My favourite beaches around Seville are:
- Matalascañas with its nearby beautiful lighthouse. You can do dromedary routes through the dunes.
- Punta Umbría has very good chiringuitos (beach shacks) where you can eat fried fish and exquisite seafood.
- Isla Canela is a calm beach with very little waves; so it is very nice to swim.
Beaches near Seville
The Huelva coast and the areas around the town of Tarifa has the best beaches around Seville. Huelva is an hour away, while Tarifa takes 2 hours to reach from Seville.
Beaches of Huelva coast
Matalascanas is a seven-kilometre long golden sand beach around 80 kilometres from Seville, making it the closest to the city. There is a range of hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as a pedestrianized seafront promenade. Keep in mind that the beautiful Huelva beaches have a touristy feel because of the apartment blocks on the beach. These are packed in the summer and almost empty in the winter.
You can reach Matalascanas beach either by car or by bus. The drive is interesting as it goes through the pretty Donana National park to reach Matalascanas Beach. If you prefer public transport, take the by bus from Plaza de Armas bus terminal (service run by Damas )
El Rompido is a fishing town with a secluded beach among salt marshes. It is an ideal beach for picnics with the family. The beach shot into prominence when El Rompido Golf Club opened in 2003 to fantastic reviews throughout Europe.
Rompido beach is little over 120 kilometres from Seville. By car, it takes roughly an hour and a half. By bus (board Damas service bus going to Cartaya) it takes longer.
Donana park beach trail
For secluded beaches, hit the beach trail at Donana park. Doñana National Park, on estuary of Guadalquivir river, is an UNESCO listed world heritage site. Doñana Park is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and home to many threatened bird species. Without prior permission, most parts of the park are inaccessible to tourists.
Fortunately, the stretch of beaches that envelop the park, popularly known as the Doñana beach trail, is open to the general public. This beach trail of 24 miles (38 kilometers) remains one of the few undeveloped coastlines in all of Spain.
Drive down to Chiringuito Cuesta Manel (marked on GPS), park you car and climb up the wooden path to reach the completely wild and unspoilt beach. It is like paradise.
Beaches near Tarifa
The Cabo Roche to Tarifa stretch has some of the best beaches in Andalusia. Here are two of my favourite picks from that stretch.
Bolonia is one of Spain’s best beaches. It is wide, and its white sand shoreline is popular with wind and kite surfers. The Bolonia bay is beautiful and great for swimming when it’s not too windy.
The sun on the beach is a major attraction and on a clear day you can see straight across to Africa. The area also has a well-preserved Roman archaeological site, The Barlow Claudio ruins. Bolonia village and the surrounding area is part of a natural park that stretches along the coast to Barbate. Thanks to this, Bolonia has kept away property speculators and beachfront apartment blocks.
Bolonia Beach is approximately a two and half hour drive from Seville. It is not easily accessible by public transport.
Playa de Los Lances
Playa de Los Lances is a long (7 Km) windy beach with natural white sand and stunning clearwater. The beach is popular with professional kite surfers. There are also kitesurfing schools along the beach.
Playa de Los Lances is only three kilometres from the town of Tarifa.
Of all the beaches near to Seville, my favorite one is Bolonia in Tarifa which also has a camping there where you can stay overnight. It's got dunes and the remains of an ancient Roman city. If you want to go to Bolonia, first you have to get a bus to Tarifa and from there to Bolonia. You can board bus to Tarifa start from Plaza de Armas or El Prado bus stations.
You also have Mazagón beach, more touristic than the previous one but still not too crowded as Matalascañas or Sanlúcar. You can get there by car or by bus.
If you want to go with children “Zahara de los Atunes” is a good choice as it has dunes and shallow waters apart of Bolonia, which was previously recomended.
For couples, a nice choice is “ Calas de Roche” in Cádiz. A very picturesque and secluded beach where you can see gorgeous sunsets.