winIP: Isla Canela Beach, Huelva
Not well known among British visitors, the 7km of golden sands of Isla Canela beach at the western tip of the Costa de la Luz are a delightful delight. This is where the Spanish go on vacation, usually in the intense heat of July and August, but these golden sands are never crowded, and the Atlantic breeze provides a welcome respite from Andalusian temperatures. There are Spanish along the promenade chiringuitos (no Irish bar here and no “Traditional English Roasts”), where you can spend time sipping a cold drink or enjoying fried fish and Prawns garlic (Shrimp in garlic oil). There is also a summer cinema on the beach. Relax – it doesn’t get better than this.
It was 1980, and I think we were alone on the beach. I carefully made 20 sandcastles and stuck a pine tree branch in each. Then my dad “accidentally” ran through them all! I have loved this beach ever since. There’s now a smaller bar shack – and, yes, more people – but what never changes is the scene. mountain on the left; The summit of Coal Baix on the right; behind, the smell of cedar; And, of course, in the face of the ever-changing blues of the meds. If you arrive in the morning (flat), take your snorkel; In the afternoon (waves), take a lilo or bodyboard. Back in town, La Casa Gallega is great for evening tapas.
Mina Beach, Path Lighthouse, Alicante
Altea is a day trip from Benidorm or Alicante, and is primarily known for its old town. But an easy 6km cycle to the south gets you to the Camino del Faro. This small rocky path passes through a natural reserve with spectacular views. About halfway through, a track turns off the road – it looks like a long, rocky path to the water’s edge, but don’t turn it off. If you keep up your enthusiasm, you’ll find Playa Mina a sheltered bay with city views and very clear water. It’s deep enough to swim around the bay and get out on the rocks at various points (wear swimming shoes). Few private companies do yacht trips to this place, so enjoy the pleasant feeling of being on foot.
The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for families. The sea is shallow, good for swimming/paddling, and is cleaned every night. It’s the atmosphere though. Everyone is happy. There’s a mix of Spanish and tourists from all over Europe, with plenty of room for everyone, and the vibrant colors of beach umbrellas on display. There are no high rises here, just a wide esplanade lined with beachfront shops and wonderful cafes and artisan stalls. Still busy with games and relaxing couples at 10 pm. Spectacular views of the Cap de Sant Antoine at one end of the beach. Safe even with lifeguard patrol. Upmarket area but not expensive.
Punta Paloma is my favorite place in the world: a huge sand dune from the Sahara, from where you can see Africa. The beach is located near the small town of Tarifa where the food and views are amazing. Scuba diving, kite surfing, climbing or hiking are some of the activities that are on offer. The south of Spain is a quality, inexpensive destination that doesn’t suffer from the tourist overcrowds elsewhere.
We recently stumbled upon the beautiful, wild, untouched Soesto beach near Lax, Galicia, on a road trip. There was an unmistakable sign on a short, unpaved road that gave no indication of what was to come. Wide white sand beach with dunes, hills and forest as a backdrop. The waters of the Atlantic were as clear as you would find on the more visited Med Coast. Elsewhere else this beach would have been packed. We were all alone enjoying an isolated paradise in this wild corner of Spain, except for a local gathering barnacles. No development, no facilities, just nature. The astonishing
Fifteen kilometers west of San Sebastian, the jewel of the Basque Country, is a town with a “California-cool” boardwalk where you can grab the delicious pintxos the area is famous for. Zaroutz has an impressively long, golden sandy beach, clean Atlantic water and consistently decent surf. A luxurious campsite overlooks the beach from the cliff at the eastern end and is connected by El Camino del Surfista steps, which will keep those hamstrings nice and tight. This beach town perfectly blends sophisticated Northern Spanish cuisine with cool surfer vibes.
The Costa del Azhar on Spain’s east coast still feels quite unexplored compared to its glitzy counterparts, but it is home to some of the most beautiful and serene beaches in Spain. Benicarló, Oropesa del Mar and Benicssim are all worth visiting. However, the jewel in the crown is found in Penicola. There are actually two beaches a few hundred yards from each other on a small peninsula dominated by Peniscola Castle. North Beach, in particular, is stunning: 5km of immaculate sand and crystal waters, surrounded by local bars and restaurants. You’ll have no problem finding a place for your towels, even on the busiest days of summer.
This lovely beach near the bustling port city of Cartagena is loved by locals for its serene beauty. It’s a far cry from Alicante’s umbrella-filled beaches.
Last spring a fellow traveler guided me to Cala Trebalugar while trekking around Menorca. It is part of a select group of unspoiled Menorcan beaches that are accessible only on foot. I followed a river winding down a gorge towards the beach and spent three days in secluded splendor, sleeping under the stars surrounded by nature, surrounded by calm curves of fine white sand, rocky outcrops and pine forests. shallow water between There are no sun loungers and often no clothes: just nature. Bliss.