The Costa Blanca offers guests and tourists a lot with a healthy social climate and an almost guaranteed sunshine with an average temperature of 18 degrees. With the warm summers and mild winters, it’s really delightful and the area is also ideal for people who want to escape the cold winters. The Costa Blanca is very famous for its large beaches with a length of approximately 200 kilometres which stretch from Denia to Cartagena. If you don’t like the beach, you can enjoy several cities, (cultural) curiosities, natural areas with salt lakes, the Valencian kitchen with its famous tapas, several shopping malls, markets, attraction parks etc. This area attracts a lot of golf enthusiasts because of the many golf courses (around the 25) and many guests get their golf license on the Costa Blanca because of the affordable rates.
We described a few cities and villages to give you an impression about the place where you will spend your holiday. Furthermore all our properties have a description of the local place under "properties".
A few cities
- Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, while not part of the Costa Blanca it is very close by and worth a visit. The city has a fantastic nightlife and is very famous because of the art, its history, the botanic gardens and the several museums.
- The main city of the province Alicante, Alicante city, has a boulevard with a nice atmosphere, stalls along the way and a nice view over the port. You can also visit “Castillo de Santa Barbara”, the castle of Alicante, where you can have a fabulous view of the coastline. We recommend you to take a tour bus around all the hotspots which you can visit at your leisure with the several stops where you can hop on and off.
- The picturesque village Guadalest is situated high in the mountains with a Moorish citadel on the top of high rocks. In these surroundings you can find the waterfalls of Algar where you can cool down in the refreshing water and enjoy the beautiful nature and small lakes.
- In Villajoyosa, meaning the joyful town, you can take a walk through the village with the tiny houses with bright, gaudy colours. And if you like chocolate; than don’t forget to visit the chocolate museum where you can taste samples! The village also attracts a lot of visitors during the Moorish and Christian festival in the last week of July.
- The places Santiago de la Ribera en Los Alcázares are located on the Mar Menor. This shallow water lagoon of approximately 200 square kilometres is a paradise for surfers, scuba divers and others. Because the water is warmer, calmer and shallower, it’s very well suited to take surf, dive and sail lessons.
- The old city Cartagena has one of Spain’s most important harbours. Everywhere you go you will experience the 2200 year old history in its old walls, ruins, churches and castles.
- Elche is a modern, cosy old city. More than 300.000 palm trees encircle Elche and its surroundings. It’s THE palm city of the world. You will find very special and dated palm trees and subtropical plants in the “Huerto del Cura” (the palm garden), it’s really worth a visit.
- In Orihuela you can see a lot of antiquities like the five national monuments and the gothic cathedral. There are 3 subtropical golf courses in this region, so golf fans love playing golf in these surroundings.
Beaches & Beach towns
Specifically the beaches around Alicante and Benidorm are very popular during high and low season. In general the beaches slope very softly and are very appropriate for families with children.
The villages near the beach from North to South;
- Denia has a 20 kilometre long coastline with small and big bays. The beaches are large and if the weather is clear you can see Ibiza in the distance. Mostly a lot of families pass their holiday in this area.
- Calpe was a fishermen village in its former days and has two beautiful sandy beaches. The Peñon de Ifach is the big volcanic rock which you can see from the beach, around this island you can scuba dive and snorkel very well.
- Altea has an old centre where you find art galleries, plus various bars and restaurants.
- Benidorm is one of the most famous beach cities in Spain and counts a lot of restaurants, bars, discotheques and high buildings, which are mostly apartments and hotels. In the vicinity you can visit attraction parks like Terra Mitica and Aqualandia.
- Santa Pola is known because of the “Salinas” or in English the salt lakes. A lot of these plains are now a protected nature reserve and count many water birds like the flamingo, albatross and the heron as its inhabitants. Also Santa Pola has stretched beaches and nudism is allowed on a few locations. You can make a nice boat trip to “Isla Tabarca”, it’s a small fisherman’s island where you can walk, eat and swim.
- La Marina has clean beaches and a typical Spanish look. Close to the beach you will find La Marina urbanization, it’s well known with British vacationers.
- Guardamar del Segura has a 14 kilometre long fine sandy beach where thousands pine, palms and eucalyptus trees are planted to ward off/prevent dune erosion. In many fish restaurants you will find the local specialty, a special kind of lobster, this is a big export product of Guradamar.
- Torrevieja has the biggest and oldest salt industry in Europe. This summer bath town has large sandy beaches. The beaches of La Mata, Los Locos and Náufragos are very popular and have a lot of amenities near the beaches.
- Orihuela Costa is the coast of Orihuela. The beaches of Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Aguamarina, Dehesa de Campoamor and Mil Palmeras belong to Orihuela Costa. These places have really beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water alternated with rocks. Both the beach and the swimming water is of good quality. Mainly Dehesa de Campoamor and Cabo Roig have nice entertainment.
It is also worth to consider the maximum distance you want to travel to your holiday home if you drive or fly to the Costa Blanca. Several airline companies will bring you from various British airports in approximately 2.5 hours to the Spanish airports Alicante, Valencia or Murcia. You have a large choice of charter companies and discounters like Ryanair and Easy Jet.