Literally meaning the “White Coast”, the Costa Blanca is 120 miles of beautiful beaches and towns that have holidaymakers migrating south every year.
One of the most popular destinations for Spain holidays 2019, it is a mix of holiday resorts, historic towns and unspoilt countryside. While it may be synonymous with lively beach breaks, it is a region of distinct contrasts where you can get a taste for traditional Spanish life as much as you can find all the comforts of home.
Whether you are a first-time visitor or a fully paid-up member of the Costa Blanca fan club, here is everything you need to know about the towns and resorts that populate this stunning coastline.
Alicante is traditional and modern Costa Blanca rolled into one. While the city’s nightlife is some of the best outside Madrid and Barcelona with its glitzy marina the focal point for dancing until dawn, the historical castle and cathedrals present a different side.
Climb up to Santa Barbara Castle to enjoy a mesmerising panoramic view of the region. The castle has been here since the 9th century and despite being battered and bruised during battle over the years, it has been expertly preserved. Discover the old town of El Barrio and fall in love with the local cuisine at one of the area’s quaint tapas bars.
Walk over the 6.6 million red, cream and black tiles of La Explanada de Espana, as you devour an Alicante tradition of churros along its most famous promenades.
The horseshoe bay of Calpe is a blissful scene of rolling countryside, sandy beaches and some of the best seafood restaurants you’ll find in the Costa Blanca. From being a humble fishing village to a stronghold for the Romans, Calpe has had a colourful past.
However, today it is very much a modern holiday destination with a promenade populated with bars, cafes and restaurants serving the fresh catch of the day. You can get a taste of the Calpe of yesteryear by visiting the ancient Roman baths and the medieval town of Pobla d’Ifach. However, the main reason you need to visit Calpe is for the beaches.
The town has over eight miles of sandy shores to choose from the family-friendly Cantal-Roig to the bustling Arenal Bol – all of which are under the watchful eye of the famous Penon de Ifach rock.
If you want somewhere to relax on the Costa Blanca then there is nowhere better than Torrevieja. While Alicante and Benidorm take care of the raucous nightlife, this quaint town deals in ambient beaches, vibrant nature reserves and local markets.
There is a distinctly Spanish atmosphere here as many people from the larger cities come here for a day by the sea. Naturally, you will find an abundance of restaurants serving locals and Mediterranean inspired dishes all paired with some of the best wine you are likely to taste.
And if you like to add a bit of excitement to a relaxation break then Aquopolis water park is also a short distance from Torrevieja.
Like many of the towns along the Costa Blanca, Santa Pola began life as a fishing village and has since become a popular holiday destination. The town is home to miles of white sand beaches where you can relax and stare out on to the island of Tabarca.
Santa Pola is known across Spain for its large salt reserves and lakes which you can learn all about at the Salt Museum and Nature Reserve. However, if sodium is not your thing then you can visit the Castillo Fortaleza de Santa Pola, a 16th century fortress, or take on the rides and attractions of Pola Park.
Although, once you see the golden sands of Gran Playa beach it will be hard to want to go anywhere else.
Let’s be honest, whenever you think of the Costa Blanca there is one place that reigns supreme – Benidorm. Even in 2019 we can’t resist the homely vibes every time we walk down the famous strip and spend the day on Platja de Llevent.
We all know about the huge choice of hotels, we all know about its unique nightlife and certainly know about its beaches but there is another side to Benidorm some of you may not have seen before. The old town retains that Spanish atmosphere with a Baroque church dating back to 1325 and cosy tapas restaurants for you to try the local delicacies.
Will there ever be a time when we don’t love this place?
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