readers’ favorite beaches in Spain

readers’ favorite beaches in Spain

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win tIP: Isla Canela Beach, Huelva

Little known to British visitors, the 7km stretch of golden sands at Isla Canela on the western tip of the Costa de la Luz is a delight. This is where Spaniards holiday, usually in the intense heat of July and August, but these golden sandy beaches are never crowded and the Atlantic breeze provides a welcome respite from the Andalucian temperatures. The promenade is lined with Spaniards Chiringuitos (no Irish bars here, nor ‘traditional English roasts’) where you can while away the time sipping a cool drink or enjoying the fried fish prawns al ajillo (prawns in garlic oil). There’s even a summer cinema on the beach. Relax – it doesn’t get any better than this.
Julia Edwards

Sant Joan Beach.

A beach with a view… Sant Joan Beach. Photo: Pep Roig/Alamy

It was 1980 and I think we were the only ones on the beach. I meticulously built 20 sand castles and put a pine branch in each one. Then my dad “accidentally” looked through them all! I’ve loved this beach ever since. There’s a small bar booth now – and, yes, more people – but what never changes is the view. mountains to the left; on the right the summit of Coll Baix; behind it the smell of pine trees; and before that, of course, the ever-changing blues of the Mediterranean. If you come in the morning (shallow), take your snorkel; In the afternoon (waves) take a lilo or bodyboard. Back in town, La Casa Gallega is great for evening tapas.
Anton T

Playa Mina, Camino del Faro, Alicante

Altea is a day trip from Benidorm or Alicante and is best known for its old town. But an easy 6km bike ride south brings you to the Camino del Faro. This short cliff walk leads through a nature reserve with spectacular views. About halfway there is a path that turns off the road – it looks like a long, rocky walk down to the water, but don’t let that put you off. If you keep your cool you’ll find Playa Mina, a sheltered cove overlooking the city with very clear water. It’s deep enough to swim in the bay and get onto the rocks at various points (wear flip-flops). A few private companies operate yacht trips to this location, so enjoy the smug feeling of arriving on foot.
Sarah Collings

Group of young men playing beach volleyball on the Arenal beach in Jávea on the Costa Blanca

“Everyone is happy” … Arenal Beach in Jávea on the Costa Blanca. Photo: Josie Elias/Alamy

Beautiful sandy beach perfect for families. The sea is shallow, ideal for swimming/paddling and is cleaned every night. But it’s the atmosphere. All are happy. There is a mix of Spaniards and tourists from across Europe, with plenty of space for everyone and the bright colors of the beach umbrellas on display. There’s no high-rise here, just a wide esplanade lined with beachfront shops and wonderful cafes and craft stalls. At 10pm still busy with games and couples relaxing. Fabulous views of Cap de Sant Antoni at one end of the beach. Safe also with lifeguard patrols. Upmarket but not expensive.

Sand dunes at Punta Paloma

Sand dunes at Punta Paloma. Photo: Ben Welsh/Getty Images

Punta Paloma is my favorite place on earth: a large dune of Saharan sand overlooking Africa. The beach is close to the small town of Tarifa where the food and views are amazing. Diving, kite surfing, climbing or hiking are just some of the activities on offer. Southern Spain is a quality budget destination that doesn’t suffer from the tourist overcrowding of other places.

Praia de Soesto

“Wild and untouched” … Praia de Soesto. Photo: Jorge Tutor/Alamy

On a recent road trip we stumbled across the beautiful, wild, unspoilt beach of Soesto near Laxe, Galicia. A small dirt road with an unobtrusive sign gave no indication of what lay ahead. Wide white sandy beach with dunes, hills and forests in the background. The Atlantic water was as clear as anything you would find on the more crowded Mediterranean coast. Anywhere else and on this beach it would have been crowded. In this wild corner of Spain we were the only ones enjoying the isolated paradise apart from one local collecting barnacles. No development, no facilities, just nature. breathtaking.

Zarautz beach

“Laid-back surfer vibes”… Zarautz beach. Photo: Juana Mari Moya/Getty Images

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Fifteen kilometers west of the jewel of the Basque Country, San Sebastián is a town with a ‘California-cool’ boardwalk where you can enjoy the delicious pintxos for which the area is famous. Zarautz has an impressive long stretch of golden sand beach, clean Atlantic waters and decent surf throughout. A fantastic campsite overlooks the beach from the cliff at the east end and is connected by the El Camino del Surfista steps that will keep your hamstrings nice and taut. This beach town perfectly combines sophisticated northern Spanish cuisine with laid-back surfer vibes.

Town and beach of Peñíscola

“The Jewel in the Crown”… Town and Beach of Peñíscola. Photo: Leonid Serebrennikov/Alamy

The Costa del Azahar on Spain’s east coast still feels fairly undiscovered compared to its glitzy counterparts, but is home to some of Spain’s most beautiful — and tranquil — beaches. Benicarló, Oropesa del Mar and Benicàssim are all worth visiting. However, the jewel in the crown is in Peñíscola. In fact, on the small peninsula dominated by the Peñíscola Castle, there are two beaches just a few hundred meters apart. The north beach in particular is stunning: 5km of pristine sand and crystal clear waters flanked by local bars and restaurants. Even on the busiest of summer days, you’ll have no trouble finding a spot for your towel.
Mike Ladyman

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This beautiful beach near the bustling port city of Cartagena is loved by locals for its tranquil beauty. It’s a far cry from the umbrella-strewn beaches of Alicante further up the coast.

Cala Trebaluger

“A soothing curve of fine white sand”… Cala Trebaluger. Photo: Karol Kozlowski Premium RF/Alamy

While wandering around Menorca last spring, a fellow hiker pointed me to Cala Trebaluger. It is part of a select group of unspoilt Menorcan beaches that can only be reached on foot. I followed a river that meandered through a gorge towards the beach and spent three days in solitary splendor, sleeping under the stars surrounded by nature, nestled in a soothing curve of fine white sand, shallow water, hidden between rocky outcrops and pine forests . There are no sunbeds and often no clothes either: just nature. bliss.

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