Spain’s Therapeutic Beaches

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.

barconoleta beach
barconoleta beach
barconoleta beach


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:
Galician Coast - Rías Baixas
Galician Coast - Rías Baixas
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:
Galician Coast - Cies Islands
Galician Coast - Cies Islands
Galician Coast - Cies Islands


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!
View of the Es Figueral Beach


And finally, the most beautiful beaches in Spain are the ones found in Formentera. Formentera is a tiny island close to Ibiza and you’ll have to take a ferry to get there, but again, its so worth it:

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!

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7 Responses to Spain’s Therapeutic Beaches

  1. Jessica says:

    Agreed, Formentera definitely has the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen!

    Cadiz is nice too, but so far I like the Mediterranean coast better than the southern coast. The little beaches outside of Barcelona are so pretty, like Sitges, Ocata, and Vilanova. And the Costa Brava, especially Cadaqués, is gorgeous.

    • Hamatha says:

      I’m glad you feel the same about Formentera. It really is an incredible island, isn’t it? People never believe me when I tell them that its similar to the Caribbean, but it really is!

      I’m dying to visit Cadaques. I’ve heard some great things about that area, but I’ve never been. I was in Barcelona not too long ago, but we headed south towards Tarragona. Next, time I’m in that area, Cadaques and Stiges are on my to-do list!

  2. Ade says:

    Zahara de los Atunes in Cadiz has some stunning (if a little windy) beaches. Wide open sections of sand with plenty of elbowroom between you and the next beach towel.

  3. Waegook Tom says:

    Oh dear lord. MUST go to Spain next year! The Cies Islands and Galicia look incredible, and that water in Formentera. I had no idea Spain had beaches this beautiful.

    Just discovered your blog through your guest post over on Twenty Something Travel by the way – loving your blog and the name!

    • Hamatha says:

      Hi Waegook Tom!
      I’m so happy you fell into my guestpost web! And yes, get thee to Spain immediately! There really are some incredible places to visit, much more than I mentioned above. It’s a great country, so what are you waiting for? ;)

      I love your blog as well. Do you travel much aroud Korea? I’m sure its beautiful there…

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