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The Best Beaches in Spain

Spain is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the world, for decades tourists from all over Europe have flocked to Spain to enjoy the climate and spend a lazy day lounging around on the beach. It is hardly surprising that Spain has a plethora of great beaches as it has five thousand miles of coastline. And although many tourists flock to the Costas there are some hidden jewels in the north as well. What qualifies as a great beach? Not all people want to be crammed on a packed beach no matter how soft the sand or clear the water is. Listed here are a variety of beaches from Andalusia to Galicia, and you can pick which suits you best.

Playa de Las Catedrales
Playa de Las Catedrales

Playa de Las Catedrales

Traveling to Galicia you can find the wonderful Playa de Las Catedrales beach which is certainly the most impressive in the region. The best features of this beach are the beautiful rock formations that have been created by the sea. Each one is unique and looks as though it has been hand sculptured by gifted artists. In between these formations is beautiful golden sand with plenty of room to stretch out and spend a lazy day with the family.

Nerja

We cannot list the best beaches in Spain without at least one reference to the Costa del Sol. This famous tourist area of Andalusia has become one of the most expensive parts of Spain and is largely overrated. But still there are some wonderful beaches to enjoy. Perhaps the best move is to ignore the tourist hotspots such as Fuengirola and Torremolinas and make your way east to Nerja. The beaches at Nerja are far less crowded and there is a much more relaxed atmosphere in this part of Andalusia.

Sitges

Only a short train ride from Barcelona is the quiet fishing village of Sitges, and many weekend tourists from the big city enjoy the marvelous beaches in the area. Be prepared to see many sites as Sitges is home to numerous nudist beaches as well as mixed and family orientated places that offer golden sands and plenty of activities. Part of the charm of Sitges is the quaint old town, and after a sleepy day spent on the beach the charming streets bristle with small restaurants and pavement bars coming alive for the evening.

Playa del Silencio
Playa del Silencio

Playa del Silencio

Many people ignore the rugged north of Spain which is a real pity. The Asturias region is stunningly beautiful and the coast has been forged by the wild sea crashing into the rock formations. The real beauty of the Asturias is the lack of people and some of the long and windswept beaches are deserted. One of the very best is the Playa del Silencio which is a long, curved beach silhouetted by the giant cliffs behind. Sunshine is not always guaranteed in this part of Spain but there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied and wonderful local small villages to explore. These very diverse beaches show the variety that Spain has to offer, there is really something for everybody as far as beaches are concerned, just take your pick and enjoy.