France, Italy, Greece, Turkey or Portugal, the main competitors in tourismmust continue to be content to look at Spain from a lower echelon when it comes to the quality of the beaches. Fifteen percent of the country’s beaches have received blue flag certification, which reflects the quality of the waters, the high level of services and the safety that reigns there.
But beyond a fact as objective as it is indisputable, the Spanish coast, along its more than 8,000 kilometers, has real gems that invite pleasure. Among these natural wonders we can highlight several coves and hidden paradises that offer endless possibilities to tourists. From the Balearic Islands, to Asturias, Galicia or Andalusia, there are many choices.
Macarella and Macarelleta (Menorca, Balearic Islands)
If a beach is only accessible on foot or by boat, it is because nature is wise and knows how to hide its treasures. It takes place in Menorca and its cove Macarella and its neighbor Macarelleta. Crystal clear waters, framed by cliffs full of vegetation, make this enclave one of the best places to swim if you are on the Balearic Islands.
Figueiras (Pontevedra, Galicia)
The Cíes Islands are an increasingly popular paradise environment. Some international publications such as The Guardian claim that Rodas beach is the best in the world, but we must not lose sight of Figueiras, less known but just as attractive.
Covachos Beach (Cantabria)
Covachos beach is located three kilometers from Soto de la Marina, on the coast near the city of Santander. It is a small but beautiful beach, characterized by the presence of a beautiful islet called El Castro de Covachos which, at low tide, is connected to the mainland. It is a secluded and nudist beach, where you can breathe tranquility and enjoy magnificent views.
San Antonio Beach (Asturias)
In a privileged location on the eastern coast of Asturias is San Antonio de Mar, a beautiful wild cove with white sand and crystal clear waters. Surrounded by warm rocky cliffs and abundant vegetation, it is an idyllic place to forget the rest of the world.
Cala del Pino (Nerja, Málaga)
Located between Playa de las Alberquillas and Torre del Pino, in the heart of the Acantilados de Maro Natural Park, Cala del Pino beach is made up of two sandy coves separated by a rocky outcrop. Located in a protected area, this pristine beach with crystal clear waters is perfect for snorkeling or diving. Thanks to the difficult access, the beach has a low occupancy rate even in summer, which makes it perfect for those seeking tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The beach is surrounded by pines and prickly pears, which can be reached by a steep path about 1 kilometer long. But without a doubt, it is worth it.
Roche Coves (Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz)
High cliffs shelter a large number of swimmers from the east wind when it blows hard. Of all, only 4 have authorized access, but it is possible to access the others at low tide. At the top of the slope, a network of paths crosses a Mediterranean maquis with species such as samphire or maritime juniper. This path joins the creeks and allows you to enjoy a walk with a panoramic view of the entire beach. The beach is accessible by the CA-4202 road.
San Pedro Cove (Las Negras. Almería)
Cala de San Pedro belongs to Las Negras beach and is a real attraction for those who love white sand beaches and turquoise waters. A hippie community has lived in the creek for several decades. Nudism is practiced.
Calò des Mort (Formentera, Balearic Islands)
We also could not fail to include the beautiful Calo des Morts (Formentera), a cove located in the easternmost part of the bay of Migjorn and which can be considered a swimming pool. It’s a real treat, but remember to bring water and food because there is nothing nearby.
Cala Fredosa – Cap de Creus (Catalonia)
Located in one of the most spectacular tourist towns on the Costa Brava, Cadaquesin the Cap de Creus Natural Park, which ensures that the environment is pristine and natural. The numerous rock formations that surround the beach, which continue into its depths, as well as the reefs offer us spectacular underwater landscapes rich in abundant aquatic vegetation.
Cala Granadella (Jávea, Valencian Community)
This rustic cove with crystal clear waters, ideal for scuba diving, is located in the southernmost area of Xàbia. It is surrounded by pine trees and gravel sand, and is probably the most famous cove in the province of Alicante, that’s why it can be quite crowded over its 160 meters long.
Cala Aiguablava (Girona, Catalonia)
Cliffs, pine forests, crystal clear waters, golden sand… Sounds good, right? All of this is in the Cala Aiguablava (blue water), in Begur, and for years it has been considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Catalonia. Although it is only 100 meters long, it deserves to be on this list for its beautiful views.