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TOMA Spotlight: Best beaches and lakes in Andalucia

Andalucia has a diverse landscape, from the Mediterranean coast to the Sierra Nevada mountains. As a result, there are some incredible beaches and natural pools not only along the coast but also inland. As well as the natural lakes and beaches, the reservoirs also provide great bathing.

These are some of the top bathing spots in Andalucia.

La Guardia Beach – Granada

Playa la Guardia. Courtesy of Granada Turismo

By Salobreña, La Guardia Beach in Granada province provides a tranquil escape from the crowds while offering all the amenities of urban beaches. Ideal for families and couples, this U-shaped beach features fine, dark sand and crystal-clear waters with gentle waves.

Easy access, a nearby parking area, and rentals for kayaks, pedal boats, sunbeds, and umbrellas enhance the experience. Numerous waterfront restaurants and beach bars (chiringuitos) are also available for food and drink.

Valdearenas Beach, Iznájar – Córdoba

Valdearenas Beach, Iznájar. Image courtesy of Turismo Iznajar on Facebook

Located on the expansive freshwater reservoir of Iznájar, Valdearenas Beach stretches over 32km. Just over an hour inland from Spain’s southern coast, it provides a coastal beach experience in a beautiful inland setting.

Enjoy swimming, sailing, kayaking, and pedalos. The beach is popular in summer with both locals and visitors. Two beach bars/restaurants on-site offer refreshments and meals.

Los Cañones del Puente de la Sierra – Jaén

Los Cañones del Puente de la Sierra – Jaén. Image courtesy of Somos de Jaen on Facebook

A mere 10 kilometres from Jaén, near Puente de la Sierra, Los Cañones is a striking canyon sculpted by the Eliche River. A beloved recreational area for locals, it offers opportunities for bathing, canyoning, and hiking.

The area boasts spectacular views and natural beauty. If you’re based in Jaen during the intense heat of the summer, you’ll find this canyon a godsend.

El Pozo del Barranco de la Guijarra – Huelva

El Pozo del Barranco de la Guijarra – Huelva. Courtesy of TURISMO ARACENA

In the Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Natural Park, this crystal-clear water ‘well’ offers fresh, high-quality water surrounded by impressive natural landscapes.

To reach the natural pool you have to follow a path of approximately five kilometres from Cortelazor, descending some ravines before reaching the natural pools or pools. It’s not the easiest of routes, but shaded, and worth the hike.

Playa Bolonia – Cádiz


One of Cádiz’s most iconic beaches, Playa Bolonia, is a 20-minute drive from Tarifa and is renowned for its beauty. Situated at the edge of El Estrecho Natural Park, Bolonia is protected from development, preserving its wild charm.

The beach features 4 kilometres of white sand and cobalt blue waters, backed by Europe’s largest sand dune and the well-preserved Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia Archaeological Complex.

Playa de Los Genoveses – Almería

Playa de Los Genoveses – Almería VioletaC95, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Los Genoveses, along the gravel road from San Jose, is a serene spot for swimming with calm waters and ample golden sand. The beach offers stunning views of nearby rugged hills. It derives its name from Genoese sailors who once used the cove for strategic attacks.

While there are no services, the beach is a favourite for its natural beauty so bring what you need and leave no trace behind. It’s unofficially a nudist beach.

La Poza de los Patos, Nerja – Málaga

La Poza de los Patos.

In Nerja, a renowned tourist spot on the Costa del Sol, lies the natural pool of La Poza de los Patos. Formed by the River Chillar, this pool is surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning gorges known as Los Cahorros.

The waters are clear and cool, perfect for a refreshing dip, with a beautiful waterfall adding to the picturesque setting. It’s an ideal spot for a summer day out with family or friends.

San Nicolás Beach, San Nicolás del Puerto – Seville

San Nicolás del Puerto, la playa sevillana Courtesy of CAMINOS VIVOS

Located in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, San Nicolás Beach is an inland gem with clean waters from the River Rivera del Huéznar.

Popular in summer, this beach offers a chiringuito for dining and is perfect for a day of relaxation and fun.

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