Albir lies just north of Benidorm, before the town of Altea. It has grown over the last 50yrs from virtually nothing and is now a thriving cosmopolitan town. The development follows the road down to the beach which is mainly pebbles. There are many shops and restaurants and low rise blocks of apartments, lots of which are to rent for self catering holidays. Many people visit the town from northern Europe in their camper vans to escape the cold winters.

To the east of the town lies the mountain range of the Sierra Helada and there is a very nice walk to the lighthouse that stands at the top, giving far reaching views. If you attempt this walk make sure that you take refreshment with you – it takes about 45 mins each way.

The Romans settled in Albir more than 2000 years ago and there is a superb museum of the remains of a villa, free to enter and well worth a visit.

The beach is bordered by cafes and restaurants and has sunbeds to hire and lifeguards in attendance in the summer months. There are also canoes and pedaloes to hire.

If you are visiting by the no 10 bus, then wait until you see the sea to push the bell and get off.

The Panorama restaurant on the elevated part above the beach houses two webcams for you to enjoy.

You could even arrange to wave to your friends and family – stand by the anchor. Just allow a few minutes for the signal to travel.

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