With beaches, it's like with colors – variety is the key to enjoyment. That's why creating a list of the best beaches in Andalusia that is both comprehensive and pleasing to everyone is practically impossible. Nevertheless, it's worth a try.
We've used the prestigious Blue Flag awards as a reference, and while not all the great beaches are included, those listed are indeed exceptional. With its 1,200 kilometers of coastline graced by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Andalusia boasts some of the finest sandy shores in the entire country. Here's a selection of the best beaches in Andalusia, along with information on where to park your camper van close to them.
Beaches in Almería for Camper Vans:
1.Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de los Genoveses (Cabo de Gata, Almería)
Likely the smallest bay within the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and one of the most unique spots in the Mediterranean. A pristine bay without buildings, beach bars, or roads. Accessible through a path surrounded by lavender, thyme, and windmills, it offers a panoramic view of the bay with the Morrón de los Genoveses in the background – an 85-meter-high volcanic promontory that is an iconic feature of this place. The sandy beach is formed by fine, golden dunes, complemented by the azure Mediterranean sea that enhances the beauty.
You can spend the night at Cabo de Gata Camper Park, with 50 spots and a fee of 7 euros for overnight stay and wastewater disposal. Wastewater disposal alone costs 3 euros, the same as electricity. The park also provides sinks, a barbecue area, washing machine, dryer, and a daily menu. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: 36.81639 / -2.14917 N 36° 48' 59" / W 02° 08' 57"
2. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de Los Muertos (Carboneras, Almería)
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches along the Almeria coast, despite its tragic name. The contrasts are striking here – the whiteness of its granulated sands and the bluish-green of its crystalline waters contrast with the dark and purplish hue of the volcanic cliffs that form unique shapes. It's like standing before an artist's palette. A true paradise. A visit to Almería is incomplete without seeing it.
Cabo de Gata Camper Park is also a good overnight option.
Beaches in Cádiz for Camper Vans:
3. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de Valdevaqueros (Tarifa, Cádiz)
The green of meadows, the white of rockroses, the blue of the sky and sea, or the color of pale sand – Valdevaqueros Beach radiates purity. Located in Tarifa, even when the wind blows (which is nearly always), there are countless opportunities to enjoy these four kilometers of breathtaking coastline. Taking a dip might be the best option here – the sun is warm and the air is refreshing, but the water is likely the best place to be on a beach like this. Kitesurfing is a common sight, and the spectacle of high-speed flight against the sky is almost hypnotic.
You can spend the night at the La Marina camper area, with 50 spots and a fee of 8 euros for overnight stay. The maximum authorized stay is 48 hours, and camping equipment cannot be set up. The historic center of Tarifa is about 800 meters away. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: 36.01806 / -5.61083 N 36° 01' 05" / W 05° 36' 39"
Another option is the Tarifa area, which offers 50 spots and a fee of 12 euros for overnight stay and wastewater disposal. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: 36.08778 / -5.76556 N 36° 05' 16" / W 05° 45' 56"
4. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de los Alemanes (Zahara de los Atunes, Cádiz)
Beyond the beautiful town of Zahara de los Atunes, nestled behind a hill adorned with luxurious houses boasting stunning views of the sea and the African continent on the horizon, lies one of the best beaches in Cádiz – Playa de los Alemanes. This expansive beach exhibits a charming contrast between the green of the surrounding hill, the golden hue of its fine sand, and the crystal-clear water that you won't believe until you see. The Camarinal Lighthouse stands on the left side of the beach – a visitable lighthouse that leads to a viewpoint few know about. No obstacles between you and the horizon here.
