After the previous post where we published a list of the best beaches in the Region of Murcia according to National Geographic Spain, today is the time to write about the best beaches on the Costa Blanca, specifically the Costa Blanca South.
The Costa Blanca is blue.
We can affirm it by the color of its 81 flags (68 on beaches and 13 in marinas) that certify the quality of the waters of its more than 200 kilometers of coastline that look out to the Mediterranean Sea.
Alicante is the province with the most blue flags of all the Spanish geography.
There are more than 170 beaches and coves that welcome visitors so they can enjoy their more than 300 sunny days a year.
On the Costa Blanca we find beaches of all kinds, with fine sand, pebbles, hidden behind the dunes, at the edge of pine forests, under steep cliffs, urban, hidden, with calm waters or curled by the wind.
In this article we focus on the area known as Costa Blanca South, which extends from El Pilar de La Horada, which borders the neighboring town of San Pedro del Pinatar in Murcia, to Alicante Capital.
The landscape that we find to the south of the Costa Blanca is composed of dune cords, especially in Guardamar del Segura, which guide the steps through wetlands and salt marshes, such as Lagunas de La Mata in Torrevieja or El Hondo in Elche, very difficult access in other areas.
Next, we will describe what, in our opinion, are the best beaches on the Costa Blanca South:
1. Las Higuericas beach. Pilar de la Horadada.
Las Higuericas is a very popular beach among the residents of the Region of Murcia.
It has a large influx of people to be accessible to the disabled, have ample parking for cars and a children’s play area in the sand and another in the water.
It stands out for its floating wooden walk and palm trees that runs its more than 900 meters in length, and that is traveled on foot or by bicycle at any time of the day.
In addition, on summer nights parking is used for concerts organized by the City Council. Blue Flag 2018.
2. El Conde beach. Pilar de la Horadada.
The Conde Beach is a small golden beach 150 meters long, although its size does not prevent us from being in one of the most magical places to enjoy the sunrise. The Conde Beach is presided by La Torre Vigía, which dates back to the 16th century, and was used to defend and communicate the pirate attacks that abounded so much in the past. Currently from this sober coastal tower begins the southern section of the Camino de Santiago del Sureste. The Playa del Conde owns a blue flag.
3. Rocamar beach. Pilar de la Horadada.
The Playa de Rocamar is composed of a succession of small coves located at Punta del Gato. This beach is ideal for those who seek inspiration, tranquility and rest. Although it might seem otherwise, its accessibility is not complicated, although it is not recommended for people with motor disabilities. If you do not like crowds of people this may be your ideal beach.
4. Cala Bosque. La Zenia
Each and every one of the beaches that make up the Oriolan coast are distinguished with their respective blue flags, proof of the high quality of its waters and services. So much so that it is difficult to highlight a particular beach. Finally we have decided to include in the article the beach of Cala Bosque, due to the services offered to people with reduced mobility. This fine sand beach has an accessible point attended by lifeguards who help people with reduced mobility to take a bath. The accessible point is equipped with a bathroom with a shower and adapted changing rooms, an amphibious chair, a shaded area with umbrellas and a central footbridge wider than usual that facilitates access to the beach by wheelchairs. Its surface of more than 27000 square meters is ideal to enjoy a great day with family, friends or as a couple.
5. Cala Ferris. Torrevieja
The beach of Cala Ferris is located south of the city of Torrevieja, bordering the neighboring Orihuela Costa and its beach of Punta Prima. Everyone knows the famous beaches of El Cura or Los Locos, but if you really want to get into the Caribbean you must visit Cala Ferris.
Cala Ferris is dotted with palm trees and small dunes and crystal clear waters, this place offers the opportunity to enjoy a quiet bath between the sounds of birds and the coming and going of the sea. It is an excellent place to dive and discover its posidonia meadows and the large amount of marine fauna that lives in this ecosystem.
6. Cabo Cervera. Torrevieja
With just 100 meters long of fine sand this small cove with crystal clear waters is located in the Cape of the same name, the Cabo Cervera, the place where many historians locate the original town of the city of Torrevieja. Cabo Cervera is, if not the most, one of the most attractive beaches in the city. Their complementary services are excellent, footbaths, litter bins, parking for the disabled, bicycle parking … in addition to excellent accessibility. How could it be otherwise has a Blue Flag.
7. Els Tossals beach. Guardamar del Segura
Els Tossals is the ideal place for all those who like to enjoy the beach as God brought them to the world. Yes, Els Tossals is a natural, virgin and nudist beach. It is located north of the mouth of the Segura River and extends to the limit with the Municipal Term of Elche. In addition to the great quality of its sand and water, it should be noted that it is surrounded by thick vegetation and natural dunes, which makes it the perfect place to practice nudism. Access is only on foot.
8. El Carabassi. Elche
Its 900 meters of fine golden sand extend under the Sierra de El Carabassí, from which it takes its name. The beach of Carabassí is formed by a system that combines recent high dunes, fossil dunes and pine forests of great geological and environmental value.
It has a large parking space, connected to the seashore by footbridges that run between a network of dunes, from where you can see the extensive virgin coastline.
The richness of its seabed and its proximity to the salt marshes and wetlands of Balsares and Clot de Galvany, with which it forms a unique ecosystem, favor its consideration as a zone of ecological protection, with interesting native flora and fauna.
It has a part classified as free beach, suitable for the practice of nudism, although on the days of greatest influx there are bathers of all kinds, with and without a swimsuit.
The Carabassí also has a hammock service, a snack bar, lavapiés, bathrooms and maritime surveillance. For all this, El Carabassí Beach owns a Blue Flag.
9. Arenales del Sol. Elche.
Neighboring the beach of El Carabassí, with almost three kilometers of fine white sand, the beach of Arenales del Sol is one of the best valued of the coast of Elche. It is worth noting the quality of its waters, the richness of its seabed, as well as its embryonic, mobile, semi-fixed, fixed and even fossil dunes. It is also connected to the natural area of Clot de Galvany, a wetland located between the urban areas of Arenales del Sol and Gran Alacant (in the municipality of Santa Pola).
In addition to the equipment that makes it worthy of its Blue Flag has complementary equipment such as restaurants, shops, kiosks, ice cream shops and a market every Tuesday and Friday afternoon (between June 22 and September 7), which go farmers, to offer directly their excellent products of the land and that also has stalls selling clothing and footwear, among others.
Arenales del Sol
10. Island of Tabarca. Alicante
We could not ignore in this article the only inhabited island of the whole Valencian Community, the Island of Tabarca or Isla Plana. It pertece to the Municipality of Alicante Capital, but by geographical location we include it within the beaches of the Costa Blanca South, since it is only 8 kilometers from the Port of Santa Pola (just over 4 nautical miles).
On the island we will only find a beach of fine sand, but if we dare to take a walk without any doubt we will discover countless coves where you can practice diving and enjoy its marine reserve.
Although it was inhabited from the time of the Romans, it was not until the 18th century when King Carlos III ordered the construction of a walled city on the island, where he gave shelter to 69 families of Genoese origin, who had been liberated from the King of Algiers. I had them imprisoned on the Tunisian island of Tabarka (hence its current name).
As you can see, the waters surrounding the island are full of history.
The access to the Island of Tabarca is through boats with departures from Alicante, Santa Pola, Guardamar and Torrevieja, with the ticket price of about € 20.
Island of Tabarca
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