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The 10 best beaches in Alicante you can't miss

Ranking of the 10 best beaches in the province of Alicante. Miles of beautiful sandy beaches, hidden coves between cliffs and small charming beaches.

The 10 best beaches in Alicante you can't miss
Categories Locations,Lifestyle,Costa Blanca
10 Apr, 2024

Alicante, with its beautiful coastline stretching from Pilar de la Horadada in the south to Denia in the north, offers one of the widest varieties of beaches in all of Europe. In just two hours by car, visitors can find everything from charming rocky coves to extensive golden beaches, picturesque pebble beaches, and even spectacular cliffs with hidden beaches in the north of the province. This diversity makes Alicante a unique place where there's always a beach for every taste.

Although all the beaches in the province of Alicante have their own beauty and advantages, we have selected 10 that consistently appear at the top of the rankings. These selected beaches stand out not only for the cleanliness of their waters, the ease of access, and their stunning views but also as a testament to the wealth and variety of natural landscapes that can be found in this part of Spain. From quiet coves ideal for diving to lively urban beaches and remote almost virgin oases, Alicante has it all.

For those dreaming of having a home near the beach, we have also provided links to our online section, where you'll find listings of flats and houses for sale, located right on the coast or very close to each of these beaches. We invite you to discover and fall in love with these destinations that make Alicante such a special place.

San Juan Beach - Alicante

Playa de San Juan

One of the crown jewels of the Alicante coastline is undoubtedly Playa San Juan. With its more than 6 kilometers of fine golden sand, this extensive beach stretches from Cabo de las Huertas to the municipality of El Campello, offering ample space to relax under the Mediterranean sun. What makes San Juan Beach particularly attractive is its combination of accessibility, high-quality services, and natural beauty, elements that make it a favorite destination for both locals and visitors from around the world.

In addition to being a paradise for sun and sand lovers, Playa San Juan is known for its promenade, filled with restaurants, bars, and shops that invite you to enjoy the local cuisine and the vibrant social life of Alicante. Whether you prefer a day of total relaxation, practicing water sports like surfing, or simply strolling at sunset, this beach has something for everyone.

For families, the beach offers children's play areas and sports zones, making it a perfect place for a day of outdoor fun. The quality of its waters and services has been recognized with the Blue Flag, an award that underscores its commitment to the environment and excellence in services.

  • Total length of the beach: 6200 m
  • Width of the beach: 85 m
  • Accessibility: Easy access by car, tram, or bus.
  • Water sports: Areas equipped for surfing, kayaking, and sailing.
  • Services: Showers, sunbed rental, lifeguards, and access for people with reduced mobility.

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Granadella Beach - Javea

Granadella Beach Javea

Javea's Granadella Beach is often cited as one of the best beaches in Alicante, and has frequently been awarded the title of the best beach in Spain in consecutive years. This small cove, which has a distinctive crescent shape, is framed by steep cliffs and lush Mediterranean vegetation, offering a dreamlike landscape that seems taken from a postcard. Its crystal-clear and calm waters, protected from large waves by the natural bay configuration, make it ideal for diving and swimming, attracting water sports enthusiasts from all over the world.

Playa Granadella is especially appreciated for its intimate and serene atmosphere. Despite its popularity, it maintains a quiet and relaxed character that allows visitors to enjoy nature in its purest form. The quality of its fine sand and clean water has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, an international recognition of environmental quality and beach facilities. This, along with its natural beauty and well-maintained services, solidifies its status as one of the jewels of the Costa Blanca.

Access to the beach is through a winding path that descends through the pines, offering spectacular views before reaching the cove. Although parking is limited, this contributes to preserving the tranquility of the place, preventing it from becoming overcrowded. For those seeking modern comforts without sacrificing natural beauty, Granadella Beach offers services such as kayak and snorkeling equipment rental, as well as several nearby restaurants where you can taste the local cuisine.

