The city of Alicante offers a wide number of beaches for its citizens and tourists: El Postiguet, La Albufereta, Urbanova, La Almadraba, Cabo de las Huertas and San Juan. These beaches are not the only beaches in the Alicante region but the closest to the city centre (within 20 minutes). All of them face the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, differing in the provided facilities to the visitor and the length and width of the sand strip. Only three of them are fully accessible for the disabled: El Postiguet, Urbanova and San Juan. The latter is my favorite beach for any season of the year and the subject of this post.
San Juan Beach (Playa de San Juan) is probably the most known beach in Alicante for both citizens and tourists. Its length allows the large crowds of summer visitors to have enough space on the sand to set beach umbrellas and colorful towels without invading the beach volley, beach tennis and other playground areas on the sand. The beach´s horizon is delineated by the Cabo de las Huertas and El Campello; the open Mediterranean Sea with a far away view of the Tabarca Island on a clear-sky day. Setting foot on that soft golden sand is such a comfortable feeling! The initial part of the sand strip is white and so hot that you doubt whether your feet are freezing or burning. As you walk towards the sea, the sand strip becomes cooler keeping the same white golden color. It is so comfortable to lay your body on this sand, you could think of sleeping there instead of on your bed mattress. No rocks, no litter and no steep incline. It is just an even flat sand strip that allows long comfortable walks on the either dry or wet sand. The golden color is enhanced with the constant sunshine. Your sunglasses and sun screen lotion are definitely needed here. The quality of the sand matches the quality of the sea water: pond-like calm, clear crystal most of the times, always clean without residual waste and no sharks around. It is like bathing in your house swimming pool but with salty waters and teeny tiny fishes swimming by. If you are like me who likes seeing your toes down at the bottom of the water when bathing, this is the beach for you. No fears, just pure relaxation and joy.
The beach, like most of the beaches of Spain, signalizes the state of the sea and the risk of going into the water according to weather conditions and sea currents. These signs are updated daily as needed. The use of different color flags hanged on the tall white beach posts or white flag posts indicate whether the water is apt for swimming or not:
- Green Flag = all groovy for bathing
- Yellow Flag = medium risk for swimming, be aware when you are in the water.
- Red Flag = water is risky, so bathing isn’t recommended.
- White Flag = there are jelly fish in the water, be aware.
- Blue Flag = this is a quality beach: environmentally friendly, clean, fully accessible, safe and offers good-quality services according to a given standard.
Apart from the many sport activities available in this beach, there is a great sidewalk along the beach for those wanting to exercise walking, running, skating or strolling the babies of the family. This is perfect for any season of the year: it is too cold to stand on the sand with your bathing suit on, then come and enjoy the beach from its sidewalk. There are restaurants and bars open all year round offering complete meals, seafood, delicious paellas or simply a snack. There is plenty of parking space but if you prefer to use public transport, there is the option to take the tram direct to the city centre of Alicante.
All in all, San Juan beach in Alicante is the perfect Spring or Summer weekend away from Madrid and longer weekend holiday away from an European city. Winter is also great for the pavement beach walk or eating a Paella on the sun.
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