Although not as renowned for its beaches as some other towns and cities on the Costa Blanca, Alicante's beaches still attract many thousands of holidaymakers each year. The great thing about taking a seaside holiday is the amount of possibilities there are to enjoy every day and have endless fun in the sun. Paddling in the shallows, building sand castles and making new friends while playing beach sports and games keeps the young ones happy, and sun loungers and parasols are available for those who just want to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The more active holidaymakers can enjoy a number of water sports and activities, and for the happy go lucky young party crowds there are several beach bars for a lively afternoon session.

Alicante Beaches

Postiguet Beach is centrally located right next to the marina and regularly receives the coveted Blue Flag Award for its clean sand and good facilities. It is less than a kilometre long so when visiting during the peak summer months it's advisable to get there early if you want to make sure you secure a lounger or parasol as, once there many visitors tend to stay for the day. During high season lifeguards are on duty and there are beach sports and exercise equipment as well as foot showers and toilets. Refreshments are available from a couple of beach bars.

That's about it for the city centre when it comes to dedicated beaches with facilities, but if you continue north from Postiguet you can walk all the way to the beaches of Cabo de las Huertas. The walk is long but pleasant, especially if you bring along a packed lunch and snorkelling gear or a fishing rod as there are numerous small coves to stop for a rest and swim, or get out the rod and see if you can catch something for your lunch. There are two sandy beaches before you reach Cabo de las Huertas which is a series of picturesque coves favoured by naturists.

If you were feeling fit enough you could continue around the headland to reach Alicante's most popular beach, San Juan. More easily reached from the city centre by bus or tram, San Juan Beach stretches for 7 kilometres all the way to neighbouring El Campello, and its fine golden sand and great facilities make for a excellent day out. There's no need to pack a lunch here as the beach promenade has several bars, cafes and restaurants as well as a McDonald's. Due to its noteworthy ‘Accessible Beach Service' it is the perfect beach for those with disabilities.

Although Alicante does offer a selection of water sports, these are fairly limited due to it having a shipping lane for ferries from north Africa, so if you fancy a day of thrilling water sports such as jet ski, scuba diving, wind and kite surfing, head to neighbouring Santa Pola.