Visit These 7 Beautiful Beaches in Spain

Summer brings the heat to Spain, and the best way to cool off and refresh is to do as the Spanish do: escape to the beach! With miles of coastline surrounding the country on both the Mediterranean and Atlantic sides, the sand and sun options are endless, but we’ve narrowed it down so you don’t have to. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

Playa del Silencio

As its name suggests, you can expect to get some serious peace and quiet and this beach. Backed by large cliffs, the silvery sand runs into the emerald waters seamlessly, though thanks to underwater rocks, it’s not the best cove for swimming. But it is perfect for strolling, relaxing and soaking in the sun. Expect ultimate tranquility here — there are no bars, restaurants or even bathrooms at this secluded spot.

Playa del Silencio © Jaime González via Flickr

Playa de Treumal

Just about an hour north of Barcelona sits the Cala Treumal, a small cove with golden sands and turquoise waters. Part of the protected area of Pinya de Rosa, you can spend the morning exploring the stunning cactus botanical gardens there,  and then spend the afternoon on the beach. Although the beach is just a few minutes away from the town of Blanes, it seems to be part of a quiet underworld, hidden away by pine trees, rocks and stones scattered along the sand.

Cala Treumal © Albert Torelló via Flickr

Playa de Las Catedrales

This beach was made for adventurists, as the stunning stretch of sand and rocks has formed arches and caves that can be explored during low tide. Just be prepared for cooler waters and temps. The beach, which is located in the Lugo region of Galicia, sits on the shore of the Cantabrian Sea, which is chillier and rougher than the Mediterranean. Often called Playa de Aguas Santas/Beach of the Holy Waters, you may feel a bit ethereal after bathing in these salty waters. And the spiritual fun doesn’t stop at the beach: a stop here can be combined with Corazón Travel’s guided Camino de Santiago Tour, which takes you through the unique and diverse landscapes of Northwestern Spain.

Playa de las Catedrales © Oswaldo Rubio via Flickr

Playa de Carabeillo

Located in Malaga’s Nerja region, you’ll face a steep descent of about 117 steps to reach the beach, but we promise it’s worth it!  Although the sand here is dark and coarse instead of fine and white, Carabeillo beach is still postcard perfect, thanks to its giant rocks sheltering the sands and the bold blue waters. Although there aren’t many amenities here, you can walk to the nearby Burriana Beach for restaurants, bars and bathrooms.

Playa de Carabeillo © micah craig via Flickr

Playa Bolonia

Close to Cádiz and Tarifa, this Andalusian beach haven is considered a windsurfing paradise thanks to its breeze — called levante –that blow through the cove. While many Spanish beaches are flanked by high-rises and bustling urban hotspots, Bolonia beach has managed to retain its tranquil charm, encased in a natural park called Estrecho. Home to one of the largest dune systems in Europe, the soft white sands seem to stretch on forever.

Playa Bolonia © Torpe via Flickr

Playa de La Garrofera

Located in the La Albufera nature reserve, this beach features dunes up to 1500 meters high. It’s unique protected location is special for another reason: the beach has the Mediterranean waves lapping on one side, but when you tire of the the salty sea, the tranquil Albufera lake sits on the other side. Here, you can rent boats, hike or bike around the lake and surrounding greenery. If you sign up for the guided Valencia Tour with Corazón Travel this September, you’ll be able to enjoy a boat ride on the Albufera lake, in addition to wine tastings, cultural visits and more.

Albufera Lake near Garrofera beach © David Talens via Flickr

Playa de Ses Illetes

Frequently topping lists for the best beaches in the world, you’ll have to fly to Ibiza and then take a boat to the tiny island of Formentera to reach this gem. You may actually think you’re in the Caribbean, as the beach has that fine white sand and crystal clear water you might find in Cuba or Antigua. Many have even deemed this beach the ‘Spanish Caribbean.’ It’s best to visit in the shoulder seasons like May, June, September or October when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds have subsided.

