Perfect beaches for social distancing in Spain this summer

Spain is open to tourists and visitors for the summer holidays in 2020, and so are the beaches.

Playa del Silencio in the north of Spain is one of Spain's most peaceful beaches / Photo by Ines Álvarez Fdez on Unsplash
30 June 2020, Emma Donaldson

After months of confinement at home, a beach holiday in Spain sounds more appealing than ever, and now that the country is largely living in the “new normal” after the coronavirus pandemic, Spain is open and European tourists are being allowed to return to Spain and its islands to enjoy a long-awaited holiday on the beach this summer 2020. With safety and hygiene rules and restrictions in place across the country, beaches have had to put their own COVID-19 safety measures in place to help stop  further spread of the disease: rules for each beach will be decided by municipalities but in general terms, there will be a capacity limit and the minimum safety distance of 1.5 metres between sunbeds must be observed.

With the large number of beaches Spain has to offer on its varied coastline and islands, the choice is endless. However, even the most perfect beach can be ruined when it is overrun with tourists, especially in the current situation. If you’re looking for a quiet escape this summer, check out our selection of the best quiet and secluded beaches in Spain, off the beaten track and perfect for social distanced sunbathing this summer.

Playa de Rodas, the Cíes Islands, Galicia

The Cíes Islands, located off the coast of Galicia, are home to one of Spain’s most paradisiacal landscapes and in turn, one of Spain’s most unique beaches, Playa de Rodas. This breathtaking crescent-shaped beach is home to crystal clear water, the perfect location for swimming and snorkeling, as well as soft white sand that stretches for about 1km, ideal for relaxed, social distanced sunbathing. The beach is easily accessed by ferry from Vigo or Baiona in the province of Pontevedra and takes around 40 minutes.  

Playa del Silencio, Asturias

If you’re after peace and quiet this summer, then Playa del Silencio (the Beach of Silence) is definitely the spot for you, as the name well suggests. Located in Spain’s northern region of Asturias, known for its stunning green landscape, Playa del Silencio is located close to the equally breathtaking fishing village of Cudillero and is perfect for taking a dip in the calm waters or enjoying the view from the golden sand.

Playa de Laga, Basque Country

Located in the Ibarrangelu area of the Bay of Biscay, Playa de Laga is one of Spain’s most natural beaches. Hidden among impressive cliffs, the beach doesn’t often see crowds due to its isolated location, however the beach itself has all the necessary services and facilities to spend the day, such as bars, restaurants, showers and toilets. The beach is easily accessible by car and is located just under 50 minutes and 50km from Bilbao.

Playa de Punta Paloma, Cadiz

This beautiful beach in Andalusia is home to golden sand dunes and is full of natural beauty. The lack of buildings makes Playa de Punta Paloma in Tarifa in the Cadiz province different to so many other beaches in the region of Andalusia. This Spanish beach may just be the peaceful spot for some relaxing sunbathing free of crowds  you're looking for this summer.

Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza

Although Ibiza is famous for its parties and nightlife, there are some spots of amazing natural beauty and peacefulness, Cala d’en Serra being one of those. This hidden gem is located in a sheltered horseshoe bay in the north of the island, in the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja and is 2.4km east of the beach resort of Portinatx. The beach is generally quite popular with locals but attracts very few tourists, meaning that this idyllic Ibizan beach with crystal clear water is the perfect place to soak up the sun, even in the height of the summer season. 

Playa de los Cocedores, Murcia

This quiet beach is on the border of Murcia and Almeria, and is well worth a visit this summer if you plan to travel to the region of Murcia. Playa de los Cocedores is located in the Águilas area and is a haven of tranquility with its golden sands on the edge of the Mediterranean. The crescent shaped shore is surrounded by unique rock formations and shallow water, making this beach the perfect spot for families with kids. A little more off the beaten track than many others in this area, this beach is worth the effort, as it is this isolation that gives the beach its unique charm and what makes it the perfect spot for social distancing this summer holiday.

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