Unusual beaches of Spain
In Spain, many wonders, even the beaches are unusual. Some are completely hidden under water at high tide, others are hidden among the coastal cliffs. On some beaches, the sand is an unusual black color, and there are some that look like two drops of water like the beaches of the Caribbean.
We suggest you to get acquainted with the most unusual Spanish beaches.
1. Gulpiyuri Beach (Asturias)
In the north of Spain, between the small towns of Ribadesella and Llanes, one of the smallest beaches in the world, Gulpiyuri beach, is recognized as a natural landmark. Its width is only 50 m – a real beach in miniature. But it is not only unique in its size. The fact is that Gulpiyuri is a sea beach, but it is located not on the sea coast. As a result of the erosion of the sea on coastal cliffs, karst craters formed. At high tide the seawater fills the funnel through the gap between the rocks.
There is no access to this beach by car – you can only get there on foot from the village of Canopy or from the beach of San Antolin.
2. Lake Charco de los Clicos Beach (Lanzerote Island)
The real pearl of Spain is the beach at the lake Charco de los Clicos (Charco de los Clicos). Pure black sand and water of emerald color is a fabulous sight! A small lake located on the coast of the island of Lanzarote. The lake communicates with the sea through wide underground crevices, and on the surface it is separated from the sea surface by a beach with volcanic sand. Emerald water color gives vegetation.
Here, of course, tourists are in a hurry, but you can only look at all this beauty: El Charco is declared one of the reserves of the Natural Volcanic Parks system, so swimming is strictly prohibited here.
3. Rodas Beach (Cies Islands)
This is Spanish Galicia, but it creates the complete illusion that you are in the Caribbean! In 2007, according to a survey of the British newspaper The Guardian, Rodas Beach was named the best in the world. And it is located on the island of Faro in the Islas Cies archipelago. This is one of the main attractions in the National Park of Galicia, which is formed by the Cies Ons island archipelago, as well as the islands of Cortegada and Salvor.
The park attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists with its diversity of ecosystems: there are dunes, beaches, cliffs and, of course, the seabed inexhaustible by the diversity of flora and fauna.
4. Sa Calobra Beach (Majorca)
38 km from the town of Sawyer, at the foot of the Major peak, the highest point on the Balearic Islands (1,445 meters above sea level), a small bay with romantic Sa Calobra beach of boulders, sand and gravel formed in the crevasse of giant rocks. To the main attraction of this amazing place – the mouth of the mountain river Torrent de Pareis – is a pedestrian tunnel, stretching along the foot of the rocky cliffs.
Magnificent views have become an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists, and amazing acoustics attract lovers of choral singing, who organize concerts and festivals here every summer.
No less impressive is the road to the bay: 14 km of mountain serpentine has a whole dozen of turns at 180 degrees and one turn at 360 degrees, called the “Necktie”.
5. Beach Cathedrals (Lugo)
Another beach wonder is in the place A Devesa, between the cities of Ribadeo and Foz. This is the beach of the Holy Water, although all over the world it is more known for its other name – the beach of the Cathedral (Playa de las Catedrales). The name is really very accurate: the beach is located between the majestic cliffs that look like real temples about 32 m tall, with domes and vaults. These rocks attract more attention than the beach itself and diving in the cleanest sea water. The length of the beach is 1400 m.
During periods of low tide, you can go down the special stairs and walk along the beach up and down.
6. Zumaia Beach (Gipuskoa, Basque Country)
Zumaya Beach (Playa de Zumaia) stretches 270 meters between the capes of Algorri and Mariantonia. He is often attacked by huge waves, which with a force beat on the coastal cliffs. During periods of spring tides, the sandy beach is completely hidden under water. The coastline is impressive beauty of coastal landscapes.
Here attention is attracted by the natural phenomenon – flysch (sedimentary rocks). This is a kind of geological treasure of the province of Gipuskoa: the rocks tell their story, traced in the stone layers over millions of years.