Spain is full of breathtaking landscapes, from great inland mountain ranges to dreamlike coastlines. When summer arrives, the main beaches in the country become crowded with people eager to enjoy the clear water, the food and nice weather. Nonetheless, there are many lesser-known coves hidden throughout Spain. For instance, we have the rocky coves in Asturias, or those spots in the Canary Islands that have nothing to envy to the Caribbean coast. In the following paragraphs, we’ll go through 11 of the most beautiful coves in Spain; 11 wonderful places where one can just rest and enjoy the good weather.
The Valencian coast is widely known for its long, broad beaches. However, not far away from Jávea we can find a lovely cove hidden in the irregular land. Cala Ámbolo consists of a narrow stripe of sand ending in a steep slope, and it invites us to take an intimate swim in the calm water of the Mediterranean Sea.
Some of the most picturesque coves in Spain are located in the Balearic Islands. There we can find charming spots like the cave of Moro, in the island of Mallorca. This place emerges from a sea of vegetation and it has a blue dress made of water that hangs over a bank of white sand.
Cádiz is famous for its large beaches with great waves, perfect for surfing. However, only a couple of kilometres away from Conil de la Frontera, we can find wonderful coves like Cala de Roche. This hidden treasure lies in the coast of Cádiz and, despite its distinguishing golden sand, very few people go there. It’s a magnificent place for resting, and nudism here is allowed.
In the Costa Brava there are endless unknown spots where one can bathe and freshen up in summer. Nevertheless, perhaps the most popular cove here is Cava Pola, near Tossa de Mar, the main reason being that it’s easy to access. Although more people visit it now out of curiosity, if we head there early in the morning we’ll enjoy a beautiful paradise just for us.
Ibiza is one of the most visited islands in Spain, and not without reason. Apart from its traditional crafts and amazing nightlife, Ibiza displays beautiful coves like Cala Salada —which could be translated as “Salty Cove”. It’s a small beach resting between cliffs and pine forests. Its crystal-clear water is perfect for snorkel, by the way.
It would be easy to be overshadowed by the beauty of Menorca and Ibiza, but the island of Formentera is a rough diamond concealing several coves where one can just escape from reality. One of them is Cala Saona, a little cove surrounded by dunes. The sand makes it possible to walk in the water without being submerged, which makes it perfect for kids!
Obviously, we must mention the Canary Islands here. Their fantastic territories and ecosystems make these islands a paradise on earth. Particularly, Lanzarote has some of the most delightful coves in the archipelago, for instance Cala del Papagayo. This small beach is guarded by two rocks of volcanic stone, and it stands out for its bright white sand.
Another cove we can’t miss here is a beautiful spot in the Balearic Islands: Cala Macarelleta. This secluded place is framed by a pine forest, so it has a sense of exclusiveness to it if we go off-season. It’s a unique place, somewhat isolated, with stunning turquoise waters.
There’s a cove in Girona perfect for those who love outdoor sports: Cala de Molí, the only cove having a via ferrata in the whole of Spain. It doesn’t have an easy access, but if you’re eager to climb through the walls of stone, this will definitely be a thrilling swim.
We shouldn’t forget Caletón Blanco in Lanzarote either. The name refers to the long, white stripe of sand that conforms it. It’s located in the north of the island, fenced by two huge cliffs, and it creates a sheltered half circle whose pale waters contrast with the volcanic rocks in the seabed. The beach has a rocky ground, what makes it perfect for snorkeling and observing the island’s sea creatures.
The landscape changes when we approach the north of Spain and, far from finding flat land and subtle rocks embracing the coves, we’ll encounter massive cliffs hiding some of the most beautiful coves in the whole country. One of them can be found in Asturias: Playa del Silecio, or Beach of Silence, which, despite its name, we can mention in this article. It’s a rocky unspoiled beach we can only access through a steep trail with stairs. Sheltered from the wind and barely visited, this cove promises an unforgettable swim.