Albir also known as Alfaz beach is part of the town of Alfaz del Pi located a few kilometers inland.
It has a long beach reaching as far as Altea, it is mostly pebbles but is not uncomfortable.
Now it is a modern town but has been an occupied on and off for at least 2000 years, a Roman villa is currently being excavated quite close to the beach.
It has a large number of good quality restaurants ranging from Greek to Japanese. Most of the bars are also modern in style and usually quiet and friendly. An easy walk will take you to the busy town of Altea.
There are several interesting walks in the area, crossing over the hills to descend into Benidorm or a short walk up to the lighthouse.
Several walking groups exist in the area and are usually glad to receive holidaymakers and take them along (Ask in Reception).
Polop de La MarinaThe name Polop probably come from the Greek word Polis meaning town or community, there is also the possibility of it being associated with Apolo one of the Greek gods.
It became important due to its hilltop castle (now in ruins) which controlled any sea traffic heading inland.
It was occupied by the Celts, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Muslims untill its final conquest by the resurgent Christians.
The Barony of Polop controlled an area from the borders of Guadalest to Villajosa, Benidorm and Albir.
It is situated some 15Km inland from Benidorm and is well worth a visit if only for the spectacular views found on walking up to the cemetery passing the stations of the cross on the way.
GuadalestThe most visited place in Spain, built during the Moorish occupation in the 11th century.
It was conquered by the Christians in the 13th century by Jaime I.
In 1664 the castle was partially destroyed by an earthquake.
Once again during the war of the Spanish Succession the castle was damaged.
In 1976 Guadalest was declared a site of historical interest.
The museum is housed in the ancient residence of the Ortuña family and dates back to the 17th century. One of the many historical places of interest is the existance of an 11th century prison.
Its full name is El Castell de Guadalest with a population of arround 200 residents during the winter months. It lies at approximately 25 kms inland from Benidorm.
Next to, and north of Albir you will find Altea, originally a Greek colony it eventually passed into Moorish hands and subsequently was taken by Christian forces.
The newer part of the town has some interesting shopping as Altea has become an artistic centre. Both painting and clothing outlets proliferate, you can buy anything from an easel to a locally made dress.
However it is the old town that is the real attraction, its winding streets and narrow allyways are a joy to see with all of them eventually leading to the the main square and church with its famous cupola (picture on the left).
The streets leading off the main square are full of small art exhibitions and excellent top quality restaurants but the prices are not for the squeemish.
Altea also has a large marina and beach, some good seafood restaurants can be found on the seafront.
More information on Altea can be found here.
Things to doAn interesting evening at the Medieval centre with a full menu based on the food and drink of the time plus jousting contests etc. Full details here
A visit to Mundomar which is a favorite of mine featuring dolphin and seal shows plus a magnificent surrounding park with many varieties of animals to see.
Terramitica has too many features to describe, there is something for everybody, young or old.