You can spend the night in a mixed parking area by the beach, with a fee of 17 euros. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: N 36.13335, W 5.84391 N 36°08'00", W 5°50'38"
Beaches in Huelva for Camper Vans:
5. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de Punta Umbría (Punta Umbría, Huelva)
Punta Umbría boasts a rich fishing tradition along the coast of Huelva. Its climate, proximity to the Portuguese Algarve, cuisine, and spacious, less crowded beach make it a fantastic destination. Punta Umbría offers an expansive stretch of fine, golden sand that begins at La Canaleta and ends at the urban center of El Portil. Aside from the urbanized area, the natural surroundings, featuring pine trees, junipers, and dunes, are perfect for pleasant walks.
6. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de Matalascañas (Almonte, Huelva)
While the entire Huelva coast is known for its vast, high-quality beaches, Matalascañas stands out for its unique feature: it's embraced by one of Europe's greatest biodiversity sanctuaries – Doñana, a true privilege. Within its four kilometers of urbanized beach, you'll find all you need for happiness. For a wilder experience, head to the more desert-like area belonging to the Doñana Natural Park, one of Europe's most significant natural reserves. Here you'll find the Torre de la Higuera, colloquially known as the 'tapón de Matalascañas' – one of eleven watchtowers dotting the Huelva province. Its remains currently lie over the sea and serve as a symbol of Matalascañas.
You can spend the night in a mixed parking area by the beach. The fee is 6 euros. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: N 36.98418, W 6.52899 N 36°59'03", W 6°31'44"
Beaches in Málaga for Camper Vans:
7. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de La Rada (Estepona, Málaga)
Playa de La Rada is located in Estepona, being the most frequented beach by residents and visitors of this coastal municipality in Málaga. La Rada Beach stretches for more than 2.5 kilometers, with fine gray sands and numerous amenities. Being close to the main streets of the town, it's an optimal choice for those who want to explore the village afterwards. The promenade is a hub of activity during the summer months, and beach bars offer the chance to savor typical paellas or the famous Malaga-style skewers.
You can spend the night at the Estepona port parking area, which is mixed and free. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: N 36.41488, W 5.16024 N 36°24'54", W 5°09'37"
8. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de Calahonda (Nerja, Málaga)
Calahonda Beach in Nerja is located in the heart of this Malaga municipality, close to the Balcón de Europa and adjacent to the Chorrillo cove. Considered one of the most iconic beaches, it has been depicted in numerous Nerja postcards. This is where you can often see local fishermen casting their nets. The old houses or warehouses built near the rocks, with their white walls and blue doors, give this beach a distinctive charm.
You can spend the night in a mixed parking area. The fee for overnight stay is 16 euros. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: N 36.74741, W 3.87303 N 36°44'51", W 3°52'23"
9. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Playa de Cabopino (Marbella, Málaga)
Cabopino Beach is one of the finest beaches on the Costa del Sol. It's a place where you'll feel a unique sense of freedom and connection with nature. The landscape, adorned with imposing dunes and delicate native vegetation like sea daffodils or junipers, is truly captivating. A natural paradise amidst Marbella.
You can spend the night in the mixed, free parking area of the Simbad restaurant. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: N 36.48692, W 4.75859 N 36°29'13", W 4°45'31"
Another, and perhaps the best, option is the mixed and free Cabopina Dunas de Artola parking area. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: N 36.48710, W 4.74242 N 36°29'14", W 4°44'33"
Beaches in Granada for Camper Vans:
10. Park and Sleep in a Camper Van at Cala Rijana (Castell de Ferro, Granada)
A small, secluded, and beloved beach with incredible waters and a spectacular setting. The beach measures just about 250 meters, but that doesn't diminish its charm one bit. Sunsets from the shore, with the view of an almost collapsed ancient watchtower on a rocky outcrop, are truly spectacular. It's also an ideal spot for snorkeling, as the rocky formations surrounding the bay teem with life. This is an authentic natural paradise.
You can spend the night at Tropic AC Camper Park, offering 60 spots and a fee of 10 euros for overnight stay, except in July and August when the price rises to 12 euros. Electricity costs 3 euros. See on Google Maps. GPS Coordinates: 36.71972 / -3.36444 N 36° 43' 11" / W 03° 21' 52"
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