  • Length of the beach: 200 meters
  • Width of the beach: 20 meters
  • Amenities: Water sports rental services, local restaurants.
  • Activities: Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming in calm waters.

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Playa del Albir - L'Alfàs del Pi

Playa del Albir

The Playa del Albir, located in the town of Alfaz del Pi, encapsulates the charm of the Costa Blanca. Known for its unique sand mixed with small stones, this beach offers more than a place to sunbathe; it provides panoramic views of the entire Altea bay, ranging from the part of the Serra Gelada that includes the famous Albir lighthouse to the Ifach rock in Calpe. Stretching about 500 meters, Playa del Albir is a perfect choice for those seeking tranquility and wishing to avoid the typical crowds of larger beaches.

One of the distinctive features of this beach is its promenade, known as the Walk of the Stars, and in the same way as Hollywood Boulevard, invites you to stroll while you walk past tiles with the names of the most emblematic figures of Spanish cinema. El Albir offers countless dining options in the numerous restaurants and cafes overlooking the sea. This has made Playa del Albir a popular place not only among tourists but also among local residents looking for quality rest.

The beach is also equipped with numerous amenities, such as sun lounger and umbrella rental, making it ideal for families and groups of friends. Additionally, for nature lovers, right next to the beach extends the Serra Gelada Natural Park, an impressive natural park that offers hiking trails and viewpoints with incredible views of the Mediterranean and its surroundings.

  • Length of the beach: 500 meters
  • Width of the beach: 100 meters
  • Amenities: Sun lounger and umbrella rental, first aid points available
  • Activities: Summer film festival, walks along the promenade, sunbathing, hiking through the Serra Gelada Natural Park, playgrounds, and a small fair for the little ones.

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Fossa Beach - Calpe

Fossa Beach in Calpe

Playa Fossa, located in the charming town of Calpe, is a true paradise for those seeking a perfect balance between natural beauty and modern conveniences. With about 950 meters in length and a width that reaches 40 meters in some areas, this beach is characterized by its fine golden sand and crystal-clear waters, making it the ideal place for both families and water sports enthusiasts.

In addition to its stunning views of the Peñón de Ifach, Fossa Beach is located close to the salt flats of Calpe, a beautiful natural area where it is possible to observe various bird species, including flamingos. This proximity adds a unique ecological and scenic value to the experience of visiting the beach.

The Fossa Beach promenade is dotted with ice cream shops and craft stalls, offering leisure and shopping options for all tastes. The high quality of its services, such as the rental of sun loungers, parasols, and accessibility for people with reduced mobility, ensures a comfortable and relaxing experience for all visitors to enjoy the beach. Moreover, near the beach, there are free parking areas. This is not the only beach in Calpe, as very close to Fossa Beach you can also find Calalga and Arenal-Bol beach.

  • Beach length: 950 meters
  • Beach width: Up to 40 meters
  • Amenities: Sun lounger and umbrella rental, accessibility for people with reduced mobility, ice cream shops, craft stalls
  • Activities: Water sports, beach relaxation, exploring the salt flats of Calpe

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Cala Moraig - Benitachell

Cala Moraig in Benitachell

At the foot of the prestigious area of Cumbre del Sol, in the municipality of Benitachell, lies one of the hidden jewels of the Costa Blanca: Cala Moraig. This charming cove, known for its turquoise and crystal-clear waters, is the perfect refuge for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse themselves in an almost untouched natural environment. Surrounded by imposing cliffs, Cala Moraig offers not only a spectacular landscape but also an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

One of the most fascinating features of Cala Moraig is the Cueva de los Arcos, an impressive natural phenomenon that attracts divers and photographers from all over the world. The combination of its underwater beauty with the rock formations that can be explored both inside and outside the water, makes this cove a unique place in the region.

Despite its somewhat remote nature, Cala Moraig is equipped with some basic amenities that ensure a comfortable stay for visitors. However, its charm lies in the serenity and pristine beauty it offers, making it a must-visit destination for those who appreciate nature in its purest state.

