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ALBIR – WEATHER, BEACHES, THINGS TO DO, PROPERTY FOR SALE, AND MORE

Photo by Albir from the North East with the Sierra Helada in the background

INTRODUCTION TO ALBIR – WHERE IT IS, HOW TO GET THERE AND WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE THERE

Albir delivers the best of two worlds. Snuggled in a bay that lies between Benidorm and Altea it offers the senior members of the family fine restaurants, beguiling country walks and a gentler pace of life in a smaller and more intimate coastal town. This is the place to relax yet still able to experience great restaurants.

For younger members of the family there is a fine beach with the expected quota of beach bars, but above all it is only a 10 minute drive from Benidorm with its Pandora’s box of vast selection of nightlife options and an infinite choice of daytime sporting activities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ALBIR

We are always being asked the following questions about Albir

WHERE IN SPAIN IS ALBIR? HOW FAR IS ALBIR FROM BENIDORM AND ALTEA? IS ALBIR BEACH SANDY? CAN YOU WALK FROM ALBIR TO BENIDORM? WHAT DAY IS THE MARKET IN ALBIR AND ALTEA?

Alicanteout.com Albir Faro (lighthouse) with a fish farm and the Penon de Ifach in Calpe in the background.

Read on and you will find the answers to them all in this post

CAR HIRE, WEATHER AND TRANSPORTATION & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WEATHER

Albir, like it’s sister towns on the Costa Blanca, is blessed with a temperate climate, never gets too cold  and benefits from more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Who wouldn’t want to live here?

TRANSPORT

Albir is  between and served by two international airports, Alicante, the closest, and Valencia and is served by the coach shuttle from both.

CAR HIRE

Your own car will undoubtedly enhance your enjoyment, giving you the freedom to explore your surroundings without shackling yourself to one of the infinitely available turgid tours.

Car hire is, of course, provided at the airports by the customary major companies or can be found locally at competitive rates in Altea or Benidorm. 

Here’s one or two that we have always found to be very competitive and who offer a very good service, there are many: –

Do You Spain - https://www.doyouspain.com/index.htm 
Holiday Autos - https://www.holidayautos.com/ 

HOLIDAYS IN ALBIR – HOTELS, APARTMENTS, VILLAS OR CAMP SITE.

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As I recorded earlier Albir is more tranquil than its cousins. Nevertheless it has excellent hotels,a fine sand and pebble beach and its share of playas and beach bars. For swimmers the good news is that there is less risk of execution by jetski.

HOTELS

Where you choose to stay on holiday should be comfortable and clean, but most of your time is likely to be spent out on the beach, exploring the town and the countryside. Nevertheless a good hotel will contribute to your enjoyment of your holiday: –

Albir Playa Hotel & Spa – a bit further from the beach than you might want – 10 minutes

Sun Palace Albir – indoor and outdoor pools, great location for beach groupies 

Aparthotel Vidalbir – central location, cheap but not exciting

Albir Garden Resort – good amenities but on the expensive side

 Hotel Noguera –  only 2 stars but well worth consideration

APARTMENTS AND VILLAS TO RENT

Probably the best bet for families or groups but if eating out is not your thing someone is going to be lumbered with catering and a little housekeeping. Here are a couple but perhaps a rental agency a good choice: –

Albir Up Esmeralda

Apartamentos Albirelax

Albir Garden Resort

Villas Albir

CAMP SITES

camping la colina

No campsites are in Albir but if you’re camping you are likely to be mobile,or used to a hike!

Camping Cap Blanch - on the seafront at Altea end of town
Camping Villamar - snuggled behind the Sierra Helada en route to Benidorm
Camping La Colina - en route to Benidorm close to the medieval showground

THINGS TO DO IN THE DAY IN ALBIR

For Action packed daytime activities you will have to make it to Benidorm or Altea but, with transport that’s only 10 minutes. Don’t worry there are many other rewarding ways to pass your time in Albir.

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

Albir is a peaceful and sophisticated little town. That is to say that, while the normal range of outdoor daytime activities are available, Albir is home to the more traditional pastimes. 

You will find golf, cricket and horse riding and there are magnificent trails to walk and explore.

Perhaps this is the reason that the town is so popular with expat investors:

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Sporting Alfas Cricket Club - contact the club, issue a challenge and bring your own team. 
How about the best of three!
“The Captain should never go in ‘till the fast men have changed to the spin. So two of you lads, on with the pads, pass the gin”
https://www.sportingalfascc.com/default.aspx 

And as if cricket itself were not enough: –

  • Monkey Rent Albir – these guys will rent you almost any type of exciting transport for land or sea 
  • Albir Marina but it’s in Altea – looks like it delivers the goods! Rentals and trips on power boats and sailing boats
  • Centro de Buceo SCORPORA – take a diving adventure with these brothers

SHOPS & MARKETS

Albir is a small town, in which the residents expect to travel for the best shopping adventure. Nevertheless there is enough locally to deal with the essentials of life.

In addition there are numerous small shops aimed at the tourist trade: –

SUPERMARKETS

  • Supermercado Mendoza Albir.
  • Aldi.  Well at least it’s familiar!
  • Quicksave Albir.  
  • La Frutería Albir Playa. Fresh fruit every day.

