Spain Guide


Alicante Beaches

Alicante's mild climate allows for a bustling beach life all year round. And there are plenty of beaches to choose from whether you want long stretches of golden sand, secluded bays or naturist beaches.

The main tourist beach is Playa San Juan seven kilometres of sand flanked by the coastal road enabling you to stop anywhere along its length. Be warned, however, that parking can be a problem in the summer. The beach is eight kilometres to the north of the city centre and can be accessed by bus (numbers 21 and 22) and by "trenet" the train service which takes you on a pleasant ride along the coast.

The beach is located in a residential area that is lively in the summer months and very peaceful during the rest of the year. It's well served by seafront restaurants, bars, cafés and car parks. Services include access for the handicapped, toilets, watchtowers, a Red Cross post, tourist information and water sports on the beach. San Juan consistently wins the European Union's Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety.

To the north west of the city you'll find the more secluded beach of Abufereta Beach 500 metres long with beach patrols and lifeguard services during the Ester holiday and summer months. Other services include a Red Cross post, watchtower, foot showers, toilets and parking facilities. Nearby there is the smaller Almadraba Beach.

Close to the city centre is El Postiguet at the foot of the Benacantil mountain, next to the port. And there's another sandy beach, Los Saladares, lying just to the south of the city in the area known as Agua Amarga.

At the Cabo de las Huertas you'll find a rugged, rocky area with coves such as los Cantarales, Los Judios and Palmera.

There are sports enough to keep everyone happy swimming, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, pedaloes, windsurfing, beach volleyball and much more.

The city's two sailing clubs the Real Club Náutico de Regata and the Alicante Costa Blanca Nautical Club have more than 800 moorings.

For scuba divers, a trip to the Island of Tabarca is a must. Tabarca is located off the Cabo de Santa Pola and is the only inhabited island in the Valencian community. There are regular boat trips to and from the island which has a 250 metre long beach and a protected marine reserve which makes diving in these crystal clear waters a special experience. The village of Tabarca has been listed as a national monument of historic and artistic interest.

For those who prefer to enjoy the sea from the solidity of terra firma there's no better way to while away those lazy summer days than by strolling along the magnificent Paseo de Explanada. The music pavilion, street cafes and restaurants ensure you'll never tire of what is commonly regarded as one of Spain's most impressive seafront promenades.

Enjoy some local "tapas" while you people watch or sample some of the local rice and fresh fish dishes.