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.

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.

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.

Best things to do in Albir

Reach for the stars

Settle in for a beach screening at Albir as part of the L’Alfas del Pi Film Festival, followed by an evening stroll along Paseo de las Estrellas.

Get back to nature

The trails among the pinewoods of Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada are a spectacular setting for a hike, run or cycle. Seek out the lighthouse for sweeping mountain vistas.

Make a splash

The local water park, Aqualandia, has towering slides, wave pools and vertigo rides, making it a fun-filled place to cool off with the kids (and adults who are kids at heart).