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Playa San Juan lies a few kilometres north of Alicante on the Costa Blanca and benefits from a short transfer time from the airport. Playa San Juan is a seven kilometre stretch of beautiful sandy beach that draws many holidaymakers to its shores. Situated a little outside the town of San Juan, in a residential area, the beach is well served with shops, restaurants and offers a range of water sports. The historic centre of the town has some wonderful old buildings with monasteries and churches.
A Playa San Juan holiday offers a guarantee of summer sunshine, long stretches of fine sandy beaches, water sports, good restaurants and plenty of tourist shops. The old town has an interesting centre with some fine facades. Being close to Alicante, visitors can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Playa San Juan while benefitting from the many visitor attractions of the region’s capital.
Playa San Juan attracts a wide range of visitors every year with many of them travelling from Britain. Families with young children, sporting enthusiasts and couples of all ages will find what they are looking for in Playa San Juan.
The most popular time to take a Playa San Juan holiday is from April to October when the temperature ranges from a very pleasant twenty five degrees rising to the early thirties in the height of summer.
Playa San Juan, on the Costa Blanca, is a popular resort close to Alicante. The wide bay with its long stretch of satin- smooth sand attracts many visitors every year. The beach slopes gently into the sea providing safe bathing for children and less confident swimmers. Care however must be taken as an on-shore wind can sometimes make the waves rather heavy. A wide variety of water sports are available from the beach. The palm lined promenade has many bars, cafes and small restaurants supplying day long refreshments.
Golfers have a choice of courses, the nearest being only five minutes away. Remember to bring your handicap certificate as this is sometimes a course requirement.
A ferry runs to the Isla de Tabarco ten miles south of Alicante. Many scuba divers go there as the rocky coast and clear waters make ideal conditions for this sport.
Land sports include tennis, golf and horse riding.
The old town of San Juan has many interesting buildings including the seventeenth century church of San Juan, the monasteries of Santa Ana and San Roque. Santa Faz monastery is famous for its relic, a cloth said to have been used to wipe the face of Jesus.
The most notable fiestas in San Juan are celebrated during Holy Week, with others in June and September. These are lively events with music and dance, not forgetting the bonfires on the 24th June.
A Playa San Juan holiday offers a relaxing break on a sandy beach warmed by guaranteed summer sunshine and entertained by the many recreational facilities both in and out of the water.
Playa San Juan nightlife is fairly understated reflecting the resorts popularity with families and couples. There are some lively bars along the waterfront but San Juan is not a place to party through the night. Its near neighbour Alicante is the place to go for its wide range of evening entertainment.
Playa San Juan, and the town itself, have a large number of tourist shops providing essential provisions as well as gifts and souvenirs. Those looking for a greater variety can take the bus to Alicante where there are department stores, fashion boutiques and specialist shops. Popular souvenirs include wickerwork, ceramics, jewellery, embroidered linens and leather goods.
Playa San Juan has a wide variety of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Fish and shellfish feature prominently on menus and rarely disappoint. Traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars rub shoulders with those providing fast food and international cuisine. A good way to sample Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home. Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive.
Children are always made welcome in Spanish restaurants.