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10 of the most beautiful beaches in Spain

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Forget the crowds, the packed beaches and the overdeveloped resorts, here is our choice for 10 of the best and most beautiful beaches in Spain…

Playa de los Genoveses, Almeria

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In the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park not only will you find unspoiled beaches bordered by high cliffs and hidden coves, but also thousands of flamingos who arrive in late autumn. You will be undisturbed by noisy bars and tourists and it is a great place to scuba dive. The park is 38,000 hectares of protected wild natural space so it is truly an untouched paradise.

Zahara de los Atunes, Cádiz

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Here along the Atlantic coast you can relax on golden sand and enjoy the moderate waves which are perfect for water sports. The fishing village on the Costa de la Luz has an 8km stretch of beach which has been awarded the blue flag by the EU. There are bars and restaurants along the beachfront. The windswept beach is quiet year-round except during the high season when it fills up with tourists.

Playa del Silencio, Asturias

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This aptly named peaceful beach is located near Cudillero. It’s thought to be one of Spain’s most beautiful beaches for its surrounding landscape of rock formations, cliffs and meadows. The bay encloses a circle of tranquil water perfect for snorkeling.

Port d’Alcudia, Majorca

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The Alcudia Beach runs along the Golden Mile from the port. It has fine white sand and hotels over look the beach. The water is shallow, a clear turquoise colour and is perfect for kids and paddling.

Playa de Torimbia

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You need to approach this beach on foot and walk along the hill ridge. Bathing suits are optional as nudism is acceptable here. The secluded beach nestles into a gentle half moon shape and the water is a translucent – easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

Sitges, near Barcelona

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With great combination of sand, sun and sea, Sitges beaches near Barcelona have a dynamic nightlife, are popular with the gay community and there are also nudist beaches. Sitges has 17 beaches, many which have been awarded the Blue Flag.

Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza

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East of Portinatx, this small bay is difficult to reach so it’s not over crowded. You are treated to the view of the surrounding cliffs, the peaceful atmosphere and idyllic snorkelling conditions – there’s no noisy water sports here.

Ses Illetes, Formentera

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Spain’s Balearic Islands boast the country’s best beaches, and of them, Ses Illetes on the isle of Formentera is one of the best. The wide beach is popular with tourists and has calm clear water perfect for water sports. It is easily reached by boat from Ibiza.

Playa de Mazagon, Huelva

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On the Costa del la Luz the beach sees 300 days of sun a year, making it perfect for sun worshippers. The sea is calm and the sand soft and white. From Huelva to Matalascanas the 4 miles of beach are lined with cliffs and pine trees.

Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia

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Close to the towns of Foz and Ribadeo, the beach is known for its rock formations formed by waves crashing against the cliffs for centuries. The beach is a National Monument; visit during low tide to appreciate the caves, arches and formations of the surrounding cliffs.

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Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter

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