Playa Flamenca Information
Where is Playa Flamenca?
Playa Flamenca is located on the Orihuela Costa in the Alicante province, approximately 77km south of Alicante and 65 km from the university city of Murcia.
The area is extremely popular with holidaymakers and expats alike, with over 100 different nationalities currently living in the area.
This is mainly because of its location, the beach and the diverse things to do including the excellent nightlife. Torrevieja, the main town in the area, is just 4km away and the equally popular neighbouring areas of La Zenia and Villamartin are easily accessible by car or simply on foot.
The main N332 coastal road separates the magnificent beach from the main urbanisations in Playa Flamenca and there are designated bridge crossings and underpasses that should always be used when accessing and exiting the beach.
Nearest Airport to Playa Flamenca
There are 2 airports that you can fly into when visiting Playa Flamenca, the most popular one with the most flights is Alicante which is around 50 minutes away by car \ taxi. You can also use the new Murcia (Corvera) airport which in mileage is slightly closer but will take around the same time to drive from.
Unfortunately, there are no buses directly from either airport to Playa Flamenca, from Alicante, you would need to take the bus to Torrevieja and then get a taxi to where you are staying in Playa Flamenca. From Corvera airport, the options are limited and the journey with a bus change in San Pedro will take longer than the flight from the UK that you have just disembarked!
Weather in Playa Flamenca
The weather in Playa Flamenca as with the rest of the Orihuela Costa and Costa Blanca generally is very good year-round, summers are very warm, particularly between June - August when the average temperature is 25’ but is often much higher. During the spring and summer months, there is very little rainfall.
Winters are mild but with a little more expected rainfall, however, it is nothing compared to northern Europe. Daytime temperatures can easily reach 20’ but will drop to single figures in the evenings. December and January tend to be the coolest months.
Occasionally, the area will be hit with a ‘Gota Fria’ (‘cold drop’), this usually happens in the autumn months (October - November) and is believed to be a bi-annual occurrence. When a Gota Fria hits, the temperature suddenly drops and there is increased rainfall which can cause local flooding, the sea is affected too with big waves that can be destructive to beaches and beachside property.
Playa Flamenca Beaches
There are 3 beautiful beaches in the Playa Flamenca area, all are sandy, clean and hold the prestigious blue flag status, they are flanked by a few tempting beach bars and restaurants and parking in the area is free, however, it can get busy in the peak season. Also, in the summer season, there is always a lifeguard on duty.
Along the Playa Flamenca coast, there are a number of sheltered rocky coves and one is designated as a nudist area, it is not easily accessible and so you are unlikely to stumble upon it by accident!
One of the most beautiful aspects of the area's coastline is the long and wide promenade which is flat and suitable for wheelchair access, it is very popular for early morning or indeed early even walkers and there are a few bars and restaurants along the way.
Playa Flamenca Commercial Centre
The Playa Flamenca Commercial Centre (or Centro Comercial) is an extremely popular attraction and has some fantastic restaurants and bars, however, it is not just about the nightlife, the centre is also home to a hair salon, beauty therapist, barber, supermarket, mobile phone shop and even a charity shop amongst other outlets!
Next door to the Commercial Centre is the Mosca Centre, which is not as big but is still worth a mention as here you have a currency exchange, more bars and a rooftop mini golf course!
Playa Flamenca Nightlife
When it comes to nightlife in Playa Flamenca, you will be spoiled for choice and not disappointed as there is something for everyone. Bars are plentiful so whether you’re seeking a quiet drink, live music or somewhere to sing karaoke, you will find it in or around the Commercial Centre.
There are also other commercial centres in the Playa Flamenca vicinity, Via Park 2 and Via Park 3 along with the Citrus Centre, all offer something in the way of nightly entertainment and are very popular with the ex-pat community as well as holidaymakers.
There are a few nightclubs in the area, however, they tend not to get busy until after midnight and generally stay open until around 5am.
If you are seeking somewhere nice for an evening meal then you have a vast choice of restaurants with just about every cuisine available, popular restaurants in the Playa Flamenca commercial centre (centro comercial) include Gong (Thai \ Chinese) and Rustica (meat & seafood), however, these are just personal choices and you have so many other options to choose from.
Playa Flamenca Saturday Market
The Saturday market is extremely popular and stretches the full length of Calle Nicolas de Bussi, also known as ‘Market Street’, you can literally buy anything at the market, from fresh fruit, vegetables and plants to leather goods, rugs, clothing and shoes.
There are plenty of places to grab a snack or a drink with bars at either end of the street and a couple in the middle.
The market tends to open around 10 am and stalls begin to pack away around 1.30-2 pm
Hotels in Playa Flamenca
There are not too many hotels in Playa Flamenca, however, there are more choices along the coast within a couple of miles.
The most well known and popular hotel in Playa Flamenca is actually the Servigroup La Zenia hotel which overlooks the La Zenia beach.
Car Hire in Playa Flamenca
If you decide to rent a car in Playa Flamenca rather than at your arrival airport, you will need to phone or visit one of the area's independent car hire companies, of which there are numerous. A simple online search will provide details of the many different options.
During the peak season (July & August), the availability of hire cars is limited and prices are considerably higher than at other times of the year.
Generally, you need to be over the age of 21 (sometimes 25) in order to get a good deal and you will need your UK driver's licence and an International Driving Permit which are easily acquired over the counter at your local post office, costing £5.50
Playa Flamenca Useful Information
There are many banks across the Playa Flamenca area along with numerous ATM’s dispensing Euro notes. Popular banks are; BankInter, Bankia, CaixaBank, BBVA and DeutscheBank.
Inside the Commercial Centre, there is a small supermarket and close by is a new Lidl store, going a little further along the N332, you have a large Carrefour. If you have a hire car then you also have a number of other supermarkets such as Consum and Mercadona just a few minute's drive away.
The main pharmacy in Playa Flamenca is on Calle Pablo Picasso, however, there are also 2 more in neighbouring La Zenia with one of them being inside the La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre.