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 Almadraba beach is a cute beach in Alicante. It has views of Alicante’s Castle of Santa Barbara from far away, palm trees, a chiringuito in summer and has rocky cove style area as well as sand.
The beach la Almadraba is 750 meters long sandy beach with a rocky cove area. It has all the services you would need such as lifeguard, sunbeds and foot showers. It is a cute familiar beach with palm trees that is protected from the rough sea. The sand is clean but very compacted and hard. There are views of Alicante’s Santa Barbara castle and beautiful sky colours if you stay during the sunset.
The beach is not in Alicante’s centre, it is in between La Albufereta and Cabo de las Huertas but is very well connected by TRAM and bus. If you want to check the other beaches in Alicante here is the complete list.
La Albufereta is 750 meters long or half a mile-long beach. It has a mixture of sandy zones and rocky-cove style areas on the right when looking at the sea.
To the left, another rocky-cove area begins: El Cabo de Las Huertas. To the right, La Albufereta beach is further away after the nautic club Costa Blanca (in Spanish).
This beach is extremely family-friendly. It is not strange to find families and groups of friends with events sheltered having some food and drinks.
The beach itself is good for these social activities as right behind the sand, there are large three areas that swimmers won’t use with their towels. There are also open areas to the left of the beach that are not suitable for sunbathing but they are for a day out with friends and family.
This beach wouldn’t be on my top list if you are visiting Alicante just for a few days. Nevertheless, if you live in the area, then it is worth checking out. It is a cute beach. More info on this article listing all the beaches in Alicante city and raking them.
La Almadraba is a good beach to spend some time at the sunset also. Even though there is no direct view of the sun hiding on the horizon the colours are still beautiful to see. There are palm trees around the beach and views of Santa Barbara castle from far away, right in the zone where the sun will disappear from your view. The vibe on the sunsets is calm and relaxed.
During summer they mount a chiringuito to have cocktails and a few tapas are available.
The sand at La Almadraba is very clean. But it is black coloured and gets compacted easily after a few people steep on it.
This beach is not the top one on sand. But very enjoyable by its order attributes such as being cute and calm waters.
If you go for a swim you might find the sand on the sea ground to be a bit muddy.
There is also a rocky area on the right side of the beach.
The beach has all the top-level services like the other important beaches in the city:
In summer there is also a chiringuito bar plus some restaurants 5 minutes away. The bus stop is also 5 minutes away and the tram stop is 10 min away.
All beaches with lifeguards have a flag colours code that everyone should know and observe:
Note that it is not always obvious it is dangerous to go for a swim. For example, there might be jellyfish in the beach area that is not observable at first sight.
The beach has many parking spaces, more than others such as El Postiguet or San Juan but gets busy fast during summer and peak hours. Luckily, there are good connections using TRAM and bus, even though they are 5/10 min away instead of being next to the beach like on other beaches in the city.
The buses lines going to la Almadraba Beach are:
Click on each of the line names to get into Vectalia’s website (Bus company in Alicante). The closest bus stop to the beach (5 min walk away) is COSTA BLANCA – ADOLFO SUAREZ II.
Buses in Alicante don’t tell the stop you are heading to so better you ask the driver for the stop or use your phone’s GPS with Google Maps. This is the bus stop you need to get off for the beach:
These are lines 22 and 22N to San Juan which stops at La Almadraba:
The bus line 22 in Alicante frequency is:
The bus line 22N in Alicante frequency is:
And this is the bus line 38:
Remember the bus ticket is 1.45€ which you can pay by card or cash on the bus. There are also travel cards if you commute often.
The TRAM train going to La Almadraba is tram line 4 and tram line 5. The tram stop is Sergio Cardell.
Sergio Cardell is around a 10-minute walk to la Almadraba so taking the bus might be a better option if you want to walk less.
If you are a bike fan I have bad news for you. There is not an easy connection to La Almadraba beach for cyclists.
The roads don’t have cycling lines and there are sections where cars go kind of fast. Cycling on the round is permitted if you are brave enough.
The beach La Almadraba has a car park with more spaces than other beaches. At the same time is one of the beaches worst connected by public transport, probably as bad as the beach in Urbanova.
The difference is that La Almadraba has little car parking compared to Urbanova but La Almadraba is less popular.
The final result is that there will be queues for parking if you go to the beach during summer and peak hours but there are more chances to park next to the beach than in El Postiguet or in San Juan but it will take more time than in Urbanova (click on the beaches names if you want to know more about them).
The beach is for people who value more cosiness and calm water rather than sand quality. At the same time is good if you want to have some extra space in the wider area for parasols or small beach settlers.
Some parts of the bath areas might get underwater mud so you should be okay with that also if you go to La Almadraba.
The public on this beach is usually families that tend to spend hours in the area. Sometimes you can find them having food or drinks together when is not peak season.
Nevertheless, is a good beach to try if you are staying in Alicante for longer periods but not if you are a few days tourist as there are other better beaches to visit in Alicante. This article has a list of all of them.
Yes, there are cleaning services operating every night during peak season. Some underwater ground might be a bit muddy.
No, La Almadraba doesn’t have the quality award for Blue Flag.
Yes, the beach is adapted for people with mobility diversity.