Holidays in Spain: The popular Alicante destination of Orihuela has some of the best beaches | Travel News | To travel

Spain is Britain’s top holiday destination. Data from easyJet has revealed that a staggering 43% of Britons want to travel to Spain in 2022.

But where is the best place for British tourists to holiday in Spain?

For many Brits, a holiday in Spain means sun, sand and sea in a beautiful seaside destination.

Spain has the most Blue Flag beaches in the world, making it a fantastic location for any British beachgoer.

The blue flag is only awarded to beaches that are sustainable, safe, accessible and beautiful.

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Although Spain has 614 Blue Flag beaches, there are a few Spanish regions that punch above their weight.

The beautiful municipality of Orihuela, in the Alicante region of the Costa Blanca, has 11 Blue Flag beaches.

About 20 km from the main town, Orihuela Costa has 16 km of coastline offering a wide range of activities for families and couples.

The city of Orihuela is the capital of La Vega Baja, which is also one of the most popular areas for British expats in Spain.


Playa Cala Capitan is one of the beautiful Blue Flag beaches in Orihuela and is a great choice for families.

A visitor to Manchester said on Tripadvisor: “The best beach in the area. Soft clean sand, safe swimming and a good beach bar with decent restrooms.

Another visitor from Chester said: “Fabulous beach and very clean too. Beach bar was great, coffee and food were excellent.

“Nice atmosphere and friendly staff too, that’s a boost.”

A visitor from London said: ‘Also a very shallow section of water with hardly any waves suitable for toddlers.

The ‘tranquil’ Playa de la Zenia in Orihuela has also received the prestigious Blue Flag award.

A visitor in January said: “Quiet and peaceful. The smaller bay was a real sunbath and sheltered from the wind.

“The main beach was very quiet with people enjoying the warm weather. Both beaches had soft, clean sand and great views.

UK tourists can fly to Alicante from most major UK airports with low cost airlines offering deals.

British tourists will need to be fully vaccinated to travel to Spain for a holiday, while children under 12 are currently exempt.

Britons should check with the UK government for the latest restrictions, as the rules can change quickly.

Orihuela Blue Flag Beaches

  • Aguamarina Beach
  • Barranco Rubio Beach
  • Cabo Roig Beach
  • Cala Capitan
  • Cala Cerrada
  • Cala Estaca
  • Cala Mosca
  • Campoamor Beach
  • La Zenia Beach – Cala Bosque
  • Mil Plameras Beach
  • Punta Prima Beach