North, south, east and west. Thousands of kilometres of Spain’s coastline have received the famous distinction that rewards the good environmental condition and facilities of European beaches. We are once again in first place this year, so it’s time to celebrate.
Perfect summers with blue flags in the best spanish beaches
It’s great to hold the top position of a ranking with a positive meaning. It’s even better to be number one, year after year. With 579 awards, Spain is the country with the most Blue Flags, closely followed by Greece, France, Turkey, Italy and Portugal. If you plan to explore the Spanish coastline this summer, here are ten recommendations that you will love.
Isla Antilla (Huelva)
This 1.5 km beach with fine sand and the open sea is located between Isla Cristina and Lepe at a spot where the sun always shines. With services such as toilets, sun loungers, a sailing school and more, it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday with a dozen magazines in hand.
The area near the beach is home to nature as well as the Occidental Isla Cristina hotel, a seaside oasis for families. If you are ever in the mood to swap seawater for fresh water, then you can go for a swim in any of the two enormous pools surrounded by bars, parasols and terraces.
La Barrosa (Cádiz)
Vast defines Cádiz’s quintessential beach. According to a famous beverage advert from quite a few years ago, Cádiz is for people who like to go to chiringuito beach bars, who want to enter nirvana, who love surfing, who adore the feeling of nature, and basically for everyone. If there is one thing that stands out about this 6 km stretch of sand it’s the fact that it is impeccably kept, making it perfect, regardless of what you are looking for.
What else does the south have to offer, aside from lots of sun and great beaches? Just some of the best fish in Spain! Don’t miss the culinary experience at Atunante restaurant in the Sancti Petri Royal Hideaway hotel, which overlooks La Barrosa. The speciality is almadraba red tuna trapped in nets and the restaurant’s creations are exquisite delicacies.
Cala Ferrera cove (Majorca)
Although they may seem repetitive, the descriptions of the beaches in the Balearic Islands, or in Majorca in this case, are always faithfully accurate: fine white sand, crystal clear water and the perfect temperature for endless swimming. This description also applies to Cala Ferrera, a cove tucked away between cliffs and a place where recreational boats also drop anchor.
If you are staying at the Barceló Ponent Playa hotel, there is no need for a car or motorcycle in order to reach this cove because the beach is directly below and can even be seen from certain rooms. You can also take a dip in the pool or play sports at the hotel or in nearby facilities. It’s up to you!
Cap Blanch (Alicante)
This beach with a Blue Flag gets extra points for not being one of the most crowded. It is almost 1 km long, the water is lukewarm (perhaps too warm) and there are small stones instead of sand. It also has all the services: showers, toilets and even a waterfront promenade for pleasant strolls.
If you stay at the Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, making your way to this beach is an excursion, but it is definitely worthwhile. After spending the day at the beach and eating ice cream in the town of Altea—whitewashed buildings, overlooking the sea and charming despite the sloping streets—you can enjoy some downtime at the hotel spa, which is one of those places that once you step into, you will never want to leave.
This stretch of fine sand and gentle waves is located on the southern end of the island, next to Torviscas (which also has a Blue Flag). Whether you are in the mood for some scuba diving or prefer renting a sun lounger, everything is possible at this beach that is fully equipped for tourists.
Only ten minutes away, the Royal Hideaway Corales Suites will welcome you with open arms, but as of December, which is when this five-star hotel with an incredible architectural design inspired by Tenerife’s corals will be inaugurated. Who said that beaches are an alternative at Christmas, when most people are bundled up in coats?
Agua Amarga (Almería)
The coast of Almería has countless coves and beaches that deserve every award imaginable, but many are not easily accessible, as required by the Blue Flag organisation. One that fulfils all of these requirements is Agua Amarga, located in Níjar. It is worth getting to this urban beach early in order to grab a good spot. Here is a bit of history: south of the beach is the Rambla del Plomo fortified country home, which was built in the 17th century to protect farmers from pirate attacks.
Almería boasts nearly 30 Blue Flags, so if you would like to visit more than one, then we recommend setting up camp at a hotel from which to arrange day trips. Barceló Cabo de Gata has direct access to the Natural Park and is an excellent alternative for families. Surrounded by nature, it features spacious rooms as well as an optional All Inclusive programme.
Corinto ( Valencia)
Located near Valencia, in Sagunto, it is one of the most natural beaches but not the most crowded. Peaceful and enclosed, the coarse sand stretches out more than 2 km and certain areas are set aside for nudist beachgoers.
If you would like to sleep in the capital of Turia, then be sure to choose the Barceló Valencia hotel, located next to the City of Arts and Sciences and therefore near the port and Malvarrosa Beach. With a modern and attractive design, you will also love its rooftop pool.
La Victoria (Cádiz)
With a length of 3 km, it is considered to be the best urban beach in Europe. Frequented primarily by locals, it is adjacent to the seafront promenade, which is filled with restaurants that serve delicious fried fish. Cocktails are available during the day at the chiringuito beach bars or in the evening at the lively bars in the surrounding area.
The Occidental Cádiz hotel is only 100 metres from La Victoria. This urban (but almost beachfront) establishment has almost 100 spacious and bright rooms for some rest and relaxation between outings. The city centre is only 15 minutes away.
Maspalomas (Canary Islands)
The enormous expanse of dunes and the historic lighthouse that watches over the ocean form part of this 3 km beach with golden sand and small waves on the southern end of Gran Canaria. It is divided into several stretches and offers alternatives for sports, nudism or partying.
You can stay at the nearby Occidental Margaritas hotel, which is also right beside Playa del Inglés beach. All the tourism and culinary alternatives will be within reach, along with two adult pools and two children’s pools in which to relax.
Arenal Gros de Portinatx (Ibiza)
As indicated by the name, it is located in one of Ibiza’s most popular tourist areas. 120 metres long and 50 metres wide, Portinatx is one of the largest coves on the island. The crystal clear water is perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling, and the smaller Arenal Petit beach is only 50 metres away.
A pleasant surprise can be found right by the coves because the Beach Club at the Barceló Portinatx hotel serves the best cocktails. Half the rooms at this adults-only hotel boast sea views, and thanks to the relaxing atmosphere, you will feel like new by the end of your stay.