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Places in Spain - Costa Blanca Guide

 

The Costa Blanca is the coastline of Spain that stretches 170 miles along the east coast, centred around Alicante where you will find the international airport. This coast runs from Valencia in the north to La Manga in the south. The Costa Blanca is probably most famous for the seaside town of Benidorm which has always been a family holiday resort. Away from the coastline, the Costa Blanca has a backdrop of mountains and open countryside with a handful of small villages. The Jalon Valley is particularly beautiful with its tiny hilltop towns.

 


 

Holidays on the Costa Blanca will probably start at Alicante airport which is a very modern airport with flights from all over the UK and Europe. Alicante is a holiday resort in itself as well as a cultural city. Alicante offers great shopping, entertainment and family holidays. Just south of the airport lies the resort of Torrevieja with its sandy beach and lively market, several golf courses and wonderful accommodation. Near Cartagena is the well known sports and golf complex of La Manga.

Inland from the beaches lies one of Spain's most fertile areas, well known for the citrus trees that supply fruit worldwide, almond trees that blanket the ground with rich blossom and date palms in massive forests.

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Benidorm
Benidorm beach
 
Jalon Valley
Jalon Valley
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Explore Denia

Explore Elche

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Explore Guadalest

Explore Javea

Explore L'Alfas del Pi

Explore Murcia

Explore Oliva

Explore Ondara

Explore Orihuela

Explore Pedreguer

Explore Pego

Explore Relleu

Explore Teulada

Explore Valencia

Explore Villajoyosa

Explore Santa Pola

Explore Torrevieja

 

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The beaches of the Costa Blanca

 

Beaches of the Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca has some of the finest beaches in Spain. The sand ranges from a fine golden to a white colour and most of the beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag.

 

Away from the most popular beaches, the Costa Blanca has lots of tiny coves and capes with unspoilt beaches with a backdrop of craggy rocks. There are lots of small marinas such as Javea, Denia, Calpe and Benidorm.

 

The Costa Blanca has many beaches that are frequented by naturalists (nudists) although the law in Spain states that it is LEGAL to be naked in any public place so don't be surprised to see the odd naked person on any beach.

 

Fiestas, traditions and more on the Costa Blanca
The best known traditional dances on the Costa Blanca are the Jota Valenciana and the Jota Murciana. These can be performed either solo or in pairs and although the partners do not actually make contact with each other, the movements are both vigorous and gracious. The dancers are accompanied by musicians playing guitars or other instruments introduced to the area by the Moors. Flamenco is also popular here.


Moors and Christians Fiesta

When it comes to fiestas and festivals, there are so many on the Costa Blanca and in the region of Valencia, you are bound to see one wherever you are, whatever time of year. As with the rest of Spain, one of the most important events is the Semana Santa or Easter Week. These deeply religious celebrations are somewhat overwhelming. For more fiestas see our list here. Try to visit during a Moors and Christians fiesta or see the Fallas (Huge bonfires).

Sports and recreation on the Costa Blanca
Much of a holiday on the Costa Blanca will be spent on one of the wonderful beaches and there are hundreds of miles of them. Most of the major resorts have facilities for water sports such as skiing, boating, jet-skiing etc and several have diving and snorkelling available. Scuba-diving has taken off in a big way on the Costa Blanca. Wind surfing is one of Spain's fastest growing sports and on this coast it is popular. See also fishing.
The Costa Blanca is home to many British people who live there permanantly. This has sparked a whole host of sports and activities, aimed at foreigners.


Calpe

If you are considering settling on the Costa Blanca, you will find a very large English speaking community and an endless supply of properties. Property prices here are cheap in comparison with other coastal areas of Spain. See more about property on the Costa Blanca here.

 


Climate on the Costa Blanca

The area has a good climate that is pleasant most of the year and the average annual temperature is 18º. The humidity here is low and is especially good for sufferers of arthritis. The beaches here are one of the biggest attractions to tourists and most of them comprise of wonderfully clean, white sand. Most of the resorts offer a wide range of water sports.

Scuba Diving is plentiful

 

Average monthly temperatures on the Costa Blanca (approx.)
January 13º C  
February 14º C
Sunshine Costa Blanca
March 17º C
April 17º C
May 21º C
June 25º C
July 25,5º C
August 28º C
September 24,5º C
October 22º C
November 17º C
December 13º C


Hotels and accommodation on the Costa Blanca

Each resort on the Costa Blanca has a wide range of hotels ranging from small hostels through to large, luxury 5 star hotels with spas and golf courses. Away from the coast, the region of Valencia has a wide range of casa Rurals which are small, friendly houses, converted to bed and breakfasts. Idealspain have reviewed many hotels on the Costa Blanca. Prices of hotels on the Costa Blanca are very reasonable and vary according to season. Some hotels such as those in Benidorm are popular with retirees in the winter. They often stay for several months at a time. Instead of hotels, you could consider renting a private apartment or villa on the Costa Blanca. There are plenty to choose from and specialist agents can book them for you.


