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12 of the Best Beaches in Costa Blanca

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12 of the Best Beaches in Costa Blanca

15th June 2020

One of the main appeals of escaping the dreary British weather for a holiday in Spain is the sun, sea, and sand. If spending some serious quality time on the beach is your main objective, you couldn’t have chosen anywhere better than the Costa Blanca.

However, if you’re looking for your perfect stretch of beachy beauty, it’s well worth doing your research. With so many Costa Blanca beaches to choose from, your closest beach may not necessarily be the best. This premier stretch of Spanish coastline is home to busy, buzzy beaches, secluded shorelines and take a look at our compilation of the best beaches in the Costa Blanca and rugged, adventurous spots.

Browse our favourite 12 Costa Blanca beaches to choose your ultimate beach day.

1. El Paradis, Villajoyosa

El Paradis, Villajoyosa
It says it all in the name – this beach is paradise! There is over 1km of golden sand with plenty of facilities including toilets, a play area for the kids and lifeguards on hand. And let’s not forget the many beach-side bars and cafes for a break from the heat. This is a great beach for young families as it has a Blue Flag status.

2. La Granadella, Jávea

La Granadella, Jávea
As a regular on ‘best beach’ lists, La Granadella is a perfect example of wild and unspoilt Spain. This horseshoe of pebbles and sand – surrounded by a tree line of Aleppo Pine – is an idyllic, secluded spot for relaxing in the sun. Based in one of the quieter resorts, this is the perfect place for a chilled afternoon after a morning walking around the Old Town.

3. San Juan de Alicante, Alicante

San Juan de Alicante
If you are looking for miles and miles of endless sand and sea, then San Juan in the north of Alicante is for you – it’s 8km long! It is easily accessible by foot and by public transport, and is packed with facilities including disabled access and toilets. This Blue Flag beach even has an 18-hole golf course nearby.

4. El Carabassí, near Santa Pola

If you’re looking for a super safe and family friendly beach, then this beauty spot could be ideal for you and the kids. It has clear water and a gentle slope to its sandy shore making it a favourite with the locals. There isn’t much shade here though so make sure to bring a parasol!

5. Playa de Los Locos, Torrevieja

Playa de Los Locos, Torrevieja
We simply cannot recommend all these wonderful beaches without mentioning our very own Playa de Los Locos, which we absolutely adore and is right on our doorstep! With over 750 metres of soft, golden sand and calm waters, our beloved Blug Flag beach is both extremely clean and family friendly.

6. Playa El Altet, Alicante

If you prefer your beaches unspoiled and peaceful, pack up some lunch and a few cervezas and take the 10km journey from Alicante to the small town of El Altet. This pristine beach is protected from the elements by a bank of sand dunes and is usually blissfully free of the holiday crowds. There aren’t any facilities here though, so make sure you come prepared.

7. Playa de Tabarca, Tabarca

Playa de TabarcaFeeling adventurous? The island of Tabarca is located a short ferry ride from Alicante and Santa Pola. Although this little island only boasts one small sandy beach, it is ringed by pebbly coves and rocky coastline – perfect for exploring and scrambling. This is also a brilliant spot for keen snorkellers and divers. The waters around Tabarca are some of the most pristine in the region, as the area is a protected marine reserve. Since Tabarca is Spain’s smallest inhabited island, there are even restaurants where you can fuel up after all of that exploring.

8. Playa de Levante, Benidorm

If you’re holidaying with children, or fancy a cocktail on the beach, this 2km beach in Benidorm has a little something for everyone. Bars, play areas, banana boats, sun loungers, diving boards – the works. Gently sloping with calm waters, this is a wonderful spot for youngsters.
Playa de Levante, Benidorm

9. Playa Mal Pas, Benidorm

Playa Mal Pas, Benidorm
If you’re looking for a quieter beach in the Benidorm area, Playa Mal Pas is a brilliant option. This beach is much smaller than the nearby sprawling Playa de Levante (#8 above) and Playa de Poniente, and can be found perched beneath a cliff. A truly charming spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm.

10. Playa de la Fossa, Calpe

Playa de la Fossa, Calpe
Fancy a beach with a view? Playa de la Fossa has plenty going on (including fishing expeditions, if you fancy trying your hand at angling) and boasts views of the striking Penyal d’Ifac, a dramatic limestone cliff which emerges from the sea a short distance from the beach itself.

11. Playa les Minares, Dénia

Dénia is an increasingly popular corner of the Costa Blanca. The charming little city boasts colourful houses and a peaceful vibe. It’s local beach – Playa les Minares – runs for 3km north from the city centre, perfect for a long stroll on the sand. With so much sand to explore, there’s always plenty of room for visitors, even during the popular summer months. With Blue Flag status and plenty of amenities, there’s plenty here for everyone, whether you want to walk along the shore and get away from it all, or make the most of entertainment for the kids close to the centre.

12. Les Rotes, Dénia

Les Rotes, Dénia
With rocky outcrops and golden sand this is one of Spain’s more rugged yet beautiful coastline beaches. Thanks to the rocky location this is a great area for privacy, scuba diving and crabbing with the kids. There’s even a nudist area if you want to get your kit off, or a castle if you’d prefer a taste of Spanish history.

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Author: Holly

Holly was one of LosLocosBeach.com's resident writers, having posted on our blog about Torrevieja and the surrounding Costa Blanca area from 2016 to 2021 (and a one-off in 2022).

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