Each year millions of British holidaymakers visit the sunny Costa Blanca in Spain for an unforgettable holiday. Located in the Spanish province of Alicante, the Costa Blanca starts in the north with the delightful towns of Denia and Javea and stretches 200km along the stunning coast to the towns of Guardamar and Torrevieja. Palm fringed beaches, azure water and balmy weather make the Costa Blanca the ideal spot for a relaxing holiday.
It is arguably the most famous stretch of coastline in Spain, where you’ll find vibrant party towns, quaint little Moorish villages, olive and almond groves, and beautiful mountains that lie parallel to the coast. Every part of Costa Blanca has something unique and special, whether you choose a holiday rental in towns of Denia, Moraira, and Javea, or in the bustling cities of Alicante and Benidorm.
Denia, Javea and Moraira
The region around the towns of Denia, Moraira and Javea is one of the best places to be found anywhere along the Alicante coast.
The small town of Moraira is nestled between the mountains and the sea and is perfect place to enjoy traditional Spanish charm. The main beach is El Portet, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports including scuba diving and sailing. When you’ve had enough of basking in the sun there is a bustling market where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables and local crafts, or you can have a traditional seafood dish at one of the many waterfront restaurants.
If want to be close to the action but still enjoy some peace and quiet, Javea is charming little town that is one of the quieter resorts on the Costa Blanca. There is a blue flag beach, Arenal, where you can stretch out on the sand and enjoy the stunning views, or enjoy a variety of water sports. Take time out to explore the historic town with its narrow streets and visit the bustling weekly market.
Alicante is the capital of Costa Blanca. Although the beautiful beaches here are popular with sun worshippers the town if full of character and has a lot more to offer visitors. Start exploring Alicante along the Explanada de España, a beachfront pedestrian pathway that stretches around the harbour and is lined with palm trees, shops, restaurants and cafés. In the heart of the city you’ll find the peaceful Canelejas Park and the impressive Cathedral de San Nicolas. You can party the night away in La Zona or enjoy live music at the pavilion along Paseo de la Explanada. And don’t forget to visit the imposing Castle of Santa Barbara that overlooks the city.
Benidorm is located in the southeastern part of Alicante and has become one of the region’s most popular holiday playgrounds thanks to golden beaches, Aqualandia Water Park, Terra Mitica Theme Park and some world-class golf courses nearby. Visitors can also find a wide variety of vibrant bars and clubs popular with British tourists.
Get Out and About in Alicante
Although the Costa Blanca is most famous for its stunning beaches, some of the region’s most beautiful and fascinating treasures can be seen when you leave the main resort towns.
The Candelabra Caves are 24km north of Alicante and well worth a visit. Take a guided tour of caves and appreciate the spectacular rock formations and the superb acoustics. If you enjoy walking you can take a day trip the Algar waterfalls near Polop, which are a lovely place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resort towns along the coast.
One of the best ways to get out and about in Alicante is to hire a car. As you drive along the Costa Blanca you’ll soon discover the region is full quaint whitewashed villages and home to picturesque mountains that give you a taste of rural Spain and all its charm. Wherever you travel in Alicante you’re sure to find something to delight you.