The city of Alicante has more than 23 km of coastline and numerous beautiful beaches for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. Alicante’s best beaches near the city centre include Playa Postiguet, San Juan Playa and Playa de la Albufereta. And if you like to take your four-legged friend with you, you have Playa de Agua Amarga beach, a paradise for dogs where they are allowed to roam free. The whole province of Alicante has over 200 kilometres of stunning coastlines which you can enjoy!
Best beaches in Alicante city
Beaches in Alicante boast warm golden sand and crystalline Mediterranean waters, but are diverse in their access and public. Some beaches in Alicante are better suited for families or groups of friends. There are even options for those looking to try naturism. During peak season, most beaches are monitored by lifeguards, so you can enjoy the sea with full peace of mind.
Playa San Juan
Without a doubt, this is a must-see on your trip to Alicante. This fantastic central beach of fine sand has turned San Juan into a popular spot for Alicante city residents and visitors alike. San Juan beach stretches for 3 km, from the fishing village of El Campello to the rocky headland of Cabo de las Huertas. It’s also conveniently located just 25 km from Alicante international airport, so is an ideal option for Spaniards and foreigners looking for a relaxing weekend break.
San Juan beach is not only popular with bathers, but also with surfers, divers and kayakers. The beach offers all kinds of facilities and a beachfront promenade lined with restaurants. Another bonus is that it’s easily accessible on foot, by car or by public transport (trams 4 and 5 or bus 22 from the city centre).
Postiguet beach is just a stone’s throw from the city centre. It is widely considered the best beach in Alicante city, largely thanks to its convenient location. If you are staying in town, you can get to the beach on foot in just 15 minutes. The beach is just 10 minutes walk from the museum of modern art and the Santa María Basilica. Even if staying a little outside the centre of Alicante, you will find Postiguet beach is well served by public transport options.
The beach has been awarded a blue flag for its quality, safety and respectful environmental management. It is a popular choice for bathers and those looking to enjoy a walk along the shoreline.
Best beaches in Alicante province
Spain is the country boasting the most blue flags in the world, with a record 621 awarded in 2022. Alicante’s fine weather all year round makes the Costa Blanca the preferred destination for many people looking to enjoy a few days on some of the best beaches in Alicante. Below, we will review some of the best beaches in Alicante province.
Playa de Levante
Levante beach is a sandy beach in the municipality of Benidorm to the north of Alicante city, bordered to the north by the Sierra Helada mountain range. The beach stretches for 2 km.
Levante beach is easily accessible from the city of Benidorm, and is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The beach boasts a long seafront promenade and many parking spaces. It has been awarded the Blue Flag.
This beach is an excellent option for those looking to enjoy the fresh sea breeze or dip their toes into the Mediterranean, all close to the town.
Platja de la Granadella
The Granadella Cove is located in the southernmost part of Javea and is one of the most charming and popular coves. It is a small, rustic enclave of crystalline waters, ideal for scuba diving.
Cala Granadella is geographically rather unique, located between two hills. It is referred to as both a cove – Cala Granadella, and a beach – Playa de la Granadella. Its unique location means that it is very popular in summer, yet it retains a more relaxed vibe than other more popular beaches in Alicante, like Benidorm and San Juan. You will find several restaurant options at the rear of the cove, and toilet facilities.
Cala Granadella is ideal for swimming or snorkelling, as its shape protects it from strong currents and waves. This is a highly recommended spot to enjoy the beauty of its crystal-clear turquoise waters.
Cala del Moraig
Cala Moraig is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled coves in the province of Alicante. It is located very close to Alicante, and until not so long ago was relatively unknown. In recent years, its popularity has grown to the point that the capacity has become limited in high season.
Moraig cove is a beautiful rocky beach, just 300m long, with turquoise waters that are a paradise for divers and snorkelling fans. The cove is wheelchair accessible – just be warned that there is a steep slope down to and up from the cove from the car park! Make sure you take this into account when preparing your bag for the day.
The local town council of Benitachell also offers a shuttle bus service from the upper car park towards the cove to save some walking time. This service is available throughout the day.
Playa de Les Marines or Cala Las Rotas
An hour north of Alicante city, you will find Denia, another haven of golden beaches and breathtaking Mediterranean views. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Alicante province, famous for its rich history, and the guarantee of fine weather, golden beaches, and a stunning natural landscape.
There is something for everyone in Denia. Playa de Les Marines is a popular option for families with children and sunbathers, while the more adventurous may opt for Cala Las Rotas cove, an ideal spot for hiking or kite surfing. Denia is also a great place to go dolphin or whale spotting and is the coastal town in the Valencia region with the highest number of sightings. It is undoubtedly home to some of the best beaches in Alicante, Spain.