Spanish Beaches
In the North and the Islands

Want to be one of millions flocking to the Spanish Beaches? Here we are going to mention them, just to give you an idea where they are geographically and what to expect from each one of them.We will continue to describe them in detail as we move on.

In Spain the beaches are called “Playas” and the areas where they are located are called “Costas” or coasts in English.

Spain has been blessed with coasts on the Atlantic as those in the north and southwest and a huge stretch of coast on the Mediterranean.

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san sebastia

The spectacular views of
San Sebastian on the north

Spanish beaches on the Northern Atlantic Coast

Costa Vasca

Costa Vasca is located in Basque country and features two important Spanish cities, Bilbao and San Sebastian. It features steep cliffs that reach the sandy bays and you may see many picturesque fishing villages.

The background is made of green hills lush vegetation. La Concha in San Sebastian has been for centuries the meeting place of Spanish Aristocracy. It is still a popular beach to enjoy during the summer months.

Spanish Beaches

The beaches of Costa Verde in the Principality of Asturias

Beaches of Costa Verde in the Principality of Asturias

Costa Verde Spain

This beautiful beach is located in the Principality of Asturias in the north of Spain between Cantabria and Galicia. The landscapes are spectacular.

On one side you see the high mountains of the Cordillera Cantabrica with striking colors. It is called Picos de Europa or Europe’s peaks. All this mixes with the dark blue of the ocean and the white foam of the waves to present the visitor with awe inspiring views.

Rias Gallegas in the North of Spain

Rias Gallegas in the North of Spain

Las Rias Gallegas

Rias can be translated from Galician as drowned river valleys and not to be confused with fjords.

They are also called estuaries in English. There are about twenty Rias divided mainly for tourism purposes into Rias Altas and Rias Bajas covering the Galician Coast.

• Rías Altas in Galicia is where you find the coastal elegant city of A Coruña. We ate the best Cod Fish ever in one of its restaurants. The beaches are open to the sea and are its number one attraction.

Weather here is less warm in summer than its Rias Bajas counterpart. Main cities besides A Coruña are Ferrol, Burela, Cedeira, Malpica and a few more.

• Rias Bajas or Rias Baixas in Galego (Galician) are in the province of Pontevedra north of the border with Portugal.

Here you may find many hidden coves like Aldan, San Simon and Crucero. The islands of Ons and Onza lie at the mouth of the ria.

map of spain

Map of Spain to help you locate the Spanish Beaches

Spanish Beaches on the Islands

Two groups of Islands are not in the Spanish mainland but are an integral part of Spain.

One group de Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, is located near the coasts of Catalonia in the Mediterranean.

The other group the Canary Islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and others is located off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean

For more information go to Spain Tourism Office

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The Rias Baixas or Low Estuaries in Galicia

Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands, In Spanish Islas Baleares or in Catalan Illes Balears, are located in the Western Mediterranean off the coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The main islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

This is an autonomous community and a Province of Spain with its capital in Palma de Majorca. They are so important for tourism and their beaches so attractive, that we are going to cover them in detail in our website.

Small Ibiza in particular is and has been for some time the “in” place to see and be seen in the Mediterranean. On the other hand Majorca beaches are fantastic; Minorca and Formentera also have their share of great beaches.

gran canaria beaches

The Canary Islands off the coast of Africa are tropical

It is an archipelago located off the coast of Morroco in the Atlantic Ocean. It is an autonomous Spanish community. The islands from larges to smalles are; Tenerife, Grand Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza and Montaña Clara.

The canary Islands Beaches and the warm tropical climate make these islands very important tourist attractions, not only for Spaniards but also for the rest of Europeans and many from the western hemisphere. Again, in this case we are going to describe them in detail as we move on.

I hope you have now an organized view of Spanish Beaches. Now you understand why is Spain the country with the highest number of visitors in the world.

Image Credits for spanish beaches:
san sebastian by keta
Galicia Rias Baixas by gorkaazk
canary islands by xosema

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.

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