  • Length: 300m
  • Width: 30m
  • Amenities: Basic services available
  • Activities: Diving, photography, cave exploration, swimming in crystal-clear waters

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Cala Barraca or Cala Portitxol - Javea

Cala Barraca or Cala Portitxol in Javea

Known by various names, such as Cala Portitxol, Cala Portixol, and Cala Barraca, this charming beach in Javea has a rich history behind each denomination. While Portitxol, Portichol, and Portixol are linguistic variants in Valencian and Spanish, "Cala Barraca" specifically refers to the picturesque fishermen's houses with white facades and blue doors that adorn this area. These barracas are a symbol of the Mediterranean lifestyle and make this cove an iconic and highly photographed place in Javea.

Access to Cala Barraca can be challenging during the summer months due to its popularity. However, here are some tips to facilitate your visit. The nearest parking offers space for about 75 vehicles and has shade in most of its spaces, making it very convenient. However, this parking is also the busiest, so it is recommended to arrive early in the morning to secure a spot. Additionally, there is another parking lot on Barraca Street with space for about 15 more cars, serving as a good alternative.

Another excellent way to reach Cala Barraca is through the Creu de Portixol route, starting from the beach parking area. This short and scenic walk of about 10 minutes one way not only gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the Mediterranean scrubland but also offers spectacular panoramic views of the coast. This well-marked trail is perfect for nature lovers and those looking to add a touch of adventure to their beach day.

  • Beach length: 900m
  • Amenities: Nearby parking with shaded options, well-marked pedestrian access.
  • Activities: Snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, and photography of the emblematic barracas.

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Playa El Paraiso - Villajoyosa

Playa El Paraiso in Villajoyosa

Known in Valencian as Platja Paradís, El Paraiso Beach in Villajoyosa is one of the Alicante beaches that truly lives up to its name, offering a paradisiacal retreat on the Costa Blanca. This long and extensive beach is distinguished by its stretches of dark sand that meet with small pebbles at the shore and rounded white stones on the beach itself, creating a unique contrast that enhances the characteristic turquoise blue of its waters.

El Paraiso Beach is especially appreciated for its well-preserved natural surroundings and its tranquil atmosphere. The presence of a cliff at the end of the beach, with a small cave that offers shelter to visitors, adds a picturesque touch to the beach experience. In addition, on the other side of the beach, there is a camping site, and one can admire the views of the tossal de La Malladeta, a promontory that houses the archaeological remains of an Iberian sanctuary and is crowned by the Torre del Doctor Esquerdo, contributing to the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Despite its popularity, the wide availability of parking ensures easy access for all those wishing to explore this gem among Alicante's beaches. Facilities on the beach, such as picnic areas, showers, and lifeguard services in the high season, ensure a comfortable and safe stay for all visitors, making it an ideal destination for families, couples, and adventurers alike.

  • Beach length: 1030 meters
  • Beach width: 50 meters
  • Amenities: Picnic areas, showers, lifeguard services in high season, ample parking.
  • Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, picnics, and walks through the surrounding nature.

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Arenales del Sol - Elche

Arenales del Sol in Elche

Arenales del Sol, located in the municipality of Elche, majestically stretches over more than 7 kilometers of fine golden sand, surrounded by two other famous beaches of the Alicante metropolitan area: Urbanova and Carabassí beach. This privileged location makes it one of the longest and most appreciated beaches in Alicante, noted for its vast expanse that guarantees enough space for everyone, even on the busiest summer days.

The uniqueness of Arenales del Sol also lies in its surrounding natural environment, including the Clot de Galvany wetland, a space of great ecological value that offers visitors the chance to enjoy nature and picnic areas where even barbecues can be held. Moreover, this beach offers privileged views of the island of Tabarca and the cape of Santa Pola, crowned by its lighthouse on one side, and of the entire bay of Alicante, from where one can even see the Aitana mountain range in the background, on the other side.

