The Best Beaches Near Cadiz Recommended by a Local

Cadiz is one of the most beautiful cities in Andalucia, often overlooked by tourists who prefer to spend their time between Malaga, Granada, and Seville. If you are looking for a perfect holiday combining sightseeing with spending time at the beach, then Cadiz is the perfect destination for you. There are some amazing beaches near Cadiz, which offer miles and miles of untouched, golden sand, as well as crystal clear waters that you won’t resist taking a dip in.

About Costa de la Luz

A photo of a white, tall lighthouse, standing on a small hill above the beach. The lighthouse is on the left hand side of the photo, and the beach is on the right.

Costa de la Luz, where Cadiz is located, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Andalucia. The area, which is located between the Cadiz and Huelva provinces, offers long, remote beaches, with sand dunes and the most beautiful waters you have ever seen. Costa de la Luz is a popular destination for the Spaniards who live in the “oven of Spain”, as the area around Sevilla and Cordoba is known as, to escape the 40 degrees Celsius temperature of July and August. However, Costa de la Luz is pretty unknown to the foreign tourists who come to Andalucia.  

Costa de la Luz is also a popular destination for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. Because of its location at the Atlantic Ocean, the area receives the most amount of wind in the entire country.

How to Reach the Best Beaches Near Cadiz

A few people sitting on an urban beach, with a backdrop of apartment buildings. The beach is sandy but the sea is very rocky.

The best way to reach most of the beaches near Cadiz is by hiring a car. This is because some of these amazing beaches are quite remote, and public transport doesn’t reach them. Hiring a car in Andalucia is very easy. Most probably, if you are visiting Cadiz, you will be landing at Malaga airport – which is the main hub to access Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. Most of the low cost flights come here as well. Hiring a car at Malaga airport is very easy. You can click here to read my article about how to hire a car in Malaga and save money at the same time.

If you don’t want to hire a car or you don’t drive, then you can always explore the beaches in the city of Cadiz, which are stunning as well.  

The Best Beaches in Cadiz:

La Caleta

A narrow sandy ubran beach, with a few people laying on it. The beach is in a small bay, courving to the left.

La Caleta is one of the most accessible beaches in Cadiz. Located in the heart of the historic centre of Cadiz, between the San Sebastian and Santa Catalina castles, La Caleta is one of the most popular beaches in the city. The natural bay offers soft sand, shallow and calm waters, and plenty of bars and restaurants. In summer it is recommended to come early if you want to get a good spot next to the water. Because the beach is quite small, it does get filled up quickly.  

La Caleta is a great family-friendly beach.

Facilities:

  • Beach club
  • Lifeguard in season
  • Toilets and showers
  • Bars and restaurants

Playa la Victoria

A view of the beach taken from the sea. You can see the beach in front of tall blocks of flats and hotels.

Victoria is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cadiz, and this is because it has the perfect backdrop: the cathedral and the old town. This beach is a favourite among the locals who live nearby. Playa Victoria is 3 kilometres long and almost 200 meters wide at low tide, with beautiful, fine, golden sand and plenty of facilities. The beach has a blue flag, and it is considered to be one of the best beaches in Europe, not just in Spain.

There are plenty of chiringuitors, bars and restaurants along the seafront, where you can enjoy a great fish lunch or a drink when the sun is too strong to sunbathe.

Facilities:

  • Lifeguards in season
  • Toilets and showers
  • Parking
  • Public transport
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Beach bars with sun loungers and umbrellas
  • Accessible

Playa de Santa Maria del Mar

A close-up of two seaguls on the beach. Behind them, you can see the panorama of the old town of Cadiz with its Cathedral as the highlight.

Santa María del Mar Beach is located between Playa Victoria and the old town of Cadiz. It is a beautiful sandy beach, with a Blue Flag award for the quality of the water. This is a very small beach, but extremely beautiful, especially because of the views of the old town.

