Playa del Urbanova / Playa del Saladar
7km south of Alicante, you will find a beach with a very different vibe to that in Alicante itself. Take the Number 27 bus (Santa Pola bus) or hire a car for the short trip to Playa del Urbanova, aka Playa del Saladar or Playa de los Saladores.
There’s plenty of parking when you get there. The residential district of Urbanova is quiet, a long way from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The beach itself is big and beautiful, being about 50 metres wide and 1.6km long and stretching all the way to Los Arenales Del Sol.
In addition to the large sandy beach, the pristine wetland area offers a welcome escape to nature, with dunes and marshlands that were originally an important source of salt. Hence the name of the beach: Playa del Saladar (saladar = salt marsh).
There are ample public facilities including toilets, showers, sports pitches and a children’s play area. There’s a life guard and watch towers in high season, disabled access and shops and restaurants.
Beach umbrellas and sun loungers are available for rent.
Playa del Urbanova is perfect for sunbathing as well as nature walks, with moderate waves making the water safe for wading or swimming.
Despite its size, this beach doesn’t attract as many tourists, purely because it is less well known. Make the most of the chilled and laid back vibe as well as the magnificent views of Alicante further away.
In the southern corner, there is an area reserved as a nudist beach called Playa de las Locas.
Alternative beaches in Alicante include
Playa de San Juan – the biggest and most famous beach in Alicante. Open all year, with a range of daytime and evening attractions and entertainment
Playa del Postiguet – excellent city centre location situated just in front of the Castillo de Santa Barbara, the iconic Alicante landmark
Playa d la Albufereta – A small, cosy open beach that’s perfect for the family and has several playgrounds and tapas restaurants
Playa de Almadraba – a rocky beach between La Albufereta and Cabo de las Huertas and situated next to Club Nautico, this beach is idea for couples