Video | Paco Nadal’s five recommendations: the best beaches in Spain | Paco Nadal Travel

Spain has approximately 8,000 kilometers of coastline, but not all of them are equally beautiful. And although choosing the beautiful beaches is not an easy task, Paco Nadal is encouraged to select his five favorites in Spain. Three are in the north of the peninsula, a fourth in the Canary archipelago and the last in Andalusia.

The first is the beach of the Cathedrals, in Lugo, a Gothic cathedral carved by nature. The problem is that there are many faithful parishioners and in summer it is difficult to visit. Tickets must be booked in advance on a website of the Xunta during the months of July, August and September. And not even the capacity limits make the experience very quiet, there are queues to get in and out. That is why it is advisable to visit it calmly out of season.

It is followed by San Lorenzo beach, in Gijón, one of the best urban beaches in the country, a school for generations of surfers. With a length of 1,550 meters and a shell shape, it is one of the most emblematic in Asturias and perfectly combines beach relaxation with urban bustle. Without leaving the Principality there is an enclave to take into account, and completely opposite. Playa del Silencio is a refreshing hidden corner, almost from the Jurassic, surrounded by cliffs covered in green. Located in the surroundings of Cudillero, this beach of rounded pebbles and crystal clear waters is a haven of peace in which neither the tourists nor the waves have much of a presence.

Jandía is not a beach, but a peninsula. The southern part of the Canary Island of Fuerteventura is a paradise for lovers of the sun, the sea and the wind. It has 70 kilometers for all tastes. Costa Calma for families, Morrojable for nudists, Sotavento for windsurfers… The latter offers a unique experience. In the afternoon the tide rises, forming lagoons of turquoise waters that reach the feet of the lounger. Finally, Cofete beach. It is not recommended for bathing due to the roughness of its waters and the absence of watchmen, but the picture it offers is impressive: 14 kilometers long delimited by steep red mountains and furious waves, creating a hypnotic Martian landscape.

The last of the selection is the beach of the Genoveses, in the natural park of Cabo de Gata (Almería); the marine façade of the most beautiful desert in the Mediterranean and the setting for mythical films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It is located in the area of ​​Campillo del Genovés, a valley with hardly any buildings and no paved roads that preserves beauty in its purest state.

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