The beaches within a short drive from Elche are some of the finest on the Costa Blanca. Most are made up of fine golden sand and offer excellent beach facilities. Depending on which beach you wish to visit during a holiday in Elche, there really is something for everyone. Many have areas for beach sports such as volleyball. They usually boast free to use exercise equipment and some have rope climbing frames. The larger beaches in cities and resort areas are a favourite with young children as they offer exciting floating adventure playgrounds. And for adults, there are numerous thrilling water sports to enjoy or lively little beach bars to while away your day.

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Santa Pola Beaches

At just 20 minutes drive from Elche, the beaches of Santa Pola are the closest. This is a lovely little seaside town, very popular for wind sports. During the summer months, kite surfers add a rainbow of colour to the skies. Other popular sports here include wind surfing, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle. There are over 4 kilometres of fine sand beaches, some close to the town centre backed by a lively promenade. Just out of town is Las Salinas Natural Park. This is an area of special importance for wild birds and comprises sweeping sand dunes and salt marshes. Santa Pola's claim to fame is its fishing fleet which is the largest of any port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Guardamar Beaches

South of Santa Pola and about 35 minutes drive from Elche is the town of Guardamar del Segura. This is another great place to enjoy water sports and it also has a superb municipal sports centre. In total there is around 12 kilometres of coastline, some backed by dunes and pine forest. In front of the town centre is its main beach, with several bars and restaurants lining the promenade. Just behind this is the lovely Parque Reina Sofía. This is a great place to take the kids when it gets a bit too hot. North of the town centre is the Marina De Las Dunas next to the Segura River. Here you can enjoy water activities, camel rides and fishing and hiking along the river banks.

Torrevieja Beaches

Continuing south you reach the city of Torrevieja which is around 40 minutes drive from Elche. It has over a dozen beaches, a large harbour and two sports marinas. The most popular area is a series of small beaches and man made coves fronting the city centre. A fantastic promenade runs the entire length and is packed with shops, boutiques, cafes, takeaways, bars and restaurants. From these beaches it's just a short walk to the excellent sports marinas. These boast all the favourite holiday water activities. You can enjoy jet ski, jet boat, flyboard, banana boat, flying fish, cable ski, kayaking, sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving. If you are visiting with young children, head to the floating adventure playgrounds at Naufragos Beach next to the harbour.

Orihuela Costa Beaches

For the size of the area, the beaches of Orihuela Costa boast the most Blue Flag Awards in all of Spain. These are given for sand and water quality, as well as beach facilities and cleanliness. This is a large and excellent resort area that borders Torrevieja. It's residents are mainly expats from Britain and Ireland. This is evident in the huge amount of themed bars that cater to these thirsty nationalities. Orihuela Costa's beaches are mainly golden sand with a few areas of rocky coves and cliffs. The main residential areas and beaches are in Playa Flamenca and La Zenia. Both offer great facilities, beach and water sports, and lively little beach bars right on the sand. The entire coastline is connected by a wonderful coastal path where walkers can enjoy splendid views.

Water Parks

Water parks are great fun on any summer holiday, and although Elche doesn't have one of its own, there are several within a short drive. For some, lazy days by the pool or on the beach is all they need. Others try to fit in as many activities...