Holiday & Beaches
Ten Spanish Beaches for a Sunny Winter
We aren’t going to suggest you sail off to the Caribbean or spend 25 hours on a plane to Australia. Spain has many beautiful locations for finding that warmth which we miss so much when it’s gone. We suggest ten gorgeous beaches where you can spend a hot, sunny winter; ten places, unique in both their beauty as well as their favourable climate, all within a short flight or two, or even reachable by train or car.
So, you don’t need to travel far for a sun worshipping winter escape:
1. Maro, in Nerja (Malaga)
Wilderness and lush vegetation seem to want to hide this small stretch (about 500 metres) of land which is right in the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Area. It’s home to crystal clear water and numerous fish and conveniently located en-route to the white beaches on the coast of Malaga. The province is famous for its sunny days and perfect temperatures practically throughout the whole year, so it might also make a wonderful place for a bit of Winter sun.
2. Aiguablava, in Begur (Girona)
Shallow, crystalline waters, and fine, white sand. In an almost unspoilt natural area, with almost no urbanisation and wonderful views, you can take beautiful photos of your trip. To the north is the majestic cliff known as the Cabo de Begur, and then you also have the Punta d’es Muts, with Aiguablava Parador on the peak. With all this, can you imagine the views you could have from your room?
3. Calblanque, in Cartagena (Murcia)
This is an ideal place for hiking; and when you’re done and arrive at Calblanque, on the right day, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy this natural area surrounded with stunning landscapes. It is found in the Calblanque Regional Park and is almost entirely unspoilt; arid mountains running along the coast, golden and ochre sands, secluded coves, dune landscapes, and white salt flats and mountain ranges contrasting each other in truly spectacular colours.
4. Cala Tortuga, in Menorca (Balearic Islands)
It is always recommended to check the weather forecast, here, before departing on the 45-minute walk to… a Menorcan paradise! This Mediterranean outpost is found near Maó-Mahón and keeping in mind the 45-minute walk needed to reach it, it is rarely overcrowded. With calm sea, fine, white sand and crystalline, turquoise waters, this spot is part of the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Area, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
5. Playa del Inglés, in La Gomera (Gran Canaria)
It is not all fine, white sands and turquoise waters off the Spanish coast. Perhaps this is part of the charm of the Playa del Inglés (Englishman’s Beach), with its black sand, surrounded by mines, and location beneath the giant La Merca cliff. It has a lot of charm, but you have to be careful, since its waters, because of the geography, are not especially calm. The beach is located on the northern tip of Gran Canaria.
6. Arroyo del Cañuelo, in Zahara de los Atunes (Cádiz)
It is impossible not to include the province of Cádiz in this list. We agreed that, just as it states on one of its entry signs, it is one of the last untouched beaches in Andalusia. It is quite well hidden. In fact, the information that we’re giving you came to us somewhat by accident. It is located within El Estrecho Natural Park and you can get there from Camarinal lighthouse. The ‘adventure’ is well worth it; 900 metres of golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich, wild vegetation.
7. Portdoguer, Cadaqués (Girona)
Let’s continue along the Costa Brava, where there are so many secluded beaches and coves like this one. The blue of the town and the Mediterranean merge to create a place with a beauty that is found in both the beach and the town itself. Perfect for relaxing, getting away from the day-to-day stress, and feeling what can only be described as happiness – “it feels like time stays still here”.
8. Ses Illetes, Formentera (Balearic Islands)
Although a small beach is often associated with an uncrowded and unspoilt area, this spot on Formentera is different. This is the northernmost point of the island and, despite being one of the most popular and crowded spots, it is difficult to resist. Its attractions? Sand dunes, transparent water, and an intense blue which leads many to compare Formentera with the sky. The best thing about visiting it at this time of the year is that it will be especially quiet, something many people cherish.
9. La Granadella, Jávea (Alicante)
One of the small treasures that awaits you in Jávea, is a pebble and rock cove which is found in the southernmost part of the area. It is an Eden for divers because of its crystalline waters, the 200m stretch is reached via a steep slope. The route to get to the beach is lovely, with breathtaking beauty at each step.
10. Maspaloma, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)
Its endless dunes have been the setting for hundreds of photos, as well as in publications and on websites. It is a vast beach with isolated and secluded stretches, very well signposted, and it even has nudist areas. It is a place of dreams, in the southern part of Gran Canaria, San Bartolomé de Tirajana. It connects with the Playa del Inglés and therefore covers a length of 5,600 metres.
As we often say in our lists and rankings, not all the must-see spots are here, but all that are here are must-see. We don’t have enough space for the dozens of other beaches and coves with just as much, if not more, charm. What we tried to do is to put together a list of different beach destinations, so as not to just list the usual suspects, and we also took weather into consideration. Since it is the time of the year when low temperatures, rain, and clouds are the noMaspaloma, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)rm, the goal was to make suggestions where the sun would be easier to find than in the north of Spain, for example.
We wish you all a happy and warm winter…and if that is in the sun, all the better!