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.
Your Guide to Alicante [By an Alicantinian]
La Albufereta beach is calm and small situated in between Alicante centre and San Juan. We have consolidated all that you need about this beach.
La Albufereta is a sandy beach in Alicante city. It has good public transport connections with TRAM and bus, lifeguards services in high season and chiringitos in summer, among others. The atmosphere is calm so it is a good beach for families.
As many beaches in Alicante can get busy during the summer time as it is a well-maintained beach with all the expected services. There is a list of all beaches in Alicante in this link if you want to check other beaches in Alicante city.
La Albufereta beach is a 400m long and 18m wide beach. It is inside a bay which makes it, usually, less prone to develop high waves under bad weather conditions.
Although the sea conditions can be better at this beach, there might be some steps and an uneven floor under the water. This is not a unique characteristic of La Albufereta but something to keep in mind.
On the north part of the beach (on the right-hand side looking to the water), there is a rocky area. If you keep walking for around 10 minutes you arrive at another beach, La Almadraba. In between those two beaches, there is a nautical club and a couple of rocky coves if you feel adventurous.
Have extreme precautions if you are going for a bath in any coves as they might not be lifeguarded and accessing/leaving the water might be dangerous.
On the south part of the beach, there are a few houses and a hotel a bit further on. There are several bathing areas along the walk but, again, they are not lifeguarded.
La Albufereta has good sand but is not on the absolute top. Other beaches such as San Juan or Urbanova overperform a bit. The sand is a bit thick as if they were more like tiny rocks that didn’t have the tame to become sand yet. It is usually well maintained and clean.
Here is the complete list of services at Playa de La Albufereta:
Apart from the Chiringuito, there are not many nearby restaurants or food places to choose between so you might want to keep that in mind when planning your visit to the beach.
La Albufereta is well connected to the centre of Alicante and the neighbourhood of San Juan playa. There is parking next to the beach that can get busy fast in the summer.
The TRAM is a light train that connects nearby cities such as Benidorm or San Vicente and local areas such as San Juan beach, El Postiguet and La Albufereta.
The TRAM stop you need to use for La Albufereta is called La Isleta. From there it is less than 5 minutes walk to the beach. The TRAM lines with a stop at La Isleta are 1, 3, 4 and 5.
The easiest way to get to La Albufereta Beach is to use a sat nav such as Google Maps. Here is a link to the parking address:
The beach address is: Avenida Villajoyosa- Av. Condomina. Alicante
This beach is small and has the shape of a big cove. The sea can be usually calm when other beaches such as El Postiguet or San Juan have few waves. The beach is perfect for families or people that want a calm and family-style beach but don’t want to go far to Urbanova.
La Albufereta Beach is not a naturist beach. People will wear swimming pants and bikinis of all types. It is common to find women doing top-less but no one will be totally naked.
Is La Albufereta Beach clean? Yes. The beach is maintained and cleaned all year round.
Can I drink alcohol on the beach? Drinking alcohol is not permitted on the beach.
Can I smoke on the beach? Smoked is permitted as long as cigar butts are not thrown into the sand.
How can I recognise a lifeguard? Lifeguards in Alicante wear a yellow T-shirt and red trousers and, usually, a red cap. Many times they will have an orange float on their hands.