Albir Beach & Promenade
A right turn at the bottom of the hill on the road that runs through the town, takes you to the seafront. You can walk up the hill that goes to the lighthouse to the right, ( see Albir lighthouse page) or go down to the Anchor sculpture. This huge sculpture was made by Jorge Castro Florez. It is called ‘asentamiento’ which means ‘settlement’.
To the right is the Sierra Helada and craggy rocks and coves, where people love to snorkel. There is a little sand here too, but the beach is mainly pebbles. The water is clear and safe for swimming and a lifeguard is on duty during the summer season.
Sunbeds can be hired to tan comfortably and there are permanent shades from the hot sun. Pedaloes, canoes and paddle boards can also be hired.
Behind the beach are lots of restaurants and cafes, serving varying cuisines, some elevated for a superb view of the bay. It is on one of these cafes (Café Paradise) that our webcam is sited.
There is a road along the seafront and also a bike path as well as the promenade lined with palm trees. This promenade has the delightful name of ‘paseo de estrellas’ ( walk of the stars) because it is inlaid with stars with famous Spanish film stars names on – a bit like Los Angeles. This connects with the annual film festival where films are shown on a huge screen on the beach on summer evenings and people can watch with picnics.
There are public toilets and childrens’ playgrounds as well as a beach library and quiet shaded area for respite from the summer sun, where you can even play chess.
On the land side of the promenade there are a couple of tourist shops, a summer market and small funfair with trampolines and little rides. A little further along past the very nice Kaktus hotel, with It’s raised terrace with a seaview, there is a mini golf and an open air ‘chiringita’ beach, spanish family restaurant.
A huge look out towers over that end of the beach.
The boundary with Altea is clearly marked just before roundabout on the road. It is a delightful walk along by the sea to Altea with a view of the old town on the hill.