Spain is known for its fantastic food, excellent wine, breathtaking views and, most of all, the wonderful beaches. From the wonderful La Concha Beach in San Sebastian to the rocky marvels in Galicia, you have access to some of the most exciting and beautiful places on earth.

Every year, thousands of people head down to these marvelous beaches to catch a glimpse of that fantastic Spanish Sun, bask in its shine and come back with a tan that’s the envy of the entire office. However, if you aren’t careful, you might end up with a lot more than just a simple tan.

Here’s how you can make your Spanish holidays safer, especially when you are out catching the Sun on the beach.

Sunscreen

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Sunscreen – Image by Hacklock

If you are going out to the beach without a layer of sunscreen, then you deserve to get Sun-burnt. That you need a sunscreen lotion, there is no doubt. What you do need to ensure is that that lotion is, at least, above a Sun-Protection Factor (SPF) of 30. There are plenty of options available in stores and you can find something that will match your skin type, the kind of exposure you will get and even the kind that allows you to go into the water without losing any of that protection.

Wide-Brimmed Hat

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Wide-Brimmed Hat – Image by ilovehats

We aren’t talking about just any little hat here; we are talking about something that will keep the Sun off of your face. These wide-brimmed hats are ideal for covering a large part of your head and shoulders, without actually being too obtrusive.

You can also get the bucket or legionnaire style of hats but make sure that they too have a UPF rating of 50 or above. That ensures that you don’t get any harmful radiations coming through and hurting you, even though you might think you are completely safe.

Clothes

In terms of protecting your body, there is nothing more important than wearing your clothes. Now you might think it daft to be asked to wear your clothes when out on the beach. The fact is, as long as you catch the Sun before it catches you, you are safe.

Also, you cannot really stay out in the Sun throughout the day because that will just ensure that you can’t put on any clothes after. So make sure you carry your clothes with you and that you put them on as soon as you start feeling the pinch.

Sunglasses

On the beach, the glare from the water and the Sun is just too strong to not wear eye-protection. Your sunglasses ensure that your eyes stay protected even when you are sitting out there in optimum Sun-burning temperature. Get a EPF rating 10 or above for the best your eye can get and you will be happy when you get out of the beach and head back home or to the hotel.

Shelters

Beach Cottage at a Spanish holiday

Beach Cottage – Image by jCmAaN

Well, you aren’t exactly going to the beach to sit indoors so there’s no real point in setting up something that is flamboyant and makes you look like an idiot. A simple umbrella will do the trick, giving you the right amount of shade and keeping you out of the Sun when you want it to.

Get a foldable variety that you can keep in the back of your car or simply carry around easily. There are plenty of places where you can rent one from too, in case that seems to be a better option.

Staying at the beach is something that everyone loves to do. Whether you are in it for the water or simply for the Sun, you need to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to keep the Sun at bay. After all, once you are burnt, life takes a long time to get back to normal.

Craig Mathew

Living in the northern parts of England, Craig needs to take time off from the beautiful rain and gloom of Manchester and Spain is his usual getaway. For over ten years, Craig has been spending his Spanish holidays on the beaches of this beautiful country, soaking in the Sun and lazing away his time. Once burnt, Craig has been shy ever since and takes all the protection he will ever need on his holiday trips.

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