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Best beaches in Northern Spain

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Beaches in Northern Spain

Forget crowded Mediterranean beaches and dream about a coast in which green and blue co-exist. From east (San Sebastian) to west where Spain meets Portugal, the Northern coast boosts incredible caves and beaches to please everyone. You will find fascinating cliffs nearby Zumaia in the Basque coast, or the now well-known trek of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Much less adventurous La Concha is probably Europe´s most elegant city-beach. Get to Asturias and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches near Llanes, travel to Galicia and you will be seduced by the Playa de las Catedrales or the amazing beaches in Rias Baixas and the Cíes… We invite you to discover in this section the best beaches in Northern Spain. Enjoy!

Our recommended beaches in Northern Spain

PLAYA DE TRENGANDÍN-Long and beautiful. Perfect for families

The spectacular beach of Trengandin by Santoña

Trengandín Beach Nor many people would think of Cantabria as a region for some of the best beaches in Spain. Trengandin is one of the top beaches of Cantabria. The beach spans 3 km, near the Santoña marshes, an impressive natural habitat of northern Spain. In addition to the natural beauty of the beach, with its fine sand and crystal clear water, there are also many activities and attractions to enjoy as well. The Cantabrico sea is a paradise for surfers and locals and people from other regions gather in beaches in this are to enjoy the “Cantabrian surf”

LA PLAYA DE ITZURUN-Fantastic cliffs with amazing shapes!

La playa de Itzurun – otherworldly beach in Zumaia

PLAYA DE ITZURUN Beach. This is one of the top beaches in the Basque Country. Beaches in the Basque country are amongst the best ones in Spain. La Concha in San Sebastian is probably the most famous example. Itzurun beach is beautiful and otherworldly, so much so that is was chosen as one of the filming locations in Spain for Game of Thrones. This small beach (250 m) features fine golden sand is surrounded by impressive geological formations and cliffs. Activities near playa de Itzurun beach Average user review Score for LA PLAYA DE ITZURUN 8,5 Other spectacular beaches

PLAYA DE OYAMBRE-Nature and beautiful villages  nearby. An amazing beach!

PLAYA DE OYAMBRE – Large and beautiful beach in Cantabria in Northern Spain

PLAYA DE OYAMBRE Beach. Between the municipalities of Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera, near the Parque Natural de Oyambre, you will find one of the best beaches in Cantabria. 2 km of white sand and dunes and spectacular natural beauty make this beach a must. In winter, this tranquil beach becomes a surf hot spot and is considered a premium surfing destination. Activities near this beach Average user review Score for PLAYA DE OYAMBRE 9   Santander CITY GUIDE Santander HOTELS PAGE     Other spectacular beaches in Spain Discover more about the beaches in Spain

PLAYA DE LAS CATEDRALES-A natural "masterpiece" next to the sea… Booking is needed!

Playa de las catedrales, a must visit in Northern Spain

 Playa de las Catedrales beach Located near Ribadeo, we find this spectacular beach that gives the Espacio Natural de As Catedrais its name. The coastal cliffs have been eroded for centuries, forming arches, some of which are 30 meters tall. This beach is best experienced during low tide, to be able to explore all of the beaches caves and admire all the breathtaking natural arches. If you are visiting the beach in summer, you will have to call ahead and make reservations. Easily one of the top beaches in Galicia. Average user review Score for PLAYA DE LAS CATEDRALES

PLAYA DE GULPIYURI-Small is beautiful! Fantastic landscapes. Better to arrive early

Playa de Gulpiyuri – small hidden beach near Llanes

 Playa de Gulpiyuri Beach This beach is, for lack of a better word, odd. It is, in fact, a saltwater beach although the actual coast is 10 minutes away. It is also tiny, just 50 meters of pristine white sand. This peculiar beach was formed by the water from the nearby Cantabrian sea seeping through the coastal cliffs and heading inland. After centuries of erosion, the beach was formed. For this reason, the beach is categorized as a National Munument, and the only way to reach it is by foot, through the surrounding pastures. Activities near this beach Average

PLAYA DE POO-Green and blue get together in this beach with mountains behind it

Playa de Poo – Beautiful beach in Asturias

Playa de Poo Beach This Asturian beach has an odd beauty. Located next to the Vallina river outlet, the beach is shaped like a funnel, and surrounded by green hills, making it so that the ocean isn’t visible from the beach during the low tide. The water that filters inland and bathes this unusual beach is calm and has hardly any waves, making it ideal for families with kids. This beach is quite popular, so you better wake up early to get a nice spot. Activities near this beach Average user review Score for PLAYA DE POO 9 Gijón

PLAYA DE LAGA-Golden sand and a surfers paradise

PLAYA DE LAGA – a great beach near Bilbao

PLAYA DE LAGA Beach near Bilbao Located in the Biosfera de Urdaibai nature reserve, near cape Ogoño, north east of Bilbao city (45 minutes drive)  you will find one of the top beaches in the Basque country. It is located near San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (featured in Game of Thrones)  and Bermeo La Playa de Laga features beautiful dunes of fine golden sand. It is also one of the best beaches in northern Spain for surfing. Average user review Score for PLAYA DE LAGA 8,7 Other spectacular beaches in Northern Spain Discover more about sea-sports in Spain

PLAYA DE RODAS-Selected by the Guardian as the best beach in the world…

PLAYA DE RODAS – turquoise water in Cies islands

Playa de Rodas Beach Playa de Rodas is located on the Isla de Cies, is shaped like a shell and features spectacular turquoise color water, and is easily one of the prettiest beaches of Galicia. It is linked by a small portion of sand to Figueiras beach, another Galician treasure. The Cíes Islands are part of the Islas Atlánticas National Park and are only accessible by boat that you will have to catch in Vigo. Average user review Score for PLAYA DE RODAS 9     Other spectacular beaches in Northern Spain Discover Galicia