For decades, it has been the popular high-rise haven of Benidorm that has been the obvious choice when holidaying in Alicante. Now, the modest likability of Albir, only a short drive across the coast from Benidorm, is drawing more holidaymakers each year – and it’s easy to see why. Albir boasts a pristine golden beach and plenty of fun-filled activities to enjoy. Quieter than its noisier neighbour of Benidorm, Albir focuses on laidback entertainment over all night partying. Of course, with Benidorm just around the corner, a stay in Albir can always mean getting the best of both worlds.
Albir’s stunning vistas, blue waters and plenty of sunshine is bound to appeal to everyone from young families to older couples. Palm trees and brightly coloured buildings provide Albir with a tropical feeling. Even a short break is sure to leave you with a smile on your face. Just watch out – Albir may even have you in the tropical shirt kind of spirit!
L'Alfàs del Pi
The main town, set a little further inland from the beach, is known as L'Alfàs del Pi. Originally settled inland to protect the town from marauding pirates, the town has expanded out and now stretches right out to the coast. The fertile land was first used by Moorish settlers to grow Mediterranean crops such as grapes, olives and almonds. The town’s symbol is a pine tree after one was planted in the main square by the locals in 1786 as an act of rebellion against their ruler the Barony of Polop. They finally achieved independence in 1836. These days the town has the unusual status of having the highest proportion of Norwegian speakers outside of Norway, as people from all over the world have come to appreciate the town’s hospitality and easy going nature.
Playa del Albir beach
With around 600m of clean, sandy beach, it’s no wonder why Albir has made such an impression. This beautiful coastline is the perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. The beach has achieved the EU Blue Flag status every year since 2001, assuring a safe, clean place to play. Throughout the summer months lifeguards keep watch and there are even beach playgrounds for little ones.
Alfaz lighthouse and Sierra Helda
Above the beach is a nature park, based around the mountain of Sierra Helda. The park preserves some of Spain’s native wildlife for all to explore and you can always take some refreshments and trek up to the summit of the mountain for some breath-taking views. From there, you can follow a cliff top trail to the old lighthouse that has become a symbol of Albir. Peer through the lighthouse telescope to get a closer look at boats bobbing on the sea.
Alfaz del Pi film festival
Each July, Albir plays host to an international film festival. As well as screening some of the most acclaimed films of the year, the festival also attracts famous names from the world of Spanish cinema. Enjoy the unique atmosphere by catching an open air screening on the beach. Concluding the event is the presentation of the Faro de Plato awards. These Albir-style Oscars are designed in honour of the town’s distinctive lighthouse. Even the beach side promenade is called the Paseo de las Estrellas, which means Stars’ Promenade.
The biggest water park in Spain is only a short drive away from Albir. The park has many themed areas, where you can choose to relax in a lagoon, or get your adrenaline pumping on one of the park’s many rides, including Verti-go, the highest capsule slide in the world. A popular attraction, be prepared for long wait times in peak season.
Be inspired by Spanish racing hero Fernando Alonso and take a day out to release your competitive side. Spain has a great racing heritage, with the circuit in Barcelona being one of the world’s oldest. Thrill seekers can fulfil their need for speed at the local go-karting tracks. You can race for fun or up the stakes by setting a loser buys dinner challenge.
This pretty hill fort is less than an hour’s drive from Albir, making it a great choice for a day trip. Carefully balanced on top of a mountain is the village and accompanying medieval castle ruins. This fairytale village, honoured as a ‘Monument of Historical and Artistic Value’ can only be reached by an impressive tunnel that was carved from the mountain rock. Children are bound to enjoy playing knights and dragons in the real life dungeon deep in the castle ruins. Look over the valley and admire the view that overlooks the shining reservoir below.
The international visitors to Albir have brought tastes from around the world. Whatever you fancy, be that Thai, Indian or Italian, Albir can cater for you and at very reasonable prices. The large Norwegian population means that you can even get a fix of Northern European style meatballs, salmon and trout. Choose to eat al fresco by the beach and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the harbour. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to pick from, but of course, Benidorm’s buzzing nightlife is only a cheap taxi ride away.
If you are looking for an Alicante speciality, nougat is renowned in this area. This almond and honey sweet treat is also often found as a popular flavour of ice-cream.
The stress-free and peaceful environment of Albir makes it a fantastic destination for memorable family holidays and romantic breaks alike. Is the thought of putting your sun cream on and relaxing on the beach is making you want to pack your bags right away? Book your flights and hotel together with easyJet holidays to make sure you are getting a great deal on a great destination. Looking to explore a different side of Spain? Read our guide to the mountain side town of Mijas.