With 3,000 miles of coastline and two islands, Spain is nothing short of beautiful beaches. However, since not all beaches are created equal, I did some digging to determine which Spanish coast to visit.
If you’re looking for the best beaches in Spain, skip Barcelona and head to one (or all) of these destinations. In no particular order, here are the best beaches in Spain to see before you die.
Cala Saona – Formentera
Saona Beach is more touristy than others, but still worth the trip. The water is turquoise and the sand is golden. You have to see it for yourself!
The beach is secluded and can be accessed by boat from Ibiza. Also if you want a more private trip you can check yachtrentalibiza.com to rent your own boat. During high season (June-August) hordes of tourists descend on this small beach so it may not be that comfortable. Get a relaxing experience out of season. Cala Saona attracts lots of families, but is also suitable for single travelers.
Playa del Inglés – Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria, the capital of the Canary Islands, is home to the sprawling Playa del Ingles (English coast). Playa del Ingles south of Gran Canaria is in the heart of one of Spain’s largest holiday resorts. There are many hotels, apartments, restaurants, shops and bars in this area, which makes it very popular with tourists. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing beach this may not be the best choice. But it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a lively environment with a wide selection of food, drinks, water sports and nightlife.
Playa de Rodas – Vigo
National Geographic named Playa de Rodas the best beach in the world a few years ago. Of course I have to see for myself. Bottom line: this is possibly the cleanest and purest beach I’ve been to! The water is dark green and the view is simply amazing.
Playa de Rhodes is part of the Cies Islands in Galicia, Spain, which is a protected natural habitat. It is home to exotic bird species that are critically endangered. Partly for this reason, you need permission from the Galician government to visit Playa Rhodes at certain times of the year.
Cala Macarelleta – Menorca
Menorca is the younger sister of the more famous island of Mallorca, but it shouldn’t be ignored! Cala Macarelleta is a kind of postcard. Dark blue water, surrounding greenery, caves – this beach embodies paradise.
Getting to Cala Macarella takes a 10 minute walk, but it’s worth it. Remember, this is a nude beach. It’s busy in summer so you may want to visit it off-season.