A destination must be doing something right if it’s had British holidaymakers flocking to it for the best part of a century. That is the magic of the Costa Blanca.
It is something about Spain’s south-eastern coast that we Brits just can’t resist. Maybe it’s the miles of white sand beaches, the guarantee of sunshine, the multitude of resorts catering for everyone from couples, families and groups or it could be the unique towns we simply don’t have back home. Whatever it is there seems to be no let up in sight for the region’s popularity.
One of the main questions we tend to ask when we’re heading to a corner of the Costa Blanca is “what’s the nightlife like?” Well, fear not, as we’ve got the lowdown on the best places to go for a night’s entertainment in some of our favourite Costa Blanca destinations.
Starting with one of the biggest cities in the region, Alicante has a full and varied nightlife catering for a whole host of tastes. The heart of the action is the El Barrio area which has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. It’s somewhat infamous reputation has been swept away and replaced with a hugely relaxing place for locals and visitors to mingle in bars and restaurants.
From El Barrio, follow the yellow brick road past the mushroom monuments (seriously) to the nightlife hubs of Rambla, Plaza de Gabriel Miro and Calle San Francisco. Swing by the historic La Mision for a signature cocktail, see live music at the Freaks Arts Bar or, if you want a real unique experience, have a drink on Santisima Trinidad – a full-size replica of an 18th century Spanish ship.
If you want a slice of authentic Spanish hospitality then embrace the nightlife of Calpe. Arguably the most picturesque corner of the Costa Blanca, Calpe has an understated vibe for evening entertainment. From the chilled out beach bars to huge clubs hosting international DJs playing in to the early hours – there is something here for everyone.
However, the main attraction is the Spanish fiestas which take place in Calpe throughout the year. Dance long into the night to the sounds of salsa, soul and jazz music with the obligatory glass of sangria.
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Murcia maybe diminutive in size but it has a hugely vibrant bar and club scene. Start your evening with a bite to eat at the Plaza de los Apostoles in the shadow of the beautiful 14th century Murcia Cathedral and admire its intricate Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Swing by Barra del Rincon to sample what is said to be the best cocktails in the city. It also has an extensive tapas menu to compliment your beverage selection. If you want a bit of live music then head to the coolest jazz bar in Murcia – La Puerta Falsa. However, if you simply fancy kicking back with a couple of beers then watch the sun go down from the rooftop terrace of La Parranda Taberna overlooking the San Jose square.
The quaint fishing town of Santa Pola moves at a different pace to the rest of Costa Blanca. Due to its maritime connections, the town is centred around its marina. Watch fishing boats and luxury yachts float into dock as you indulge in a cocktail or two at one of the numerous bars that line the shore.
You can head into the centre of town to take your pick of tapas bars and gourmet restaurants. While it may not have the raucous atmosphere of some of its neighbours, it is an excellent place to relax on an evening.
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Let’s be honest, we all secretly (or maybe not so secretly) love a bit of Benidorm. It has been the quintessential British home away from home for decades and it knows how to throw a party. The Spanish Manhattan is a sea of cabaret, live music and tribute acts and if that isn’t you thing there are, of course, a wealth of clubs to choose from.
Head to the English Quarter and take a stop off at Tiki Beach, a lively music venue, perfect for a few cold beers and a cocktail. Shake your hips at the 1950s themed Rock and Roll House in the Rincon de loix district and if you love a bit of cabaret then there is no better place than Benidorm Palace.
Trust us; a night out in Benidorm is one you will never forget.
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