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La Zenia Beach, One Of The Best On The Costa Blanca
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La Zenia Beach, One Of the Best on the Costa Blanca

Just south of Torrevieja and just beyond Playa Flamenca beach is La Zenia beach. One of the more exclusive areas south of Torrevieja, La Zenia has a split personality. The N332 coastal route splits La Zenia in two. The “La Zenia” roundabout is nothing more than a roundabout but it serves as a regional reference point used by locals. It is the main access point to La Zenia beach and the mainly luxury villa properties here. The other side of the N332 has large urbanisations consisting of townhouses and low-rise apartment blocks built in an “estate” style.

The well known La Zenia four star hotel sits overlooking the beach. It has private bar, cafe and restaurant areas perched above the sea and its function rooms means it is a popular venue for commercial and entertainment events.

Adjacent to the hotel are several restaurants and cafes which overlook the beach from an elevated position giving customers great views whilst eating pizza, sipping coffee or relaxing with a gin and tonic or beer. There is also a private pool area which for a fee you can access for those not using the facilities of the hotel or those that do not fancy swimming in the sea.

La Zenia beach is wide and deep. It stretches 100m from the street running along its edge and is 200m wide. Manicured for most of the year this beach is covered in beautiful sand. Do not be surprised to find sun worshippers sunbathing on Christmas morning assuming the sun is shining of course. In this part of Spain you can expect over 300 days of sunshine per year, so it usually is.

In Spring and Summer a large chiringuito sits in the middle of the beach. This serves, drinks, pizza, tapas and ice creams. They open early and close late usually after the sun has set so if you want to stay on the beach all day you can.

This is a beach for everyone. Because of its wide open spaces there is room for everyone. Parasols and sunbeds can be rented for the day and large numbers of people will gather with their towels, chairs, and parasols and secure their position along a wide stretch of the beach. There is a childrens’ play area and a huge rope climbing frame in the center of the beach suitable for 6 to 15 year olds. Others will be using the volleyball nets and impromptu football is usually played somewhere.

The sea is inviting and the waters’ edge in summer is usually warm. After a few metres it can deepen and care is required. There can be dangerous currents depending on the weather conditions. During Spring and Summer lifeguards patrol the beach and control activities from their towers. Swimming conditions are flagged to prevent problems. Normally this beach is safe but each year several people drown usually as a result of ignoring warnings, poor health or swimming after consuming too much alcohol which is always a bad idea. Don’t let this alarm you, common sense is the key. If you see waves rolling in, then be careful.

Rocky areas at both ends of the beach are great for accompanied children to explore rock pools looking for crabs and small fish.

Access to the beach is easy from the road that runs along the sea front behind the beach. At peak times parking can be a nightmare. Queues of traffic can extend from the beach area, back up the main access road, to the roundabout and then onwards up the N332 dual carriageway. In 2012 an area used for street parking has been converted to increase pedestrian safety so 2013 will see even less parking. At busy times if possible park on the “other side” of the N332 and walk. It is a great beach so it is worth it.

The beach area has toilets but the key is usually obtained from the chiringuito. It may take a few minutes to get the key if the staff are busy so don’t leave it to the last minute! You then have to walk to the toilets. Don’t expect anything special, these toilets are temporary, installed and removed each season. Cafes and restaurants above the left hand side of the beach obviously have facilities but for customers only. Don’t forget that if you want to go indoors you will usually need to be “dressed”. It’s a long way from the beach to one of the cafes if you need to go back for your T-shirt especially if you or your children are in a hurry.

To get here you need a car, bike or taxi unless you are lucky enough to be staying in a rental property near to the beach. Most people exploring the Costa Blanca will rent a car and these are readily available especially when booked in advance. Head down the N-332 from Torrevieja direction Cartagena. Pass over the “Punta Prima” roundabout (24 hour MacDonalds), pass over the “Lidl” supermarket roundabout. The next roundabout is the La Zenia roundabout. Go most of the way round and take the fourth exit. Approximately 400 metres ahead is the beach. Parking is “on street” and usually free of charge.

The nearest shops and banks with cashpoints or ATM’s are at the La Zenia roundabout. There are several banks, CajaMurcia, Deutsche and Popular bank. The La Zenia roundabout area has a small commercial area with a variety of shops and business establishments.

La Zenia beach is recommended for year round use. Generally it is well looked after by the authorities and during the tourist season has all the facilities you would expect at a “proper” beach destination. Locals use the beach all year round. One of the more unusual sites is Christmas morning where many will take barbecues down to the beach wearing their red Santa hats. The brave ones may even go for a swim despite the fact that the sea is a little cool at Christmas time.

So, if you are visiting the Costa Blanca area and want to chill out on a beach with all the facilities and plenty of space then La Zenia beach is recommended. Bring your gear, secure your place and let the warmth of the sun soak away the stress and strains of life.


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