In this tourist guide to the resort of Alfaz del Pi on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain.
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Alfaz del Pi is famous on the Costa Blanca for having more full-time foreign residents than Spanish residents. Of course many British (Brits) reside here but there is a distinct large Scandinavian community, especially Norwegians.
There is a great mix of over 90 different nationalities living in Alfaz and this makes it a great tourist destination because of its variety. The population was last recorded as 20,482.
Of course the weather in Alfaz del Pi like the rest of the Costa Blanca is superb with hot summers attracting the tourists but also the winters are mild making it an ideal location in Spain in which to retire to.
Where is Alfaz del Pi?
Alfaz del Pi is also known to local residents as L’Alfas del Pi and is very handily located just to the north of Benidorm with it’s many tourist attractions. To the north of Alfaz is Altea one of the prettiest towns on the Costa Blanca.
It’s a good idea to hire a car in Alfaz so you can tour the Costa Blanca area, it would be a shame just to stay in Alfaz, as attractive as it is.
The actual town centre of Alfaz del Pi is 2 km inland but Alfaz stretches to the coast where you can find the beach of Albir and the promenade known as Paseo de las Estrellas which translates into English as promenade of the stars, this is because it is studded with the names of actors honoured at the Alfaz del Pi film festival which happens every July. Make sure you walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the great views of Alfaz.
What Region is L’Alfas del Pi/Alfaz del Pi Located?
This depends on your definition of region or area. In the broadest sense you could describe it as eastern Spain but probably the best definition is to say it is in the Valencian region of Spain as it makes up part of the autonomous community of Valencia (Comunitat Valenciana). This is Spain’s fourth largest in terms of population – there are over 5 million people living in this region.
On a smaller level you can say that L’Alfas del Pi is located in the province of Alicante and is also part of the smaller Marina Baixa district.
Getting to Alfaz del Pi, Spain
Alfaz del Pi is situated midway between two international airports, to the South there is Alicante International airport and to the north there is Valencia international airport.
Alfaz del Pi is a distance of 61.5km from Alicante airport, the journey would take 41 minutes by car.
L’Alfas del Pi is a distance of 150km from Valencia airport, the journey would take 1 hour and 30 minutes minutes by car. If you are considering this option there is also Murcia airport not much further away at a distance of 152km and a drive of 1 hour 36 minutes.
We have an Alfaz del Pi Google map here.
Once at the airport you have a range of different airport transfer options to Alfaz del Pi including private shuttle buses, taxis or Alfaz del Pi car hire.
How far is Alfaz del Pi from Benidorm?
In L’Alfas del Pi you are away from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm but it is just a short taxi ride way if you fancy enjoying the free tribute bands and lively bars. Specifically Benidorm is a distance of 6.5km which would take about 15 minutes drive.
You can click on the graphic and get a much more detailed weather outlook including: tomorrow’s weather in Alfaz del Pi, long range forecast, a weather map showing any pressure systems, visibility, UV, pollen count, dew point, where the weather station providing this data is located, a 5 day, 7 day (week forecast), 14 day, 15 day and 10 day forecast for Alfaz del Pi weather.
There are many cultural events happening in Alfaz, because of this it is a great place to consider moving to or retiring to as there is lots going on whereas many other towns on the Costa Blanca will be very quiet especially in the winter months. For an idea of house prices and property prices you can see our page on estate agents in Alfaz.
Excursions and Days Out from Alfaz del Pi
Alfaz del Pi is very much a convenient base with which to explore the nearby area. The nearest beach is at Albir which is mostly pebbles. Just to the north of Albir is a much better sandy beach in Altea.
Otherwise to south to the huge tourist resort of Benidorm which has wonderful sandy beaches and excellent nightlife, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Alfaz del Pi has a whole host of bars and restaurants worth visiting which include It’s A Small World, Restaurante Zut, Pizza 4 U S.L., Flavours, Country Ribs S.L., Tacasa, Cuenco de Oro, Nou Raspallo, Pollo Tio Pepe, Scandinavian Home Cooking S.L., Trattoria Bonnapasta, Da Chama, Erich Baier, Frydays, El Profit, Tomging, Tonis, Seng Ruan, Castlein, Cauet, Tty Toiil Moller, Restaurante Malik, Restaurante Domingo, Restaurante Albolitx, Qinglong Wu, Barbacoa Albir CB, Berit Rodberg, Restaurant la Marina and the Jhon Reinolds.
