What are the 10 best beaches in Andalucia?
One of the characteristics that distinguish Andalucia from other tourist destinations is the quality of its beaches. The sun in this region looks better than ever when reflected in the waters of Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
If you want to take a trip and enjoy great weather, make sure you choose southern Spain; it truly is an excellent destination. Read on to learn about the 10 best beaches in Andalucia, where you can disconnect and relax as you catch some rays. Many of these beaches have been selected as the best in Spain by reviewers on TripAdvisor and are featured in our interactive map of Southern Spain.
1. Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa (Cadiz)
This is considered one of the last virgin beaches in the southern Iberian Peninsula. It stands out for its crystal clear waters and fine white sand. Located in the municipality of Tarifa, from its shores you can make out the Moroccan city of Tangier. It has one of Spain’s most important natural monuments, the Bolonia Dune. It has some of the best ratings on TripAdvisor and is only a few feet away from the Roman site of Baelo Claudia. An unbeatable place if you want to spend a few days in the sun and swim in clean heavenly waters.
2. Playa La Barrosa, Chiclana (Cadiz)
The municipality of Chilana de la Frontera is home to one of the beaches best rated by reviewers on TripAdvisor, La Barrosa. The Sancti Pietri Castle is visible from its shores amid intense blue waters. This area gets an average of over 300 days’ sunshine a year, making it a fantastic tourist destination whenever you visit. Don’t miss this corner of the Costa de la Luz, where the particular landscape and its native vegetation will help you to escape the world for a few hours.
3. Zahara de los Atunes (Cadiz)
This beach is one of the most famous in Spain and the ultimate destination for Spain’s politicians and celebrities. Its origins come, as its name indicates, from tunny fishing, since it is one of the most important tunny fisheries in Andalucia. The sunsets that open up the African continent and its natural mud which is perfect for skin treatments are two of the characteristics that make this place stand out. Reviews on TripAdvisor have rated it as one of the most important beaches in Spain and if you want to rest and enjoy nature, make sure to pay a visit.
4. Playa de El Rompido (Huelva)
Don’t forget your camera if you travel to El Rompido, since you won’t want to ever forget the image of this bewitching coast located in Cartaya, Province of Huelva. The virgin vegetation, dunes and pine groves that accompany it make this spot a fantastic place to come for the peace and quiet we all need to disconnect from daily life. One of the distinguishing features of this coast is what is known as Flecha de El Rompido (El Rompido Arrow), a unique sand formation that opens out into the Atlantic Ocean like a tongue from a virgin beach that can be accessed by boat.
5. Playa de Maro in Nerja (Malaga)
This beautiful cove, located in the Malagan municipality of Nerja, is one of the best rated in Andalucia. Its cliffs and rocky formations give it a wild look that bewitches all who visit it. This very romantic place is bathed in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea so, if you want to spend a few days in the sun, make sure you pay a visit. Surrounded by beautiful typical Andalucian villages, the most spectacular of which is Frigiliana, its dark sand gives it an Arabic atmosphere. Don’t miss this fantastic place that enriches this part of the Costa del Sol.
6. Playa de Cabopino in Marbella (Malaga)
This fine sandy beach is one of the most famous on the Costa del Sol, where part of it is used by nudists. If you want to swim in the Mediterranean waters and feel the fine sand against your skin, you must visit this coast, which will free you of your problems. Located in a protected natural zone, it is home to the Artrola Dunes. This place offers an exquisite opportunity to read a good book in the sun surrounded by this unparalleled natural spot.
7. Playa de Carvajal in Fuengirola (Malaga)
At the end of the Fuengirola promenade is its most singular beach, Carvajal. This part of the coast is urbanised, which is why you can drink a cool beer while you enjoy the sea. Its fine golden sand is another of its most outstanding attractions. This beach is ideal for families since you can swim for a long way without the water getting too deep, making it ideal for little ones. Do try to visit this enclave of the Costa del Sol. It’s a great place for some rest and relaxation.
8. Playa de Isla Canela in Ayamonte (Huelva)
Located in the district of Isla Canela in Ayamonte, this beach encompasses the border with Spain’s neighbour Portugal. Its golden sand is bathed by quiet refreshing waters from the Atlantic Ocean, which can be enjoyed under the sun in this fantastic landscape. Its surroundings are home to salt marshes, water channels, sandy spots and dunes that give it a personal character. Not to be missed if you want to enjoy a magnificent Andalucian beach.
9. Playa de Punta Umbría (Huelva)
This beautiful urbanised beach lets you enjoy the sea at the same time as a drink or appetiser at one of its refreshment stalls. If you’re a sports lover, you can windsurf and paraglide in this area. This extensive zone is home to natural riches with three protected spaces: the El Portil Lagoon, Enebrales de Punta Umbria Natural Landscape and Odiel Salt Marshes, a natural spot declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. This place majestically combines peace and quiet with a wide range of services.
10. Playa de La Rada, Estepona (Malaga)
This beach is one of the most popular on the Costa del Sol. Given the Q for Quality award and the Blue Flag on several occasions that certify its hygienic and environmental conditions, this part of the coast has an exceptional supervision operation and is steps away from the main streets of Estepona. An intelligent way of combining the services offered by a city with a few hours relaxing in the sun, If you travel to Andalucia, don’t miss this area with its warm water that will leave you with the best memories of southern Spain..
If you want to enjoy southern Spain’s almost year-round pleasant climate, you must visit its heavenly beaches. Both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean have great examples on their coasts that will make you leave the world behind during your holiday.
WHERE TO STAY
If you are looking for good beaches, Fuerte Hotels are definitely the best option for spending the night. The chain has beachfront establishments where you can enjoy its services and the best of each coast. Its 50 plus years’ experience is the best guarantee for spending your time just relaxing and enjoying the sun.