Many people say that if Seville had a beach, it would have it all, but thankfully you can escape to the seaside at a number of incredible beaches nearby!
With roughly 300 days of sun a year, and temperatures of above 40C in summer, Seville is one of the hottest cities in Europe, and while there are many amazing ways to cool off in the city itself, sometimes we all just have to escape to the beach.
With over 1000km of coastline, Andalusia is full of exceptional beaches to relax in and catch a few rays, but not all are easily accessible from Seville and many are overdeveloped and consistently overcrowded. Check out our favorite beaches near Seville, perfect for a short escape to the playa during your time in the city.
For many people, Bolonia, located along the Costa de la Luz in the Cadiz region, is not just the best beach near Seville, but one of the best in Andalusia. Secluded and far enough away from Cadiz and Seville to avoid becoming too popular or crowded, Bolonia is an untouched paradise.
Along with a vast area where families and sunbathers can take in the sun, the brisk levante wind that blows through part of the bay also makes it a hotspot for windsurfing and other watersports. And there’s even something for the history buff in your group, as behind the enormous sand dune (at 30 meters high, it’s said to be one of the largest in Europe), you’ll find the Baelo Claudio Roman ruins, showing off the fascinating history of this Spanish fishing town. Alternatively, the dunes also serve as a great activity to occupy restless kids while you work your tan!
If you are looking for a place where the vibrant nightlife goes on into the early hours of the morning during the warm summer months, Punta Umbría is the place for you. This is the largest seaside town in the area of Huelva on the Costa de la Luz, and being within easy reach from Seville makes it a popular weekend destination for those looking for the best of both worlds– lazy beach days and sociable summer nights. The Punta Umbría beach stretches nearly 4 kilometers along the coastline, so although it is a very popular beach with local families, you should be able to find your own stretch of sand to enjoy too.
Caños de Meca, Cadiz
Another gem along the Cadiz section of the Costa de la Luz is the stunning Caños de Meca. The drama of the sheer drop from the forest-covered cliffs contrasts amazingly with the relaxing atmosphere and bohemian vibe along the golden, sandy beaches. Another beach with great water sports conditions, the restaurants overlooking the water and the beachside bars are another huge draw for the locals who visit.
The beautiful views and delicious food from El Pirata restaurant make for a great lunch, and the party in the summer months doesn’t stop until you do! Check out the nearby Trafalgar Lighthouse during your stay too, where the battle of Trafalgar was fought during the 19th Century. Sun, sea, sand, great food and even history, Caños de Meca has it all and is definitely one of our favorite beaches near Seville.
Caños de Meca is one of the most beautiful beaches reachable by car from SevillePhoto Credit: Jesus Fernando chusoart
La Fontanilla, Conil de la Frontera
Located right in the center of the coastal town of Conil de la Frontera, La Fontanilla is perhaps the most popular beach for families who come from all the nearby areas of Andalusia. Though busy during the hot summer months, the large beach stretches far enough to allow you to mark your spot in the sand and have some space for the day.
The standout thing about many of the beaches in Conil is the delicate, light sand you’ll find there, and also the amazingly shallow water, especially at La Fontanilla. At this beach, you’ll have to walk quite far to fully immerse yourself in the water, but if your idea of a beach day is more relaxing on a sun lounger than splashing about, this is the perfect beach for you!
The beaches by the seaside town of Conil de la Frontera are some of our favorite in AndalusiaPhoto Credit: Francisco Manuel Esteban
Cala de Aceite, Cadiz
Just 10 minutes along a winding road from Conil, this beach is perhaps the area’s best kept secret. One of the beaches in the Calas de Roche, Cala del Aceite is only accessible by car but is worth seeking out. Surrounded by green forest and adorned with golden sand, this wonderfully calm beach is nestled in total nature. The turquoise waters are protected from the levante winds so typical of the area, thanks to striking cliff fronts are reminiscent of Portugal’s Algarve region, and the natural beauty broken by just one chiringuito to enjoy some food and drinks.
If you don’t feel like making the journey to and from Seville back in the same day, there is a camping ground located right next to the beach, fully equipped with onsite bathrooms, supermarket, and restaurant with WiFi– there are no reservations taken during the high season, so just turn up with your tent!
The closest beach to Seville, Matalascañas may not be the most secluded beach on our list, but the beautiful views and wonderful chiringuitos along the boardwalk make for an amazing día de playa near the Andalusian capital. With the vast sand dunes which form part of Doñana National Park on one side and the modern apartments along the beach’s promenade, this area effortlessly combines natural beauty with modern buildings.
Keep an eye out for the overturned tower a few meters off the coastline. This 16th Century building was destroyed in the enormous Lisbon earthquake in the 1700’s and the ruins still remain just off the beach today and are a fascinating symbol of the area. With over 5km of beach area to enjoy, and buses running daily from Seville city center, Matalascañas is the perfect day trip from Seville to escape the heat of the city.
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After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.