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Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Alicante
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 12 C


The Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca, or White Coast, is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. The region extends 200 kilometres along the Mediterranean coast through the province of Alicante, stretching from Gandia to Torrevieja.

Visitors to the Costa Blanca are spoilt for choice, for the destinations are varied and diverse. The Costa Blanca has a resort to suit every taste. From the most bustling and cosmopolitan resorts such as Alicante itself, or Benidorm, to those which still maintain their rural air beside the sea, such as Moraira.


History
The Costa Blanca has a celebrated and rich history, and there are many interesting sites throughout the region, which have brought
evidence to light that date back the region to the Neolithic Era.

The region was also a strategically important for many settlers, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Carthaginians and Moors. With each civilization living a mark of its identity on the land. Probably the most evident is the influence of the Roman and Moorish occupations, which are present even today in the villages, monuments and cultural attractions of the Costa Blanca.


Natural surroundings
To the North, a curtain of mountains runs parallel to the sea, descending at times to form cliffs; to the South, a vast plain of sand patches, palm trees
and salt deposits make up the backdrop for the beaches.

From the valleys, which are covered with stepped orchards and keep alive its Moorish past, to the palm trees of unmistakable African origin, the
horizons of the Costa Blanca offer the most varied attractions.

The fields of almond trees, the vineyards, the fruit
orchards and the magnificent palm trees, which form vegetation emphasizing theoriental nature of the landscape.

Natural caves exist within the cliffs, which can be
visited by using precarious ladders; the caves are known, because of their dangerous conditions, as pesqueras de la muerte (fishing grounds of death).

Heading inland in this region, the traveller will find, among the vineyards and fields, some fine examples of riu-rau, a popular type of dwelling preceded by an arcaded front which has inspired many of the villas that have been constructed more recently.


Towns & Villages of the Costa Blanca
Denia is a delightful cosmopolitan town located along the Mediterranean coastline, where the sun
shines almost all year. Its climate of mild temperatures and its 20 kms of sandy beaches and rocky coves makes Denia an ideal place to holidaying in.


Benisa is located towards the northern end of the Costa Blanca, just off the A-7 Motorway; the
trip to and from Alicante airport takes just over one hour. The stretch of coastline between Calpe and Maraira is home to a number of quiet relaxing bays. The scenery is magnificent; spectacular rocks contrasting with the high mountain backdrop.

Javea is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings offering a relaxing holiday atmosphere. The local people are friendly and affable. The clean, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea laps the beautiful beaches and coves that Javea has to offer.

Moraira is small coastal town situated in the beautiful mountainous north-eastern tip of the
Costa Blanca. The resort is conveniently placed between the airports of Alicante and Valencia (about 90km from each). The surrounding region has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoilt scenery and many small villages to explore. 



At the heart of the Costa Blanca, within the region
of Valencia lies the ancient fishing village of Calpe. Now transformed into a tourist magnet, the town sits in an ideal location, easily accessed by the A7 motorway and the N332 that runs from Valencia to Alicante; its approximately one hour
drive from the airport at Alicante.

In the centre of the La Marina Baixa region, is the popular Spanish resort of Benidorm, one of the
main tourist destinations along the Costa Blanca. Its excellent beaches, wide variety of accommodation, restaurants and many recreational activities means it’s a hit with tourists from all over Spain and Northern Europe.

Alicante is centrally located on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The air of the city is pervaded with the scents of the sea; indeed the city has been an important seaport for many
centuries. There is nothing as pleasant as strolling along the quayside promenade lined by four rows of palms, tessellated with marble in Alicante red, cream and black in imitation of the waves of the Mediterranean.

Torrevieja is situated on the Costa Blanca, approximately 40 minutes south of Alicante
airport. It isn’t a resort in the package holiday sense, there are only a few hotels and the area is much loved by the Spanish who flock here during the summer months for their holidays. The town is surrounded by excellent urbanisations, all with
pools and beautiful gardens and the whole area enjoys fabulous beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters.

Santa Pola
is located on the Costa Blanca,
approximately 20 minutes drive south of Alicante airport. A small fishing port, Santa Pola is famous for its variety of landscapes, from the views of the
distant mountains to the wild sand dunes.

The town of Guardamar with a population of just over 11,000 has historically played the role of guardian of the river Segura. Guardamar’s strategic position on a hill over the Vega Baja made it an ideal settlement for the various cultures that have inhabited this part of Spain over the centuries.

Orihuela is the capital of the region of the same name; the administrative area stretches inland from the coast and covers a number of smaller towns and villages, as well as three golf courses, two marinas, the beaches at La Zenia and Dehesa de Campoamor and a considerable amount of farmland.

Cuisine
Try any of the delicious varieties of rice dishes, combined with shellfish, fish or meat that are renowned in the region of the Costa Blanca.

Climate
The climate offers variations, but the temperatures are usually mild, with the annual average a little higher than 17ºC.



