Holidays in Spain are beloved by the Brits for two main reasons: the almost relentless sunshine and the 5,000 miles of coastline graced with some of the world's most beautiful beaches.
While the majority of us head for the great beaches on the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca, there are lovely stretches of sand on all coastlines, so if you're heading to Spain this summer make sure you don't miss out on the lesser-visited beauty spots.
Some of the most incredible beaches are in the more remote spots: head to the wilder coastline of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, for example, and you'll find for windswept wildness on a big scale. Then there are the glorious sands of the Costa de la Luz with the spectacular views of the Atlas mountains, and the stunning coastline of Galicia.
Even on the well-trodden some of the city beaches are worth a visit in their own right. To help you get the most out of your next holiday in Spain, we asked TripAdvisor to name the top ten Spanish beaches as rated by reviewers, below. Let us know if you've been to any of these, whether you agree. And if let us know your favourite beach in Spain, we'll add it to the list!
The best beaches in Spain (according to Tripadvisor)
Ten of the best beaches in Spain
Endless sea, fine sand, spectacular views and Ibiza on the horizon. No wonder this beach takes pride of place in Tripadvisor's best beaches in Spain. What visitors say: “You have the sea on both sides, which makes it unique. The views are amazing. The water is crystal clear.”
This beach in Galicia, on the Cantabric coast has been declared a national monument. With its sea caves and natural arches, it's wonderful for exploring at low tide. What visitors say: “The beach itself is gorgeous, but just the view of the sea from the top of the rocks makes one dizzy.”
La Concha, which means 'shell' in Spanish - this beach is shell-shaped - is one of the most famous urban beaches in Europe and one of the loveliest in the Basque Country. What visitors say: "Beautiful scenery and very clean beach. Well worth a visit. If you want a place to recharge your batteries this is it."
This beautiful sandy bay near Cadiz is singled out for its unspoilt beauty. Sun worshippers in this area usually head for the joys of Tarifa, so the beach here remains largely unspoilt (although it's a favourite with Spanish families.) What visitors say: “This is a fantastic empty beach, at least in May.”
The sandy windswept beach on the Peninsula de Jandia is spectacular and gloriously empty even in peak season. The relentless surf pounds the beach all day so it's not for swimmers - but its beauty is undeniable. What reviewers say: "Amazing... I will never forget it." "It's like being in another world."
Being so close to the Strait of Gibraltar, this is precious environment is ideal for bird watching during migration periods, as well as whale watching. "There is nothing bad about this place. Clean sea, excellent food and calm ambiance. Ideal for a romantic walk at dusk," says one reviewer.
With some of the cleanest, clearest water and the softest golden sand in Ibiza. Situated on the west coast of the island, this is also one of the most popular beaches in the area. What visitors say: “Lovely bay, busy though even in October.”
The "jewel in the crown" of Gran Canaria, Playa de las Canteras is a long strip of sand protected by a natural reef that stretches for miles along the bay. Locals say it's one of the Spain's best urban beaches: people flock to this fantastic beach because of its ideal conditions for eater sports, too (the waves at one end are perfect for surfing). Reviewers rave about its cleanliness and "amazing atmosphere"."The best beach in the world," says one.
This beautiful wide, soft stretch on the Atlantic coast boasts miles of fine clean golden sand it's so huge that doesn't feel crowded, even in the height of summer. Plenty of bars and immaculate rest rooms are singled out here too. "This really is a terrific place to spend your day," says one reviewer.
The breathtakingly beautiful wild beaches on the north west coast of the island boast lovely little coves give a deserted feel that is perfect for anyone wishing to get away from it all. There are lots of secluded spots (and plenty of naturism) and plenty of amazing snorkelling in the lagoons. What the reviewers say: "Seemingly endless, beautiful beaches. A perfect mix of volcanic bizarre looking rocks and Sahara sand."