Well, here we are again. Summer is in full Spanish swing and, crisis or not crisis, it is simply our Spanish right to get ourselves to the coast. Soaring unemployment and soaring IVA, and all that other soaring crap can go take a soaring leap. No matter what shenanigans are going on in the government, damn it – we’re in Spain and tanning is free. They can’t take that away from us! Fight the good fight, I always say.
As vapid and immature as that first paragraph might seem, the truth is that, despite the current state of the country, people keep on living their lives. There’s hardly another option, is there? In contrast to news reports that we are all holed up inside crying and just waiting for our world to creep one inch closer to destruction, most people in Spain are continuing on with their lives, including travelling.
And why not? Going to the beach or the pueblo for a week or so (okay, a whole month) is tradition. As something that many Americans have yet to understand, time off is as important as a healthy diet. Make time for yourself, your health, and your family. These are the basic principles of life, right? I think that’s one of Spain’s strongest attributes is how to live well, despite economic hardships.
So, while we may not have a lot going for us these days, Spain will always have some of the world’s most incredible beaches, perfect for reflexion and relaxation. Even though some coastal areas have been ruined by uncontrollable construction during the “boom” years, there are still some incredible places to forget your troubles and enjoy the healing power of the beach.
A city beach isn’t always a favorite, but the Barceloneta is different. True, it’s filled to the gills with people during summertime, but it’s Barcelona and that’s part of its charm. This is one of the few beaches in Spain where I don’t know whether to look into at gorgeous sea in front of me or take in the incredible architecture that lines the backdrop of the Barceloneta itself.
Next up, we have some of the most exquisite beaches I’ve ever seen, in Spain or out. Galicia is a stunning region and the beaches and cliffs along the Galician coast are simply incredible:
The Cies Islands
If you find yourself near Vigo or Bayona, you absolutely have to get yourself to the Cies Islands. It will cost you a short ferry ride, but its so very worth it:
And speaking of islands, we shouldn’t forget about Spain’s Balearic Islands. Mainly known for its party reputation, Ibiza is way more than cheesy clubs and glow sticks. Avoid the masses of Jersey Shore types in Ibiza Town and get thee to the many calas that Ibiza has to offer. Simply gorgeous!
So, there you go. This tiny roundup of Spanish beaches hardly does them justice. There are so many more places that I have yet to visit. This summer, I’ll be going back to Menorca and Mallorca for the second time. I haven’t been to either island since my first trip to Spain some 10 years ago and I’m dying to visit once again. Also, I’ve never been to Cadiz and would love some recommendations for that part of the southern coast!