Spain is an incredibly diverse country. Each region has something special to offer. Choosing the right destination will depend on what kind of holiday you prefer. There is no doubt that Spain has it all: culture, adventure, divine beaches, amazing nightlife, wonderful food and a great variety of exciting activities.
Here, we give you tips for choosing your ideal beach holiday destination this summer.
The most beautiful beaches in Spain can be found at Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, and the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. For the truly authentic experience, make sure to explore beyond the tourist enclaves.
The Balearic Islands are well known for their intense nightlife. Ibiza is a clubbers paradise and the main place to go for partying during the summer season. Mallorca on the other hand offers a more relaxed, quaint and scenic holiday experience. However, Formentera, the little island south of Ibiza boasts the best beach in the Balearics: Es Pujols. Laidback vibe, white sand and clear, calm water make this island perfect for families with young children.
Costa del Sol: Formerly made up only of a series of small fishing settlements, today this region in Malaga, Andalusia, is a world-renowned tourist destination. Rent a car and visit Malaga, Sevilla, Granada and the surrounding villages, for an unforgettable cultural experience.
The Canary Islands is a popular destination, not only for a beach holiday but also for sports and various outdoors activities, including mountain biking, hiking, paragliding and all sorts of water sports. On a desert-like escape of Fuerteventura you’ll find volcanoes to climb, little-whitewashed inland villages and the delicious Majorero cheese, best enjoyed grilled with a little palm honey. Enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of Gran Canaria or the amazing architecture and the well-kept wineries at stylish Lazzarote. Tenerife, the largest of islands, offers a bit of everything for everybody. We recommend Teide National Park, a unique landscape of volcanic area with the magnificent views of the snowy Teide Volcano, the highest peak in Spain, or swimming with turtles at El Puertito bay. The Canaries offer a variety of options for an active vacation.
Costa Brava: this coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, whose name translates into „rugged coast“, offers the combination of a very good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches and relatively low prices. Here you will find broad stretches of golden sand fringed with pines and coral pink rocks, and some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. The most popular seaside resorts are Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar.
If you prefer staying off the beaten track, we recommend West Coast Cantabria, in the north of Spain, lined with picturesque fishing towns and backed by green hills with centuries-old stone farmsteads. Most of this 50km-long coastline lies within protected natural parkland, which makes for some of the most pristine beaches around. Another option is the cliff-edged, emerald-green eastern coastline of Asturias.
Whatever you choose, enjoy your magical summer in Spain!