Bolonia, Cádiz

Bolonia, Cádiz

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Spain’s Top Ten Beaches for motorhome rentals

photo by Konstantin (wikimedia commons)Cabopino, Costa del Sol Photo by Konstantin (wikimedia commons)

Spain is surrounded by water on three sides, that’s over 5,000 miles of coastline, so finding a good beach is not going to be difficult.  To the north there are the wild, open beaches of Asturias and the Basque country, to the east the tourist hotspot of the Costa Blanca and the less crowded Costa Azahar and to the south the calm waters of the Mediterranean.  If you’re a ‘beach bum’ with campervan hire any of these Top Ten beaches will certainly satisfy.

La Concha (San Sebastian).  The beach here has been voted amongst the best beaches not just in Spain but in Europe too, on the border with France the chic resort serves some wonderful seafood as well!

Las Islas Cies (Galicia).  On the wild Atlantic western coast of Spain, just north of Portugal, is where you will find un-crowded sands and great landscapes.  Once a pirate hideout, today the island is an uninhabited national park with pristine white sand dunes and clear water.  Leave the swimming gear in the campervan however, this is the Atlantic and unless you’re one of the tough boys you will only be dipping your toe in the water.

Playa de Las Catedrales (Galicia).  A geologist’s beach as well as one for sunbathers.  The beach here is well known for the fantastic rock formations created by the sea.

Two for the price of one, Ses Illetes and Cala Conta (Formentera, Balearic Islands).  Incredible white beaches backed by sand dunes, turquoise water and virtually no tourists!  Formentera is a smaller and quieter island than its Balearic neighbours and with the lack of mass tourism, these two beaches make for a great Robinson Crusoe experience, out of the main tourist season of course.

Sitges (Catalonia).  Voted ahead of Barcelona, Sitges has a number of beaches to choose from.  This is a gay friendly resort but the main beaches are mixed and there are also options for visitors who like to go ‘aux naturel’.

Nerja (Costa Del Sol).  The areas around the busy tourist resorts of the Costa Del Sol do have some great beaches backed by promenades and modern facilities but the best beach is found to the east in the lovely town of Nerja.  Backed by white washed houses, the beach still has a few traditional fishing boats.

Tarifa (Andalusia)
.  Another great beach for the beach bums who love surfing and nightlife, this is where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. It’s also the beach to visit if you are into whale and dolphin watching between March and October.  

Cala Principe, Níjar (Almería).  This is a tranquil relaxed beach in an area that has other beaches overflowing in the summer, why? Because you can only reach it after a walk of over half a mile.  A large inlet, protected from the winds, this beach is a great place to escape from the crowds.

Francesa (Lanzarote).  Beaches on the Canary Islands can be an acquired taste. Many of them are black volcanic sand or very barren but Francesca is an unspoilt sandy beach not far from Teguise with calm water and white sand.

Maspalomas (Gran Canaria). Probably one of the most popular beaches on Gran Canaria, Maspalomas is a huge expense of white sand backed by hotels with areas for sun beds and others where visitors are free to enjoy the sand dunes.

All these beach areas are geared up to visitors with campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicles and the island resorts are easily accessible by regular ferry crossings.

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