Videos of the Costa Blanca

Oliva video
San Antonio Fiesta in Oliva
Video - part 1
Oliva video
San Antonio Fiesta in Oliva
Video - part 2
Caves of Benidoleig
Caves of Benidoleig
Caves of Benidoleig
Mirador in Pedreguer
Algar Waterfalls
Waterfalls of Algar
Near Benidorm
Benidorm video
Benidorm
Denia video
Denia Castle
Toy Museum
Denia Toy Museum
Monastery
Monasterio de
San Jeronimo
Teulada
Teulada
Valencia video
Valencia city
Santa Pola
Santa Pola
Alicante
Alicante
Torrevieja
Torrevieja
Terra Natura
Video of Terra Natura
Las fallas
Video of Las Fallas in Denia 2011
Lady of Forsaken
Lady of Forsaken
Fiesta 2011
Guadalest
Guadalest

Where to go and what to do on the Costa Blanca

For history enthusiasts on the Costa Blanca

If you like history then why not follow the 90km Ruta dels Monestirs (Route of the Monasteries). Take in the very best of the Valencian monasteries. There are many villages within the region of Valencia that are full of history. Indeed, most places have ancient churches, monasteries and much more. The tourist services on the Costa Blanca are very keen to promote this side of the region. Most towns have a museum, some are very impressive. There are also lots of castles to visit.

 

For families on the Costa Blanca

Theme parks include:

Terra Natura, Benidorm - A very large animal park - More info and video here

Terra Mitica, Benidorm - Theme park for the whole family

Aqua Natura, Benidorm - Large water fun park

Mundomar, Benidorm - A water based animal park

Go-karting seems to be popular on the Costa Blanca and there are some superb tracks such as Oliva and Javea.

 


 

Idealspain's visits to the Costa Blanca
We have toured the Costa Blanca many times and have explored the well known holiday resorts, the lesser known resorts and the inland villages. We have seen a varied landscape and culture and the region appears to offer everything. The main resorts survive almost entirely on tourism and are booming. There are still a few small villages that have been unaffected by tourism and are worthy of exploration. Idealspain is still touring the Costa Blanca and our pages are updated daily.

 
 
 

The media on the Costa Blanca

With such a large international community, there's no wonder that that the Costa Blanca has such a wide range of English speaking media sources. These include English newspapers, radio and local TV stations.

 

Radio stations on the Costa Blanca include:

Vibe FM - 90.8 & 91.1 FM - Tel 966 260 888, Studio 660 234 768

Coast FM Live - 96.3 & 105.7 FM

Onda Cero Radio - 91.3FM

Cool FM - 97.4FM - www.coolfm974.com

Bay Radio 89.2FM (Denia-Valencia), 98.5FM - www.bayradio.fm

Exite FM Radio - 89.2 and 93.1FM - www.exitefm.com

Spectrum FM Radio - 89.8FM - www.spectrumfm.net

Sunshine FM Radio - 102.8 and 104.4FM - www.sunshine-fm.com

Radio Denia Ser (Spanish) - 92.5FM and 102.5FM

 
Contacts
Emergency numbers for the Costa Blanca

National Police

Emergencies 091
Local Police Emergencies 092
Guardia Civil Emergencies 062
Fire Brigade (Bomberos) Emergencies 080
General emergencies 112
General hospital Alicante 965 938 300
British Consulate in Alicante 965 216 022
German Consulate in Alicante 965 217 060
Tourist information Alicante 965 200 000
Coast Guard Alicante

900 202 202

Costa Blanca Samaritans  
 
Transport
Bus station Alicante 965 130 700
RENFE Train station Alicante 968 502 214
Alicante Airport information 966 919 100
Traffic Information Alicante 965 125 466
TAM Buses Alicante 965 140 936
Taxi in Alicante 965 910 123 or 965 101 611
Alicante tram network (Trenet) 900 720 472 (read details here)
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Tourist offices on the Costa Blanca

Each town has its own tourist office and in the larger resorts, there are often several. You can find their contact details on the relevant place pages.

 
 
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