These last few weeks have included Brenda and Stevie trying to find dog-friendly beaches for me.
Ever since we have been coming to the area, I have loved going to El Pinet which has a lovely beach where we can have a long walk along the shoreline and I can run in and out of the sea, after my ball, as much as I like but Stevie found out recently, that the police will fine you, if they catch you there.
Lots of people will still decide to carry on walking their dogs on their chosen beaches and we may still go there in winter and spring but as we are likely to be here longer than that, Brenda and Stevie wanted to find somewhere we won’t be fined.
It turns out that when Stevie and Brenda Google dog-friendly beaches in the Costa Blanca area, quite a few appear but sometimes that is just because people have said that they like walking their dog there. However. they found four beaches which are officially dog-friendly but none of them were as good as El Pinet.
Stevie checked with the local police to see if we’d missed any and they told us categorically that apart from the beaches we had found, it is illegal to walk dogs on any other beaches at any time of the year. Interestingly, we did find signs at Playa de los Locos at Torrevieja, that dogs are allowed on the beach outside of bathing season (June-August) but not if other people are on the beach! However, there is a small bay at the end which can probably be used but Stevie will be checking with the Torrevieja police.
The four official dog-friendly beaches found are:
Playa Agua Amarga (also shows as Rock & Beach Playa Canina) near Alicante airport, to the left hand side of the slipway when facing the sea, where there are several dog beach signs. There are rocks in the sea near the shoreline and the sand is rough because it contains lots of ground up shells, which means trainers are better than flip flops but at least you can walk, although there can be lots of fishermen. There is a large car park on rough ground but no cafe as far as Stevie could see.
Playa canina “Cala Mosca” south of Torrevieja by Playa Flamenca. The beach is actually at Cala Mosca ll and Cabo Peñas and is probably our favourite because the sand was OK and although there are rocks in the sea, they are far enough away from the shoreline although it shelves quite steeply towards them. It is a very small bay, so not really much walking but you get to walk to it from the parking area around Cala Mosca, although there are some steep-ish slopes (not ideal for flip-flops). There are no signs but Stevie checked with the Cala Mosca lifeguard, who turns people with dogs off Cala Mosca and he said that it is definitely the dog beach. There are cafés around the corner from Cala Mosca opposite the parking.
Playa Canina at Cala Rocío south of Torrevieja is more of an area where you can go with your dog rather than running your dog on a beach. It is very rocky but has sun umbrellas and dog beach signs, the Nautilus restaurant is nearby and there is limited parking on the road although there is a car park but it may be for the Nautilus.
Caleta dels Gossets north of Santa Pola, the nearest one to us, is the one we disliked the most. It has lots of dried sea grass on the limited sand but is mainly rocky with lots of sea grass in the water, there is parking but no cafés.
If you think you know of an official dog-friendly beach in the Costa Blanca area, we’re happy to go and check it out but we are now taking the view that if it doesn’t say dogs are allowed, then they probably aren’t.