Spain is the ultimate beach holiday destination in Europe, the mainland and islands stretch over 5000 km with endless breathtaking beaches. Millions of visitors each year are tempted by the popular  beach holiday resorts, stunning beaches,  picturesque landscapes, colorful festivals, charming villages, sports activities, delightful gastronomy, vibrant nightlife, cultural activities, historic sites and more. The sheer amount on offer can be somewhat overwhelming, and it can be tempting to stick to the one or two that you know, but there are some breathtaking beaches you need to check out at least once. We have picked 6 great holiday destinations, that you should consider visiting this year.

1. Majorca

One of the most popular Spanish islands attracts thousands of tourists. Known for the pristine beaches and active nightlife, Majorca attracts tourists from the 19th century. It\’s also known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains.

Along the picturesque coastline, dramatic cliffs offer sensational viewpoints, and pristine coves sparkle with crystal-clear waters. Vacationers are also delighted by the historic towns and charming villages, loaded with tourist attractions like medieval churches, ancient castles, and art museums. Through the decades famous artists like Frédéric Chopin, Agatha Christie, George Sand and Joan Miró have visited and worked here.

2. Maspalomas

Maspalomas is a resort town in the south of Gran Canaria, in Spain’s Canary Islands. It’s known for its vast expanse of coastal dunes. Maspalomas holidays are the antidote to the natural or man-made conundrum. You get a hefty glug of both when you rock up here.

It’s impossible to mention one without the other in the same breath, and together they’re major crowd-pleasers. Maspalomas cut its teeth in the family holiday game, and brings al fresco cafés and water-parks to the table. Historic sites like the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse elbow their way in, too. These encompass the Maspalomas Dunes nature reserve. It contains several ecosystems, including the La Charca Lagoon, palm groves and the dunes, rich in bird-life like plovers, snipes and herons.

3. Ibiza

This beautiful island of Ibiza is part of the wonderful Balearic Islands and is home to pristine beaches, rich blue Mediterranean waters, secluded sandy bays and photogenic rocky outcrops. While the island undeniably comes alive at night, days at the beach are still an appealing option for many visitors. The Island also has an edgy side which attracts party goers looking to enjoy the lively party scene, with an array of international clubs and bars tempting even the most reserved to party all night.

Apart from the nightlife though the island offers a more relaxing side to those looking for a more laid back holiday, specially in the quieter northern part where you will find  picturesque resorts surrounded by lush greenery and olive groves. For a chilled cocktail and a rented sun lounger, make your way to Cala Jondal, a busy beach with fine white sand. If it is seclusion and scenery you’re after, then the small cove of Cala Xuclar is a great place to unwind or even try snorkeling.

4. Tenerife

Located in the south of Tenerife, Playa El Duque is an artificially landscaped beach that boasts soft golden sand, shallow shores and calm waves. The largest one of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a popular destination for various reasons. It boasts sandy beaches and crystal clear water, as well as Teide – a tall volcano.

In addition to an extensive range of water sports, there is also a beach promenade with luxury shops, bars and restaurants. You can also rent umbrellas and sunbeds here. Described as one the cleanest beach in Tenerife, lifeguards ensure the safety of the bathers. In addition, all necessary service facilities such as showers, toilets and cabins are also available. The island also boasts Teide National Park, which is protected by UNESCO and is designated as a World Heritage Site.

5. Corralejo

Corralejo is a town on the northeast coast of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands of Spain. It\’s known for Corralejo Natural Park, featuring windy, dune-backed beaches like Playa del Moro. The park is home to endangered wildlife and Montaña Roja, a volcano with panoramic views. The town, a former fishing village, is dotted with eateries and bars. Nearby Lobos Island is a nature preserve with rare birds.


Just outside this former fishing village lies the famous Corralejo Natural Park, it boasts enormous, 11km long sand dunes which are bathed by the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The municipality of Corralejo sometimes organises different festivities on the beach, such as the Fuerteventura Kite Festival and music concerts. You can also rent surfboards and other water sport equipment on the beach. Just remember to watch out for the rocky parts of the beach when you head out.

6. Benidorm

Costa Blanca – the White Coast has drawn more & more tourists all year round to enjoy the superb beaches and villages in the area. The North side of Costa Blanca is close to the mountains and has many beautiful cliffs. The Southside is like a paradise of palm trees and sandy beaches.

The area offers something for everyone. Busy nightlife in Benidorm, wonderful beaches in Alicante and lots of history in the Moorish villages. Benidorm is an excellent choice: busy nightlife for couples, activity parks for families traveling with children (Aqualandia waterpark, Terra Mitica amusement park, and Terra Natura park), numerous golf courses etc.

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