Playa de Ses Iletes © Vriullop via Wikipedia

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7 Spots For A Romantic Honeymoon In Spain

Spain is one of the most romantic countries in the world for a honeymoon. Imagine intimate dinners by candlelight, passionate flamenco dancing and long riverside strolls at dusk with your one and only. But with so many magical cities to visit, where do you even start? Read on to discover to some of the most idyllic spots to celebrate your post-nuptials.

Seville

With a thriving tapas culture and the blissful gardens of the Alcazar palace, Seville is definitely one of the sexiest cities in Spain. In fact, the whole southern region of Andalusia is sultry and inviting, and you can’t go wrong with an intimate evening ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a walk through the magnificent Plaza de España at sunset. Exploring a nearby white village such as Arcos de la Frontera is a perfectly picturesque day trip.

Plaza España in Seville. © Lori Zaino.

Menorca

Once of Spain’s hidden gems, the tranquil island of Menorca is a serene beach getaway perfect for couples wanting to get away from it all. Rent a car and explore the island, discovering rocky coves and beautiful sandy spots — you may just find yourselves completely alone to relax in the sunshine. Evening walks through the port and past the old British houses of Máhon are a peaceful way to unwind, and this island is truly a place for you to bond with your new love.

Cala Galdana in Menora. © Ben Salter / Wikipedia.

Madrid

Such a large city may seem imposing for a honeymoon, but with a growing number of boutique hotels as well as 5-star luxury properties, you can bask in the very best in Spain’s capital when it comes to accommodation. With day trips to nearby charming villages like Segovia and Toledo, getting out of the city is just a hop, skip and jump away. Madrid has endless cultural adventures, and the city is full of eclectic art, live music and dance, gourmet restaurants, cozy bars and boutique shopping.Remember, Insider’s Madrid can always help you to book tours — we’ll curate the perfect food, shopping, art or fashion tour with newlyweds in mind!

Plaza de la Villa in Madrid. © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio.

Granada

The Arabic influence on this southern Spanish city creates a special ambiance perfect for couples. Enjoy panoramic views of Granada, the Alhambra Palace and beyond as you and your honey take in a sunset at the Mirador San Nicolás, the city’s most coveted viewpoint. Once the sun sets, there’s nothing more romantic than soaking in that post-wedding bliss by admiring gypsy flamenco deep in a mountainside cave while sipping on sangria.

Granada and beyond. © Lori Zaino.

La Rioja

Close your eyes and picture you and your partner sipping red wine paired with savory Iberian ham and exquisite cheese, all to the backdrop of medieval villages and rolling vineyards. If this sounds like a dream, head to the Rioja region of Spain, one of the most popular areas in Spain for wine tasting. The charming towns of Logroño and Haro can be explored by two on foot after a delightful day of tasting and touring the nearby vineyards and villages.

A small town in the Rioja region of Spain. © cenobio / Wikipedia.

Marbella

Beach-loving couples looking for a sophisticated, glamorous honeymoon should head to Marbella. Spend your days frolicking with your plus one on long streches of sandy beaches lined with palm trees or unwinding at one of the many spas. Once the sun sets, treat yourselves to elegant dinners and cocktails at fashionable beach bars.

Port Banús in Marbella. © Tomas Faro / Wikipedia.

San Sebastián

Foodie couples should immediately head to San Sebastián, famous for its incredible eats, including a number of Michelin-star restaurants. But going beyond the fancier food scene, you’ll discover a whole other layer of dining — pinchos — which is really a way of life. These small tapas, often ‘pinched’ with a stick, can be found at most bars and restaurants, so grab your partner and start sampling. If you’re too full to do anything else, walk hand-in-hand along the city’s most famous beach, La Concha.

La Concha beach in San Sebastián. © Keta / Wikipedia.

