Smear yourself with sunscreen, put on your swimsuits and snorkeling goggles, and go straight to find out which beaches are best in Andalusia.
Be careful; with more than 1,000 km of coastline, it’s not easy to make a proper selection, so don’t be upset if we leave your favorite beach out.
But if you want, you can leave us a comment telling us which one it is, and we’ll write it down for future trips.
Now yes, here we go, let’s get our fill of sand 😉.
The 7 Most Stunning Beaches In Andalusia, Spain You Should Visit
1. Los Muertos Beach (Almeria)
Don’t let the name scare you, if you are going to die here it will be of love: what a beautiful place! And more if you catch a calm day, without wind, with low waves and little current … It will seem as if you were transported to a lost beach on some Greek island.
Its crystal clear waters and pebble sand are the perfect combinations, but if we tell you that it is a super long beach and that, despite its growing popularity, you can enjoy all the space you need, it is even more appealing. Isn’t it?
To get there, you will have to leave your car in the guarded parking lot (5€ all day) and walk down a path for about 15 minutes. It is easy (going up costs more, of course), but it is advisable not to go in flip-flops.
Before leaving, if you have time (or just when you have arrived), we recommend you to take another path that flanks the beach from the top on the left side and leads to a viewpoint with spectacular views. It is our favorite.
Do you have more time? Come to the beautiful village of Mojacar, it is not too far away, and it is also a perfect base for exploring Cabo de Gata and other charms of the province of Almeria.
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2. Bolonia Beach (Cadiz)
The beach is one of the most beautiful in Spain and is a real beauty. Enjoy the golden sand and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean for 4 km.
At its western end, you can see the famous dune of Bolonia, probably its most significant (and most photographed) attraction.
Before leaving, be sure to visit the ruins of Baelo Claudia, an ancient Roman city, which is right next to the beach.
About 20 minutes from there is another of the most beautiful beaches in the province, Los Lances Beach.
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3. Calahonda Beach (Malaga)
If you prefer urban or semi-urban beaches, with good services and ready to spend a long day at the beach, you will love this one.
It is located in the beautiful town of Nerja, and to get there, you will have to walk along the Paseo Marítimo Antonio Mercero and go down the “Boquete de Calahonda,” a somewhat steep path (but easy, don’t worry).
On calm days, the waters are blue and crystal clear, although there is usually some swell.
We warn that of all the beaches we recommend, this is the tiniest one: it is only 100 meters long, but it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Andalusia.
A nearby and somewhat more expansive beach is Playa de Burriana. What is clear is that there are a good handful of great beaches in the province of Malaga.
Although beware, if you have never been to the capital… you should go!
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4. Genoveses Beach, Cabo de Gata (Almeria)
We return to Cabo de Gata because we find some of the finest beaches in Andalusia on its coasts.
In this case, we recommend the Playa de los Genoveses, virgin and wild, like all those in the area, with more than 2 km long and crystal clear waters.
The name dates back to the invasion of a Genoese fleet that came to support the latter during the struggles between Castilians and Muslims.
You can reach the beach on foot from the village of San José, one of the most beautiful villages in Cabo de Gata, and find accommodation for a few days, or by car (to park you need to pay).
At its northern end, you can visit a bunker of the civil war.
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5. Los Alemanes Beach, Zahara de los Atunes (Cadiz)
Los Alemanes Beach is enormous (about 5 km approximately), with turquoise waters and fine sand.
It is also a perfect destination for family tourism, as it is equipped with lifeguard stations, toilets, and convenient parking on the beach.
It is a magnificent beach for sports, especially if you love windsurfing. Among the beaches at Zahara, we think the Alemanes (photo) is the most paradisiacal.
Stay until the last minute, because the sunsets from here are unforgettable.
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6. Guardia Beach, Salobreña (Granada)
It is located in Salobreña and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the province of Granada (or the most).
It is not sandy, but pebbles and dark stones. However, it is still an excellent option to visit with family or friends, as it has beach bars, security services, and other amenities.
During the visit, get acquainted with its beautiful village, located on top of a hill behind the beach and its emblematic rock.
And yes, in summer, it’s hot as hell, but it’s not the time to return to beautiful Granada and get your tapas (and do some sightseeing too).
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7. Matalascañas beach (Huelva)
The beach of Matalascana is one of the most popular in the province of Huelva, thanks to its natural beauty and extension (about 4 km).
With its golden sand and calm waves, it is perfectly prepared with various beach services and a few beach bars. This makes it an ideal beach for a day at the beach with the family.
Undoubtedly the most stunning is “La Pena,” a watchtower that once guarded the coast and has since sunk into the beach.
Heavy rains caused some damage to the promenade, so we hope it will soon return to its former glory.
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