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Top 5 Beaches in Andalusia in 2009

Want to go to the beach, but don’t know which to choose? With blue flags and black flags, it can all seem a little confusing. At Tertulia Andaluza we’ve made it easy by choosing our five favourite beaches in Andalusia.

By: Tertulia Andaluza

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playa de los muertos 1. Playa de los Muertos. Almeria [1].

Rocks sculpted by transparent turquoise water filled with tropical fish are the highlight of this beach in the province of Almeria. Getting there is a bit of a treck, with a 15-minute hike down a rocky cliff, but this helps keep most of the tourists at bay. The sand is made up of tiny stones in millions of colours. The only drawback is the power station in Carboneras on the horizon, despite the beach being located within the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. (AL-5106, after Carboneras heading towards Almeria). Photo © Jesús Vallejo [2].


playa de bolonia 2. Bolonia Beach [3]. Cadiz [4].

With one of the most beautiful beaches in Andalusia, Bolonia is surrounded by mountains and a giant white dune. Bolonia is one of the only remaining vestiges of the wild Andalusia that inspired so many to move here. The rolling dunes give you the feeling of being totally alone as the Atlantic Ocean touches the fine white sand. Just above, the ruins of Baelo Claudia offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in history. (Take the N-340 from Tarifa and turn left).


playa de la joya 3. Playa de la Joya. Granada [5].

Nestled between cliffs, this is the place to avoid the summer throng. Located on the coast of Granada province, la Joya Beach is ideal for bathers looking for tranquility and, why not, a little naturism too. A 500 metre slope leads to the sand, made a little easier by the construction of some steps. Deep and serene blue water fills the bays that offer no amenities. (7 km from Motril between the cabo de Sacratif and peñón de Jolúcar).


playa mata del difunto 4. Playa Mata del Difunto. Huelva [6].

Fine white sand, the Atlantic Ocean and the special light you’ll only find in the province of Huelva. Who could ask for more? If you’re looking for a peaceful day at the beach, head for this one located near to Matalascañas. A little piece of paradise in the midst of the Doñana Nature Reserve. There are no traces of civilization so don’t forget a cooler bag and some water. (You can reach the beach on foot from Matalascañas, Almonte).


playa de almayate 5. Playa de Almayate. Malaga [7].

Near the mouth of the River Vélez, this is one of the few beaches that has been saved from the rampant construction that has so affected the rest of the Costa del Sol. The buildings in the vicinity are mostly farmhouses cultivating crops such as sugar cane on the surrounding land that reaches all the way down to the beach. It’s hard to find a landscape like this these days. Almost 3 kilometres of dark sand soaked in the Mediterranean waves that are ideal for a little nudism.


Links within article


[1] Almeria: http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/category/explora/almeria/

[2] Jesús Vallejo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesusvr/

[3] Bolonia Beach: http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/explora/cadiz-explora/playa-de-bolonia-el-lentiscal/

[4] Cadiz: http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/category/explora/cadiz-explora/

[5] Granada: http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/category/explora/granada-explora/

[6] Huelva: http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/category/explora/huelva/

[7] Malaga: http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/category/explora/malaga-explora/

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