Arenales del Sol is distinguished by its impressive sand dunes, a protected natural landscape that provides a habitat for various species of flora and fauna, contributing to the conservation of the coastal ecosystem. Additionally, it is known for its crystal-clear and clean water, ideal for swimming and practicing water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, thanks to the excellent wind conditions in the area.

Access to the beach is facilitated by long wooden walkways that run its entire width, allowing easy entry to this magnificent beach which is equipped with all the necessary amenities, including access for people with reduced mobility, lifeguard services, showers, and play areas for children, making it a perfect destination for families.

  • Length of the beach: More than 7 kilometers
  • Width of the beach: 50 meters average
  • Amenities: Access for people with reduced mobility, lifeguard services, showers, children's play areas, long wooden walkway, caravan parking.
  • Activities: Swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, walks through natural dunes, picnics at the Clot de Galvany.

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La Cala de Finestrat - Finestrat

La Cala de Finestrat Beach

La Cala de Finestrat, a beautiful corner located between the boundaries of Villajoyosa and Finestrat and just a step away from Benidorm, stands out for its beauty and the richness of its surroundings. This charming beach of fine golden sand, divided between two municipalities and surrounded by a vibrant promenade, becomes the ideal place for those seeking everything from a relaxed day of sun and sea to an exceptional culinary experience tasting an authentic Valencian paella in one of its numerous restaurants and ice cream shops.

Life in La Cala de Finestrat takes on special energy every Tuesday and Saturday with the colorful La Cala market, where visitors and residents can enjoy a varied offer of fresh products and handicrafts. Culture and history are also present in this unique location, thanks to the nearby hiking trail that ends at the Torre El Aguiló, one of the ancient defense towers against Berber attacks. Moreover, the Tossal de La Cala offers one of the most spectacular viewpoints on the Costa Blanca, from where one can admire the bay of Benidorm and the rest of the coast up to the city of Alicante, along with the ruins of an Ibero-Roman fortified settlement, testifying to the rich history of the area.

In addition to its natural and cultural charm, La Cala de Finestrat is very close to the La Marina Shopping Centre and well-known theme parks like Terra Mítica, expanding the entertainment and shopping options for all visitors. Although small, this beach gathers everything necessary to be considered perfect: a cozy atmosphere, accessibility, quality services, and a privileged location that allows easy access to a wide range of activities and experiences.

  • Length of the beach: 300m
  • Width of the beach: 50m
  • Amenities: Local market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, restaurants and ice cream shops, children's play areas, access for people with reduced mobility.
  • Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, hiking to the Torre El Aguiló, exploring Ibero-Roman ruins, panoramic views from El Tossal de La Cala, shopping and theme parks.

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El Portet Beach - Moraira

El Portet Beach in Moraira

The coastal jewel of Moraira, El Portet Beach, offers an idyllic escape on the shores of the Mediterranean. Its charm lies in its unique location, sheltered by the Cap d'Or peninsula, making it a perfect refuge to enjoy crystal-clear waters and picturesque landscapes.

Its natural environment invites exploration beyond the sand, with trails leading to the iconic Cap d'Or Watchtower and the microreserve of flora that shares its name. Additionally, sea enthusiasts can embark on thrilling kayak adventures or discover the area's underwater richness through diving routes.

With a length of 300 meters and a width of 10 meters, this semi-urban beach offers a complete experience with services ranging from lifeguards and restaurants with panoramic views to activities such as paddle surfing and kayak rentals. The combination of its natural beauty and modern amenities makes El Portet a must-visit on the Alicante coast.

  • Length: 300 meters
  • Width: 10 meters
  • Features: Blue flag, calm and clear waters, ideal for families. Lifeguards, bars and restaurants, nearby parking.
  • Activities: Paddle surfing, swimming, kayak rentals, hiking.

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