Costa Blanca Travel Guide Spain
The Costa Blanca, known as the ‘white coast’, is mainland Spain’s most popular year-round destination boasting stunning sandy beaches, charming villages and plenty of vibrant holiday resorts sitting alongside the clear Mediterranean sea.
The Costa Blanca is divided into two very different areas, the mountainous north with rugged outcrops and sheer cliffs whilst the south is home to magnificent coastal resorts, beaches, palm groves and first-class beaches.
The White Coast has something for everyone, from the vibrant nightlife of Benidorm, to the many golden sandy beaches, a wealth of history with picturesque Moorish villages, delightful olive and orange groves, enchanting lagoons and green terraced hills.
The overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes, combined with a huge selection of accommodation and entertainment, plus the warm climate throughout the year, makes the Costa Blanca one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain.
The average annual temperature in Costa Blanca is around 20 degrees Celsius, enjoying a sunny spring, while in autumn are occurring impressive quick passing thunderstorms that would leave any photographer speechless.
The Costa Blanca is a first-class golf holiday destination with a number of quality golf courses located all over the province including Alenda Golf, Lo Romero Golf, Golf Las Ramblas, La Finca, Las Colinas, Alto Real and the Alicante Golf Club.
Top Costa Blanca Resorts
Here is a rundown of the most popular Costa Blanca resorts.
Top holiday resorts on the Costa Blanca
As a tourism destination Benidorm is impressive purely by the number of visitors who arrive each year as this vibrant town attracts over 8 million holiday makers annually, largely due to the irreproachable selection of hotels in Benidorm and the vast amount of holiday friendly amenities offered by each.
A big draw though are its three impressive beaches: Playa de Levante, Platja del Mal Pas and Playa de Poniente, all awarded with Blue Flags, because they offer excellent conditions to sunbath and swim.
To these, are added many restaurants, clubs, festivals, cabaret shows, and the tallest buildings in Europe, which are found here, in Benidorm.
Situated between the mountains and the sea, the historical city of Alicante is one of the best-known towns on the Costa Blanca. With a three thousand year history, Alicante’s mix of old and new offers stunning architecture, abundant shopping and beautiful beaches.
The main pedestrian walkway, Esplanada de Espana, is a stylish, palm bordered boulevard with an elegant tri-coloured marble path depicting the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
The heart and soul of the city, the promenade wraps around the harbour and boasts many shops, cafes and restaurants. From here, take an elevator to the impressive 16th Century Castillo de Santa Barbara and wander among the castle’s drawbridges, stone passageways, hidden tunnels, dungeons and beautiful gardens.
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Bordered by a trinity of natural beauties – the Mediterranean Sea and two salt lakes, one pink and one green - the salt mining city of Torrevieja boasts a host of attractions. It has a variety of museums and waterparks on offer, together with a vibrant nightlife.
Situated between the mountains and the sea, it experiences hot summers, with welcoming sea breezes. The months of July and August reach average daily temperatures of around 30°C. If you’re looking for a cooler, slightly quieter holiday, June and September are ideal months to visit.
Javea ( Xabia) is a quaint haven along the Costa Blanca, centered around a 14th-century church, shops, cafés and restaurants creating an old world meets modern vibe.
Enjoy tapas and sangria at one of the many traditional restaurants and visit the old town’s Arenal Bay for a vibrant nightlife scene. Restaurants feature flamenco dancers and clubs play disco, house and techno from midnight to dawn.
Javea also boasts two blue flag beaches, the most popular of which are Arenal and La Grava.
The charming village of Guadalest is one of those places you must visit when visiting the Costa Blanca. It is located some 20 kilometres away from Benidorm and is surrounded by the Sierra d´Aixorta, Sierra de Serella and Sierra de Aitana mountain ranges.
The town can be reached by a natural tunnel and is overlooked by the charming San Jose Castle. Visitors enjoy incredibly picturesque views down to the Guadalest valley and the turquoise reservoir.
Although there are only a handful of residents the town bursts into life during the summer months with tourists eager to explore this fascinating town.
The main attractions here include the stunning views, the reservoir, a walk around the old quarter and a visit to the San Jose Castle.
Denia is a popular seaside resort located on the Costa Blanca close the city of Alicante and overlooked by the Montgo mountain range. Denia has one of most important ports and marinas in the region with a large fishing fleet and ferry connections to Ibiza and Majorca, the port and marina have made Denia quite a prosperous town over the past 40 years.