Make sure to visit the outdoor market held every Friday in Alfaz where you can buy all sorts of things but notably the many fresh vegetables that are grown locally as well as many leather goods such as handbags and shoes.
Historically, remains found prove that there were Roman colonists in Alfaz in the 2nd and 4th centuries.
In the 17th and 18th centuries Alfaz was fortified to defend itself against the many attacks from pirates and corsairs from North Africa.
The name of Alfaz derives from the Arab word meaning sown field.
The Pi part comes because it is the Valencian word for pine tree – in 1786 villagers planted a pine tree as a protest and demand for independence from the Polop Barony although it took until 1836 to achieve this.
L’Alfas del Pi Tourist Office – Oficina de Turismo
Alfaz del Pi (L’Alfas del Pi) Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)
Alfaz del Pi (L’Alfas del Pi) Tourist Office
Address: Calle Federico García Lorca 11. 03580. Alfàs del Pi. (Alicante – Alacant)
Telephone: +34 965 888 905
Opening Hours: Winter: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00. Summer: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:00 h. Ssaturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
Living in Alfaz del Pi
If you have found this guide on Alfaz del Pi because you are thinking moving to the Alfaz del Pi area you may also find our moving to Spain section with expat interviews and accounts of how they found their move to Alfaz del Pi Spain, useful and informative.
Families with children interested in drama and dance need look no further than the Escuela de Danza run by Hazel Hiles. Here children benefit from being instructed in both Spanish and English, in ballet, modern, tap and flamenco classes at very affordable prices. Look out for the shows at the Casa Cultura.
If your concern is about medical facilities, don’t be, they are of a high quality and there are many English speaking doctors and dentists in this area.
Moving to Alfaz del Pi (Living in Alfas del Pi)
If you are thinking of moving to Alfaz del Pi, then you must read our expat interview with Nigel Hellicar of Costa Blanca Properties, Villas-Albir below:
Nigel, what would you say would be the advantages to living in Alfaz del Pi compared to other Costa Blanca towns?
Alfaz del Pi is only 5 minutes from the coast and centrally located between the towns of Albir and La Nucia. The resort of Benidorm is only 10 minutes away if you want that “ special night out.” Because the town is slightly elevated, good views of the coast are available together with a backdrop of the mountains (Serra Gelada) which allegedly contribute towards the micro climate that this part of the Costa Blanca enjoys.
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
It could be argued that the youth of Alfaz would enjoy a more “energetic night life” in Alfaz but with Benidorm so close most claim to have the best of both worlds.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
Split 50/50 between Spanish and foreigners.
What are your favourite things to do in the area?
The town lends itself to so many activities. There is a well-equipped sports center offering athletics, football, swimming. The area has many walking and cycling trails as well as the type of activities you would expect from a Mediteranean coastal town, sailing, fishing, diving, jet skiing, windsurfing etc.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Tu casa (Mediterranean cuisine)
Oriental Garden (Asian Cuisine)
El Castillio (Grill)
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
Yes, all are available.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
The town of Albir which is on the coast and only 2 kilometers from Alfaz; La Nucia which has one of the best sports centers in Spain; and the picturesque village of Altea.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
Sierra Bernia (Alfaz) and Elians (La Nucia).
Is crime an issue for expats?
No more than anywhere else – nothing like the UK!
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
Any increase in prices following the “crisis” have been tempered by the Brexit effect on the British population due to the amount of uncertainty it has generated and the subsequent demise of sterling against the euro.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
Yes, a good time to buy. Long term, Spain is a good investment now with its proximity to the UK and the reluctance to buy in recent “hot” areas that are now affected by political turmoil or have been the focus of terrorist organizations. Because sterling has dropped UK owners can afford to reduce their properties and not lose out.
How much are the typical property prices in Alfaz del Pi for apartments, villas etc?
2-bedroom apartments are available from 110,000 euros; centrally located, small villas from 180,000 euros.
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Alfaz del Pi or surrounding area?
Research the area, take advice from a respected Estate Agent, don’t pay any deposits/sign contracts until approved by a bona fide solicitor.
Nigel, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact him, you can find his details below.
Costa Blanca Properties, Villas-Albir
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