Sumary of 10 of Spain’s best beaches – for families and hikers:
- If you are feeling energetic and looking for quieter beaches, continue south-east along the well-marked coastal trail for 20 minutes to the equally delectable Cala de Trebalúger.Where to stayAgroturismo-style Hort Sant Patrici (doubles from €200), 9km north of Mitjana, has a Menorcan-themed restaurant, vineyards, a cheese factory and pool.Where to eatPizzeria Bobby, 8km north-east of Mitjana in Ferreríes, is a family-run restaurant serving stone-baked pizzas.Playa de Temperáns, Costa Galicia SouthThe Costa Galicia in the north-west of Spain boasts 1,500km of coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
- The path leads on south-west to another secluded spot, Praia das Moscas.Where to stayCamping Limens (pitch from €33, bungalow from €65) is a short drive west of Temperáns and offers spacious pitches on terraces with views of the Ría de Vigo and the Cíes Islands.
- (Campsite prices are for a pitch for two in high season.)Where to eatOnly 15 minutes’ drive from Praia de Temperáns is regional capital Cangas de Morrazo, bursting with ice-cream vendors and cafes.
- Restaurant O Bruño serves local seafood dishes.Playa de Dique, Costa Galicia north The Costa Galicia north runs from the Pontevedra estuary, north of Vigo to Ría de Muros y Noya, 60km west of Santiago de Compostela.
- Playa de Dique is an enchanting sandy nook sheltered from the Atlantic winds between rocky headlands and pinewoods.
- It’s best to park near the entrance to Castro de Baroña, take the path towards Praia de Arealonga, walk south to the end of the beach and over the headland, then follow waymarkers for 400 metres to Praia do Dique.Where to stay and eatCamping Rianxo (pitch from €34.50, double bungalow from €40, hostel from €10pp) is a grassy campsite and bar half an hour from do Dique, with delicious food, especially the freshly caught xoubas (sardines) and locally grown padrón peppers.
- Nearby Turnauga Turismo e Aventura offers white-water rafting, kayaking and cliff jumping.Playa de Mónsul, Costa Almería Photograph: John WellerThe arid semi-desert province of Almería has provided the backdrop to a huge number of films, particularly westerns.
- At triple-coved Playa de Mónsul, 5km south-west of San José, fossilised lava has formed vast overfilled volcanic muffins, and a dramatic rock rears from the sand at the water’s edge like a tremendous sea creature.