Are you looking for the best family beaches in Spain?
We’ve got together with some of the best travel bloggers on the planet to find the best beaches for your upcoming family trip to Spain.
As always though, if you’ve any recommendations on beaches we should include that have been missed, let us know in the comments below.
Codolar Beach in Tossa de Mar
The Costa Brava should be on every Spain travel itinerary. The perfect mixture between beautiful towns and relaxing beaches lures people here.
Tossa de Mar is one of the most special places along the Costa Brava, just east of Barcelona. In Tossa, the mixture between enchanting old town and relaxing beach can’t get any better.
Right under spectacular old town of Tossa de Mar lies one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain: Codolar Beach.
The small beach is located in a calm bay, which makes it ideal for families. Thanks to its size, you can let your children play around and they will always be in your eyesight.
The water isn’t deep all along the bay and therefore ideal for the younger ones. If you need a little activity, you can take a short walk up to the viewpoint next to the beach. From there, you can enjoy the best views over Tossa de Mar and Codolar Beach.
During the high season, the beach gets crowded throughout the day. If you can, try to come before 10am to reserve your spot. In case you can’t find a place, you can always resort to Platja Grande, Tossa de Mar’s main beach.
Platja Grande is much larger and offers more seating options. But there, the waves are stronger and the water gets much deeper than on Codolar Beach.
By Mike of 197TravelStamps
Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona
Barceloneta Beach (Playa de la Barceloneta) is arguably the most popular beach in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, located on the northeast coast of Spain.
All year round, tourists and residents alike are drawn to this wonderful beach. Even though it is too cold to swim here during the winter, the nearly 1 km stretch of beach offers the perfect opportunity for a walk. The beach is bordered on both ends by the ports of the city, which are also worth a visit.
If you walk along the beach promenade, you will find plenty of bars and restaurants where you can rest. You can also enjoy an ice-cold sangria, a cold beer or a cafe con leche while admiring the view of the beach. Or you simply treat yourself to ice cream while you stroll along the beach.
As you walk along the beach there is always something to see. Many sandcastle builders come here every day to surprise visitors with their unique and creative sand sculptures. Some of these sculptures even flow water or they are decorated with candles.
In summer, Barceloneta beach is perfect for swimming. The water temperatures are very refreshing, but not too cold for swimming. There is also a lifeguard who takes care that nothing happens.
Also, other services are offered on the beach, in addition to showers, which are located every few meters, there are also public toilets.
If you prefer something more active, you can rent a bike and follow the cycle path that will take you along the beach of Barceloneta and other beaches.
The beach of Barceloneta, as we can see it today, has been around since the 1992 Olympics. Before that, it was a very poor and criminal neighbourhood. This is hard to imagine today as one of the city’s most touristy districts.
By Vicki of Vicki Viaja
Maspalomas Beach, Gran Canaria
Maspalomas Beach is possibly the most famous beach in Gran Canaria. Its white sand and calm waters make it the perfect spot to spend a day enjoying the sun for all ages.
There are plenty of restaurants, beach bars and kiosks around so you never have to go far to get drinks or snacks. And, if you need some entertainment, there are plenty of shops selling inflatables, beach balls and buckets and spades for little ones.
Maspalomas Beach is truly unique in that it is bordered by the incredible Maspalomas dunes. These beautiful dunes stretch all along the beach and are much larger than they first appear.
The dunes are one of the most iconic places on the entire island and are often rated as one of the best things to see in Gran Canaria. If you decide to go and explore them, make sure you take a bottle of water and always keep sight of the ocean so you don’t get lost.
Many travellers come to Maspalomas for the dunes but end up staying for the beach. Whether you come for the dunes, the beach or both, it’s fairly easy to get to Maspalomas from most areas of the island. The public bus system on Gran Canaria is easy to use (and hard to get wrong!) and most journeys will only cost a couple of Euros.
If you want to spend a little longer in Maspalomas, though, there are plenty of great hotels in the area. It’s not the cheapest part of Gran Canaria, but you’re guaranteed a relaxing break and beautiful weather because Maspalomas beach has more days of sun than anywhere else on Gran Canaria!
By Jodie of Alajode
Salobrena Beach, Costa Tropical
Salobrena is a beautiful town in Southern Spain, located in the central region of Costa Tropical. The old town of Salobrena is very pretty, all white, spread up a hill with an old Moorish castle on top.
Salobrena has one of the most family-friendly beaches on Costa Tropical. The beach spreads along the coast, being split in two by a large rock from where teenagers like to jump in the sea. On the right side of the rock, the beach has pebbles, whilst on the left side, it is sandy.
Most of the people who come to the beach in Salobrena are locals, and you can identify them because they bring their own chairs and umbrellas with them. If you are a tourist, you can always rent a beach lounger under an umbrella for 5 euros, but they will not be as close to the sea as if you would bring your own.
The beach has several lifeguards who are on duty from early morning until late afternoon during the summer season.
The sandy beach in Salobrena is very family-friendly, with plenty of parents sunbathing here with their children. The water is very clear and clean, and, being inside the bay, it gets quite warm during the summer months. The beach has plenty of chiringuitos (Spanish beach bars) on the side as well, where you can enjoy freshly grilled fish or cold drinks with free tapas.
A few meters into the sea, there is an inflatable aquatic playground for children to play on and jump safely into the sea. The aquatic park has its own lifeguard watching the children at all times.
By Joanna from The World In My Pocket
Torre Del Mar Beach, Malaga
One of the best family beaches near Malaga is probably the one in Torre del Mar. You are lucky, as this is not on the radar of many (international) tourists. Torre del Mar is located between Malaga and the town of Nerja, famous for its caves.
So what makes the Torre del Mar beach so special? First, it got awarded with the blue flag. The sand is being cleaned every day. On top, there are almost no waves, which makes it particularly safe.
Then there are plenty of traditional bars serving only the freshest seafood. Additionally, you can find a water park within the sea, so that your kids can play all day long.
However, the best is probably the stunning views on the mountains of Costa del Sol. This makes Torre del Mar one of the best day trips from Malaga.
By Paulina from Paulina on the Road