Where to find the best beaches in Spain

 Kilometers of endless beaches await you on the southern coast of Spain

Kilometers of endless beaches await you on the southern coast of Spain

Beaches of Huelva are the best in all of Spain

I am going to let you in on a not well-known secret in this post. The best beaches in Spain are along the coast of Huelva.

As Spain is a peninsula there is no shortage of coasts and beaches, and most of them are truly fantastic—but you will have to search far and wide in the world to find beaches that compare to the natural beauty of the beaches along the coast of Huelva.

Most sources will sing the glories of the Mediterranean coast (El costa del sol) or of the Costa Brava, however, as beautiful as they are, they don’t hold a candle to the beaches along the Costa del Luz, the beaches of Huelva. The beaches along the coast of Huelva are uncrowded, almost untouched and seemingly endless.

 This photo was taken on a hot August afternoon—the height of tourist season—when most beaches in Spain are so crowded you are forced to step on towels to stake out a spot on the beach.

This photo was taken on a hot August afternoon—the height of tourist season—when most beaches in Spain are so crowded you are forced to step on towels to stake out a spot on the beach.

In the summer months getting onto a beach on the Mediterranean involves stepping over seas of people and their towels. Once you have etched out a spot, you spend the remainder of the day trying to avoid having others step on you. In Huelva the beaches are much less crowded, partly because there are fewer people, but also because the beaches themselves are wider and never ending.  If you don’t want to be surrounded by people, you simply move farther down the beach.

 You can rent horses at Mazagon beach and ride off into the sunset.

You can rent horses at Mazagon beach and ride off into the sunset.

Another huge attraction of the beaches near Huelva are the breathtaking sunsets every night. The sun sets directly over the beaches, which is something that will never happen either on the Mediterranean or the Cantabria coastlines in Spain. The vantage point makes for romantic walks and fantastic photos.  

 The sunsets on the Atlantic coast cooperate to give you amazing backdrops for photos. 

The sunsets on the Atlantic coast cooperate to give you amazing backdrops for photos. 

Spaniards are quick to tell you that the water on the Atlantic side of the country is colder than the Mediterranian. However, in the summer the water is only a couple of degrees cooler than the Mediterranian. The waves tend to be bigger so if you or your children enjoy playing in the waves, heading to the Atlantic coast makes more sense.  

If you are a person that likes to go for long quiet walks along the beach, you can’t get any better beaches than near Huelva.  We often take our vacations in the winter in Huelva, and, even though we don’t go swimming it is warm enough to take barefoot walks along the beach.  On a good day in December, the temperatures can get up to the mid-20’s.

For a Canadian anytime from March-October would be considered swimming weather on the Huelva coastlines. If you go any time of year other than July or August, you will probably be the only one on the beach.

 Most of the beaches have paths meandering through pine trees that take you to the beach. 

Most of the beaches have paths meandering through pine trees that take you to the beach. 

Tips for enjoying the beaches:

 All the Beaches near Huelva go on for kilometres and are perfect for taking long walks. 

All the Beaches near Huelva go on for kilometres and are perfect for taking long walks. 

 

  • Avoid all beaches in Spain in August. (Avoid Spain in August unless you can like 45-degree weather and crowds of people)  All hotels are booked solid and triple in price everywhere in Spain. 

  • Fall and spring are excellent times to go to the beaches around Huelva as the weather is very warm and you will be alone on the beach.  The hotels will be ½ the price of the summer months.

Best beach towns on the Huelva coast:

    • Islantilla - This town is about 10 minutes from the Portuguese border so you can dip into Portugal while you are staying there. The town is built around a golf resort and most of the hotels are either on the beach or backed onto a golf green. It is also a newer, cleaner version of many of the other little beach towns.

    • MatalacanasA small village that is popular among Spaniards from Seville. It is situated on an amazing stretch of beach backed by sand dunes that continue for 40 km.  

    • MazagonThis small village doesn’t have a lot to brag about in terms of its amenities. But it doesn’t need to as it has what everyone comes for: the amazing pristine beaches backed by sandstone cliffs. If you are looking for a quiet, pristine retreat you will find it here.