Top Five Beaches

We present five of the best beaches in Spain for your enjoyment this summer:

Ses Illetes Beach Formentera (Balearic Islands)

La Concha Beach San Sebastián (Basque Country)

The beaches of Begur Costa Brava (Catalonia)

Zahara de los Atunes Beach Cádiz (Andalusia)

The beaches of Las Rotas Dénia (Valencia)

Today’s the day for you to take a dip and get some sun.

Ses Illetes Beach

Ses Illetes Beach

WHERE: Formentera (Balearic Islands)

Photo: Formentera Tourist Office

Going to Ses Illetes Beach is like going to the Caribbean without leaving Spain. Its white sand and turquoise, crystalline waters have given it silver medallist status. It’s the ideal place to relax in the sun, go for a leisurely stroll or enjoy water sports.

This area can be reached in any vehicle, although it is recommended to walk or cycle there so as to better enjoy the scenery and support its environmental protection. In addition, part of this area is not accessible by car because of its uneven terrain. Visitors must walk to get there.

Ses Illetes offers a varied collection of leisure activities and amenities including water sports (sailing, water skiing, etc.), restaurants, kiosks, lounge chairs, umbrellas – basically everything needed to enjoy a day at the beach.

There is also a seagoing boat service linking Ses Illetes with the port of La Sabina and the island of Espalmador which greatly facilitates transport and access to other places of interest on the island.


Take Advantage to:
  • Visit the La Mola and Es Cap de Barbaria lighthouses.
  • Take a walk through the indoor market and buy original craft works.
  • Have a cocktail in the Pujols area, home to a number of trendy bars.


Further Information:

    Formentera Tourist Office

    Beaches in the Balearics

La Concha Beach

La Concha Beach

WHERE: San Sebastián (Basque Country)

Photo: San Sebastián Tourist Office

The spectacular golden sand of La Concha Beach, like others in northern Spain, can be enjoyed without ever setting foot on the beach itself. Beachgoers say that “it’s worth going as far as Peine del Viento, were a beautiful view of the sand can be had,” although one must be mindful of waves which break hard on rough weather days.

The beaches of Donostia/San Sebastián are a major attraction in summer. Each one has its own personality: La Concha, the best-known beach, and Ondarreta, a more family-oriented one, make up La Concha Bay. Zurriola, the newest and best beach for surfing, and the small secluded beach on the island of Santa Clara round out the cast of beaches that have been integrated into a single Environmental Management System and that offer a host of amenities for swimmers.


Take Advantage to:
  •  Visit the old town and eat a pincho in the city of gastronomy.
  •  Catch some waves and visit San Sebastián’s most surfer-friendly district.
  •  Go to Monte Igueldo to marvel at and take pictures of one of the best views of Donostia from a spectacular vantage point.


Further Information:

    San Sebastián Torist Office

    La Concha Beach

The beaches of Begur

The beaches of Begur

WHERE: Begur (Costa Brava, Catalonia)

Photo: Costa Brava Tourist Office

The Begur coastline dazzles with its incomparable beauty. Its cliffs, pine trees, hidden coves blessed with crystal-clear waters and rugged coastline represent the best of Costa Brava. Begur has eight coves and beaches – located to the north, east and south of town – which lay claim to a wide range of features and beauty.

Sa Riera: Begur’s largest and best-known beach, it includes a variety of services, apartments, boat moorings, campgrounds, etc.

Illa Roja: Nudist beach. You can get there on foot, walking either from Sa Riera along the coastal path or from Platja del Racó beach.

El Racó: This beach is next to and comes into contact with Pals beach, a situation which can create a bit of confusion.

Aiguablava: A fine sand beach which is home to the famous Parador de Aiguablava state-owned tourist hotel.

Fornells: Beach with a marina, although space is lacking and there is no sand for swimmers. From this beach it is possible to get to Platja Fonda.

Platja Fonda: A beach which owes its name to its geographical characteristics, which are like a steep drop into dark, rough sand. Difficult to get to.

Sa Tuna: A beautiful beach paradise, although quite rocky. Its sand is mixed with pebbles and stones.

Aiguafreda: This cove has no sand and is more a boat jetty than anything else. It does feature a dive centre were scuba instruction, equipment rental, etc. are available.


Take Advantage to:
  •  Discover the medieval castle of Begur, built on an Iberian and Roman settlement with a view overlooking the town.
  •  Try this area’s superb cuisine, especially the fresh fish and traditional Pals rice.
  •  Stay at Hotel Convent, a charming facility situated in a refurbished seventeenth century monastery.


Further Information:

    Costa Brava Tourist Office

    Beaches of Begur

    Begur Tourist Office

Zahara de los Atunes Beach

Zahara de los Atunes Beach

WHERE: Cádiz (Andalucía)

Photo: Council of Tourism, Commerce and Sport. Regional Government of Andalusia.

To enjoy the best of what the beaches of Cádiz have to offer, a visit to Zahara de los Atunes is in order. The more than 8 km of fine golden sand make this practically virgin shoreline the choice of many travellers, who savour the local climate and its cool, crystal-clear waters.

Zahara is a seagoing village where fishing has been an art form since ancient times. The almadraba traps have always been part of the tuna fishing tradition here and do their part to make visits to beach bars and restaurants all the more worthwhile.

The Zahara de los Atunes beaches are pristine and their waters are crystal clear. While the Zahara Atlantic water is quite a bit cooler than that of the Mediterranean, the varied recreational activities available combined with the intense summer heat will make you feel quite comfortable once you are immersed in it. You will not find many promenades in Zahara de los Atunes, but there are several quiet areas that are perfect for a stroll as well as numerous pedestrian streets for you to explore.


Take Advantage to:
  •  Shop within the walls of the former Chanca palace at the accessories and clothing market that opens during the summer months.
  •  Dine on different varieties of tuna at Casa Juanito.
  • Relax at Catedral Beach, one of the most prominent pubs in Atlanterra.


Further Information:

    Cádiz Tourist Office

    Beaches of Cádiz

    Zahara de los Atunes Beach

The beaches of Las Rotas

The beaches of Las Rotas

WHERE: Dénia (Valencia)

Photo: Dénia Department of Tourism

Go snorkelling in the coves of Las Rotas or just take a dip in its cool, crystal-clear waters. The ecological treasures to be found in this area belong to the Cape of San Antonio Marine Reserve and will keep you busy diving for hours.

4 kilometres of rocky, virgin and natural coastline  end in what is for many the city’s the most beautiful enclave: Las Rotas beach, overlooked by the El Gerro Tower and the Cape of San Antonio, which separates Dénia from Xàbia.

The Las Rotas promenade is a meeting point for pedestrians out for a bit of exercise or just a seaside stroll. From La Marineta Cassiana, with an avenue reminiscent of those found on the shores of Biscay in northern Spain, a varied landscape includes everything from the modernity of the Dénia Marina to the virgin territory of the nudist cove. There are also areas where vehicles can be driven and homes are located right on the beachfront.


Take Advantage to:
  •  Visit Dénia Castle, the city’s landmark building.
  •  Go scuba diving or snorkelling and discover the Mediterranean’s hidden secrets.
  • Dine at the El Farallo restaurant, one of the city’s oldest, which serves up seafood caught in the Dénia Bay.


Further Information:

    Dénia Department of Tourism

    Beaches of Dénia

    Las Rotaa Beach