The North of Spain, as well as having much cooler, manageable temperatures in summer, is home to some of the best beaches in Spain in general. If you want to see a different side to Spain, come and see for yourself and enjoy the best of Northern Spain's coastal towns. Enjoy the ocean with these spectacular beaches and enjoy the north of Spain, where you'll find sun, sand and also delicious food! Don't be put off by the cold water: let's have a look at the best beaches in Northern Spain.
Playa del Puntal, Cantabria
Along the Bay of Santander, Puntal beach has more than 2 miles of fine, golden sand that is more than 100 metres wide. Between its size and its location, there aren’t usually many people there so you’ll never feel overwhelmed by crowds, even in August.
Thanks to its strong waves, this beach in the North of Spain is also a favourite of surfers in Cantabria. There is even an area for nudists who can relax and bare all in privacy. And as if all that weren’t enough, you are allowed to take dogs to the area closest to the Bay of Santander.
Many people come to this beach in boats from Santander to take a walk of about 20 minutes that leads you to the pier so you can enjoy this beach and authentic Cantabrian cuisine in one of its chiringuito beach bars.
Itzurun Beach, the Basque Country
Although this Spanish beach is famous worldwide for having been where the Dragonstone scenes were filmed for Game of Thrones, Itzurun beach isn’t usually that crowded. Before visiting, it’s a good idea to know the when high tide is going to be because there is an exclusive area for surfers which gets very busy on sunny August days.
When visiting this wonderful beach in Northern Spain, you will be struck by the distinctive geological phenomenon of the flysch, a rocky formation of blades covering the entire cliff wall and sloping down to the Cantabrian Sea.
Playón de Bayas, Asturias
Bayas Beach is a semi-wild beach, with a mile of dark sand which is not common on beaches in the North of Spain. The strength of the waters and waves depend on the part of the beach you’re on, and beware that some parts are only recommended for the brave and experienced.
Bayas is pure nature and is surrounded by mountains and sand dunes. The area to the left of the beach also allows dogs and is marked carefully by signs.
A Lanzada, Galicia
A Lanzada has a full mile of sandy shore with large dunes, perfect for those who love long walks on the beach. It is stunning beach that people visit all year round, even in bad weather and in the winter months. It owes part of its fame to its crystal-clear waters and is also an ideal area for surfers and even for scuba diving and snorkelling.
You can easily get to this beach by car as it has a large car park. It’s large enough that there’s plenty of room to put your towel down and not have anyone nearby bothering you, perfect for social distancing in this summer still affected by the pandemic. To round it all off, there are magnificent sunsets here and views of Galicia’s Ons Island. A real paradise.