It’s easy to see why holidays on the Costa Blanca or ‘White Coast’, with its wonderful beaches, are popular with millions of holidaymakers each year. From the towns of Denia and Javea in the North of the Costa, to Guardamar and Torrevieja in the South, with the infamous Benidorm and the Alicante in-between, this is Spain at its best.
The city of Alicante is so much more than an airport hub, with its white washed houses and colourful fishing boats alongside chic boutiques and cocktail bars adding to its sophistication. Benidorm is everything you expect and more, from the sandy beaches, skyscrapers and nightspots contrasting with the authentic Spanish feel of the Old Town.
The towns of Denia, with its old town, restaurants and beaches and Javea, with its marina, are perfect for a quiet holiday away from the crowds. The bays of Calpe and Altea are not to be missed along with the delicious chocolate from Villajoyosa south of Benidorm.
The Costa Blanca’s healthy climate of lots of sunshine and very little rain makes for an all-year round holiday destination. What's more, flights to the Costa Blanca only take around two hours from most UK departure airports, so a holiday on the Costa Blanca is never too far away.
Holidays on the Costa Blanca revolve around the coast and, with so many spectacular sandy beaches, the facilities for water sports are excellent. Along with jetskiing, waterskiing, parascending, windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing and snorkelling, there are now many places to scubadive along the Costa Blanca. Play golf on one of the expertly designed 15 courses on the area. Go hiking amongst the scenic peaks of the sierras and discover valleys full of almond and orange groves and unspoilt secluded villages. In Benidorm splash around Aqualandia water park, enjoy the whiteknuckle rides at Terra Mitica and experience the dolphins, turtles and penguins at Mundomar Marine Park. Dont miss the Algar Waterfalls in the mountains north of Altea and the city of Valencia gives Barcelona and Madrid a run for its money. Most towns have their own colourful and exciting fiestas.
As night falls the resorts such as Benidorm really come alive with karaoke, cabaret and cutprice cocktails helping the fun along in the bars and clubs. For lively nighspots dont miss Benidorm's KM, Pacha and Space or for something different theres the Benidorm Palace. Alicantes marina lined with bars and fish restaurants is a must if you want to dress up and play with the Spanish jetset and the cosmopolitan Valencia is a top choice for a city night out.
No trip to the Costa Blanca is complete without sampling some Paella, which was after all invented in Valencia. Benidorm is brimming over with restaurants serving fish and chips, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding on a Sunday along with plates of bacon and eggs each morning too. Mix in your favourite fastfood joints with Chinese, Indian and Italian so you can eat your way round the world without leaving Benidorm. Head for Alicante where youll find some of the regions most talkedabout tapas restaurants. Wash down your meal with a traditional jug of sangria or try the dessert wine Fondillon.
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