The golden sand beach is extremely wide and immaculately maintained. Small shops line a wide boardwalk, making for a nice stroll any time of day, and adventurers can find plenty of water sports to enjoy.
Best Beaches in San Sebastian
Visit Playa de la Concha to chill
If your ideal beach day looks like hopping into the waves, drying out in the sun, rinse and repeat, then head to Playa de la Concha in San Sebastian. The beach is easily accessible by local transit and boasts a well-maintained path for long walks and biking. Named for its shell-shaped curve, Playa de la Concha is a gorgeous place to spend the day.
Visit Playa de la Zurriola for thrills
Surf’s up at Playa de la Zurriola! Rent a board and take some surfing lessons from one of the nearby establishments. The conditions at Zurriola are ideal for novices and experienced surfers alike, with both left-hand and right-hand waves depending on the location. Even if you’re not ripping through the waves, you can still enjoy the fun, casual environment unique to this beach.
Best Beaches in Barcelona
Visit Bogatell Beach to chill
Bogatell Beach has far fewer crowds than other Barcelona beaches, especially earlier in the day. It’s the perfect location for a calm stroll, has a relaxed environment for the kids to play in the sand, and dazzles with views of perfectly turquoise water.
Visit Sitges Beaches for thrills
A thirty-minute train ride from Barcelona Sants will take you to the town of Sitges, home to 17 different beachfronts. Playa de la Bassa Rodona is a popular beach for LGBTQ+ locals and travellers. Start early with some jogging on the beach, and stay well after sundown to enjoy the nightlife. Bassa Rodona offers plenty of seaside bars and restaurants to hop in and out of at your own pace.
Best Beaches in Andalusia
Visit Bajondillo Beach to chill
You’ll find this black sand beach in Torremolinos, just off of San Miguel street. Its extra-wide shores offer spacious sunbathing real estate, and plenty of room for kids to enjoy some fun in the sunshine. Break up your siestas with quick trips in town for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Visit Tarifa for thrills
Uninterrupted panoramic views await at Tarifa Beach. Uninterrupted, that is, except for the brave windsurfers taking advantage of the prime conditions in this destination. While the water tends to run too cold for swimming, Tarifa, on the edge of Gibraltar, is a gorgeous location for wind-based water sports.
Best Beaches in Palma de Mallorca
Visit Port de Pollenca Beach to chill
Located in the north of Palma, Port de Pollenca is the epitome of relaxation. Wide beach stretches are dotted with sun loungers and quality dining nearby. You won’t have to leave the beach for anything, and with the gorgeous mountainous landscape and sparkling waters, you won’t want to.
Visit Portals Nous Beach for thrills
Not far from Gran Melia Victoria Hotel, you’ll find a beautiful beach oasis packed with things to do. Check out the watersports facilities on site and take a crack at stand up paddle boarding, jet skiing, flyboarding, and diving. Night owls head inland to let loose at the nearby beach clubs.