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A smart pick on the Costa Blanca

Do you want your holiday to include peaceful shoreline walks and a fair bit of evening dancing, without having to compromise on either? Then Albir holidays are a great choice. Sandwiched between the theme parks and buzzy bars of Benidorm and the quiet cobbled streets of Altea, this compact resort is perfect for those looking for a quiet base close to Costa Blanca’s main attractions. Albir is also a worthy destination in its own right.

It has lush, tree-lined avenues, which are dotted with bistros serving a fantastic range of local and international cuisine, and the beautiful white sandy Playa del Albir, which boasts clear blue waters and views of Calpe’s rugged rock face, Penon de Ifach. A sunset stroll along the palm-tree-flanked Paseo de las Estrellas (Stars Promenade) will make you fall in love with this sunny stretch of Mediterranean coastline and all it has to offer.

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Your Albir questions, answered

A quiet drink on the beachfront is easy to find, while karaoke bars in town keep things lively. For a bigger night out, head to Benidorm – a 40-minute drive away.
In peak season, a little craft market pops up at the upper end of the seafront. Its handmade goods are perfect as cute local souvenirs.
The Costa Blanca is very much a year-round destination and Albir is no exception. Even in the middle of winter, expect to have days warm enough to lie around on the beach – and the brave can dip in the sea. Bars, restaurants and cafes are mostly open all year. The hottest months can become very busy with visitors, so go between May and June or September and October if you’re after real warmth in the sun but more space between the loungers. Never as busy as nearby Benidorm, Albir is a relaxing escape whenever you need a holiday.
You can be wandering around the medieval town of Altea just half an hour after leaving Albir by bus. Alternatively, take the quirky seafront train, which runs in summer.
Albir is on the aptly-named Costa Blanca or White Coast, gaining its moniker from the jagged white limestone cliffs and broad stretches of golden sands. It’s a popular tourist area, so many of the larger beaches are lined with promenades packed with bars and restaurants. But drive along the coast and you’ll find plenty of smaller, tucked away gems. Some of the beaches are pocket-handkerchief size, ideal for a family or couple seeking their own little retreat. While many of the beaches are sandy, others are made of smooth, white pebbles. All of them are appealing.
This is a good destination for families. It’s close enough to the facilities of Benidorm, but far enough away to have a peaceful, relaxing break too. The beach has Blue Flag status and the shallow waters are watched over by lifeguards. Many of the hotels have been created with children in mind, with kids’ clubs and entertainment as standard. This is a laid-back, walkable town, close to a huge theme park for wild days out on white-knuckle rides and to Serra Gelada Natural Park for relaxing ones in nature.
Albir is a relatively small town so your hotel choice will largely be based on how close you'd like to be to the beach. Wherever you choose, there’ll be restaurants and bars close by. Most hotels have pools for those days when the beach suddenly seems like an effort. If you really want some peace and to see traditional Spain, head ten minutes along the coast to the picturesque old town of Altea. Whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets and terracotta rooftops nestle beside the striking blue Mediterranean. If you don’t stay in Altea, it makes a perfect day trip.
Couples love Albir with its large beach and long stretches of palm-lined promenade. The restaurants and bars often spill out onto the pavements and it’s a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. If you’re after a livelier night, hop in a taxi for fifteen minutes and you’re in Benidorm where there are plenty of clubs that will keep you dancing until the sun comes up. With the possibility of romantic day trips to beautiful Altea or tucked away private beaches, Albir is a good base for couples on a holiday to the Costa Blanca.
Regular buses ply the route between Albir and Benidorm: they’re cheap, make frequent stops, and take about 40 minutes. In a car or taxi the two are less than 15 minutes apart. Either way, it’s easy enough for day trips or for popping over to Benidorm for livelier nightlife.