Gran Alacant Guide

Gran Alacant is on the Costa Blanca coast in mainland Spain it is a large residential tourism urbanisation, which has a friendly relaxed feel about it and here you can enjoy the fabulous climate, beautiful beaches and sand dunes that the area affords. It is located on a hillside close to the sandy beaches and the area is just 15 km south of Alicante and 6 km from Santa Pola. Gran Alacant is a fairly small resort with a population of about 10,000 although this grows in the main holiday season. It’s easy to get around and has a charming, cosmopolitan air about it. It’s a beautiful location offering picturesque views and it’s popular with holidaymakers and golfing enthusiasts. As Gran Alacant is on the Costa Blanca coastline, it’s hardly surprising to learn that the main attraction is the beach. Gran Alacant’s main sandy beach, Playa Carabassi, it is around 1.5 km wide with beach beds and umbrellas available during the summer months. It’s great for swimming, sunbathing or taking part in water sports and there is a water sports club too. There are walkways leading to the beach with pine groves, sand dunes and trees providing natural shelter from the mid-afternoon sun. It also has a large maritime promenade in Arenales del Sol, which is very popular with walkers, cyclists, and runners. Golf is popular here in Gran Alacant with numerous excellent golf courses dotted across the Costa Blanca coastline. The area, in general, offers a peaceful environment that is overflowing with beautiful and historic places to visit and explore. Blue Flag beaches can be found here which means the beaches are safe for children providing a clean and safe environment for everyone especially families.

The international airport at Alicante is a mere 10 minute drive away and its Mediterranean climate means sun filled summer days.

There is plenty to see and do and the Gran Alacant and Santa Pola areas attract sports fans with windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddle, kite surfing and paragliding which are all popular. It’s a very clean and safe beach for all the family as the little ones can enjoy paddling in the shallow waters or having fun in the children’s playground. You can take a walk in the natural parks or go bird watching or learn about the impressive saltwater lakes which produce about 700,000 tonnes of salt each year. On the road between Gran Alacant and Torrevieja there are stunning views of thousands of beautiful flamingos who live there in their natural habitat. The exciting historic cities of Elche and Alicante are close by meaning you can grab your culture fix and have a day away from the beach. All of the family love a theme park and a must visit to the Pola Park should be on your list of things to do. There are around 30 attractions including boat rides and fairground rides as well as many restaurants where you can have a snack or take a picnic with you. Visit the Barranc de l’Escolgador de Crist nature reserve which is close to the lighthouse and the views from the top as you can imagine are breathtaking and you can clearly see the Paragliders flying in the skies above you.

A super selection of street markets selling fresh foods, pottery, trinkets and souvenirs are in abundance and the shopping centre in Gran Alacant will provide you with everything you need. Cafes, bars and restaurants serve varied dishes and there is an excellent range of restaurants serving traditional cuisine such as paella, fresh fish and shellfish caught locally at the port.

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