Who doesn’t love endless blue skies, sunshine, turquoise water and the feeling of soft warm sand beneath your feet? If your idea of the perfect holiday is lounging around on a beach, then Spain is the country for you. Spain has some amazingly beautiful beaches, but even the most perfect beach can be ruined when it’s overrun with tourists. If staying in a holiday rental in Spain and you’re looking for a quiet escape, check out these 10 secluded beaches.
Cala de Algaiarens, Menorca
The golden beach of Cala de Algaiarens is located on the Spanish island of Menorca. The picturesque cove is surrounded by rugged slopes and can be hard to reach, which means that it is not very crowded even during the summer. The picture-perfect beach has soft golden sand and crystal clear water that is perfect for snorkeling and exploring underwater caves, however waves can sometimes be quite powerful so it isn’t ideal for families with small children. Cala de Algaiarens is on private property and there is a €4 admission fee. If you’re staying in a holiday villa in Ciutadella, to reach the beach, you’ll nee to head for Cala Morell on the Ronda Norte. At Torre d’En Quart, look for signs to Algaiarens until you see signs for La Vall.
Playa de Rodas, Islas Cíes, Galicia
The spectacular crescent-shaped beach of Playa de Rodas is located on the island of Islas Cíes, off the coast of Galicia. The water is warm, calm and crystal clear, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. When you’re not in the water you can stretch out on the soft white sand or build sandcastles with the kids. It’s a tranquil retreat that is accessible by ferry from Vigo or Baiona. The ferries take 40 minutes to reach Islas Cies and they only operate from early spring to late summer.
Playa del Silencio, Oviedo
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, then Playa del Silencio (Beach of Silence) is definitely the spot for you. Located on the Asturian coast, to the northwest of Oviedo, near the fishing village of Cudillero, the tranquil beach is inexplicably quiet even in August and September. The golden brown sand-and-stone beach is the perfect place to enjoy the exquisite view, or you can snorkel in the calm, sheltered water of the bay. From the car park you need to walk approximately 10 minutes along a coastal path. Steps twist down pine-covered cliffs to the cove below.
El Palmar Beach, Cádiz
It may not be located in a quiet cove like most of the secluded beaches on this list, but El Palmar is as deserted as they come. The wind-swept golden sandy beach goes on as far as the eye can see, but there are no high-rise hotels or fancy restaurants in sight. The wind makes it the ideal spot for surfers. When you want a break from riding the waves there are a few small bars that serve wine and snacks. It’s a great place for the kids to build sandcastles, but bring an umbrella, because there is no shade in sight. The beach is located near Vejer de la Frontera on route A-48, between Tarifa and Cádiz.
Playa de Estorde, A Coruña
Playa de Estorde is situated in the Galicia region in the northwest of Spain, to the west of the small town of Corcubion. The long beach has fine white sand, and calm, clear water, perfect for families traveling with children. The shallow water is the perfect place to swim or snorkel. Playa de Estorde is a quiet beach that only gets busy on Sundays when the local community comes out to soak up the sun.
Calo des Moro Beach, Majorca
On the southeast coast of the Spanish island of Majorca you’ll find the small, secluded beach of Calo des Moro. Imposing cliffs create a dramatic backdrop for this beautiful beach where turquoise water laps at soft white sand. The sand slopes gently into the shallow water, making it ideal for families with small children. The clear water is also ideal for water sports such as diving and snorkeling. During July and August the beach can get very crowded, but for the rest of the year Calo des Moro is a haven of tranquility. The beach is only 6km from the town of Santanyi, and is easily accessible.
Aiguablava is located in northern Costa Brava, in a beautiful little cove nestled between steep cliffs. Relax on the sandy beach, go sailing, take a dip in the calm, shallow water, or eat freshly caught squid at one of the small fish restaurants overlooking the beach. Although the beach is popular during July and August, it’s remains far quieter than most other Costa Brava beaches. It’s the ideal place to spend a sunny day if you’re staying in a Begur or Girona holiday rental.
Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza
Although the island of Ibiza may be synonymous with parties and crowds, there are also some idyllic, peaceful spots where you can relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. Cala d’en Serra is one such spot. This little piece of perfection is situated in a sheltered cove on the north coast of the island, overlooked by rugged cliffs and quaint fishing huts. Although it’s popular with the locals the beach seems to have slipped under the radar of most tourists, which makes it the perfect place to soak up the sun, even during peak season. The beach has golden sand and fine pebbles, and the water is calm, making it ideal for snorkeling and swimming. To reach the beach follow the sign on the main road just north of Portinatx, where there is a dirt track that leads down to the beach.
Das Raias Muxia, A Coruña
Located near the small town of Muxia in the northwest of Spain, is the delightful Playa Das Raias. This tiny, unspoilt beach is a little piece of heaven. The soft white sand beach is surrounded by lush vegetation and is the perfect place to work on your tan or swim in the calm water. There are a few rocks that peep out of the sand here and there, so be careful if you’re traveling with children. Das Raias beach is 10 minutes from Muxia, along the road that leads to Ponte do Porto.
Cala Gracioneta, Ibiza
This secluded, rustic beach is located in a small cove next to the touristy Cala Gració. The fine golden sand and warm shallow water make it the perfect place to relax. There is also plenty of shade and the El Chiringuito bar on the beach serves excellent paella. The beach is located 2km north of Sant Antoni de Portmany. There are buses that go to Cala Gració. From there, follow the rocky headland into the next bay.