Facilities:

  • Lifeguards in season
  • Sun loungers and parasols for hire
  • Toilets and showers
  • Cafes
  • Parking

The Best Beaches near Cadiz in the South

Playa de Bolonia (Bolonia Beach) 

A photo of some sand dunes followed by the beach touching the sea, taken at sunrise. There is nobody on the beach and the atmopshere in the photo is quite pink.

This beautiful beach is part of El Estrecho Natural Park and lies 95 kilometres from Cadiz. The beach is worth the journey and makes a wonderful day trip from Cadiz.

Playa Bolonia is an unspoilt, fine white sand beach with crystal clear water and is backed by a huge 30 metre high sand dune (Gran Duna). The climb to the top of the sand dune is arduous but the spectacular view of the beach from the top of the dune is worth the effort.

The southern end of the beach is a popular spot for naturists and you can also visit Roman ruins and a small museum (Baelo Claudia). Playa de Bolonia gets very busy in summer but the beach is so big it is easy to find a quiet spot. 

Facilities:

  • Chiringuitos
  • Good selection of restaurants nearby
  • Historical site
  • Not accessible by public transport
  • Toilets and showers

Playa de los Alemanes

A photo of the beach taken just after sunset, from the cliffs above it. There is nobody on the beach. The beach is surrounded by thick green vegetation.

On the other side of Camarinal point from Bolonia Beach is Playa de los Alemanes.  This idyllic white sand beach lies in a quiet, upmarket residential area. Walk south along the beach to the historic Faro de Camarinal lighthouse. There are no facilities here which means the beach is quiet even in peak season. 

Facilities:

  • Limited parking available
  • No facilities
  • Lighthouse

Caños de Meca

A small sandy beach near a white building. The sea is coming from the left and the waves leave white marks on the sand.

Caños de Meca is a notoriously windy beach near Cadiz with big waves that are ideal for surfers. It is not a beach for inexperienced swimmers. The beach lies on the Straits of Gibraltar with views of North Africa and is part of the Parque Natural del Acantilado. The most popular beach here is Playa del Pirata.

Facilities:

  • Parking available 
  • Restaurants and cafes nearby
  • Beach bars on Playa del Pirata

Playa del Puerco 

Part of this beach are small dunes with vegetation on them. The beach then continues with flat sand towards the sea, which is on the left hand side of the photo. In the far you can spot a couple strolling on the beach.

Near Cadiz, the highly rated Playa del Puerco is a 2 kilometre long, well-maintained beach which rarely feels busy, even in the peak of summer. There are lots of facilities so this is one of the best beaches near Cadiz for families. There is ramp access to the beach (in addition to steps) so Playa del Puerco is a good option for wheelchair users or prams. 

Facilities:

  • Showers
  • Good accessibility
  • Lifeguards
  • Toilets

Playa de Los Lances (Tarifa)

A photo of the large beach, with the sea on the left hand side and the white town of Tarifa on the right. In front there is a mountain with white wind turbines on the top.

This windy 3 kilometre long beach is a 15 minute drive from Tarifa. It is a popular location for kite surfers. The beach is wide and clean with soft, powdery sand. 

Part of Los Lances is a designated bird sanctuary and there are hides for beach goers to watch nesting birds. It is a fantastic location to see migratory birds in Spring and Autumn.

Facilities:

  • Parking
  • Bird sanctuary

Playa Zahora 

A beach in a bay, courving to the right, on the left hand side of the photo. The sea is very calm.

One of the quieter beaches near Cadiz, west facing Zahora is known for its breathtaking sunsets. It is a long, wide sandy beach and has rock pools that you can explore at high tide. However, these same rocks can be treacherous for swimming on an incoming tide. If you want to swim here, swim at high tide. 

Facilities:

  • Parking nearby
  • Rock pools
  • Chiringuitos

Playa El Palmar

A close-up of a part of the sandy beach, with a little bit of vegetation leading towards the sea.

