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2010 Top 5 Beaches in Andalusia

Due to the popularity of our Top 5 Beaches 2009, this year we’ve once again chosen our five favourite beaches (with a little help from this year’s Black Flags and Blue Flags) for travellers in search of unadulterated nature. Five slices of sandy paradise to enjoy and try to protect.


By:  Zoe Martín
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top 5 beaches in andalusia 2010 bolonia cadizBolonia (Tarifa, Cadiz)

Bolonia continues to be our favourite beach in the province of Cadiz. We love the fine, white sand, the enormous sand dune and the Roman ruins that lead right up to the beach. If you’re a foodie, then you’re in for a treat. Seafood at Restaurante Otero is delicious, while a drink at La Cabaña at sunset is a must. From Tarifa take the N-340 towards Cadiz and turn left at the sign for Bolonia. Photo © Cecilia Bogaard


top 5 beaches in andalusia 2010 playa cuesta maneli huelvaCuesta Maneli (Huelva)

The beach at Cuesta Maneli, declared a Natural Monument, is located within the Doñana National Park between Mazagón and Matalascañas. Golden sand and tranquil waters protected from the elements by several sand dunes. To reach this beach you have to hike almost a kilometre through the national park. Experience total pleasure as you take in the natural beauty surrounding you. On your left of the footpath is a nudist beach. You’ve been warned! Photo: Fuzzyyol/Yolanda (Some rights reserved)


top 5 beaches in andalusia 2010 playa de la rijana granadaLa Rijana (Castell de Ferro, Granada)

Located in the province of Granada, La Rijana beach boasts golden sand and tranquil water in which divers delve in search of underwater life. Try to avoid it during the summer months as the experience will be lessened by summer crowds. Located between Castell de Ferro and Calahonda, turn off the N-340 when you see the sign and walk up a dirt track to the beach. And if you’re a film buff; Fernando Colomo shot some of the scenes of South from Granada on this beach. Photo: Simplifica/Marta (Some rights reserved)


top 5 beaches in andalusia 2010 cala barronal nijar almeriaCala El Barronal (Níjar, Almería)

El Barronal is a relatively unknown beach in Nijar ideal for naturists. With grey sand and crystal clean water, El Barronal is made up of three coves (cala means cove) hidden amongst high rock walls in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. It’s not easy to get to; from San José, park at Playa del Mónsul and take a path on your right. After 600 meters walking amongst the dunes you’ll reach this little slice of paradise in the province of Almeria. Photo: © Fernando Crego


top 5 beaches in andalusia 2010  cala de las alberquillas nerja malagaCala de las Alberquillas (Nerja, Málaga)

One of a handful of coves that Nerja can be proud of, las Alberquillas follows the coast for about half a kilometer and is relatively secluded even in summer. A favourite amongst nudists, it’s known for its spectacular views and the Torre del Pino rock formation on the mountain side. To get there take the N-340 towards Maro, turn off at kilometre 299 and park your car after about 200 metres. You’ll have to walk the rest. Photo: © Raúl Recacha Camacho


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