by Victor Sesma
Victor Sesma is an Alicantinian living in London. He is a Software Engineer who likes writing about the city he was born.
El Cabo (or The Cape in English) is one of the most beautiful swimming areas in the city of Alicante
Cabo de San Juan or San Juan Cape is an area of Alicante city between La Almadraba Beach and San Juan Beach. It is known for its expensive houses and truly beautiful coves. As it is an extended rocky area, there is no lifeguard services and some people practices naturism outside the most famous coves.
There are some top coves with a parking lot where it is easy to expand the towel or even get a shadow from the high rocks. This is the most savage place to swim on all of Alicante’s beaches. Let’s going to take a look.
Most of El Cabo has little spots where you can go for a swim or lie on the towel to tan under the sun. But there are a few coves that have a parking lot nearby and are more known. There is also public transport you can use to get there.
Let’s gonna explore the most famous coves.
One of the most known coves at El Cabo is La Palmera (which translates to the Palm Tree). Ironically, the cove doesn’t have more palm trees, or trees in general, than other coves in El Cabo.
This cove has a small beach that makes your life easier to get into the water. I would still recommend wearing wet shoes to walk around. Also, the beach is small and can get a bit crowdy so you might want to access thought the other parts of the cove.
There are flat rocky areas that are under the water but just at the ankles high. Those rocks create a kind of natural trampoline when they just end like on an aquatic cliff. In there you will need your aquatic shoes.
This is the second most famous cove in el Cabo. The set-up is similar to La Palmera: a small beach with rocky areas around it.
Again, I would recommend the use of wet shoes.
The disadvantage of this cove versus La Palmera is the access. Wherever you park the car or you are left to the closest point to the cove there will be a 5 to 10 minutes walk.
The best places to park are…
El Cabo has traditionally been a territory for naturist swimmers. During peak time in summer is not that common to find them on the main coves.
If you want to get naked at El Cabo during summer you can just walk to the places next to the most crowdy coves areas where other tanners will also lay with no fabrics on the rocks.
As you can see, there are different coves and places to go for swimming. You can just go swimming anywhere in El Cabo de San Juan if you are good at easy rock climbing.
This freedom has a counterpart: there are no official services at Cabo de San Juan.
No lifeguards, no bins, no cleaning services, no toilets… nothing. Just you, the sea and the other swimmers and tanners.
But don’t get down by this lack of services, the area is beautiful and calmer than beaches such as El Postiguet. If you are living in Alicante or staying for a longer time, it is worth visiting this amazing part of the city.
Different coves and areas might have better/different car parks bus and Tram stops.
This is probably the best-communicated cove at El Cabo.
By Tram train, the best stop is Cabo Huertas on lines 4 and 5 and it takes about 15-20 min to walk to the cove. By the way, all info about how to pay for the Tram, trains, fares, zones, etc in this article.
Also, there are two parking lots in La Palmera next to each other. One has tarmac the other no. Both parking gives an okay car capacity to La Palmera. And I mean that don’t expect to find easy parking space on a Saturday morning in August but a Saturday morning in September should be okay.
Here is the one with tarmac:
And here is the one that doesn’t have tarmac:
The Cove El Cantalar have slightly more difficult access than La Palmera. The places where you can park the car or get off from the bus are about 500m or 0.3 miles to the actual cove.
The path to get to the cove is a dirt track. It goes through a beautiful pine forest and the difficulty is very low.
The TRAM of Alicante stop is Tridente on lines 4 and 5. It will take you about 20min to walk to the cove.
If you are coming by car or motorbike there are a couple of parking spaces for you to use:
This is the main parking lot for El Cantalar cove. There are a few other streets around there where you can try your luck. As this parking is not serving only this cove will get full very fast, especially in peak months in summer.
This area is not guarded by the live servers so it is crucial to extreme precautions when you go to the sea: