The Best Beaches in Spain and Portugal

The Best Beaches in Spain and Portugal

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As destinations on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain and Portugal are together known for centuries-old culture, tapas and petiscos, avant-garde art and architecture, and much, much more in their shared 223,939 square miles. From island paradises to semi-remote stretches of sand in nature reserves, these are the countries’ best beaches.

Cala en Porter, Menorca, Spain
Cala en Porter, Menorca, Spain
Cala en Porter, Menorca, Spain

Why we love it: Limestone cliffs frame a sheltered cove with soft sand leading out into clear, calm water.


Praia da Marinha, Portugal
Praia da Marinha, Portugal
Praia da Marinha, Portugal

Why we love it: With beautiful rocky outcrops and clean, calm water, Marinha is generally recognized as one of the best beaches in Europe—and the world.


Praia da Falesia, Portugal
Praia da Falesia, Portugal
Praia da Falesia, Portugal

Why we love it: The beach draws its name from the orange-red cliffs that serve as a backdrop to its nearly four-mile stretch of sand.


Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

Why we love it: Call it Formentera’s most fashionable beach, where you can sit, feet in the sand, and eat pescado a la sal (fish baked in salt) a few yards from the turquoise water.


Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia, Spain
Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia, Spain
Playa de Las Catedrales, Galicia, Spain

Why we love it: A small stretch of sand on the Galician coast where natural stone arches form a walkable “cathedral” at low tide.


Playa del Silencio, Asturias, Spain
Playa del Silencio, Asturias, Spain
Playa del Silencio, Asturias, Spain

Why we love it: Sand-and-stone beach with calm waters ideal for snorkeling, surrounded by rocks, cliffs, and meadows.


Praia da Adraga, Portugal
Praia da Adraga, Portugal
Praia da Adraga, Portugal

Why we love it: This stunning, semi-remote beach in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, approximately one hour from Lisbon, is worth the trek for its surf—and sunsets.


Praia de Odeceixe, Portugal
Praia de Odeceixe, Portugal
Praia de Odeceixe, Portugal

Why we love it: Inside the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, sandy Odeceixe sits at the mouth of the River Seixe and is popular with surfers.


Rodas Beach, Cíes Islands, Spain
Rodas Beach, Cíes Islands, Spain
Rodas Beach, Cíes Islands, Spain

Why we love it: The longest beach on the Cíes archipelago, crescent-shaped Rodas links the islands of Monteagudo and El Faro.

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