El Palmar beach has a laid back, bohemian vibe but like many of the beaches near Cadiz, it can be windy. The 7 kilometre long sandy beach is lined with independent bars and boutique shops. There are several surf schools which offer surfing lessons and equipment rentals. Other activities include yoga and windsurfing. 

Facilities:

  • Lots of parking available 
  • Equipment rental
  • Good food options
  • Accessible by bus
  • Lifeguards
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Faro de Trafalgar Beach

A photo from the beach towards the lighthouse of Traflagar.

Nestled between Zahora and Caños de Meca is the 2 kilometre long Faro de Trafalgar beach. It is a quiet sandy beach lying at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. Take a break from sunbathing to walk along the beach to Trafalgar lighthouse. Be aware that there are strong undercurrents (known as riza de Trafalgar) so swimming here is not advisable. 

Facilities:

  • Limited parking available
  • Lighthouse
  • Cafe nearby

La Fontanilla Beach (Conil de la Frontera)

Three palm trees on the right hand side of the photo, at the edge of the beach. It is very windy so the trees are leaning their tops towards the right.

This expansive beach is formed from coarse, golden sand and lies in front of the pretties seaside white villages of Andalucia. On a windy day, less sand is whipped up compared to finer sandy beaches nearby.

If you enjoy space and privacy, this is the beach for you plus the shallow waters makes this beach a great option for families. La Fontanilla restaurant on the beach is known for its fantastic seafood. 

Facilities:

  • Sunbed and umbrella rental available 
  • Popular with naturists
  • Good option in windy weather
  • Parking available

Las Calas de Roche

A rocky cove with large boulders around the edges. There are quite a few people sunbathing under pink and blue umbrellas, and a couple of people in the water as well, swimming.

Las Calas de Roche is a series of coves with small, pristine beaches. The coves offer some protection from the wind so the beaches get busy in peak season. It is an unspoilt area so there are no facilities; you will need to bring everything you need with you. 

The staircase down to the beach from the cliff top is steep so unfortunately, Las Calas de Roche is not a good option for anyone with reduced mobility. 

Facilities:

  • Limited parking near beach access points
  • Stair access only
  • Partially sheltered
  • No facilities

Cala Del Pato

A glimpse of the beach seen between the large boulders on top of the cliff above it.

A short distance along the coast from Calas de Roches is Cala del Pato. There are several small coves which can be accessed on foot and the surrounding cliffs offer some shelter from the wind. However, beware of tide times as you could get cut off from the main beach. 

Facilities:

  • Limited parking on the cliff tops
  • Partially sheltered
  • Access is by steep steps

Playa del Cañuelo

A wide, sandy beach, surrounded by small shrubs and sand grass.

Playa del Cañuelo is approximately 30 minutes on foot from the nearest parking area. The walk can feel a lot longer on a hot day when you are weighed down by beach bags! However, your first glimpse of this incredible, pristine beach with its azure water will make you forget the trek. There are no facilities (or shade) at this secluded beach so bring plenty of food and drink with you.

Facilities:

  • Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues
  • No facilities

Beaches near Cadiz in the North 

Playa de La Ballena

A long sandy beach with nobody on it. The sand leading towards the sea is all wet, and the waves stretch quite a bit into the land.

Playa de la Ballena is a long, wide beach near the town of Rota. It is an easy 44 kilometre drive from Cadiz or you can catch a bus or ferry from Cadiz. This urban beach has excellent access and facilities. 

Facilities:

  • Ramp access
  • Bars and restaurants nearby
  • Large public car park
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Playa de Regla

A small, narrow, urban beach. On the right there is the village of Regla, with a white church right next to the promenade.

A family friendly, urban beach, Playa de Regla has a gentle incline into the sea making it ideal for young children. This beach near Cadiz is fully accessible and is backed by a promenade and road lined with small cafes and bars. 

  • Public toilets
  • Showers
  • Sunbed and umbrella rentals
  • Range of food options
  • Lifeguards

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