About Sarah F
Lives in Alicante, Spain
Since Oct 2008
I am a journalist and have been living in Spain for the past 10 years. I live in the Alicante region, which includes the Costa Blanca. As well as its gorgeous beaches, the region has many vibrant fiestas, great gastronomy including paella and the Denia red prawn, sports, mountains, waterfalls, natural parks, traditions and culture.
Other Outdoor Activities, Beaches
One of Spain’s best-known and best-loved beaches, Levante beach has two kilometers of golden sand where you can simply sunbathe or practice water sports. The lively promenade is lined with bars and restaurants, many of which have live music or entertainment during the evening.
To the west of Levante beach is the slightly quieter — but just as beautiful — Poniente, which is where the sun sets. Bathers can enjoy more than three kilometers of golden sand, practice water sports, or join in the morning exercise classes on the beach.
A beautiful stretch of beach in the small resort of Albir, north of the Sierra Helada mountain and Benidorm. It’s made up of fine pebbles with views of the mountain one side and the impressive Ifach rock on the other. The seaside promenade is called the Paseo de las Estrellas and, similar to the Hollywood Boulevard, there are plaques to the stars who have graced the Albir film festival.
This cozy beach is flanked by the large, sandy beaches of Poniente and Levante in Benidorm. This cove is a little sun trap with safe bathing for all the family. The clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
The brilliant shades of blue and turquoise in the sea at Altea are among the reasons why it attracts so many artists. The main La Roda beach is the busiest, with palm trees, great views, a seaside promenade, and two nautical centers.
A rocky nature reserve which is, bizarrely, home to a family of peacocks, makes for an interesting day trip from Benidorm. It’s a short boat trip to the islet where you can sunbathe on the rocks or go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.