Map of Costa Blanca

Reviews for Costa Blanca

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City
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Based on 1601 reviews.

   
City
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Submitted by:
29 August, 2014

City review

La Marina Urbanization is a residential area with an international community, many residents are retired and many properties are holiday homes and lived in for a few months of the year. There are ample amenities, restaurants, bars, supermarkets etc. The down side is that it is just a residential area, there is no old town centre and it is not hear the sea - La Marina village is a 15 minute drive. If you want to experience the old charm of Spain or be close to the sea, this is not the place for you. However, if you are traveling with small kids or in a group La Marina could be a good place to base yourselves, you can rent a holiday home, share with friends, making it a home away from home type of holiday with all the facilities you need to get laundry done and cater for yourselves .

Coast review

This covers a wide area and how much you see will depend on how much you want to get out and about. During the sumner it is pretty busy with Benidorm, Alicante, Torravieja and the towns in between full of holiday makers. If you want noise you can certainly find it! But then an afternoon up by the church on the hill in Altea is a complete contrast. If you plan your trip well, you can experience Spain as it is to it's locals, see some history, lay on the beach and party until the early hours.
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28 August, 2014

City review

It was busy but not too busy and the new La Zenia shopping and eating centre is worth a visit.

Coast review

Very good beaches especially at La Zenia.
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27 August, 2014

City review

Wonderful place with something for everyone.

Coast review

Beautiful clean beaches
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26 August, 2014

City review

First visit to Alicante and very pleasantly surprised. Modern,friendly city with fantastic restaurants and shopping

Coast review

I stayed mainly in Alicante city and visited Tabarca island and Playa San Juan - all lovely
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26 August, 2014

City review

El campello is lovely with gorgeous long sandy beaches. Lovely bars and restaurants and good tram connections. Coveta fuma is perfect with a lovely cove to swim in protected by rocks. Nice small bars and restaurants. Very quiet with a local station for the tram.

Coast review

Lovely beaches
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26 August, 2014

City review

Very relaxing place but very noisy during July and August as this is Spanish holiday time, out of season, hard to beat this place. Lovely climate, clean air, lots to do, clean, fabulous restaurants.

Coast review

Everything you could need for a family holiday
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24 August, 2014

City review

Felt like shops/restaurant was a little spread, lot`s of distance to walk, but nice city.

Coast review

Wonderful area.
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24 August, 2014

City review

Very touristic neighbourhood, but quit punta prima. To find different types of restaurant witth fe. Sea view you need a car.

Coast review

Once you find the perfect beach...
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24 August, 2014

City review

Very adequate for what we required.

Coast review

Great it's hot and sunny and has some very lovely beeches.
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20 August, 2014

City review

Fantastic, many atractions for children, very clean beaches, very clean water.

Coast review

Excellent
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14 August, 2014

City review

Javea is a beautiful part of Spain. It is busy enough to have a good atmosphere but not too overrun with tourists. It is still very Spanish rather than just like being in England with sun.

Coast review

Fantastic views and beautiful beaches.
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13 August, 2014

City review

plenty to do and see and a quiet place

Coast review

plenty to do and see
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12 August, 2014

City review

The pity is the stone beach ; children do not like them.

Coast review

It is a nice area in which we have stayed in different places .
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Submitted by:
11 August, 2014

City review

Absolute paradise of beauty.

Coast review

Easy to commute and stunning views.
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11 August, 2014

City review

A real low key!

Coast review

Perfect beaches, warm see, lot of historic sites and natural features.
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10 August, 2014

City review

Lovely

Coast review

Excellent
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10 August, 2014

City review

San Jaime, near Moraira is quiet and peaceful

Coast review

Beautiful area
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08 August, 2014

City review

We're so lucky we found this spot. It's a hidden gem - yet - for regular tourists albeit Spanish citizens has indeed found their way to the city. It hosts all kinds of great restaurants, nightlife, beaches, rocky mountains, views and if you fancy going on a daytrip Ibiza, Formentera is just a short boatride away.

Coast review

Incredible beaches which gives you all opportunity to enjoy what's best about Spain! The sun, the beach and the food!
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07 August, 2014

City review

Good base mid way between and in easy reach of Alicante and Benidorm. El Campello attracts a good mix of visitors including English, Dutch, Germans, but mostly the Spanish. So it offers a good blend of the real Spain, but with help not far away if you stumble over line in your phrase book. Yes this us a holiday destination, with all the temptations to help you spend your cash, but it is not "in your face" or overly expensive, but it always pays to haggle and to shop arround, especilally in the local markets ( check locations and days). When eating out, the average cost of a paella was about €8 to €12, and a litre of Sangria was about €12 a jug, but locals can guide you to cheaper venues.

Coast review

Miles of great beaches mixed with rocky coves if you fancy some snorkelling.
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04 August, 2014

City review

Magnificent provincial town with its shady forests and the clean beaches...

Coast review

The coast has justified all our expectations...
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