Albir was never a little fishing village – in fact there was nothing here except the beach and orange groves. It is the coastal part of the town Alfaz del Pi, just a little way up the hill. Over the last 30 to 40 years it has grown into a low rise little town of smart villas, apartments, shops, pubs, hotels and restaurants. For the residents, many of whom are retired, there are all the ancillary services of health centres, lawyers, estate agents, in fact everything that is needed to live a comfortable life in the sun or enjoy a holiday here.
Many nationalities live in happy association; English, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Nepalese, to name a few. They have their own specialised restaurants, doctors, dentists and food shops. The town is laid out either side of the road that leads down to the sea and a beach which comprises a mix of pebbles and some sand. The sea is crystal clear and turquoise. In the summer season there are sunbeds for hire and pedalos, paddle boards and canoes. The mountain range, the Sierra Helada starts at the near end of the beach and stretches as far as Benidorm. Perched on top is a lighthouse and the walk there is popular with those who like to keep fit and enjoy the magnificent views around the coast as far as Calpe. For the culture vulture, there is a fine building on the seafront – the Fundacion, which hosts art exhibitions and musical concerts, and during the summer months there is a film festival on the beach. For others there is a vibrant café culture with sunny terraces to meet new friends and enjoy a drink or two. The Romans settled here more than 2000 years ago and archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a villa, which can now be viewed in a modern museum. For those of you who do not spend all the year here, we have installed live webcams on the “Panorama Cafe & Restuarant” Albir and “Rascals Cafe”, Altea – so that you can enjoy the views around the coast of Albir, wherever you happen to be.
We are well catered for here in Albir – there are the usual Chinese sell everything ‘Todos’, of course but also higher quality shops selling designer fashion, shoes, handbags, jewellery and homeware. The ‘Todos’ seem to be always open, but the other shops keep to Spanish hours and close for a while in the afternoons, then open again in the evenings.
That means that we can enjoy a browse on the way to have dinner in a restaurant or buy a new saucepan to cook our own dinner! The exception to this are the supermarkets that stay open from morning to night and some even Sunday mornings. Ex-pats from lots of countries can find their favourite brands of baked beans, sausages, apple mousse, sauerkraut for example or speciality biscuits, cakes and confectionery.
Like most places in Europe there are sales, “Rebajas” in Spanish – mid season, in January and in July with hefty reductions.
If you are watching your budget, why not visit the two charity shops that we have here, you get a bargain, help a worthwhile cause and help to save the environment!
Albir caters for almost every nationality taste!….A truly cosmopolitan town in which to wine and dine in, or simply have a drink or snack in the pubs or terraces.
From traditional Spanish cuisine with delicious rice dishes and seafood to authentic Nepalese curries, juicy Argentinian steaks, Chinese specialties and Italian pasta and pizzas, not to mention the ever popular fish and chips!
Prices to suit every pocket with some restaurants offering an inclusive price to eat and drink all you can within a certain time.
There is a wealth of terraces to enjoy the good weather, equipped with sunshades when the sun is too strong, or plastic see through walls for the winter.
Brits, Belgians, Dutch, Norwegians and others, can find their very own favourite beers and there are coffee houses a plenty offering your Americano or latte accompanied by cakes and pastries.
Pubs and cafes are not just for eating and drinking, they are meeting places for ex-pats and offer quiz nights, Spanish lessons and live sports and more!…
For some varied and exciting days out there is the vibrant and exciting city of Benidorm with its theme parks on your door-step.
There are theme parks to visit such as Aqualandia which is a water park, Mundomar is Spain’s answer to Sea-World, Terra Mitica is a theme park with rides based on the ancient world and Terra Natura is a zoo with many exotic animals from around the globe and it has its own water-park called Aqua Natura.
Head inland to get away from the heat on the coast and explore the real Spain including the wonderful Algar waterfalls and Guadalest with its castle perched high up in the mountains.
Albir has plenty of bars and restaurants but the nightlife is on the quiet side really, with just a few clubs and lively night time venues.
For a really wild night out try nearby Benidorm for a good night out. Benidorm has an exciting, vibrant nightlife scene with many pubs and venues with live music with free entrance. If you would like to have dinner and a show, then be sure to book your table at the Benidorm Palace.
Taxi fares to Benidorm are fairly inexpensive and will only set you back around ten / fifteen euros, each way & you can be sure to enjoy a good night out – Buses only run late in high summer.