Gran Alacant is one of the closest tourist resorts to Alicante Airport and is located on the Southern Costa Blanca. Car hire is unnecessary with a frequent bus service running between the airport, the resort and Santa Pola. Gran Alacant is a popular resort where many Spanish people have bought second homes, and many come to the resort on the weekends to enjoy a break at the seaside. Gran Alacant is also a popular expat resort owing to its superb location and beaches.
Carabassi Beach is a wide, golden, blue flag beach with walkways and foot showers. If you love being outside and being active, you will love Gran Alacant. There is paragliding near the lighthouse, scuba just offshore at Tabarca, biking and hiking the Sierra de Santa Pola and Clot de Galvany, windsurfing and kitesurfing on Carabassi and Santa Pola beaches, sailing and rowing at Santa Pola marina, fishing, you name it. There is a triathlon as well as an annual open water swim to Tabarca Island that draws hundreds of athletes. The Clot de Galvany natural park is a great place to stroll, bird watch and enjoy nature. Los Arenales del Sol has a lovely seaside promenade lined with many bars and cafes and you can easily walk there from Gran Alacant. In the summer check out the many chiringuitos or beach bars that pop up on the sand.
Gran Alacant’s location is unbeatable, just 15 kilometers down the coast from Alicante, which has high speed rail connection to Madrid and the rest of Spain, a marina, a casino, university, hospitals, countless shops and restaurants. Just 6 kilometres to the south of Gran Alacant you find Santa Pola, a beautiful traditional Spanish seaside town, a great place to spend time as well because of its blue flag beaches lovely promenade and day trips to Tabarca Island which is a diverse aquamarine island. Santa Pola is a great fishing port as well and boasts a fair number of fish and seafood restaurants. Go fifteen minutes west and you are in the historic city of Elche with all the amenities it has to offer.
At just 11 km north towards Alicante you can find the amazing El Palmeral park, A gorgeous park filled with palm trees, hibiscus plants play areas and waterfalls. The perfect place to have a stroll on a warm day, with lots of shady spots to keep out of the sun.
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