The most beautiful hidden beaches in Spain

Beach dreams as far as the eye can see: Spain invites you to swim in the summer with consistently warm temperatures and endless hours of sunshine. The number of beaches in the country seems endless – and each one inspires with its own character. From hidden cave beaches to spacious family beaches, there is something to suit everyone. Here is a small selection of the most beautiful hidden beaches in Spain.

Praia das Figueres, Galicia

Praia das Figueiras is located on the island of Illa de Monteaguda in Parque Nacional das Ilhas Atlânticas da Galiza. Entry to the nature reserve is strictly regulated. A maximum of 2,200 visitors are allowed to visit the island per day. Vehicles are not allowed. Those with a permit to visit can take a ferry from Vigo, Cangas or Bayona to the islands. Praia das Figueras – Fig Tree Beach – is a nudist beach ideally located among the hills and small pines and eucalyptus trees. If you continue north over the rocks, you’ll find more sandy coves.

How to get there: turn right from the port and follow the Camino do Faro do Petto for 300 meters until you see a sign for Praia das Figueiras.

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Playa de Villar, Ribeira, Galicia

Galician connoisseurs know: the further north you go, the more prominent the Galician coast becomes, greener and more magnificent. To convince yourself of this, you should set a course for the Parque natural de las Dunas de Corrubedo. It is the most visited natural park in Galicia. It attracts about 300,000 visitors each year. One of the reasons: the changing large sand dunes. With a length of more than a kilometer, a width of 250 meters and a height of 20 meters, it is a highlight of the park. Not far from the dunes is Playa de Villar. The wide beach is especially popular with surfers because of the waves. So there is a lot to see. If you walk towards Praia de Anquieiro, you will meet fewer and fewer people – the perfect place for everyone who loves it alone.

How to get there: From Vilar, turn northwest on CP-3702 for 550 metres. Turn left at the big park sign and follow the 700m road to the car park. Boardwalks lead from there to the beach.

Hidden Beaches in Spain: Praia do Villar in Galicia

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Praia de San Miro, Malpica de Bergentinos, Galicia

The dense green coast of the Costa Verde stretches for more than 350 kilometers, from Galicia in the west to Asturias in the east. The nice thing for beach lovers: the beaches are in a wild and natural environment. This also applies to Praia de San Miro. From the beach surrounded by high cliffs you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Pine and eucalyptus trees provide much-desired shade in midsummer. A small waterfall and two streams provide a very special charm. Nudity is permitted, but not mandatory.

Getting There: From Escras Village, head northeast about 2 km from Escras Road, park and follow the boardwalk to the beach.

Praia de San Miro in Galicia

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Playa de Perelene and Barnejo, Cantabria

The Cantabrian coast is a feast for the eyes. Golden crescent-shaped crescent-shaped golden sand beaches at the foot of emerald cliffs dotted with colorful wildflowers – a veritable feast of colour. In order to decide on the right beach here, you are spoiled for choice. It is recommended to visit Playa de Berellin & Barnejo. The two picturesque sandy bays lie at the end of a long arm of the sea. The sounds of birds and cicadas mingle with the sounds of children’s play. The beach is especially suitable for families. If you have time and leisure, you should walk half an hour on the slopes to Playa de Fuentes.

Getting there: From Prellezo on Barrio el Lugar 100m NE, stay a little left, then stop on the left after 500m or for a fee in the field overlooking the sea. Take the path to the beach.

Playa de Perelín Barnejo Cantabria

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Port de Juan, Catalonia

The Costa Brava has always attracted tourists like moths to flames. Tourist fairgrounds such as Llore de Mar are filled with young people in summer who party the night away in bars and clubs. But in the wilderness and hard-to-reach areas, particularly in the many national parks along the coast, nature is somewhat left to its own devices. An ideal place for those who want to discover the most beautiful hidden beaches in Spain. One of the first addresses is Port de Joan near Cólera. The secluded beach is on the Camí de Ronda hiking trail 43 kilometers along the coast.

How to get there: From Llançà on the N-260 for kilometers north, at Platja de Gerbet turn right into the car park. Walk to the left end of the beach where you will find a path at low tide, continue around the tongue and over the rocks to a small house and beach with a pier.

