Spain’s sunny southern region is also home to some of the country’s best beaches. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like lazing the day away on long stretches of golden sand? Well, Andalucia has a great selection of beaches. Whether you like to swim, surf or lounge in the sun, there’s a patch of Andalucian coastline just for you.
1. Bolonia Beach (Tarifa, Cadiz)
The Costa de la Luz is home to a number of gems, but Bolonia Beach is top of the list for us. It’s four kilometres long, boasts crystal clear waters, soft sands and beautiful natural surroundings. Aside from that, one of the beach’s highlights is the 30-metre high and 200-metre wide sand dune. Not only does it make for a great photo opportunity, but it provides a good bit of fun too! If you’re still looking for an adventure, you can also have a go at windsurfing or roam around the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia.
2. Los Genoveses Beach (San Jose, Almeria)
If you appreciate unspoilt beaches and a little bit of a secluded vibe, you’ll love Los Genoveses Beach. Beautiful, rugged and situated on the east coast of the Cabo de Gata natural park, Los Genoveses gives you a true essence of Almeria’s beauty. It also has unique surrounding views which could rival a western cowboy movie. Expect cacti, eucalyptus trees, vast stretches of dunes, soft sands and pure blue waters. Plus this area is perfectly untouched too, so there’ll be no bars, restaurants, watersports etc. This is the place for cool, calm and chill…
3. La Burriana Beach (Nerja, Malaga)
An ex-fishing village, Nerja is often a popular connection when holidaymakers land in Malaga. Playa Burriana hasn’t lost its fishing village charm however, and it continues to be a buzzing spot filled with people looking for an unforgettable Spanish beach experience. And that’s just what you’ll get. Chiringuitos line the sands serving you delicious seafood specials and watersports line the shore. We love the kayaking at La Burriana where a guide will take you along the coast to Maro waterfall. On top of that, La Burriana is just a 15-minute walk away from Nerja’s town centre where you’ll find all your essential shops, restaurants and bars.
4. Puerto Banus Beach (Malaga)
Malaga’s Costa del Sol has loads of fantastic beaches on offer. However, if you’re partying in Marbella and living the life of the rich and famous, a trip to Puerto Banus Beach should be in store for you. It offers a slightly quieter atmosphere than Marbella’s immediate beaches, but still has everything you’d want in a beach. We’re talking about clean, clear waters, soft, white sands and chic bars and restaurants nearby. This is a beach where you can lay back and sip on a cocktail if there ever was one! Plus, with the Puerto Banus marina situated nearby, this beach will have you feeling fancy.
5. Calahonda Beach (Motril, Granada)
Granada’s shores are known as Costa Tropical and we can’t deny… the beaches here are pretty tropical. Calahonda Beach in particular is spectacular. Its name means “deep cove” and its waters do get quite deep pretty quickly. But they’re are also clear and calm, perfect for a tranquil swim out in the deep. In addition, Calahonda Beach is a Blue Flag awarded spot for its cleanliness and facilities, so you’ll have a comfortable and enjoyable day out – that’s for sure!
When holidaying in Andalucia, there’s plenty to enjoy. But when it comes to its beaches, you don’t want to miss out. There are tons of sandy spots to choose from and explore, but our list of the best 5 Andalucian beaches will no doubt start you off on the right path.