The same thing goes through everyone’s head when they’re planning a vacation to Spain. Sure, you want to see the fairytale hilltop towns, roam the bustling cities, and sample the world’s greatest tapas scene. Then, there’ll come a time when all you’ll want to do is flop on some sand -- preferably soft and golden -- with the sound of waves breaking in your ears and a hot sun blazing overhead. Sheesh, you don’t ask for much, do you.
You have your pick of other Mediterranean beach destinations: Italy’s miles of coastline and Greece’s sneeze-pattern of island hotspots are strong competition. But if you want ace paella to go with your sunny afternoon wake-up calls, the choice has got to be Iberia. So here they are -- the best beaches in one of the best beach countries in Europe. You’ve got your snorkeling hotspots, your cliff-jumping coves, and your nudist idylls, and now, it’s time to get your swim on.