Paradise Found: Best Beach Holidays in Spain Unveiled

By Laura Murphy

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There are endless reasons why we love Spain. From the fascinating culture and delicious cuisine to iconic landmarks & breathtaking views, it’s easy to see why the country is such a hotspot amongst Irish holiday-goers. However, one of our favourite aspects is that the beaches in Spain are also some of the best beaches in Europe. Nestled in Southwestern Europe, Spain enjoys gorgeous weather during the Summer months, making it the perfect time to enjoy the sprawling coastline this Mediterranean gem has to offer. With a flight time of around 3 hours from Ireland, your escape to a beachfront holiday in Spain is closer than ever! Take a look at our travel experts’ picks for the best beach holidays in Spain.

1. Las Teresitas - Tenerife

Located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a city in the popular resort of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Las Teresitas Beach offers miles of golden sandy shores nestled against a backdrop of rugged cliffs and azure waters, meaning you can enjoy some magnificent views while you sunbathe or go for a dip in the sea. Renowned for its stunning beauty and tranquil atmosphere, Las Teresitas is a popular spot for both locals and tourists seeking relaxation and recreation. The beach's unique feature lies in its imported golden sand, shipped from the Sahara Desert to replace the original black volcanic sand. Fringed by palm trees and boasting clear, shallow waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling, Las Teresitas offers a serene escape from the bustling city life of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is around 10 minutes away by car. Whether lounging on the shore, taking a leisurely stroll along the promenade, or enjoying fresh seafood at the nearby beachfront restaurants, visitors are sure to be enchanted by all that this beach has to offer.

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2. Tossa de Mar - Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar is a picturesque town located along the coastline of the popular resort of Costa Brava. There’s plenty to see & do here, from the rich heritage on offer in Vila Vella to the shops & traditional restaurants which line the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. However, perhaps the best part is the idyllic coastline, which is home to Tossa de Mar Beach. Featuring soft, powdery sand and crystal clear waters, Tossa de Mar Beach provides a peaceful haven for sunbathers and swimmers alike. From its tranquil shores, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the azure Mediterranean Sea, while beachfront cafes and restaurants offer tasty local dishes and refreshing drinks to help you cool down. Whether you're seeking relaxation under the warm Spanish sun or you feel like setting off on an aquatic adventure, Tossa de Mar Beach is the ideal spot to unwind and indulge in its coastal charm.

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3. Puerto Banus - Marbella

Found southwest of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Puerto Banus is well-known as a glamorous hotspot which attracts jet-setters and celebrities from around the world. The glitz and glamour extends to the shores of Puerto Banus, where you’ll find a pristine beach covered in golden sand which is flanked by the opulent marina on one side and the azure Mediterranean Sea on the other. Visitors can bask in the warm Spanish sun, take refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters, or partake in a variety of water sports & activities. With its chic beach clubs offering plush sunbeds and attentive service, Puerto Banus beach caters to those seeking a taste of upscale Mediterranean leisure. Whether enjoying panoramic views of the coastline, savoring delicious cuisine at beachfront restaurants, or simply unwinding in style, Puerto Banus Beach invites visitors to experience the epitome of coastal luxury in Marbella.

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4. Platja de Alcudia - Majorca

Platja de Alcudia Beach, located on the northern coast of the stunning island of Majorca, is a true gem of the Mediterranean. With its soft, golden sands stretching for miles along the turquoise waters of Alcudia Bay, this beach offers a paradise-like setting for visitors. The calm, shallow waters make it the perfect spot for families, as both younger children & older visitors are catered for with the amenities & array of water sports on offer. Make a day out of your trip to the beach by visiting one of the numerous restaurants & beach bars dotted along the seafront where visitors can sip cocktails while taking in the breathtaking views. Surrounded by lush pine forests and backed by the majestic peaks of the Tramuntana Mountains, Platja de Alcudia Beach offers a tranquil escape amidst nature's splendor, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking relaxation & rejuvenation in Majorca.

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5. Maspalomas Beach - Gran Canaria

Maspalomas Beach, situated along the southern coast of Gran Canaria, is a picturesque stretch of golden sand famed for its stunning natural beauty and unique landscape. It offers the perfect place to soak up the sun & enjoy the cracking Canarian weather. There’s also all kinds of water activities to try your hand at, including swimming & windsurfing. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, there’s loads of space for beach volleyball or you could explore the Maspalomas Dunes, which surround the beach. A day at Maspalomas Beach is sure to be fun-filled, no matter how you decide to spend it.

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