Costa Blanca Beaches, Spain
Peñón de Ifach rock overseeing La Fossa beach on the Costa Blanca. Photo by Wyemji.
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.
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.
Levante Beach, Benidorm. Photo by Rodelar.
San Juan de Alicante
Located off the town of San Juan, a northern part of Alicante city, this is a 7 km long, fine sandy if a little grey – beach with a Blue Flag award. It has a fine strolling promenade, the Paseo de la Explanada, lined with trendy shops, restaurants and bars, play areas for children and various sports facilities including beach volleyball. It’s easily accessed by car as well as public transport and there is an 18 hole golf course nearby.
San Juan de Alicante beach.