Spain and beach days go hand in hand. With so many stunning seaside resorts to choose from, it’s almost impossible to turn down the chance to spend a blissful day or five watching the world pass by from the comfort of your beach towel. And such is the endless beauty of this Mediterranean jewel’s coastline, no matter where you pitch up, you’ll never be far from a perfect sandy spot.
However, in what continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, some of the more popular regions of the country can become very overcrowded, particularly in the summer months.
If jostling for prime position amongst hordes of tourists isn’t part of your perfect day at the beach, your holiday style may be better suited to some of the quieter coastal resorts. Here, we’ve brought together three of the best quiet beaches in Spain that have been handcrafted for visitors to enjoy a stress-free day by the sea.
Platja Cala El Golfet, Girona
Nestled away in the northeastern corner of the country, Platja Cala El Golfet is one of Spain’s most secluded, yet beautiful beaches. It’s only small, measuring about 75 meters in length, but this hidden gem is a must-visit for anyone in and around the Girona area.
Framed by rocky cliffs and pine trees, this beach has recently become signposted, yet it remains one of the region’s best kept secrets. Do bear in mind that it’s only accessible via a set of twisting steps, meaning it may not be appropriate for elderly or very young members of your traveling party.
If you want a place to escape the stresses of holiday planning, there truly is no better place in this part of the world. Be prepared and bring all the snacks and drinks you may need for the day since the nearest facilities are a little way away. Get in touch with nature and spend what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable day in this wild and rugged corner of the Costa Brava.
Playa del Silencio, Asturias
Across the country on the northwestern coast, you’ll find Playa del Silencio in Asturias. This beautiful and naturally charming corner of the country is less commonly visited by tourists, with the densely populated east coast attracting the highest visitor numbers. This results in some truly unspoiled sandy stretches that are waiting to be explored by adventurous holidaymakers.
As the name suggests, this beach offers its guests a day of utter serenity and relaxation. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the best views of the beach from high up on the cliffs. After snapping the vista to your heart’s content, take a stroll along the rocky virgin landscape – there’s no sand at Silencio, so make sure to bring appropriate footwear.
If you’re feeling brave, then the alluring translucent waters are a great place for a dip or even a snorkel. But be warned, the water can get very cold here, even in the summer months.
Playa de Mónsul, Almería
Mónsul has featured as a backdrop on the silver screen in several Hollywood productions, most notably perhaps in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Despite being seen by millions of people all over the world, it remains one of Almería’s best secluded beaches.
The calm and clear waters offer safe and enjoyable swimming conditions for all the family. Meanwhile, the volcanic landscapes of the natural park within which Mónsul is situated are perfect for exploring under the Spanish sun. Within the park, there are so many more hidden coves and sandy stretches to be explored, making it the perfect place for a family day out by the coast.
To access the beach, you’ll have to drive along a 4km dirt track road from San José. If you don’t plan on hiring a car during your holiday, fear not, the beach is also accessible via public transport. Truly one of the most quiet beaches in Spain!
Start Planning Your Next Adventure
In this post, we’ve drawn your attention to just three of the many, many beautiful quiet beaches that line the Spanish coast. Whether you’re looking for a quaint spot to soak up the sun, or somewhere to admire the country’s best seaside views, then consider one of our three suggestions for your next Spanish sojourn.