Taking the sun may not be your number one priority on a short break in Alicante - but with kilometres of beach on the doorstep and a superb year round climate you may want to take some time out to work on that tan.
A number of beaches are easily reached by foot, bus or tram, so if you want to pack your towel, camera and a picnic and spend some time lounging on the warm sand here is a quick guide of what's on offer.
Playa del Postiguet
In the heart of the city is a 900m wide arc of golden sand that is the gorgeous beach of Playa del Postiguet. Situated at the base of the imposing Monte Benacantil, it's wonderfully positioned for easy access and backed by a palm-shaded promenade with modern bars offering refreshments and food. It is lapped by tranquil waters that are consistently awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness and being a local beach you will find it being used at all times of the year, particularly on Sundays when it can be very busy in the summer!
Playa del Coco
Stroll along the shoreline to the smaller beach of Playa del Coco, where the city's fishermen used to land their catch and you can still find a small harbour where you can sit and while away the hours.
Playa de la Albufereta
Further along to the North of the city you will find Playa de la Albufereta, a beach that offers a slice of history. It takes its name from the small coastal lake that once existed on this spot and was home to the harbour that served the Roman village of Lucentum, the origin of Alicante.
Playa de la Almadraba
This beach bumps into Playa de la Almadraba a cosy sandy beach little used by tourists, but both offer the perfect environment for water sports enthusiasts or those preferring a gentle swim.
Cabo de las Huertas
If you prefer to explore a more rugged coastline then Cabo de las Huertas hides three picturesque coves. All are difficult to access, which adds to their remoteness, but should you wish to develop that all over tan, then the two nudist coves of Cala Palmera and Cala Cantelalares will leave you spoiled for choice.
Playa de San Juan
Easily accessible by tram, San Juan beach is 7 kilometres of beautiful fine white sand, which is considered to be one of the finest in Spain and for golfing enthusiasts it also boasts an 18-hole golf course! This beach is backed by residential properties in the main, so doesn't supply all the facilities you may be used to, however at the end of the beach closest to Alicante City, there is a small smattering of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a respite from the sun.
However our tip would be to stay on the tram until you reach the lovely town of El Campello, taking in the scenery as you travel along the coast (only a 25-minute journey from Alicante City). Here you have all the facilities of the bars and fine restaurants that spill out onto the lovely promenade that winds around the two beaches that the town offers. Both have beautiful white sands, water sports facilities and gently shelving shores that are perfectly safe for children. Stroll along the shady promenade towards the Marina and watch the fishing boats land their catch or, if you time your visit right, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the weekly fish market! Either way whether you are calling for a brief look or staying for the day, the town of El Campello has something to offer everyone.
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