CLOTHES & FASHION

  • Ask & Embla – ladies clothing
  • Chic – chic ladies clothing!
  • Zapaterías Martín – shoes
  • Albir Sport – unisex sport.

MARKETS

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  • Sunday Market – morning market of food and general goods
  • Blumehome Albir – flea market
  • Rastro Don Quijote – flea market.

BEACHES & CALAS

Alicanteout – Playa de Racó

There are days when it is relaxing to wander a beach to settle ultimately in a little bar and watch the world go by as one reflects on yours.

For others the appeal is music and the energy that draws them in.

Playa del Albir. This 800 metre long beach is the main beach in Albir.

Playa del Racó Albir. 

Cove of Metge, Albir. Take note this is a nudist beach.

Cala del Metge Albir without the nudists so stop looking!

CHIRINGUITOS / BEACH BARS

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Chiringuito La Terraza Del Albir - for alfresco dining
Taperia El Mosset De L'Albir - excellent tapas
The Beach Lounge - more bar than chiringuito but whatever your preference
Terraza Eucaliptus - good for paella
El Chiringuito de Altea - really authentic and great food 

WALKS

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Here in Albir you will discover some of the most stunning and picturesque hiking trails on the Costa Blanca coast.

Much of the coastline is rugged and accessible by boat only, but the effort will be well rewarded. These are the virtues that you will tell your friends about.

Sierra Gelada Natural Park - close to 14,000 acres of wildlife conservation, come and explore the coastal areas by boat and hike the rest - It’s amazing.
Playa del Albir, Passeig de les Estreles.
Camino del Faro - an easy walk up to the lighthouse, even with a pram.
Check out this website for great walks and hikes (in Spanish “Senderos”): - https://www.wikiloc.com/trails/outdoor/spain/valencian-community/altea 

GOLF

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Albir itself has no golf course but is an ideal base from which to explore and play the many courses on the Costa Blanca. Below are the 3 closest: –

Melia Villaitana Golf Club - Benidorm, this is a complete golf resort with 2 x 18 hole courses and all the trimmings. Distance from Albir 7.1 Kilometres
Altea Club De Golf - a very pretty (and difficult) 9 hole golf course with mountain and sea views. Distance from Albir 7.7 Kilometres
Las Rejas Benidorm - a par 3, 9 hole, pitch and putt course almost on the beach in nearby playa poniente, Benidorm. Get down there and sharpen up your short game! Distance from Albir 7.5 Kilometres

EQUESTRIAN

Centro Ecuestre Sierra Helada – this is a long established stable, which offers a range of services from tuition to country hacks https://hipicasierrahelada.com/

THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT TIME IN ALBIR

Caminito – Argentinian grill restaurant so you should be able to get a first class steak here. Try the “great sirloin” for 4 people; my mouths watering.

La Cena by Nola – fish & chips and a kids menu; have you died and gone to heaven?

Tiffin – what did I say in the intro? Some say that this is the best Indian restaurant on the coast and I really think they may be right!

Be Katsu – Albir’s Japanese restaurant. Is there no end to cosmopolitan gastronomy?

You Lounge Bar – at last traditional Spanish meets fusion and you can get a tapas dish. Great gastro and cocktail bar.

BARS

TAPAS BARS

When one thinks of Spanish food the first thought that springs to mind is tapas. The Spanish are, by and large, devoted to their food and drink so this might be a little unfair.

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Costa Blanca is home to a number of world class restaurants across a range of cuisines but tapas is omnipresent and Albir has its fair share: –

Bar Tapas, Passeig de les Estreles
Salt & Pepper 
Bistro Chapi    
Can Tapetes Tapas Bar 
El Mosset De L’Albir 

MUSIC BARS

Occasionally one is in the mood for an evening of music and jollity. Catering for summer tourists guarantees that such establishments exist and flourish..

The Church – the Irish do love their music

Bar Café Moonlight Albir – awesome music just off the beach

Goodfellas – rock & Roll classics

Cuba Bar Albir – never been here but I love Cuban music

SHOWS

To be honest if you are looking for a large variety of entertaining shows you’re better off going to nearby Benidorm but if you only want to stay local give these a try: –

Cinema Roma – old fashioned theatre, clean and smoke free, shows English language films

Casa de Cultura de L’Alfas – a range of mixed facilities. Worth catching the 33rd L’Alfás del Pi Film Festival this year (2021).

 Cine de verano Colci Albir – outdoor cinema

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN ALBIR: VILLAS AND APARTMENTS FOR SALE IN ALBIR

So you finished your Albir Holiday and liked it – thinking of buying a villa or apartment in Albir then read on.

There are literally hundreds of portals dealing with ‘000’s of property sales in Albir and, in Albir itself, many estate agents.

Trying to wade your way through all of those is extremely difficult, especially when you have to make allowances for “Estate Agent Lingo and Infoxication”.

That’s where we come in: –

At Search and Survey Spain we are not estate agents and have no allegiance to any estate agencies.
Our only interest is finding the right property for you, that the property is legal, well built, value for money and free of any external charges or liens.
If you like we can help you make the right selection to suit your requirements?

This is our speciality and something we’ve been doing for the last 40 or so years.

Click now in the next button to visit our contact page and we’ll be very happy to give you a call so we can get started.

Search and Survey Spain Team
The Search and Survey Spain team – from L-R Manu, Chari, Ian, Monica and Manolo.

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