The most remarkable Spanish beaches

Spain has almost 6,000 km of shore. With wonderful beaches and incredible landscapes, Spanish people enjoy these beaches the whole year. But all of them are different, and some have a little something that makes them special: a small detail, a story, a landscape. Here are some of the most peculiar ones. But keep in mind that there are a lot more!

5 beaches in Spain for a memorable dip

Sakoneta beach, Guipúzcoa

Sakoneta beach.

Sakoneta beach. | Shutterstock

One of the most singular beaches in Spain is Sakoneta. It has 500 metres of sand and it will leave you breathless thanks to its cliffs. Due to a phenomenon called “flysch”, the waves have eroded the walls. During all this time, an incredible sculpted landscape has been formed by the strength of the sea.

The days of low tides are the best time to go to the Sakoneta beach, in Geoparque de la Costa Vasca.

Gulpiyuri beach, Asturias

Gulpiyuri beach.

Gulpiyuri beach. | Shutterstock

Gulpiyuri beach has two things that make it one of the most interesting ones in Spain. Firstly, its length; it is one of the smallest in the world. In barely 50 metres, there is a small natural paradise which has been declared Natural Monument. The second thing is that this is a beach situated in-land. Well, how can that be? It is called ‘dolina’. The sea creates a cave in the inside of the rocks and with time, the last part of the cave sinks. Therefore, water appears on the other side of the mountain.

This process has created a place protected from the wind, with salt water, surrounded by green places and nature. It is perfect for the youngest members of the family.

Charco Verde de los Clicos, Lanzarote

Charco Verde de los Clicos.

Charco Verde de los Clicos. | Shutterstock

In Parque Natural de los Volcanes, inside of Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, you will find Lago Verde. This interesting formation in the heart of a black volcanic sand beach is 100 metres long and it is characterized by its intense green color. This is due to the seaweed belonging to the group ‘ruppia marítima’, and the sulfur. The name ‘Clico’ comes from an ancient crustacean that inhabited in this lake till the 19th century, but has already extinguished.

Situated in front of the Atlantic ocean, this lake has turned its landscape into one of the most peculiar in Spain. Its connection with the sea takes place through subterranean waters, where it joins the waters of the big ocean.

La Barra in Las Canteras beach, Gran Canaria

Las Canteras beach.

Las Canteras beach. | Shutterstock

If you have been to Gran Canaria, you surely know Las Canteras beach, one of the best known urban beaches.  But what makes it one of the most unique beaches in Spain is La Barra. La Barra is a rock formation parallel to the shore, thus allowing for a barrier to be created that can stop the strong current. It protects the whole beach from north train of waves.

A long time ago, it used to be exploited as a quarry to extract the rock and use it in buildings such as the Catedral de Canarias. It can only be accessed when there is low tide. And when this happens, the best option is to use some goggles, dive towards La Barra and enjoy both out and under the sea.

Playa de las Catedrales, Lugo

Playa de las Catedrales.

Playa de las Catedrales. | Shutterstock

Despite being one of the best known beaches in Spain, we can’t not mention this landscape in a list about the most peculiar Spanish beaches. And what makes it so singular? The incredible rock formations sculpted by the sea. The arches remember those of the Gothic cathedrals and are up to 30 metres high.

Although the views are limited and you can only access them when there is a low tide, it is completely worth it. You will find this beach in Ribadeo, Lugo. It has been declared Natural Monument. The magic of the sounds made by the wind and the sea between the rock gaps make the “Aguas Santas” beach, its real name, a magical place.

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