ALBIR:Albir is a beautiful beach town in the municipality of Alfaz del Pi on the Costa Blanca.
Albir is nestled along the coast between Benidorm and Altea, it is perfectly prepared for those who wish to take a break from the hustle and bustle of nearby Benidorm, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, but still want to enjoy all the possibilities that a coastal town has to offer. A truly privileged location, with the much sought after Mediterranean climate, excellent communication to many other resorts, and approximately 55km from Alicante airport, Albir is the unspoilt gem on the Costa Blanca.
Albir is a modern Mediterranean style village with a cosmopolitan and contemporary feel. You can relax and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean, taking in the large rock of Calpe to the left, known as the Peñón de Ifach, and the mountains of the Sierra Helada Nature Park to the right, from the tranquillity of the calm, quiet, award winning European Blue Flag, white pebble beach.
If you like walking, the walk from the beach to the lighthouse is a definite “must.” It will wind you around the mountain path, along which you can admire the scenery and pause to take in the spectacular views from various viewpoints – Don´t forget to take a camera, It's picture postcard perfect on any day of the year!
The beach is skirted by the palm tree lined, Hollywood style promenade known as the “Paseo de las Estrellas,” in honour of the famous Spanish actors and actresses who have scooped awards at the annual local film festival of Alfaz del Pi.
There is a large community of foreign residents from all over the world, and an abundance of bars and restaurants for all tastes, many of which have accommodating terraces and fashionable “chill-out” zones.
In addition, Albir has prohibited the construction of buildings with more than five floors in order to respect and preserve the wonderful views and nature of the area. Albir is an ideal choice to enjoy both tranquility and leisure by sea and protective surrounding mountains.
ALFAZ DEL PI:Alfaz del Pi is a small town in the province of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. Along with Albir, it is famous for having residents of over 100 different nationalities living there and boasts the second largest colony of Norwegian residents after London, along with sizable Dutch, Belgian, and British communities.
It has a total land area of 19.3 sq.km and lies at the lower edge of Serra Gelada, with the town centre situated 2 km inland.
In 1786 the residents of Alfaz planted a pine tree in the main square because they wanted to gain independence from nearby Polop. They finally achieved this in 1836 and the area became known as Alfaz del Pi. Alfaz comes from the Arabic language and means "fertile land or cultivated land," Pi is a word from the Valencia language meaning “pine”. The pine tree which is now over 220 years old, is the symbol of the village, and to this day still remains in the square, situated in front of the towns pretty monumental Catholic Church of Crist del Bon Encert, which dates back to 1784.
Every year in July, Alfaz del Pi is home to its own renowned film festival, which began in 1988. Famous Spanish actors and actresses can be seen around the town during the festival, and each year the celebrity guests are honoured and presented with the “Silver Lighthouse” awards.