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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 Not 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. If you visit Itzurun beach unexpectedly your visit will be, for sure, one of the highlights of your trip to Spain and the Basque country. This beach is simply amazing and it should be on your priority list of things to visit while you stay in the city of San Sebastian or nearby. What makes Itzurun beach so special? This is one of the most spectacular beaches in the North of Spain and by extension in the Basque Country. Beaches in the Basque country are amongst the best ones in Spain. La Concha beach in

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. Oyambre beach is located in Cantabria and we have included it in our selection with our most recommended beaches in Northern Spain. 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. The beach of Oyambre is part of the natural reserve of Oyambre, which obtained this status in 1988. This natural reserve occupies an extension of 196 hectares and consists of five different ecosystems (cliffs, sea beaches, inland beaches, estuaries of San Vicente and La Rabia, and

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. This beach is one of Spain´s top natural monuments. The natural domes at Playa de las Catedrales or Cathedral beach offer an unusual landscape of arches that make the visitor wonder about the force and beauty of nature. The real name of the beach is Playa de las Aguas Santas (beach of sacred waters) though you should better call it Playa de las Catedrales if you ask for directions since it is the way everybody knows

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

Playa de Gulpiyuri – small hidden beach near Llanes

 Playa de Gulpiyuri Beach What is so special about Guilpiyuri 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! Gulpiyuri is on our list of top beaches in Northern Spain Besides being odd, Gulpiyuri is also a small beach. It is actually tiny, with just 50 meters of pristine white sand. Many people think this is the smallest beach in Northern Spain, but in fact, this is not the case.  This peculiar beach was formed by the water from the nearby Cantabrian

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. The beach is at 5 minutes by car from the beautiful Asturian town of

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 This is with no doubt one of the best beaches in northern Spain. It usually comes in the top 10 in most rankings. The beach of Rodas is located in the islands Cies, a group of paradise-like islands that are protected due to their flora and fauna. This is one of the best areas in Spain to enjoy bird-watching. Playa de Rodas is located on the Isla de Cies, is shaped like a shell and features spectacular turquoise color water, and it is this color easily one of the prettiest beaches of Galicia. It is