A Travel Guide to the Costa Blanca, Spain
The Costa Blanca is Alicante premier stretch of Mediterranean coastline. The stretch covers 200km and offers a stunning range of beaches and resort towns. Benidorm is one of the most well known of these towns, but Calpe, Javea and Denia are also very popular and each offer something a little different from the other.
Benidorm is a pretty resort town located towards the most northerly area of the Costa Blanca, close to the town of Altea. The town has been centred around tourism for a long time and offers plenty of attractions to its visitors. The Terra Mitica Theme Park offers breath taking rides and acrobatics displays to entertain guests as well as various restaurants and gift shops. Benidorm also has its own animal park with over 1000 animals and exhibits designed to get guests as close to the animals as possible. Other attractions in Benidorm include a Water Park and the Mundo Mar Marine Park, with dolphins, sea lions and birds.
A little further up the coast is the town of Javea. The town sits within easy reach of the largest cities in the region, Alicante and Valencia. Once a walled town with fortifications to keep pirates at bay, today the town is one of the regions most popular tourist towns, combining the historic old town with its tight cobbled streets and charming cafes and stores. The Montgo Natural Park sits in the shadow of the imposing Montgo Mountain, it is said to look like an elephant; the park is an example of the areas natural beauty and is well worth a visit.
Alicante is the largest city on the Costa Blanca and is a top tourist destination. The Castle of Santa Barbara is one of the largest medieval fortifications in Spain and is one of the cities top attractions, offering stunning views of the city. The city provides visitors with a range of things to experience; the Alicante Theatre offers Opera or Ballet and the city has several pretty parks and historic buildings to see.
Of course, most visitors come to the Costa Blanca for the beaches. There are many beaches along the long coastline, most are covered in soft white sand and offer beautiful blue waters. Some of the beaches sit within sheltered coves and are perfect for those wishing to take a relaxing dip in the sea after sunbathing. Others have rougher waters and are very popular with surfers and other water sports enthusiasts.
There is a wide variety of self catering holiday accommodation on the Costa Blanca ranging from villas and apartments to rent in on the coast to inland hideaways amongst the orange groves.