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 Postiguet is a half-a-mile long (700m) sandy beach in the heart of Alicante city. It is the most known and visited beach in Alicante having swimmers on any warm day of the year, including winter.
The beach El Postiguet is situated on the slopes of Mount Benacantil, just below Santa Barbara Castle. The translation to English is “the little shutter” and it is a word in the Valencian language (a Catalan variant). The name comes from a small door situated down the hill of Castillo de Santa Barbara, in one of the walls protecting the city centuries ago.
Nowadays, the beach El Postiguet averages 50m in width of golden sand. In summer you can expect all the services from a modern beach: lifeguards, foot washers, beach bars… in winter there will be fewer services but most of the bars will be kept open. El Postiguet is a top beach of many there are in Alicante.
El Postiguet is 900m long and 50 m wide gold sand beach at the heart of Alicante. It is situated in a wide bay making it vulnerable to specific southeastern bad weather conditions.
The beach El Postiguet has on the left side hand (looking at the sea) the hotel Melia Alicante in a rocky breakwater. At the left, it ends on Playa del Coco, with another rocky breakwater.
The situation of El Postiguet is privileged in the city. At the back of the beach, there is Mount Benacantil with El Castillo de Santa Barbara on the top. On the left, there are beautiful views of Cabo de San Juan. It has a promenade all the way next to the beach featuring restaurants, safeguards and police infrastructure and benches to sit on.
The urban beach is situated at the centre of the city, 10 minutes away from the traditional neighbourhood of Santa Cruz next to many restaurants and picturesque streets.
The sand at El Postiguet is high quality and cleaned every night.
It has a golden colour that gets more intense when the sand is wet.
The water temperature at El Postiguet in Summer is quite hot. Maximum temperatures average 29.1°C, so it is impossible to get cold while swimming.
September is also a very good month for water temperature as it is usually above 25.5°C as a minimum average, which is still hot.
Winter water temperatures are a bit lower but still higher than in many Nordic countries, so it is up to you if you want to enjoy yourself on the beach on a sunny day in December when sea temperatures are still around 16°C degrees on average.
Here is the data on the image in a traditional table that includes one decimal precision:
Apart from the chiringuito at the end of the beach and the restaurants at the beginning, there are many other bars and restaurants less than 10 minutes away from the beach in the old town area.
During high season there are also paid automatic lockers anyone can use.
This beach is very central. You can walk from El Barrio, La Explanada or the port in less than 10 minutes. Further neighbourhoods like San Blas are a 30-minute walk. But if you live far from the beach you might need to get by public or private transport.
This is one of the better-connected areas in the city. Many lines will stop in Puerta del Mar which is just the beginning of El Postiguet beach. The red bus lines (serving only Alicante city) stopping here are: 22, 02 and 22.
Note that there are a few other lines coming from nearby towns (blue buses) that are not on this list. For example, buses coming from San Vicente del Raspeig.
The car can be a convenient way to go to this beach in Alicante. Distances in this city are not as long as they can be in bigger cities like London or Madrid but parking in the
El Postiguet has small public parking that you can access from Puerta del Mar square but it will be full most of the time. Your second-best option is using private parking. The closest one to the beach is Interparking Plaza del Puerto. It will get full every now and then. Other parkins are further and will require a 10 or 15-minute walk.
Here is the public parking. Note that you need to pay for your stay at the machines in the lot.
The Tram stop is called Puerta del Mar. The line number is L5 and you can get more info on their Tram de Alicante website.
Cycling might be more complicated. There are docks where you can chain your bike but no cycling lines get you to the beach. You will need to stop nearby the city hall cycling line or cycle on the road with other cars. Note that chaining a nice bike on the beach might become a security issue for your property.
This beach is super centrical, well maintained and safe. It is an open and wide beach so certain bad weather conditions can affect El Postiguet but are not common during summer.
The southern part of the beach, closer to the city centre will be usually more crowded. More tourists and young people in groups will extend the towels in this first half of the beach. The second half of the beach is usually used by older people and families.
The location makes it super convenient for people living or staying in the centre of Alicante hence this beach is recommended for everyone who doesn’t want to commute and doesn’t mind being on a slightly touristic beach that can get busy at peak times.
Despite El Postiguet being a top beach in Alicante you might be looking for something different. The city has more than 10 beaches and here is the complete list of beaches (and coves) in Alicante for you to choose well.
There are a couple of locally famous points of interest nearby the beach that are
This is the furthest part of the Postiguet beach. In the past, it was a different beach. It starts at the breakwater and goes all the way until the rocks start. It is considered to be part of the same beach but with a different name. All the beach bars or
This is the name of the square next to the beach, where the Ocean Race bout is sitting. It is important because this is the name of the bus and TRAM stops that will drop you on the beach. From there you can access the car parking as well.
It is the name of the ice cream shop on La Explanada de España. It is located at the end of this promenade, in the extreme that is closer to the beach. This place is an important meeting point for many Spaniards. It is a good place to get a taxi as they have
What does El Postiguet mean? “The Little Shutter”. The name comes from the Valencian language, a variant of Catalan
Can I smoke at El Postiguet Beach in Alicante? Smoking is not allowed in El Postiguet beach in Alicante
Does el Postiguet have blue flag? Yes, playa de El Postiguet has Blue Flag award
Are there low/high tides at El Postiguet Beach? The Mediterranean Sea has very small tides so you should not worry about them
Are there sohwes at El Postiguet Beach? Only foot showers
Can I go with my dog to El Postiguet Beach? Dogs and other pets are allowed at the beach from the 1st of November to the 1st of March. You can go to Agua Amarga Dog Beach all year around
Is El Postiguet Beach adapted to people with reduced mobility? Yes, it is