‘You couldn’t drown here if you wanted to’

Spaniards have voted for their favourite beaches of 2013 and the results may come as something of a surprise.

'You couldn't drown here if you wanted to'
Is this Spain's best beach? Photo: Carlos M Gonzalez Villares

Readers of Spain's 20 minutos newspaper have cast their ballots for the country's top stretch of sand.

Number one for the second year running — with 26,826 votes — is the stunning Grande de Miño beach in Galicia, near La Coruña in Spain's rugged north-west.

"The beach is accessible, clean and safe," Miño's proud mayor Jesús Veiga told 20 minutos.

"You couldn't drown here if you wanted to." 

Check out The Local's picture gallery of Spain's top ten beaches.

The runner up in the poll is also a Galician beach: Carnota was the favourite of 24,625 readers of the free daily.

In third place is Bolonia beach, in Andalusia's Tarifa province.

The top six is rounded out by the beach of Zahara de los Atunes — also in Andalusia — Calblanque beach in the region of Murcia, and North Beach in Valencia's Gandía.  

Galicia's beaches have consistently notched up strong results in the 20 minutos annual beachgoers survey.   

A beach in this region has been named the country's best for five consecutive years. 

The Grande de Miño beach took the prize in 2009, 2010 and 2011 while Rodas beach in the Cíes Islands nabbed the award in 2012.

"This (competition) is like football: it's not easy to stay at the top but we will fight for it," said Miño mayor Veiga of the region's dominance among beach lovers. 

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Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia