Dreaming of a vacation this year? If you love the seaside then you probably already know that Spain is Europe’s beach holiday capital. The coast of Spain is a place where visitors flock every year to work on their suntan, dine out on fresh seafood and maybe even squeeze in a cultural excursion. Between the mainland and the Spanish islands there are countless places to choose from – here are 5 of the best!
La Concha Beach, San Sebastian
This is one of the most famous beaches in the world – its unusual urban setting means that La Concha offers breath-taking views in every direction. On one side of this golden crescent of sand you have the city of San Sebastian climbing up towards the sky, on the other side you have the glimmering Bay of La Concha. For much of the summer La Concha has a party atmosphere – if it’s a quiet and secluded haven you’re looking for then this one might not be for you!
Playa de las Teresitas, Tenerife
Fringed with palm trees, tapas bars and activity centres, this island playa is the ultimate family holiday beach. The water along the coastline is lovely and calm, as the beach is protected by a man-made reef. Not many people know this but the beach itself is also man-made – it was created with sand brought over from the Sahara Desert in the 1970’s. Families tend to travel here because Tenerife flights are good value for money – see for yourself.
Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria
Another favourite in the Canary Islands, Playa del Inglés is very different from the beach we just mentioned. Travel here and you will be blown away by the epic views of Maspalomas Dunes, a natural spectacle that has been attracting visitors to the island since the 1960’s. Along the seven miles of beach here you are guaranteed panoramic views, there are also many chic hotels in the area.
Benicassim, Costa Azahar
Music lovers will know the name Benicasssim, as there is a famous music festival here that has featured a host of incredible bands like Kings of Leon and The Killers. This part of mainland Spain’s coastline – the Costa Azahar – has some lovely unspoilt stretches, as well as some more touristy parts. Unsurprisingly during the summer, Benicassim is very popular with clubgoers and party animals!
Es Trenc, Mallorca
Our last selection is one for those who prefer the quiet life, away from the crowds. Es Trenc is located in a remote part of the island of Mallorca, and it is known for its long hours of sunshine and rugged beauty. There are no resorts here, but there are places where you can hire beach gear like parasols and sunbeds. Nature lovers will enjoy bird watching here – at certain parts of the year the beach is home to migratory birds.
Whether you’re looking for a short holiday or you’re journeying through Spain for a longer stretch, stick to the coast and you won’t need to travel far to find a stunning beach.