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6 Plans Perfect For Your Bachelorette Party in Madrid

Wedding season has officially arrived! Before you and your partner tie the knot, you should plan to have a bit of fun first. With so many other wedding decisions on your plate, don’t overcomplicate things and instead choose a destination you and your entire gal group will love for the ultimate bachelorette party send-off into married life. Regardless of what you may have imagined for this quintessential ladies getaway, Madrid has it all. Whether it be high-end fashion and shopping, craft cocktails, gourmet cuisine or a nightlife scene that rivals Las Vegas or Ibiza, Madrid is a dream spot for your hen party.

Design by Isabel Zapardiéz

Soak in the sun

Nothing ruins a girl’s getaway like rain. But Madrid’s 300 days of sunshine per year will ensure you’ll not only have clear skies, but you may even bronze those shoulders as you stroll the streets of the Spanish capital city beneath the rays. Spending time outside sets the scene for serious bonding with the girls, so consider hosting a picnic or doing a relaxing yoga class in the park. After all, not every bachelorette party activity needs to be wild — simply enjoying time outdoors with friends is the best.

Hit the shops

Shopping with the girls is the perfect way to prepare for your upcoming nuptials and there’s plenty of boutiques in Madrid where you can discover one-of-a-kind items. Whether it’s leather shoes, vintage shops, wedding lingerie or bridesmaids dresses, you’ll be sure to find the ideal garment(s) here. If you aren’t quite sure where to go, Insider’s Madrid (authors of the style section for the Louis Vuitton Madrid guide!) curates customized fashion and shopping tours — meaning we’ll plan you a flawless shopping day, from stopping into the boutiques of Chueca, Alonso Martínez, and Serrano to visiting the workshops and the independent stores of Spain’s designers and curators, all based on the bride’s preferences. If you’d prefer to include wedding dress shopping into your itinerary, we can arrange that too.

¡Ole! Time to Dance

If you imagined attending a flamenco show surrounded by your closest friends or even taking a dance class itself, Insider’s Madrid can make it happen. Flamenco Uncovered is a unique tour where you’ll get to actually get to spend the evening with a flamenco dancer and learn a full flamenco choreography during a personalized dance class. We even offer discounts for groups over two people! Whether you see the art, learn about it or even begin to dance it yourself, flamenco will make your bachelorette celebration a special one.

Drinks High Above

Madrid is budding with rooftop bars where you can enjoy cocktail after cocktail with the ladies. The views of Madrid, speckled with red-tiled rooftops sitting beneath the blue sky, will seem even more impressive as you sip a crisp glass of cava or a refreshing mojito. Make sure to reserve ahead of time for your group to ensure you get the best spot in the house.

Photo by Lori Zaino

Night Out on The Town

If you want to swing traditional for your bachelorette party with a (wild) night out on the town, Insider’s Madrid will curate every detail for you — we can plan cocktail workshops where you meet Madrid’s most fashionable mixologists, an upmarket tapas tour or whatever style of evening you desire. You can’t go wrong with one of Insider’s Madrid’s food tours — the Spanish wine tasting is a wonderful way for you and your girls to chat over Riojas and Riberas.

See Spain Beyond Madrid

For an extra exclusive fashionista hen party, why not get out of Madrid and see all of Spain, eating, drinking and exploring the history of fashion along the way. The fall edition of the Fashion, Food and Textiles Tour hosted by Corazón Travel will be an unforgettable experience — one that includes an insider visit to meet Nacho Aguayo, creative director of Spanish fashion house Pedro del Hierro in Madrid, a almazuelas patchwork workshop with former Givenchy model Lola Barasoian at her converted water mill and meeting couture designer Isabel Zapardiéz in her San Sebastian atelier for your own personal design !

Design by Isabel Zapardiéz

If you’d rather focus on dining and drinking instead, Corazón Travel’s Insider Gourmet Tour offers your group the chance to indulge in some of the best tapas, wine, sherry and more throughout central and southern Spain. The fall event includes meeting winemakers, dining at Michelin-star restaurants, Iberian ham tastings and so much more.

