Spain remains a popular destination for holidaymakers every year and little wonder. Offering amazing scenery, culture, food and drink and above all else, impressive golden beaches and a pleasant, sunny climate, it’s a safe bet for travellers hoping for a bit of chill.
Part of its appeal lies in the fact that visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to destinations. Travel virtually anywhere in the country and you’ll find sun, sea and a welcoming beach. Here’s just a selection of Spain’s most luxurious hotspots…
Playa de la Concha, San Sebastian
San Sebastian lies in the very heart of Spain’s Basque region, right to the north of the country and almost within touching distance of the Pyrenees mountains and, beyond those, France. It is famous for its food but also for Playa de la Concha, described by Lonely Planet as ‘the equal of any city beach in Europe’. It’s wide and clean, and the sea is superb for swimming in. It also boasts fabulous views and has the city as its backdrop.
Cies Islands, Galicia
Travel west from San Sebastian and you’ll find the Cies Islands, which are positioned off Spain’s north-west coast. ‘Locals call the Cies Islands the “Galician Caribbean” or the “Galician Seychelles” and I could see why, ‘ wrote the Telegraph , reviewing the beaches. Rodas Beach is the longest on the archipelago, at around 1, 200 metres.
El Bajondillo, Malaga
El Bajonadillo falls within the Torremolinos region and it’s also close to Malaga, in southern Spain – making it easy to get to in terms of flying in to the airport. El Bajonadillo has over 1, 000 metres of sand and a fantastic promenade which runs right along the beach. Renowned for its excellent condition, this is no remote beach but one equipped with pretty much everything to keep visitors – especially those with children – entertained, with playgrounds, volleyball courts and watersports in abundance. You won’t be bored.
Fuengirola, Costa del Sol
Included in the Travel Republic list of the 22 best beaches of the Costa del Sol, Fuengirola stands out as a real go-to venue. The town of Fuengirola boasts not one Blue Flag beaches but three – Fuengirola itself, Boliches-Gaviota and Carvajal. The highlight is the expansive promenade at Fuengirola. It’s some 8km long and is dotted with bars, hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants. You could spend a whole day there – and probably should.
La Caleta, Cadiz
Cadiz is one of Europe’s oldest inhabited cities, located in south west Spain and not too far away from Seville. The Costa de la Luz area has several superb beaches and so while La Caleta is not exclusively the best it’s certainly up there as one of the finest. It’s a charming beach blessed with soft sand, with the added bonus of being close to the city’s renowned dining area, Barrio de la Vina.
So there you have it – from the north west of the country right around to the south west, five of Spain’s finest beaches. There are plenty more to experience and enjoy though, so what are you waiting for?