With an average temperature of 20-C Denia is an ideal holiday destination at any time of the year, an attractive resort with a captivating old town, fine restaurants and glorious beaches stretching for many kilometers.
The town enjoys a privileged location, with the Montgo Mountains in the background and other attractions including it's ruined castles, a beautiful marina, walking the narrow streets of the old town or you can simply chill out on over 20 kilometres of beaches.
Calpe is located between Alicante and the region's capital, Valencia. A popular Costa Blanca seaside resort famous for the impressive rock formation which juts out into the Mediterranean sea, the “ Penon de Ifach”.
Calpe is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Blanca due to it's a privileged location, golden sandy beaches and cozy but vibrant atmosphere.
Well before the tourists arrived Calpe was known for it's large fishing fleet and salt production. The town is a nice mixture of old and modern with numerous Gothic churches and Roman ruins.
There are plenty of good tapas bars, seafront restaurants plus a selection of late bars and nightlife to help you enjoy those long summer nights.
If you are looking for a more tranquil destination on the Costa Blanca, then the pretty town of Altea is the perfect place for you.
The town is void of discos, music pubs and night clubs so is much more suited to visitors who prefer to explore historic sites and enjoy a slower pace of life.
One of the main pastimes for visitors is walking around cobbled streets which are lined with quaint local gift shops and a good selection of first-class restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine.
Local attractions to explore include the Navarro Roman Museum and the towns Cultural Centre, the Christian and Moors Museum and the most emblematic of churches, Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Consuelo with it’s two blue domes.
And for sun worshippers, head down to the town's promenade where a long stretch of beach awaits plus a healthy selection of fish restaurant and tapas bars.
Historic Elche is just a short drive from Alicante Airport and is known as the city of Palms as it is located within the largest Palm forest in Europe.
The city has excellent motorway links to Alicante, Valencia, Torrevieja, Cartagena, Murcia and is just 15 kilometers from the Mediterranean sea.
Often overlooked by holidaymakers to the southern Costa Blanca area, Elche offers lots of attractions to keep visitors busy.
Elche is now a major shoe producer with over 1,000 shoe manufacturers based around the city.
A must place to visit is the Elche Palm Grove which has over 200.000 palm trees and has been a UNESCO heritage site since 2000.
The seaside resort of Santa Pola is located just a 20-minute drive from Alicante airport and the busy resort of Torrevieja.
The town is best known for the fishing industry, a modern marina, salt lakes, numerous sandy beaches and a distant mountain backdrop.
Santa Pola is ideal for all kinds of nautical sports and has become a popular destination for windsurfing, fishing, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, fishing and paragliding.
Visit Tabarca Island, located just a short boat ride offshore. The island was once inhabited by Berber Pirates and is now a marine reserve.
Well worth visiting is the marshland area, Las Salinas, where you can see an important variety of wild birds including flamingos.
Best Things To Do In Costa Blanca
- Visit Terra- Mitica, one of the top theme parks in Spain located close to Benidorm
- Explore the historic church - Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Consuelo, located in Altea
- Spend a lazy day on the famous Playa Levante beach in Benidorm.
- Take a walk along the promenade and marina at Denia.
- Discover the picturesque coves and beaches at Santa Pola.
- Explore the marina and the impressive Penon de Ifach rock of Calpe.
- Enjoy one of the many festivals and fiestas held at every town and village along the Costa Blanca.
- Visit the stunning mountain village at Guadalest.
- Spend at least a whole day exploring Torrevieja.
- Visit Elche, the city of Palms located close to Alicante airport.
- Party at the vibrant nightlife of Alicante
- See the Algar water falls located in Callosa d’En Sarria close to Benidorm.
- Visit the Mundomar theme park and swim with the dolphins.
- Spend a fascinating day out in the region's capital city, Valencia.
- Visit the Castillo de Santa Bárbara located high above the city of Alicante.
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Recommended hotels and places to on the Costa Blanca
For a real 5 star experience in Benidorm the Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa a Royal Hideaway Hotel is the place to stay. This hotel has every luxury amenity to ensure an unforgettable holiday from the moment you step foot in the entrance hall the service is second to none. Guests are pampered with a stunning Thai Spa and wellness centre, a limousine service, infinity pool and large comfy rooms. Reviewer Rating: 9.4
For popular budget accommodation try the 2 star Hotel La Racona located in a quite area of Denia close to Punta Negra beach. There is a nice rooftop terrace, kids play pool, bicycle rental, spa and massage centre. Offers excellent value for money. Reviewer Rating: 8.2