Port de Juan beach in Catalonia

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Cala Sa Sabola, Cadaqués, Catalonia

On the coast of the Parc Natural de Cap de Creus, mastic and juniper bushes mingle with scaly heather and blackberry. Towering cliffs, bays, caves and boulders eroded into ornate shapes. In this beautiful area is the beach of Cala Sa Sapola. It is located in one of the most peaceful and lonely bays of the Costa Brava. The water is deep, calm and clear. If you swim 100 meters, you will discover a small bay on the right. Perfect for couples and nudists.

How to get there: From Platja des Llané Gran in Cadaqués, turn right along the water for 900 metres, past Hotel Llane Petit, continue along the coast at Carrer des Ouers, then follow the signs to Far de Cala Nons, which becomes a narrow road It leads to a slope. After walking a bit on a wide stone wall, you can see the bay on the left and a small path to the beach.

Cala Sa Sapola Bay in Catalonia

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Cala de Ampolo, Catalonia

Sandy beaches, clear waters, and a warm climate make the Costa Blanca, the White Coast, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. Although many of the coasts are very touristy, you can still spot pristine beaches. The area also offers nature parks, marine reserves, and mountains along the coast with incredible flora and fauna. Cala de Ampolo is a pure bay with a white pebble beach, rocks and deep blue-green water. It is considered one of the most beautiful bays on the Costa Blanca. Bonus point: Isla del Descubridor protects the bay from the winds. Negative point: shower shoes should also be worn on the beach and in the water.

Getting there: From Balco al Mar turn southwest on Carrer Cap Negre and after 400m at the T junction turn right onto Calle Igor Stravinsky. Then turn right again onto Calle Giuseppe Verdi, continue right onto Calle Richard Wagner and leave your car at the top of the hill. Go down a steep serpentine road for about 500m, then descend 120 concrete steps with handrails on the left and push 300m over falling rocks.

Hidden Beaches in Spain: Cala de Ambolo

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Cala del Blumo, Andalusia

Almeria’s wild coastline is dotted with countless secluded beaches and sandy coves, whose natural beauty is protected by its remote location and setting like the Parque Nacional Cabo de Gata-Nijar, just waiting to be discovered. Cala del Plomo, Lead Bay, is hidden in a valley with palm and cypress trees at the end of a long gravel road. It is great for swimming and snorkeling as the beach slopes gently into the water. But you have to be careful because of the many rocks under the water and the current when the waves are strong. There is a secluded cove to the right of the beach to which a small rocky path leads.

Getting there: From Agua Amarga on AL-5106 NW, after 4.3 kilometers turn left towards Fernán Pérez, after 700 meters turn left again towards Cala del Plomo. Turn left on the dirt road for 7 km to the parking lot. If you park your car right in front of the beach, you risk a ticket.

Cala del Blumo in Andalusia

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Playa de los Castilejos, Andalusia

Long stretches of golden sand and towering dunes remind visitors of Norfolk, but across the Strait of Gibraltar lies Africa – welcome to the Gulf of Cadiz. The Coast of Light is lined with pine forests and wildflowers, and inland chameleons, deer and even wild cats make their home. Warm autumn winds bring waves and surf that gives you wings. Playa de los Castilleijos, the beach of the castle, is a popular place for everyone who loves it in an atmosphere of rest and relaxation. The further you walk along the coast, the more lonely you become. At some point there is hardly a soul to be seen. But more and more interesting and sheltered beaches where you want to settle right away. All beaches are famous for nudists.

Los Castilegos Beach

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Getting there: At Los Canos de Meca, park in one of the paid parking lots. On the eastern edge of the beach, look for the sign Sendero de los Acantilados, a gorgeous 7-kilometer walk up the cliffs to Barbate. Follow the small path to the right, take the steps to the beach and walk east as far as you like. Watch out for the tides.

These and many more tips about the most beautiful hidden beaches in Spain can be found in the book “Hidden Beaches Spain” by Lula Colsan and John Wheeler. The book is published by Haffmans/Tolkemitt-Verlag. 4 colours, with many photos and illustrations, 312 pages, price: €24.95, ISBN: 978-3-942048-87-3.

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