HOW TO GET THERE BY PLANE

Your first choice should be flying to Alicante International Airport (Code: ALC). There are several low cost airlines that fly directly from many European cities, please click on the links below for an exhaustive list. The airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel and there are plenty of taxis available. If you are planning to rent a car for your stay in San Juan (recommended), you'll find great deals at the airport as long as you reserve in advance. Please, check the links below for rental car companies. If you are renting a car anyway, you might consider flying to Valencia International Airport (Code: VLC). It's a bigger airport and there is a wider choice of flights and airlines. It's a long but beautiful drive to San Juan (185km - 1h 45m) on a toll motorway that goes between the coast and the mountains. Worth considering.
  • Valencia airport VLC: available airlinesconnected cities
    Direct service to Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, U.K., Romania, and Switzerland.
Finally there is the Murcia-San Javier International Airport (Code: MJV). This is a small airport that is becoming more and more active, and it's only 106km (50 min) from San Juan on an excellent motorway.
 
HOW TO GET THERE BY CAR
    From Alicante International Airport (ALC)
  • Follow the signs for E-15/A-7/A-70 Madrid-Alicante-Valencia.
  • In approximately 2km turn right and enter E-15/A-7 towards Valencia.
  • Stay on E-15/A-7/A-70 for 16km (past Alicante) until you reach Exit 68: A-332 Sant Joan d'Alacant.
  • Continue directions at From E-15/A-7/A-70 North (below)


  • From Madrid and the West
  • Take R-3 or A-3 from Madrid towards Valencia.
  • Approximstely 170km from Madrid take A-31 towards Alicante.
  • A-31 ends after 236km. Take A-7/AP-7 towards Valencia.
  • Stay on E-15/A-7/A-70 for 11km (past Alicante) until you reach Exit 68: A-332 Sant Joan d'Alacant.
  • Continue directions at From E-15/A-7/A-70 North (below)


  • From Barcelona, Valencia and the North
  • Coming from Barcelona on E-15/AP-7, follow signs to Alicante once you pass Sagunto.
  • If you leave from Valencia or its airport (VLC) always follow the signs for Alicante.
  • Once you leave the Valencia area behind, the highway to Alicante splits. You MUST take AP-7 to Alicante (marked "por la costa") which is a toll road. Do NOT take A-7 to Alicante (marked "por el interior").
  • Stay on AP-7 for 150km. After you pay the toll, take exit 67: N-332 Sant Joan-El Campello.
  • After the ramp, stay on the right lane and follow new signs for Sant Joan. Merge into N-332 South.
  • Stay on N-332 for 2km and you'll reach a roundabout with a big commercial sign that says PORCELANOSA (it can be seen from far away). Enter the roundabout and take the fourth exit (3/4 turn) marked "Platges".
  • Continue directions at From the PORCELANOSA roundabout (below)


  • From Murcia and the south
  • From Murcia, take E-15/A-7 north towards Alicante-Valencia.
  • From Murcia-San Javier airport (MJV), take AP-7 north towards Alicante. In 60km it merges with E-15/A-7 north.
  • As you pass Alicante, stay on E-15/A-7/A-70 until you reach Exit 68: A-332 Sant Joan d'Alacant.
  • Continue directions at From E-15/A-7/A-70 North (below)


  • From E-15/A-7/A-70 North
  • Take Exit 68: A-332 Sant Joan d'Alacant. After the ramp, stay on the middle/left lanes and get into the roundabout.
  • At the roundabout, take the third exit (3/4 turn): N-332 towards Sant Joan d'Alacant.
  • Stay on N-332 for 3.5km. You'll pass 3 roundabaouts, go always straight. As you approach the fourth roundabout, you'll see from the distance a big commercial sign that says PORCELANOSA. Stay on the right lane.
  • Enter the roundabout and take the first exit (1/4 turn) marked "Platges".
  • Continue directions at From the PORCELANOSA roundabout (below)


  • From the PORCELANOSA roundabout
  • Once you exit the roundabout, you'll be on a single-lane road which you must follow for 2km. In this strecht you'll pass one small roundabout (continue straight) and a minor "Y" division (veer to the left following the main road).
  • After a few traffic lights, the road ends on a "T" intersection with the beach in front of you. Make a right turn and continue along the beach for 300m until you see the sign for Hotel Almirante on the right hand side.
  • Turn right into the hotel's private driveway and go all the way to the lobby entrance. You can park there temporarily to unload your luggage.
  • At the front desk, you'll be given instructions on how to access the customer's free parking lot, located right behind the building.

 
HOW TO GET THERE BY TRAIN

Alicante's only railway station (Alacant-Terminal) is located in downtown Alicante, a 15-minute taxi ride from San Juan Beach. There are also some car rental companies that will provide vehicles there, make sure you reserve in advance.

There are no high-speed trains to Alicante, but the ones available from Madrid and Barcelona are excellent nevertheless, pretty fast, and usually run on time. They have fancy names (Altaria, Euromed, Talgo, Arco) but they all belong to the national railway system (Renfe). You can check the schedules at Renfe's website (links below) and even try to buy the tickets on-line, but their system is cumbersome and frustrating, and requires a 48-hour advance purchase. If you are already in Spain, your best bet is to buy them on any train station (no 48-hour advance requirement) or any travel agency with the Renfe logo (almost all of them), they'll issue your tickets instantly with no hassle. From abroad, the travel agency path is probably the safest.

In Spain there are two classes of train tickets: Turista (Coach) and Preferente (First). First is about 65% more expensive, and besides having more room, you'll get a free meal and refreshments served on your seat and a movie. You also get access the VIP waiting room at the railway station. Recommended in the summer.