Spain Beaches

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Spain Beaches
Spain has quite simply thousands of miles of stunning and varied coastline from its rugged north coast that is a favourite with surfers and windsurfers to the sunshine coast in the south famed for its thriving beach resorts and modern amenities.

Spain has many beautiful areas of unspoiled coastline with hidden coves and secluded beaches perfect for exploring by sea kayak as well as well as rocky coves and marine reserves where snorkelling and scuba diving can reveal some stunning underwater scenery and bountiful marine life.

There are also no end of picture perfect stretches of golden sand as well as crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, paddling or simply relaxing on and you'll find Spain has beaches to suit just about everybody.

Canary Islands
The dramatic volcanic scenery throughout the Canary islands archipelago offers no end of stunning beaches many of which have breathtaking views, golden or black sands and incredible waters perfect for a variety of water sports. There are beaches to suit all tastes from the tranquil hard to reach coves that are perfect for quiet contemplation to thriving beach resorts where picturesque beaches stretch out into crystal clear waters with a readily available supply of sun loungers, parasols, refreshments and water sports where scuba diving and snorkelling are something of a speciality in these clear waters which are abundantly rich in marine life.

Balearic Islands
The Balearic islands are well known for their thriving beach resorts and stunning coastline with each island also offering its own distinctive coastline and charming character, from the trendy resorts of Ibiza and Mallorca to the the peaceful hidden coves of Minorca and the incredibly scenic and underdeveloped island of Formentera with its many remote and untamed beaches. Water sports are immensely popular around the islands where you can find many superb areas for snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving.

Northeast Coast
The dramatic coastline of Spain's northeast offers not only spectacular mountainous scenery but also charming fishing villages and thriving beach resorts which enjoy a variety of water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing and surfing with many glorious areas also perfect for swimming and relaxing.

North Coast
Within the Bay of Biscay on Spain's northern coast are plenty of picturesque towns, rugged coastline and striking scenery. The north coast has both plenty of water sport activities available such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing as well as sandy stretches and secluded coves that have a more isolated feel to them. The area off the north coast is also well known for its whale and dolphin watching with several organised boat trips available.

Northwest Coast
One of the most rugged and beautifully dramatic areas of Spain's coast that offers both secluded beaches that are set in amongst rocky coves to long stretches of golden sands and dunes that are perfect for relaxing on and taking a stroll. The northwest coast is also great for water sport activities with surfing and windsurfing amongst the most popular.

Southwest Coast
The southwest coast of Spain is one of the most popular areas for water sports such as wind surfing and kite surfing due to the strong wind and waves that can often be naturally found in this region. There are miles of superb sandy beaches perfect for ball sports and relaxing on as well as plenty of resorts, restaurants, sites and attractions in the area such as the bountiful nature reserves.

South Coast
The south coast of Spain contains the ever popular Costa del Sol which is also called the Sunshine Coast and attracts simply thousands of holiday makers each year to its glorious beach resorts which are more than well equipped to suit most tastes and budgets with many blue flag beaches, restaurants, palm tree lined promenades, bustling nightlife scenes as well as clear blue waters and vast stretches of golden sands. The south coast is a real play ground for those looking for sea, sun and activities with many areas offering plenty of beach and water sports such as scuba diving, sailing, water skiing and snorkelling as well.

Southeast Coast
The southeast coast offers many superb areas of natural beauty from its dramatic cliff tops to its cosy coves flanked with pine trees and on to the ever popular long stretches of vast golden sands, palm tree lined promenades that are accompanied by no end of tempting cafes and restaurants. There are plenty of water sports available along this stretch of coastline which includes snorkelling, and scuba diving in the clear and marine rich waters to sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.