About 85 km north-east of Alicante, Denia is known for its imposing fortress and countless sandy beaches dented by picturesque rocky bays along 20km of shore. Many of these cute curves of sand have Blue Flag status. e. g. the extensive strip of Les Marines or the beach collection of Les Rotes, with golden sand and rocky coves next to the Parque Natural de Montgo. For windsurfing and sailing, try 5 km long Les Deveses, a fine sand and pebble beach with dune backing.
If you are looking for some mad Spanish fiesta to liven up your vacation then Denia holds an annual ‘Bous al Mar’ festival, provoking bulls to run into the sea in July.
Levante Beach, Benidorm. Photo by Rodelar.
Notorious for its high-rise coastline, Benidorm is sometimes referred to as the ‘Manhattan of Spain’ or ‘BeniYork’. Astonishingly the resort has the third highest number of hotel beds in Europe after London and Paris, accommodating thousands of visitors throughout year, though it isn’t easy to get a room at short notice in the high season as the rooms are booked out by tour companies offering unbeatable package deals.
On the positive side Benidorm’s beach has some of the Costa Blanca’s finest sand and safe, calm, azure water that is perfect for a hassle-free family beach holiday.
Playa de la Levante, a 2 km longBlue Flag urban strand is extremely popular as it is within walking distance of the town centre. Levante offers excellent amenities, sports and activities.
And it that’s all too much head for more relaxing Playa de Poniente, next to la Levante, 3km of soft golden sand just near the pleasant Park Elche.
Villajoyosa encompasses the pleasant town beach ofEl Centro (Ciudad), but located a bit further away, El Paradis beachoffers over 1km of golden sand – with a few pebbles – and excellent facilities including varied watersports. For tranquility, try Playa La Caleta, a small, discreet sandy cove with calm water and a stony creek. If you are a naturalist/nudist, then secluded Playa l’Esparrellois where you can let it all hang out.
Javea (also known locally as Xábia) is Costa Blanca’s most scenic area, with relatively low-key, family-friendly resorts. The best beach is probably the rocky, shingle bay of La Granadella and its pine tree security blanket. It’s only accessible by a car through the woods but getting there is a half fun. Granadella has some decent facilities and a sailing club offering a wide choice of watersports including scuba diving.
The area is also excellent for walks so that secluded beaches such as La Caleta and La Sardinera, only reachable on foot, are great stopping places for cooling your feet or for passing time in unusually isolated surroundings.
La Roda, Altea
This Blue Flag beach next to Cap Negret, La Roda offers 1. 5 km of gleaming sand, clear blue waters and excellent facilities including sailing and dive centres.
El Fossa Beach, Calpe. Photo by Thomas Zuberbuehler.
Playa El Fossa, Calpe
La Fossa, also known as Levante, is one of Calpe’s most popular beaches with fine blonde sand and an iconic 332m high rock, the Penon de Ifach, at one end (picture at top of page). The other side of the rock reveals another lovely beach, Arenal-Bol. Both beaches sport Blue Flag awards and everything you need for a good beach holiday, with lively neighbourhoods and nightlife.