Yes, when reading the reviews I see where some of the negative comments are coming from. However, it is an urban beach, made of darkish coarse sand (imported, I believe). It's not as pretty as the city beach in Alicante, for example, but it does have adequate showers, and the chiringuitos are good fun and good value. (Chemical toilets in some, so not too good if you are disabled.) However, I think the authorities are trying hard to improve this beach, and the views are pretty amazing. If you walk in an easterly direction, you will pass through the local playground of Pedregalejo and eventually arrive at El Palo. I would say this is actually about five miles, though the city websites indicate less. Alternatively, get a bus - number 11, I think - from the beginning of the Paseo del Parque. Overall, I found it enjoyable and not the nightmare stuff of some reviews. I enjoyed the parakeets in the palm trees, though local people have understandably got fed up with them! I have swum here, and I think as long as you shower it is safe to do so. I certainly intend to go there again and try out more of the chiringuitos.
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