San Sebastián under sunny skies

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Teambuilding in Madrid: Why the Spanish Capital is Ideal to Bring Your Team Together

When coordinating a 300-person event with employees coming from over forty different countries around the world, it’s crucial to choose a destination that can accommodate my team in terms of direct flights and meeting spaces. A beautiful and vibrant city like Madrid filled with sunshine, delicious food and culture is an important plus too,” explains Sandra Bucher, Event Manager of Endress & Hauser.

The Plaza Mayor. © Sebastian Dubiel / Wikipedia.

Thinking about hosting a corporate event in Madrid? The Spanish capital is actually the third most popular city for conference tourism thanks to its modern and clean transport network, rich cultural offerings and the fact that the city is safe and becoming  more and more eco-friendly every day. Here’s all the reasons why you should consider Madrid, Spain for your next corporate event, retreat or conference.

Madrid has a warm and welcoming energy

Locals welcome you with open arms in Madrid, excited to share their magnificent culture with you, so embrace it! Although the Spanish capital may not be as famous as its sister city Barcelona, the city retains an authentic Spanish charm that’s truly difficult to find elsewhere. With city-dwellers of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors, Madrid has the best of both worlds: the charming ambiance of a small, Spanish village and the energy of a bustling cosmopolitan city.

Plaza de la Villa © Madrid Destino Cultura, Turismo y Negocio.

The city is well-connected to Europe, Asia, Africa and America

Direct flights are offered from 174 different destinations to Madrid, making arrival a relatively easy feat. The high speed train system also runs from Madrid to 30 different destinations. Once in Madrid, the airport is a short hop away from the city center, accessible by taxi, train, bus or metro.

Bright lights along Madrid’s Gran Vía street. © Madrid Destino Cultura, Turismo y Negocio.

The transportation system is modern, clean and easy to use

Getting from A to B, even if you have a large group, is easy and cost-effective in Madrid. The metro system is expansive, clean and user-friendly, and hundreds of bus stops also ensure you and your team will get where you need to go hassle-free.

The metro is easy to use. © Madrid Destino Cultura, Turismo y Negocio

It’s your home away from home

With expansive restaurant and cultural options and over 42,000 hotel rooms, you’re sure to find your favorite snack or the ideal place to lay your head to rest. You won’t need to leave all the comforts at home when visiting Madrid as the city can offer anything and everything you need. You’ll never be bored in Madrid — it has 53 theaters, 87 art galleries and 71 museums.

The Plaza De Toros. © Carlos Vacas Madrid Destino Cultura, Turismo y Negocio

Madrid is green, safe and sunny

The city happens to be one of the safest capitals in Europe — and also the sunniest! You can count on over 300 days of sunshine per year. Madrid also takes second place in the world for green spaces, with over 225,000 trees and 18m2 of green space per inhabitant. Make sure to take your team to the Casa de Campo park, which is four times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Madrid has plenty of green space. © Madrid Destino Cultura, Turismo y Negocio.

It’s (literally) the best!

Of course, we may be biased as we love our city of Madrid, but if you don’t believe us, check out the facts:

  • Madrid is the number one city for business tourism in Europe
  • Madrid has been nominated as the best European destination for MICE tourism in the World Travel Awards
  • The city hosted over 2,500 conferences and over 7,000 corporate events last year

The Royal Palace at night. © Agustín Martínez Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio.

Insider’s Madrid and Corazon Travel can help you organize and coordinate your company event, meeting or conference in Madrid, making sure you have an safe, comfortable stay and enjoy all the best that Madrid has to offer — culture, food and more. Contact us for more information. 

