Our Local Beaches – Part 1 – Guardamar del Segura

The whole of the Torrevieja area boasts a tremendous variety of coastal scenery. There are many beaches, from long stretches of fine golden and white sands, smaller sandy coves, rocky bays, and tree-lined promenades.

The many-hued blues of The Mediterranean is an attraction itself. Care should always be taken, however, as in one or two areas the tide is prone to strong undercurrents. Lifeguards are on duty from around 10am throughout the season, and notice should always be taken of their safe bathing flags. Many of the beaches also have staffed first aid huts.

The area has more than 300 days of sunshine a year with an average daytime temperature of 20 degrees. In July and August, it is not uncommon for it be double that figure.

Part of the atmosphere along the coast is the variety of beach ‘sellers’. Many offer sunglasses, watches, and DVDs. Others provide henna tattoos, and a few offer relaxing Oriental massages.

The area can be divided into three parts. Guardamar del Segura, to the north, Torrevieja itself, and Orihuela Costa, to the south. Locals tend to use the beaches before 1pm and after 5pm.

Guardamar del Segura

Guardamar del Segura is so named as it stands at the mouth of the Rio Segura. It boasts over 12km of white sandy beach, much of which is lined with a variety of palm, pine, and eucalyptus trees. The trees, whilst adding to the attraction, were planted for practical purposes. Without them the sand dunes would be constantly moving and the town itself would be prone to sand storms.

The eight different beaches which make up Guardamar’s huge expanse of sandy coastline provide plenty of space even in the busiest of times. All can be easily accessed from the N332, which runs from both Alicante and Murcia airports. They are cleaned every morning.

From north to south the beaches are: Los Tusales; Los Viveros; De la Babilonia; Playa Centro; La Roqueta; El Moncayo; Playa del Campo; Los Ortignes. There is also Playa del Campomar further south.

Los Tusales is a naturist beach. It has a tourist information point, as does Los Viveros and the town centre itself.

Red Cross facilities and lifeguards are available at Los Tusales, Los Viveros, and the central beaches of Playa Centro and La Roqueta. Los Viveros, De la Babilonia, and Playa Centro also have limited mobility access.

Watersports such as windsurfing and pedalos are best found at Los Viveros and El Moncayo. The quietest beach is Los Ortignes, although it has the least number of facilities. All the beaches have bars and cafes, but the greatest selection can be found at Playa Centro and La Roqueta which lie closest to the town centre itself.