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15 best beaches to visit with kids
Going to the beach is one of the all-time favorite summer activities for kids. There they play in the sand, jump in the water, make new friends, and stay cool. But of course, in order for them to enjoy themselves in a safe way, it’s important to take certain things into account when choosing the beach itself.
The Spanish coast includes more than 3500 beaches; however, not all of these are appropriate for small children. The first filter we should apply is the presence of a Blue Flag; this distinction is reserved for those beaches that meet standards based on the quality of the water, safety, services provided, facilities… In 2017, 574 were awarded in all of Spain.
In addition to the Blue Flag, your choice should be easily accessible, have fine sand, be shallow at the water’s edge, have clean water, be calm, employ lifeguards, and (ideally), not be too overcrowded.
Taking all of these qualities into account, we’ve selected the 15 best beaches in Spain for those traveling with children:
Cala Galdana (Menorca)
This is the most family-oriented beach in Menorca and provides amazing views. Moreover, its semi-circular shape protects it from the forces of both the sea and the wind. All around there are footpaths and small caves to visit.
Playa de la Arena (Cantabria)
Awarded the Q for Tourism and Environmental quality, this is one of the prettiest beaches on the Cantabrian coast. It has a service area, another unspoiled beach, and lastly, an area reserved for families.
Playa de Sant Elm (Mallorca)
Here we have a peaceful beach that is easily accessible, where you can enjoy the crystal blue water of the island with your children. Moreover, in the rear there is an oak grove that makes the perfect picnic area at lunchtime.
Playa Poo (Asturias)
In the area of Llanes we find a sea with no waves, perfect for children. This is because the beach is located at the end of a sheltered area created by two tall mountains, between which the water flows to the sand.
Guardamar del Segura (Alicante)
The quality of the water and the fine sand makes the beaches in this area ideal for family vacations; moreover, the area is not overcrowded and you can enjoy a few days of relaxation and peace.
Playa de San Miguel de Cabo de Gata (Almería)
Here the kids, in addition to enjoying themselves, can learn a lot about nature since the area has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO and is located in the middle of a natural park.
Playa de Muro (Mallorca)
Crystal blue waters, shallow depths, moderate waves, and a beautiful landscape. This beach boasts the most advanced and best-equipped life-saving equipment on the island, as well as a location service for people who can become lost easily (like children).
Playa de Laxe (A Coruña)
Its clean and peaceful waters make it an ideal water park for children. Moreover, this beach of over 2 km in length has been awarded the distinctive Q for Tourism Quality. In the area you will find parking, lifeguards, bathrooms, showers…
Playa de Casablanca (Málaga)
Its 40 meters of width make it easier to keep an eye on the kids. Moreover, it is surrounded by a seaside promenade and garden areas in case you need a bit of a break from the beach.
Playa Las Canteras (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
This is an ideal beach for those travelling with children: fine sand, moderate waves, and numerous playgrounds in the area. Moreover, it is surrounded by restaurants where you can eat peacefully.
The family atmosphere and calm make this 3 km wide sandy strip an ideal place. The tide is very slow, making it a space where children can play along the water’s edge without danger.
La Manga del Mar Menor (Murcia)
This is Spain’s quintessentially family-oriented beach, its geographical situation rendering it nearly a lake, with almost no waves. The water, moreover, is very warm and ideal for the smallest members of the family.
Playa Hondarribia (País Vasco)
The great advantage of this beach is that it has nearly all of the necessary services nearby; moreover, the waves are moderate and the quality of the water is very high.
Playa Norte de Peñiscola (Castellón)
In addition to being in the very center, the water is very tranquil and not deep at all. Moreover, it offers one of the most beautiful views of the famous Castle of Papa Luna.
Port de la Selva (Girona)
In this town of fishermen, which bears the same name, there is a beach that is part of the Cap de Creus Natural Park. The beach is spacious and the landscape is unbeatable.