Europe’s favourite timeshare destination has more than its fair share of picturesque, secret beaches, but if you had to whittle them down to three or four, which would you choose?
With almost 5,000 kilometres of coastline, for many it’s the little rocky coves or “calas” that offer that ultimate hideaway charm – and, if you’re lucky enough to find a secret spot, you really can avoid most of the crowds, even in August.
Spain has been having one of the warmest summers in recent years, so if you’ve found one of its secret beaches with cooling breezes you don’t mind sharing, Tweet @GoTimeshare your holiday pics!
Calo des Moro, Llombards, Mallorca
Even if you’ve been to Mallorca a hundred times, chances are you still may not know this beach. But the locals do! A great place to get away from summer’s madding crowds, it’s not the largest beach you’ll ever see but the peninsula is big enough to take a good hike around, plus the waters are crystal clear and the sand is fine.
Cala Macarelleta, Menorca
The Balearic Islands are among the most photogenic spots in Spain and Menorca is testament to that. This island is still very much the lesser known sister of celebrity favourite Mallorca, which makes it even more appealing for the “get away from it all” set.
Take the grail from Galdana to Macrella along the edge of the cliffs, snapping the gorgeous views along the way. Once you reach Cala Macarelletta, the turquoise shade of the water will take your breath away – in fact you’ll swear you’re in the Caribbean rather than Spain.
Playa Bolonia, Tarifa, Cadiz
Tarifa is an eco haven which has avoided the high rise hotels that blight stretches of the Costa del Sol but there’s another reason it’s never as crowded – the wind. Home to the windsurfing set (the area hosts world championships), your number one accessory here is a pair of good sunglasses. For some, the wind is just too uncomfortable, but if you find a strong Atlantic breeze exhilarating, this beach has your name drawn in the sand.
Just minutes from Tangier, Morocco, the spicy town of Tarifa has a real Moorish feel to it, reflected in its Arabic architecture and it’s exactly this exotic, laid back eco vibe that attracts repeat visitors year in, year out, every single summer.
Playa Bolonia is a huge stretch of Atlantic kissed beach with deep turquoise waters and if you like this one, check out Zahara de los Atunes, nearby.
If the word “Bolonia” sounds Italian, you’re right – there are Roman ruins here and if you stand at the top of the dunes or look out from a high terrace, you’ll believe Morocco is just a short magic carpet ride away…and with regular ferries making the 14km trip from Tarifa to Tangier, you’d be absolutely right.
Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Another windsurf/kitesurf capital, Fuerteventura’s climate is even better than Tarifa’s as it stays warmer in winter. Playa de Cofete extends over 12 kilometers of wild beach terrain between the Jañdia Mountains and the Atlantic making this beach one of the most exhilarating of all those on the Canary Islands. And like Tarifa, this is eco territory, so there are no high rise hotels to ruin the panorama. With flight times less than four hours from the UK, Fuerteventura is one island to earmark for (almost) guaranteed winter sun.