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4 beaches in Spain to see in winter

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Beaches in Spain have more to offer than just crystal clear waters; there are beaches with all sorts of outstanding features that make them well worth a visit at any time of year, from archways between the cliffs, to salt water oases to fine volcanic sand.Enjoying a great day out at the beach is very possible in winter too. Read on and discover some of the best destinations to lie back and relax on the coast.

Cofete beach, in FuerteventuraDid you know that the Canary Islands enjoy an annual average temperature of around 20 ºC? The beaches in the islands are a taste of paradise, and perfect to see in winter.  So leave the overcoat at home, grab the swimming gear and it’s off to bask in some winter sunshine. When you arrive on the island of Fuerteventura you’ll discover Cofete, a beach located right in the heart of the Jandía Natural Park.Take a stroll along the fine sands, and an unmatched pristine Eden in tones of peach will gradually reveal itself. A stretch of more than 14 kilometres with mountains reaching heights of 800 metres on either side: the Jandía massif, El Islote or El Roque de Moro. You’ll also get to know the enigmatic Villa Winter, which is the hiding place for hundreds of legends about the Second World War.

Cofete beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Las Catedrales beach, in GaliciaLas Catedrales beach, also known as the Aguas Santas beach, is located in the beautiful municipality of Ribadeo in Galicia, bordering the Cantabrian Sea.One of the interesting things that make this beach worthy of being classed as a Natural Monument is that when the tide goes out you can walk under the huge, spectacularly shaped rocks that form arches. An area of impressive cliffs, where the sun’s rays dance between rock and water.It's no surprise that in the summer season this place is a favourite with many of those who love the sea and love photography; what few people realise is that it's stunningly beautiful in winter too so if you go there then, you'll enjoy a setting worthy of the big screen in perfect peace and tranquillity.   

Las Catedrales beach in Ribadeo, Lugo

Los Genoveses beach, en AndalusiaBefore visiting the beach you should first check out "The Rat Patrol", a critically acclaimed series about the Second World War or "The Wind and the Lion", a dramatic US film production from 1975. This way you'll be able to understand why the Los Genoveses beach has become a cinema location destination for all.Located in the municipality of Níjar in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Andalusia, there’s so much to be discovered on the Los Genoveses beach. It’s a wide stretch of sand that’s over a kilometre long, and is surrounded by dunes and lots of the local flora: prickly pears and spiky agave plants that sometimes have an impressive ‘spear’.You can swim here if you dare, and learn a bit about surfing in the relatively calm waters. The climate is usually mild, even in the coldest of seasons. 

Los Genoveses Beach, Almería

Poó beach, in AsturiasAnd finally, close to the municipality of Llanes, in Asturias, you’ll find Poó beach. Rather like in a dream, you’ll see a salt-water oasis in the distance. Blissfully quiet, in a beautiful natural setting with the sea in the distance.La Playa de Poo starts at the mouth of the Vallina river. Its shape is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. On the rising tide, the sea sweeps in through a gap in the mountains, forming a natural, shallow oasis. And when the tide goes out, the fine white sand stays damp, so the kids can play quite happily.

Poó beach in Llanes, Asturias
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