Whilst Spain is a country that’s rich in history and replete with cultural attractions, there’s no denying that most people heading off on a Spanish getaway have one main thing in mind – languishing on the beach, with a cool beverage in hand. Well, we can’t deny that Spain has thousands of gorgeous stretches of sand to lure even the most fervent traveller into relaxing for a while, so here are six of the most picturesque beaches that Spain has to offer.
Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa
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Set on the edge of the pretty village of Tarifa is Playa de Bolonia, a beach overlooked by ruins that date back to the Roman era, and give the entire location a unique sense of history. It’s windy at Playa de Bolonia, which makes it a popular destination for wind-surfers, but hide behind the sand dunes and you’ll be able to work on your tan in peace.
Playa de Roda, Galicia
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One of Spain’s most unbelievably picturesque beaches can found in the Cies Islands, a protected nature reserve in Galicia that’s traffic-free and also boasts some breath-taking scenery. When lazing on the sand, with the scent of eucalyptus trees wafting through the air gets a little tiresome, take a stroll along the paths that connect the islands.
Es Trenc, Majorca
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A secret cove it may not be, but Es Trenc is a favourite destination for those visiting on Majorca on a cheap holiday for very good reason. The fine-grained sand is lapped by the kind of clear waters that you’d think only exist in photographs, but if you’re travelling there with kids, bear in mind that it’s one of Majorca’s official nudist beaches.
Playa de las Canteras, Gran Canaria
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The buzzing capital of Gran Canaria has an equally immense beach, stretching almost the length of the town’s main promenade and yet somehow retaining a sense of escapism. Playa de las Canteras also has a unique attribute in the form of ‘La Barra’, a volcanic rock formation that rises from the sand and shelters a portion of the beach from the waves, so you can swim in calm waters even when the waves are crashing in the distance.
Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura
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The mountains of Jandia that overlook Playa de Cofete give the beach a moody feel, but you certainly won’t be in a poor mood when you feel the sand between your toes on this breezy beach, that’s notorious for its high waves. It’s this characteristic of Playa de Cofete that makes it a no-no for families with children, so you’re certain to find this beach almost deserted – heaven.
Las Salinas, Ibiza
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If you’re looking for peace and quiet on your summer holidays to Ibiza you certainly won’t find it at Las Salinas, a stunning beach surrounded by a wildlife conservation area in the south of the island, that’s also a key location in the island’s party scene. The young, beautiful and rich visitors to Ibiza arrive here in their droves during the high season, but with such brilliantly white sands, you won’t be able to resist joining them.