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Escape to Spain: The Best Seaside Getaways for UK Travellers

Spain is a country of wonders that can be found on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Biscay, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Pyrenees Mountains. Thus, it should come as no surprise that it is riddled with gorgeous coastal towns. Whether you’re into white sand beaches, whitewashed beach towns, crazy beach parties, or unforgettable views, Spain has it all. 

If you haven’t booked a Spain guided tour yet, and you have no idea where to go to experience the best seaside getaway for your vacation, this guide will give you some ideas.


Majorca is the largest among all Spanish Balearic Islands. It is among the best destinations for a beach getaway, thanks to its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and calm waves, making it perfect for snorkeling and leisurely swimming. Not to mention, the rocky edges of the calas are great platforms for jumping or diving into the water. You can also ride a starfish glass bottom catamaran that stops at several of the calas before cruising to snorkeling and dolphin watch sites.

If you haven’t got much time and can only choose one of the beaches on this island, we recommend you go to Magaluf Beach. It is the most popular beach in Majorca, given its beautiful promenade that lines the sand. Its coastline is dotted with seaside restaurants, souvenir shops, and the nightlife here is simply exuberant. You can also opt to stay in oceanfront hotels and wake up to the breathtaking sight of the ocean bathed in sunlight. Alternatively, you can relax at equally stunning yet more secluded spots away from the busiest parts of the shore. One example is Cala Figuera Beach,  which is nestled between mountains in a quiet cove, where you can enjoy spectacular views with few people.


Gran Canaria is among the most popular islands in the Canary Islands—and for good reason. This Spanish island off the coast of the Sahara offers stunning vacation spots, including the breathtaking Maspalomas. The sand dunes and blue sea of  Maspalomas make for a unique vacation spot. The vast stretch of beach is also ideal for nude sunbathing. And, because it is just a stone’s throw away from the city center, you will find plenty of kiosks selling refreshing drinks and snacks that you can binge on if you ever get hungry while sunbathing.


Tarifa is situated in the southernmost tip of Spain, along Costa de la Luz. Here, you’ll find stretches of amazing fine-sand beaches left and right, but what makes it all the more remarkable is that it offers spectacular views of the Strait of Gibraltar from the coastlines of Tarifa. And, if you’re into water sports, you must visit Los Lances, where the long stretches of pristine white sand and the moderately strong wind makes for a perfect spot for kitesurfing or windsurfing. The Los Lances beach is also home to Rio Jara, a lagoon that offers mesmerizing views. 


Surely you’ve heard of the song called I Took a Pill in Ibiza, which might as well be a perfect description of the vibe in Ibiza. This Balearic Island is famed for its nonstop and downright wild nightlife. However, even if you come to party at night, you won’t get bored waiting for nightfall because there are still plenty of wondrous sights to see during the daytime. The island offers stunning sights, such as the rocky backdrop contrasted with the bright turquoise waters surrounding it, making it the perfect spot for photography. And if you want to chill and lounge on the beach with a chilled cocktail in hand, make your way to Cala Jondal. Alternatively, you can enjoy serene snorkeling at the small cove of Cala Xuclar.


Visitors flock to Tenerife to enjoy its warm sun, vibrant nightlife, and fine beaches. Here, you can lounge at the beach and get tanned while enjoying a chilled drink or get an action-packed vacation by engaging in the watersports offered here. For instance, you can go to El Medáno, which is hailed as one of the best windsurfing spots in the world. You can also go on deep-sea fishing expeditions and whale spotting from the coast of Los Gigantes. And if you’re looking for an unusual and unforgettable experience, head over to Las Galletas beach, where you can feed stingrays in their natural habitat.


From the humble beginnings of a tiny fishing village with just a few hundred residents, Marbella is now among the best-known beach destinations in the world. Visitors flock here to enjoy its warm weather, gorgeous beaches,  and beach parties. Its coastline is lined with various watersports rental shops and beach bars locally called as chiringuitos. Playa de Alicate should be on your bucket list if you want to enjoy white sand beaches. Nikki Beach is the best choice for those who want to tan in the morning and party at night.

Costa Brava

If you head to the northernmost part of Barcelona, you’ll find Costa Brava, which is close to the border of France. This famous vacation spot is riddled with seaside resorts, tiny fishing villages, and luxurious coastal resorts that would satisfy all kinds of tourists. Tossa de Mar is the way to go if you’re into scenic views of turquoise and tranquil waters. But if you are the type to get wild at beach parties, Lloret de Mar will be your best bet for getting an action-packed nightlife. Here, you can lounge on the beach all day long and then party the night away at its numerous beachside bars.