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Best Spots for a Rooftop Cocktail in Madrid

The sun is shining in Madrid and that means one thing: terraza season! This special time of year refers to the moment when the outdoor terraces, patios, courtyards and rooftops of Madrid open up for business. Locals and tourists alike flock to these spots to indulge in beer, wine or cocktails al fresco. Rooftop bars are an especially exciting way to experience Madrid’s terraza season, offering incredible views and delicious drinks from up above. Here are our top picks:

La Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes

With 360° panoramic views of Madrid and beyond, this rooftop is one of the best spots in the Spanish capital to have a drink and take in some seriously awe-inspiring views. Lounge on the relaxing beds with cava on chilled ice or enjoy lunch with views of the Sierras. This is the ideal place for admiring the Retiro park and the famous Atocha train station to the Plaza Mayor. You can also peek over the edge to watch the world go by on the famous Calle de Gran Vía. Although visibility is great at any time of day, sunset makes for a stunning experience. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the Minerva sculpture by Juan Luis Vassallo, the Roman goddess of art.

Cost: Entrance is four euros, but contact for table reservations.

Madrid’s Gran Vía from the Círculo de Bella Artes. Photo by Lori Zaino

Mirador del Palacio Cibeles

This outdoor terrace overlooks the busy Cibeles traffic circle, the Bank of Spain and beyond. A chic place for a rooftop cocktail, the Mirador actually isn’t on the top roof itself, but a little side terrace on the sixth floor. Still, the views are fantastic and the drinks are flowing! Note that this bar doesn’t open until 1:00 pm daily.

Cost: Entrance is two euro. If you dine at the restaurant, it’s free to go up.

El Cielo de Alcalá Rooftop Bar

This is one of Madrid’s newer rooftops, part of the Hotel H10 Puerta de Alcalá.  You can often snag a table without a wait because many people don’t know about this hidden gem. The perfect spot to pop a bottle of icy-cold cava,  you can admire the sunset over the treetops of the Retiro Park and the nearby Casa Árabe. If you are a guest at the hotel, you can dip into the small but refreshing pool or lay out in the lounge chairs.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

A sunset view from the H10 Puerta de Alcalá El Cielo Rooftop Bar. Photo by Lori Zaino

The Hat Rooftop

Perched atop one of Madrid’s trendiest hostels, The Hat is a hipster space that’s coveted for its intimate vibe. You’ll feel as if you’re at a neighborhood barbecue in Brooklyn — except your actually on a roof  in Spain. With charming tables for two and lights strung up around the space, you can order cocktails that come in a bag and rounds of beers. The views aren’t expansive, but they do overlook the red rooftops of the city, adding to the already quaint ambiance of this outdoor terrace.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

SkyBar at the Axel

The Axel Madrid is aimed towards gay travellers but the space is most certainly ‘hetero-friendly.’  The rooftop SkyBar, which features a long, sleek pool, is particularly enjoyable  — think views for days, ambient music and spacious, comfortable seating. Plus, quirky details like neon signs and funky tiling make the space fun and inviting.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

Madrid’s rooftops from the SkyBar at the Axel Hotel. Photo by Lori Zaino

Radio Rooftop Bar

The Radio Bar at the Hotel ME Madrid Reina Victoria is one of the largest rooftop bars on this list. Recently renovated, the space overlooks the busy Plaza Santa Ana and is complete with cabanas, table seating and various sofas and spaces to dance. The spot prides itself on being ‘exclusive,’ and you can count on waiting in line to get in, especially on a Friday or Saturday evening. However, once you make it up, the glamorous scene is worth it!

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

Nice To Meet You Sky Lounge

The Sky Lounge at the Dear Hotel is one of Madrid’s tallest rooftops. The almost vertigo-inducing space on the 14th floor of the hotel offers breathtaking views of the Royal Palace, Calle de Gran Vía and Plaza de España. A small plunge pool is available for hotel guests to dip into while enjoying the views. Dusk and evening times on weekends are best for visiting this bar to hear DJ sets — but dress to impress as the crowd is usually pretty sophisticated.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

Gran Vía at night from the Sky Lounge at the Dear Hotel. Photo by Lori Zaino

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