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Top 10 Beaches in Spain for 2018

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Welcome to February! The days are cold, wet and at points snowy – Here in Manchester we have had a week of bizarre weather so we are looking forward to our holidays this summer. Here are a selection of some of the nicest beaches in Spain, we have tried to mix a few hidden gems in with the better known beaches.

1. ASTURIAS

Far from the typical tourist trails, the cliff-edged, emerald-green eastern coastline of Asturias boasts some of the most exquisite beaches in Spain. Beneath the Picos de Europa, rocky coves, remote golden crescents, low-key beach towns and a buzzing surf scene await. But this superb country deserves exploration as much as sunbathing sessions, and the region’s beauty lies in the immediate accessibility of both sea and mountains – “mar y montaña”.

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2. WEST COAST CANTABRIA

Western Cantabria’s  50km-long coastline is lined with pretty fishing towns and backed by peaceful green hills sprinkled with roaming cattle and centuries-old stone farmsteads. Much of it lies within protected natural park land, which makes for some of the most pristine beaches around.

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3. TAMARIU, COSTA BRAVA

If you like the idea of secluded smugglers’ coves and broad stretches of golden sand fringed with pines and coral pink rocks, look no further than the Costa Brava. Far from the braying crowds of the larger resorts, the stretch of coastline between Palamós, about an hour north of Barcelona, and Cadaqués near the French border has some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean.

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4. LANGRE, CANTABRIA

Hidden away amid the tranquil, rural country of the Costa Trasmiera, Langre’s wild, secluded beaches are arguably Cantabria’s most spectacular. Endless green meadows top sheer limestone cliffs that lead down to two golden arcs of sand, fronted by thundering waves that make this a top spot for surfing.

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5. PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, GRAN CANARIA

Playa del Inglés and the dunes of Maspalomas have been attracting sun worshippers since the heady, hippy days of the 1960s, and with good reason. Seven glorious miles of honeyed beach morph into seductive sand dunes at the southern end, catering for those who prefer privacy and an all-over glow.

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6. CALA MESQUIDA, MAJORCA

Cala Mesquida, on the north-eastern tip of the island, is a stunning beach of pale sand, framed by dunes and pine forests – with a few hotel complexes on one side. This remote bay used to be a smugglers’ haunt, but is now a favourite of windsurfers. Although it still has a wild feel, there are a couple of bars and restaurants on the beach and lifeguards to keep an eye on the sometimes choppy sea.

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7. ES PUJOLS, FORMENTERA

Best beach in the Balearics? We could argue about that all day but Formantera, the little island south of Ibiza, has some pretty convincing contenders for the title. White sand and clear, calm water are the norm here, making Formentera a good choice for families with young children – the island is certainly not the sole preserve of the boho brigade. People also come to dive, kayak or windsurf, to cycle or hike around the island or go birdwatching in the wetlands – a great option in spring.

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8. PLAYA BLANCA, LANZAROTE

The low-key resort of Playa Blanca in the south of the island curves around beaches of golden sand that are great for families. The idyllic Papagayo beaches are a short drive or boat ride away and you can take a ferry across to Fuerteventura for a quick change of scene

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9. COSTA CALMA, FUERTEVENTURA

With its never-ending beaches and facility-filled hotels, Fuertaventura is a wonderful destination for families, but it is fast becoming a rather cool destination, too. This is largely down to the surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding scene, as well as diving and cycling. If the big hotel scenario is not your thing, there are plenty of quirky, smaller options to choose from, both inland and on the coast.

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10. MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL

There is a stretch of sand to suit everyone in Marbella on the Costa del Sol, whether you want the buzz of a glitzy beach club or a laidback family-friendly vibe.

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