The aim of this paper is to obtain high efficient and inexpensive spectral selective solar absorbers, for solar thermal flat plat collectors using a simple technique – spray pyrolysis deposition (SPD). To achieve maximum solar absorptance and minimum thermal emittance, the following parameters are optimized: the precursor solution concentration and composition, substrate temperature and annealing treatment. The structural and morphological properties of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and contact angle measurements. The thermal emittance and solar absorptance of as-deposited films were correlated with the chemical composition, crystalline structure and morphology. The results prove that coatings with excellent spectral selective properties (normal solar absorptance of 0.92 and a normal thermal emittance of 0.03) can be obtained by SPD.