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Laze on some of Spain’s most pristine beaches


With more than 8,000 kilometres of coastline, Spain has unexpected, secret havens. Read on and dive into the wildest beaches that Europe has to offer.

  •  Los Genoveses beach, in Andalusia

    1. Playa de los Genoveses (Andalusia), an oasis that stretches for kilometres 

    Around two kilometres from the enchanting village of San José, Playa de los Genoveses invites you to dream and discover a spectacular sweep of beach between the mountains and the sea, where you can sink your toes into fine golden sand under the bluest of skies. A magical land with no worries, no traffic, and no end. When you arrive you’ll find a perfectly adapted path for reaching the area. It crosses the beach from north to south, from the hill of Cerro Ave María to the outcrop of El Morrón de los Genoveses. It’s a great place for taking photos. Prepare to re-enact scenes from films such as “The Rat Patrol”, or “The Wind and the Lion”, and create your own story.

  • Playa de Nogales, Canary Islands.

    2. Playa de Nogales, Canary Islands.

    A stunning exotic beauty, the dark sand Nogales beach stretches along the Puntallana coast. Once there you can walk a legendary route to the shore. A descent into paradise, between imposing cliffs and saltwater caves. Slip off your shoes, sink your toes into the fine black volcanic sand, and perhaps do a bit of surfing if you feel like it. The beach has great waves for water sports, as the Atlantic Ocean currents are usually strong here.

  • Gueirúa beach, Asturias.

    3. Playa de Gueirúa (Asturias), steps to the ocean

    It’s a thrill for the senses. Gueirua beach is a spectacular protected landscape. At the eastern end of the beach, you’ll see tiny rocky islands emerge from the sea. This area is known as La Forcada, and it separates La Gueirúa from the other beaches. The breeze and the turquoise waters sculpt the rocks, giving the place a wild, enigmatic atmosphere. 

  • Praia das Rodas beach, Galicia.

    4. Praia das Rodas (Galicia), white gold 

    A true jewel of nature. Praia das Rodas beach is located on the Cíes islands, in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. You can reach it by boat, from Vigo, Bayona, or Cangas del Morraz in under an hour. You’ll start to get a glimpse of the unique landscape on the short journey over. Over 1,200 metres of white sand and crystal-clear waters that form a perfect crescent. A series of pathways and steps link the islands of Monteagudo and Faro. A perfect spot for daydreaming. 

  • Laga beach, Basque Country.

    5. Playa de Laga (Basque Country), surfing the dunes 

    Located in the municipality of Ibarrangelu in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Laga beach is well-known for its fine golden sand, lush vegetation and turquoise waves. It’s a solitary but magnificent beach that stretches for no more than 500 metres.The beautiful landscape and climate make it an excellent beach for surfing, windsurfing and even paragliding. Sport and nature: a perfect combination. 

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