San Juan Playa

Alicante is known for being home to spectacular beaches that highlight the beauty of Spain. And with this port city having the most welcoming beach weather nearly all year round, you can plan your visit any time you wish!

If you want to find the perfect spot to bask under the warm sun surrounded by golden sand and turquoise blue sea, these Alicante beaches are just the place to be!

Busy beach with palm trees and people having picnics

Postiguet Beach

Postiguet is a great place to get away from the city’s noise without having to travel too far. In fact it’s just steps away from the city centre. Postiguet Beach — also known as one of the most popular and arguably the best beach in Alicante City — is right in the center of a flock of palm trees and has a lively promenade you can walk on. Located just on the edge the city center, this “Blue Flag” beach feels like entering another world entirely!

Postiguet beach sun beds with Mount Benacantil and the Castle of Alicante in the background

Visitors can enjoy the cool sea breeze and sun at Postiguet Beach and entertain themselves at the volleyball courts and football pitches. The beach is also home to several seafood restaurants serving a variety of culinary delights.

Activities and Services

Whether you’re looking to relax or indulge in beach activities, Postiguet Beach is one of the best places to visit. Since it is just on the outskirts of Alicante, the beach offers a brief respite from the bustling city.

If you want to relax while listening to some music while enjoying an ice-cold beer or cocktail, then head over to one of the beach bars where they play great music all day long. The best beach bar (Chiringuito) can be found at the far end of the beach and is also a home to live music on certain nights in the summer. Many beach bars offer sunbeds and parasols for rent at a reasonable price. There are also many restaurants around Postiguet Beach that also serve unique seafood dishes.

Beautiful deep blue sky with palm trees surrounding a life guard station

For those on a family outing, the beach also has a children’s play area for your little ones to have fun! Facilities like showers, toilets, changing rooms are sometimes available but not always. Usually there Is at least a tap for washing your feet after your visit.  For visitors with mobility problems there is usually (during the summer) a ramp and boardwalk to an accessible covered area where you can sit and enjoy putting your feet in the water. During the summer there are lifeguards on hand to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

Nearby Attractions

Apart from being a highlight of the city, Postiguet is also near some excellent tourist attractions. While the city center is always a stone’s throw away, you can also make a stop at the marina of Alicante (just the other side of the Melia hotel from the beach) where you can view some beautiful millionaires yachts while you sip on something soothing and cold. And, of course, there’s the Paseo de la Explanada (the Esplanade) where you can take a leisurely stroll and truly appreciate the lively atmosphere of Alicante!

A busy cafe on the beach at San Juan Playa

San Juan Playa

San Juan Playa is an expansive beach that’s attracted visitors and locals alike for decades. It’s located on the eastern coast of Alicante city and is also one of the closest beaches to the city center by Tram. Grab line 3 or line 4!

The beach spans 6 km from Cabo de las Huertas to El Campello and is so extensive that it has two names! The southern part is the official San Juan beach while the northern part is called Muchavista beach.

The soft white sand and glistening blue water make this an excellent beach for families with children and for sports enthusiasts.

Activities and Services

Another Blue Flag beach, San Juan Playa offers a fantastic view, and a lot of fun activities! and for family outings it’s never too crowded because of its size,

If you love water sports, this beach is your paradise. It has 20 volleyball courts, mini football goals, playgrounds, as well as parasailing and jet skiing options that you can book for a fee. Other activities like paddleboarding and kayaking are also available. Since this beach has a shallow water zone, it’s also suitable for kids or people who want to chill out on their towels.

San Juan Playa basketball court on the beach and a small clump of palm trees

You’ll also find many beach bars and cafes nearby. If you love to indulge your inner foodie, head over to Casa Julio or Casa Domingo — two historic restaurants that are renowned for their Valencian cuisine.

And if you find yourself near San Juan Playa in June, make sure you stay to witness the extravagant celebration of San Juan where people light fired on the beaches all over Alicante whilst eating, drinking and partying with friends. This celebration is usually in the last week of June held every year in the city and on the beaches.

Young people on the beach at night sitting and standing around fires and having a relaxed, fun time at the festival of San Juan

Nearby Attractions

The beach is also very close to a few attractions including the Marjal park but the main attraction here is the beach itself. You can head over to Alicante Golf for a round of golf after a day at the beach. For history buffs, the coastal town of Villajoyosa is a must-visit! TIP: for this visit you need to catch the Benidorm bound tram and get off at Crueta (which Is one stop after the Villajoyosa stop.

Albufereta Beach skyline showing apartment blocks in the background, a line of palm trees and a foot shower in the foreground

Albufereta Playa

An even shorter tram ride from Alicante is Albufereta — a city beach that has all the ingredients of a dream vacation. It is easily accessible from Alicante by tram (Tip: the stop Is called La Isleta) and features warm golden sands with calm waters.

The sea at Albufereta is typically calm and has few waves, offering a family-friendly and quiet place to relax. Although it does have an uneven floor in some areas of the sea and a rocky area in the northern part that you’ll want to be careful of.

This beach is on the city’s southern side and offers perhaps the most stunning sunsets. The tranquil beach is surrounded by a residential area, making it a popular spot that’s always busy. But, despite being so close to the residential area, the beach is surprisingly peaceful.

A view of the chiringuito (cafe) on Albufereta beach

Activities and Services

This little paradise is hidden away from the city surrounding it, so don’t expect a lively environment here. Albufereta is a beach that invites you to relax and unwind.

For those who love watersports, you can rent pedal boats to enjoy the sea. There is also a children’s playground for kids. Other amenities like  foot showers, restrooms, rent umbrellas, and parasols are also available.

While you will also find a few chiringuitos where you can have a drink and order “Sardinas a la plancha”, there are not many restaurants directly on the beach. The main one, which Is easy to find, always has a relaxed vibe and nice music throughout the summer.

Nearby Attractions

Since the beach is surrounded by a residential area of the same name, Albufereta offers several other attractions including a path up to the top of the Serra Grossa mountain. From here the views are beautiful, but just remember to take some water and don’t climb when the weather is too hot.
You will also find many other architectural remains in the area, which is why the area is also considered to be where the old city of Alicante was founded and where the Romans first settled when they arrived. It’s possible to see the old Roman City of Lucentum nearby which has been used as a backdrop In several films Including Asterix and the Olympics.

Approaching Albuefereta beach


Be it thrilling water sports or a tranquil place to unwind, the paradisal beaches of Alicante have something to offer to everyone. While there are a number of spectacular beaches in and around Alicante, the three beaches we’ve listed here have their own unique appeal. If you’re planning to spend a day or two in Alicante, be sure to visit these beaches and bask in the warm, golden sun. Better yet, extend your stay in this gorgeous city by a few more days to truly experience all that Alicante can offer!