CALA LLENYA, IBIZA
Although Ibiza is known as a party-island, it also has tranquil beaches and quieter spots to offer. Cala Llenya is a popular beach among the locals, and although it gets busy on warm weekends, it is never over-crowded. With its many picnic spots under the pine trees and activities like pedalos, this beach is perfect for a day out. The sea stays shallow for a long distance, so even the little ones can enjoy the water.
How to get to Cala Llenya?
The beach is about a 35-minute drive from Ibiza Town and is easily accessible by car. Start your journey in San Carlos and follow signs to Cala Mastella (also a lovely beach!). Turn right and you will see signage to Cala Llenya. Because the beach is surrounded by pines, there are plenty of parking spots around in the shade.
LA CONCHA, SAN SEBASTIAN
San Sebastián is located in the most northern past of Spain, called the Basque Country. This mountainous area of Spain is well-known for its beautiful beach – La Concha. The cresent-shaped bay with its curved promenade is a great spot for all. With a length of 1350 meters, it is perfect for romantic walks. But it also is a great visit for families: due to the surrounding mountains the beach is protected from wind and high waves. The Santa Clara Island is a short swim from the beach if you are feeling sporty – we promise it is worth the effort. The water is exceptionally clear, but can also be quite chilly – which comes in handy when you get too warm from sunbathing!
How to get to La Concha?
The beach of La Concha is centrally located in San Sebastián and is about an 8 minute walk from the Old Town. San Sebastián is a great holiday spot, as it has got a rich history, busy town centre and the closely located beach.
TAMARIU, COSTA BRAVA
Platja de Tamariu is known as the best family beach on the Costa Brava. Due to the pine-trees the beach is sheltered and feels very safe. The handful of shops and restaurants are great for wandering around and sit down with a cold beer whilst the kids play in the sand or water. There are many activities – like kayaking and diving for older kids or adventurous adults and some great restaurants with fresh fish.
How to get to Tamariu?
Tamariu is located an hour drive from both Barcelona and Girona, which makes it a great sport for a multi-city holiday. The town and its beach will be easy to find as there is a great deal of signage from these cities. The beach’s car park is a five-minute walk away from the actual beach – perfect if you want to bring a picnic or maybe even your own diving gear.
CALA MESQUIDA, MAJORCA
If you have booked Majorca for your next holiday, make sure to include a trip to Cala Mesquida. This beautiful beach has the great advantage of being a sandy beach. Cala Mesquida is a no-nonsense beach, with its one restaurant offering simple dishes like burgers or Spanish classics. There are activities like snorkelling, and it is popular among surfers off-season. The water can get quite choppy around here, so make sure to look after the little ones.
How to get to Cala Mesquida?
Cala Mesquida is located on the north-east coast of the island and 75km away from the capital of Majorca, Palma. There are many beautiful hotels located around the beach, if you would like to turn it into a multiple-day visit. Driving from the airport? Take the following route: at the roundabout leaving the airport, take the 1st exit onto the MA-19 heading west (towards Palma). Continue west on the Ma-19 and take exit 6 onto the Ma-30 towards Es Coll d’en Rabassa/Inca. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto the Ma-15 towards Manacor, continue east and pass the two towns of Manocor and Arta. Follow the Ma-15 to a town called Capdepera and when at the roundabout, take the 4th exit towards Cala Mesquida where you will have to continue north.
ES PUJOLS, FORMENTERA
Formentera is a small island located south of Ibiza. This island makes fora lovely short stay and offers a beautiful beach called Es Pujols. The white sand compliments the turquoise water that gets very warm in summer due to it being very shallow. The promenade Avenida Miramar and its shopping streets behind make for a great location for the non-sunbathers. Plenty of surrounding restaurants and bars to cool down with a cold drink and some local food. Although the promenade gets busy with nightlife, it offers a quiet stay in comparison to its neighbouring island Ibiza.
How to get to Es Pujols?
Take the ferry from Ibiza, on which 4 companies operate and commute frequently. The trip takes about 30 minutes and drops you off at the La Savina port. From here you can take a quick taxi to the beach, or take part of the local means of transport by renting a bicycle.