Spain is one of the most popular destinations for a beach holiday, and it’s not hard to see why. With over 5,000 miles worth of coastline, there’s a beach for everyone in Spain. Here’s a guide to the best beaches in Spain which you should definitely check out on your next trip to the country.

Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia

Beach of cathedrals, Galicia, Spain
Beach of cathedrals, Galicia, Spain

A wonderfully remote beach and literally translating as the ‘Beach of the Cathedrals’, here you will find pristine, white stretches of sand and amazing rock formations. During low tide – usually between 10am and 3pm – it’s possible to explore the many arches and caves which can’t be seen at any other time of day.

Located in the north west of the country, close to the cities of Foz and Ribadeo, the weather here can be pretty unpredictable, so it’s not recommended to come here during the winter months.

Ses Illetes, Formentera

Ses Illetes Beach in Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
Ses Illetes Beach in Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

When it comes to the Balearic Islands, most tourists tend to flock to Ibiza, Minorca and Mallorca, but you will actually find the best beaches on Formentera, especially the beach of Ses Illetes. With its fine, white sand and sparkling turquoise waters, it’s no wonder that this beach has regularly been compared to those in the Caribbean. Unlike the beaches on the bigger islands, Ses Illetes is less touristy, with only a few restaurants and no shops.

If you’re visiting Ses Illetes, try to get there pretty early; it’s a thin stretch of beach, meaning in high season it can get quite busy.

Nerja, Andalusia

Little touristic town Nerja in Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain.
Little touristic town Nerja in Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain. It has many restaurants, bars and cafes. Aerial view of the beach

A typical whitewashed Spanish town, Nerja is one of the most picturesque places in the whole of Spain, and has plenty of wonderful beaches to enjoy. The most popular of these is Playa Burriana, especially with families; there are plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your day, such as restaurants, a children’s play area, a volleyball net, and lots of sun loungers, pedalos, and showers. La Caletilla is also beautiful, with its rocky outcrops and crystal clear waters.

Tarifa, Cadiz, Andalusia

Beach landscape in Tarifa. Andalusia. Spain
Beach landscape in Tarifa. Andalusia. Spain

If you’re looking for a beach where you can lounge around soaking up the sun, Tarifa probably isn’t what you’re looking for. It gets pretty windy at this beach, so although it’s not that good for sunbathing, it is a fantastic place for water sports, such as surfing and windsurfing, and attracts a lot of travellers who are interested in doing just that. If you fancy doing a spot of whale watching, this is also an option here.

As this beach is a more active one than other beaches, accommodation options tend to be cheaper. Tarifa is also known for its vibrant nightlife.

Whatever you want from your beach in Spain, be it a beach for relaxation, one where you can get active, or a remote beach to get away from it all, you’ll definitely find one to suit you.