Spain, also known as the “Iberian Peninsula” or the “Pyrenean Peninsula”, gives access to the Atlantic Ocean on the west and south-and to the Mediterranean Sea in the east and south-east.
In total eleven islands are part of Spain, seven bigger islands that belong to the region of Canaries and four Balearic islands. The seven islands of Canaries are Fuertaventura, La Gomera, Gran Canaries, El Hierro, Lanzarote and Teneriffa. The Balearic islands are Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. Furthermore, there are smaller islands that belong to the Balearics and where a small amount of Spanish people lives. They are called “Perejil Island” and are located close to Gibraltar and Morocco.
Among all of these destinations and parts of Spain there are several beaches but we selected the 10 best hidden beaches for you.
1) Viveiro in Galicia
The beach on the north-west coast of Spain in Galicia is all about people of all ages just enjoying the holiday vibe with their family.
2) Llafranc in Costa Brava
The area in the north-east of Spain around Llafranc, about 2 hours drive from Barcelona, was frequented by filmstars and artists throughout the 20th century. Nowadays it is a resort town for families, couples or groups of friends who are looking for a relaxed and uncrowded beach scene.
3) Mónsul in Andalusia
The beach area close to the Cabo de Gata national park in the south of Spain offer an endless-fascinating landscape experience for nature lovers and hiking passionates. It is about 2 hours drive from Granada and 3 hours from Malaga. Best to come by car.
4) Cies Island in Galicia
Locals call the Cies Island in the north-west of Spain the “Galician Caribbean” or “Galician Seychelles”. The ambiance with the white beach, the turquoise water and the beautiful view on the mountains in the horizon seems tropical and invites you to start dreaming.
5) Ribadesella in Asturias
The beach area on the north coast of Spain is ideal for strolling, surfing, sunbathing, kayaking on the river Sella. Close to Ribadesella there is the World-Heritage-listed Cueva de Tito Bustillo, where you can find one the most magnificient perhistoric cave art in Spain. It’s about 3 hours drive from San Sebastián and 4 hours from Salamanca.
6) Es Grau in Menorca
The beach is in the north-east coast of the island Menora and it is part of the S’Albufera des Grau nature reserve in order to protect it from overdevelopment. Es Grau seems like a gigantic spa pool with turquoise water, where you can stroll along the shore or wade through the sea. Get to Menorca by plane or by boat from Barcelona or Valencia.
7) Cala Macarelleta in Menorca
Among locals Cala Macarelleta is one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. In compare to its sibbling Cala Macarella the beach in Cala Macarelleta is less crowded and more charming. You can get there when you hike through the pine forests from Cala Macarella. Get to Menorca by plane or by boat from Barcelona or Valencia.