Local Area Guide

Albir is conveniently situated on main bus routes and does have a tram station. As per our recommendation on our public transport page, we do suggest if you plan using the tram, then Altea is a better station to start and end your days out. With a WC, refreshments & food served in a small cafe with terrace.

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ALTEA

This is a beautifully preserved medieval town, perched on top of a hill overlooking the sea. The houses are all whitewashed to protect against the sun, with wrought iron grills over the windows. Sometimes it seems that time has stood still in this lovely old place. The church at the top is worth a visit and is open until around 3 pm and for services. In the summer months there are boutiques and galleries open in the evenings and lots of inviting restaurants. Down on the seafront and beach area, which is stony and rarely crowded, you will find a yacht marina and delightful promenade. It is from this harbour that the catamaran sails. More info here.

 

From Albir you can get to Altea by number 10 bus and get off at the harbour or for the old town, get off at the church on the main road after the bus turns in from the seafront (ask the driver to tell you) and climb up! In summer months a little train runs from the seafront up to the old town.

 

BENIDORM

If you are looking for some lively fun, then this is the place for you! It has sandy beaches with watersports, plenty of British pubs and restaurants, amazing nightlife in the new town and a different world in the old town with very scenic views of the bays. You can get there on the no 10 bus from Albir or the no 12 bus in the mornings and evenings. The no 12 bus takes a shorter route, but you have to walk a way down to the town, or to the Poniente beach. The driver should help you. In the summer months buses home at night run late. For more information and live webcams click on our website here

 

GUADALEST

This is a must see when you visit Albir. It is a unique fortified town perched on a mountain top, with far reaching views. There are shops and restaurants and interesting museums. Why not take an organised coach tour there. You can book on this link

 

 

ALGAR WATERFALLS

These natural waterfalls and pools are filled with water direct from the mountains, so even on the hottest day, they are as cool as a mountain stream! In pretty surroundings with trees and flowers, you can paddle and swim and even dive off the rocks. There are picnic areas and drinks for sale and also a nearby café with it’s own swimming pool. Sensible footwear is necessary as there are a lot of steps that can get slippery when wet. You could take a taxi there from Albir or a coach tour see here

 

 

CALPE

From the beach in Albir, you can see the huge rock formation in Calpe, known as the Penon D’Ilfach. It is often likened to the rock of Gibraltar. Some brave souls climb to the top for the views. Calpe has sandy beaches and a very quaint old town up the hill where there are steps painted in the colours of the Spanish flag. There are also roman remains, a very lively fishing port with superb restaurants and a lake where flamingos reside. However, they are white, not pink – something to do with their diet. To get to Calpe from Albir, it is best to go to Altea train station on the number 10 bus (press the bell to get off when the bus turns off the seafront) and take a train (0.14 mins past every hour). The journey is very scenic through mountains, looking down at the sea and takes about 20 minutes. There is a service bus (not the coach) that meets the trains and takes you down into the town. Ticket price doesn’t include this.

 

 

VILLAJOYOSA

This is something different. A fishing town, where the houses are painted in different colours, supposedly so the fishermen could identify their homes from sea. It is very picturesque. There is a huge sandy beach with a car park that has steps directly up to the beach, so very convenient if you are hiring a car. Again this town is best reached by train, from Altea (bus no 10). You will need to change at Benidorm but it is only a short journey and quite interesting. When you reach Villajoyosa, get off at the station after you go over the bridge that spans the river gorge and you see the superb roman viaduct and houses clinging to the side of the gorge. There is a pretty walk down to the beach and old town via a park under this bridge. After a walk along the seafront you can get the escalator back up! This old town has a chocolate museum and is the home of Valor chocolate. There is a day trip by coach that visits there on market day. You can book the trip here

 

ALICANTE

You landed at the airport but didn’t go anywhere near the city on the transfer bus. Alicante is the province where Albir lies and also the provincial city. It is well worth a visit. There is a castle perched high overlooking the city (a lift takes you there from the beach). The seafront is very impressive with a superb yacht marina and pretty promenade. If shopping is your thing, then there is a modern area, and also the old town with beautiful churches and buildings, tapas bars and restaurants. We advise going there on the train from Altea, changing at Benidorm. It takes about an hour and at one stage runs parallel with the sandy beaches of Muchovista. The best stop to get off is probably Luceros, and then walk down the shady boulevard  Ave Federico Soto to the harbour and seafront.

 

 

DENIA

Denia lies at the northern end of the Costa Blanca. It is an interesting town that was important for sardine fishing and the raisin industry. There is much history there including an impressive castle that overlooks the harbour and caves where people hid in the civil war, as well as remains of the old roman walls. From the harbour here there are ferries to Majorca and Ibiza. The old fishing quarter is very picturesque with it’s painted houses, many of which are now restaurants and cafes. The town has pleasant streets shaded by trees that have been trained to arch across. To get there go by train from Altea. That will take you as far as Calpe where a connecting coach will be waiting to complete the journey to Denia station. It is a very interesting ride through mountain scenery and little towns and takes around an hour and a half at present whilst the train track is being worked on.

 

 

JALON VALLEY

This area lies inland from the coast near Javea. It makes a pleasant change from coastal scenery. The town of Jalon and it’s surroundings are famous for wine making and fruit growing, hence there are bodegas to sample and purchase wine and in the early spring tours go here to see the pretty almond blossom. There is a tour every Saturday morning to the market there, both new and antique goods. The town is interesting with it’s old buildings and church. To find out more about this trip and to book click here

 

 

VALENCIA

To the north of the Costa Blanca lies the province of Valencia, with it’s provincial city of Valencia. You have probably heard of oranges from Valencia, for which it is famous, but did you know that a lot of rice is grown there and hence the famous paella dish. It is an amazing city, with a bustling commercial centre, an intriguing old quarter and a very modern city of Arts and Science with futuristic architecture. There is a coach tour that takes you there from Albir. To find out more click here

 

 

LA MARINA SHOPPING CENTRE

If shopping is part of your holiday pleasure, then you may like a visit here. It is easy to get to from Albir on the no 12 bus. A lot of famous names and some that may be new to you, makes it a pleasant visit for all the family with cafes and a childrens’ playground on the roof. Pleasant air conditioning adds to the experience.

 

 

CAVE OF SKULLS

Everyone loves the magic of caves and the mountain ranges surrounding Albir are full of them. These caves are open to the public and quite impressive. You can see them on a tour that takes in the old town of Benisssa and also the coastal town of Moraira. Something a little different. To find out more click here