If you are looking for pristine beaches in Spain, you cannot do much better than Albir. Situated between Altea and Benidorm, Albir is a predominantly tourist spot but where other Spanish beach resorts are awash with tacky shops, drunken British louts and loud bars and nightclubs, Albir is quiet, staid and mainly full of the middle-aged or elderly European vacationer.
Rapidly heading towards middle-aged myself, I love it.
As for the beaches in Albir, they are gorgeous.
Of course, you don’t get the white sandy beaches like you get in other Spanish resorts (Albir’s are mainly made up of small pebbles), but there is a reason Albir beaches win the prestigious Blue Ribbon awards every year.
That is due to the incredible cleanliness of the beaches, the excellent lifeguards throughout the summer months, and the well-maintained and fun beach playgrounds for the kids.
In fact, if you are looking for a beach in Spain that isn’t absolutely jam-packed with the rude, the obnoxious, the noisy and the low-class, Albir’s beaches are perfect.
The main beach is called ‘Playa de Racó de l’Albir’, is about 600 meters in length and is known for its stunning views of the Altea harbour and way off in the distance, the famous Calpe Rock. Start here first, and then walk back towards Albir if you want to see the rest.