Costa Blanca: Holidays
The White Coast
Backpacking in Costa Blanca
Backpacking is one of the cheapest ways of travelling long the eastern edge of Spain, and the Costa Blanca offers facilities for this type of traveller. For those looking for a hostel, these do exist, but their supply is limited, and therefore a campsite which is in greater supply is generally a more popular alternative. Transport connections are good for a backpacking holiday on the Costa Blanca, especially if travelling by train. Buses are sometimes the only way to reach inland villages, and taxis are in plentiful supply and are also a relatively inexpensive way of getting around. The numerous beaches along the coast are an ideal way to meet likeminded travelers and provide the opportunity for low-cost entertainment and a chance to relax before setting off to the next town or city during a backpacking holiday on the Costa Blanca.
Beach in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is the perfect destination for a beach holiday, with an endless supply of sandy beaches, ideal for those who want to indulge in watersports or simply top up their tan. Of the 115 beaches and coves suitable for bathing during a beach holiday on the Costa Blanca, 32 have been awarded the “Blue Flag” status by the European Union for their cleanliness and high standard, and 55 can be accessed by disabled people. The beaches vary throughout the region, with the south of the region boasting finer sand, but those to the north of Altea tend to be more rocky and have pebbles rather than sand. However for visitors who are willing to compromise with less sandy beaches in the north, will be compensated with the stunning landscape and surrounding scenery. A Costa Blanca beach holiday will not disappoint.
Camping in Costa Blanca
The warm days and mild evenings makes the Costa Blanca a great camping holiday destination. It is one of the cheapest ways for visitors to enjoy the relaxed and outdoor way of life and be surrounded by the natural scenery which the region has to offer. There are numerous sites throughout the area for a camping holiday on the Costa Blanca, and facilities vary according to the chosen campsite. Some of the most popular are Camping Internacional La Marina, situated in between Alicante and Torrevieja, which has a wide range of facilities including swimming pools and tennis courts, and Camping Marjal which can be found in Guardamar del Segura next to a beautiful pine and eucalyptus forest. For those staying in Torrevieja, The Florantiles and Camping Campana are the two registered campsites which are open all year round. For a Costa Blanca camping holiday, expect to budget from around €6 per person per night in addition to the cost of a pitch for a tent at €9 per night during peak season.
Corporate Weekend in Costa Blanca
A motivated workforce and working as team are two key ingredients for achieving success in business. A corporate weekend holiday on the Costa Blanca promises an unforgettable time for staff from for all sizes of businesses. There are plenty of activities to reward a hard working workforce, whether it’s a lesson on a golf course, scuba diving in the clear waters of the Mediterranean or hiking in the mountains. To match the thrilling experiences by day during a Costa Blanca corporate weekend holiday, the region’s nightlife has it all with Alicante and Benidorm especially offering a large range of bars and clubs, so any corporate celebrations can go right through the night until the early hours. The local cuisine up and down the Costa Blanca is exquisite, and being a popular tourist destination, there is a large range of restaurants and bars to suit all palettes, making this region of the Iberian Peninsula an ideal destination for a corporate weekend holiday. In Dénia, there is also a great variety of centres and hotel establishments with conference and meeting rooms set in a unique environment.
Couples Holiday in Costa Blanca
A Costa Blanca couples holiday really has it all. With quality and relaxing time at the heart of the agenda, visitors can either sit back or walk hand in hand in the Mediterranean sunshine on one of the 115 beaches which the Costa Blanca has to offer or indulge in one of the many outdoor sports activities including horse riding, scuba diving, golf and fishing. For some art and culture on a couples holiday on the Costa Blanca, there is plenty of sightseeing to do, with a large range of towns and cities to choose from including Denia, Alicante, Benidorm and Torrevieja. The Costa Blanca promises a memorable experience and one which is sure to invigorate any relationship.
Culture and Arts in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is renowned for its large array of museums and art galleries, and is therefore a prime destination for a culture and arts holiday. The Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante houses a collection of Spanish sculpture from the 19th and 20th century from renowned artists such as Benlliure, Macho, Inurria, Oteiza and Salvador Dalí. The Gravina Fine Arts Museum (MUBAG within the Gravina Palace, is also a must during a culture and arts holiday on the Costa Blanca, and exhibits of fine art dating from the Middle Ages up until 1920. The exhibition boasts the works of many significant artists such as Rodrigo de Osona, Salzillo, Vicente López, Antonio Gisbert, Joaquín Agrasot, Xavier Soler, Eusebio Sempere and Emilio Varela. Benidorm further along the coast, houses the very popular Wax Museum (Museo de Cera) and contains many fun waxwork models of celebrities and famous characters throughout history. For art lovers on a culture and arts holiday on the Costa Blanca, a trip to the House Museum is well worth the visit.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Costa Blanca
A cycling holiday on the Costa Blanca will not disappoint. Thanks to the warm all year round Mediterranean climate, and with numerous coastal routes and breathtaking national parks, the region is therefore ideal for beginners, families and the extreme sport enthusiast. For those who have not brought their own equipment with them, there are several companies throughout the Costa Blanca offering cycle hire facilities. For a Costa Blanca cycling holiday, many of these businesses provide delivery and pick services from hotels or apartments and supply free guides with advice regarding security and maintenance. When temperatures are at their hottest during the summer period, it is recommended that cyclists take advantage of the cooler early morning and early evening temperatures, and carry plenty of fluids with them to avoid dehydration.
Disabled Needs in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is well set up for holidays for the disabled people. On arrival at Alicante’s airport, one of the main gateways to the Costa Blanca, there is a designated area just outside the main terminal building for dropping off disabled passengers. In addition there are also designated disabled car parking spaces in the airport car park itself again just opposite the terminal building. If wheelchairs are required they are available on request although passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline prior to travelling. Tourist offices throughout the provide details of wheelchair-accessible hotels and sights, and restaurants usually do their best, but it is wise to call in advance. Some city buses are adapted for wheelchairs, and there are special taxi services throughout the area for those travelling on a Costa Blanca holiday for disabled people.
Family Holiday in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is an idea destination for a family holiday all year round thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate which means that it is still warm enough to visit off peak when there are fewer crowds. There is over two hundred kilometres of coastline to explore, and there are endless activities to keep the kids amused on a family holiday on the Costa Blanca. Theme parks are aplenty and include the water slides of Aqualandia, and the marine and exotic animal park of Mundomar near Benidorm, which is open all year round. When families have had enough of moving around and need a little rest and relaxation, there are over one hundred beaches to choose from with many featuring restaurants and activities on the water. A family holiday on the Costa Blanca guarantees excitement, with little chance of being stuck for things to do.
Gay and Lesbian in Costa Blanca
Two of the biggest gay and lesbian holiday centres on the Costa Blanca are Alicante and Benidorm which have plenty of bars, hotels and also a private beach for gays and lesbians. La Marina, a gay nudist beach which offers a refreshing alternative even to the other gay beaches in Spain, is a 20 minute drive from Alicante, and hosts gay and lesbian party days.
Benidorm equally has a buzzing gay scene, and the Calle Santa Faz is packed with gay and gay-friendly bars and clubs. Zanzíbar has a friendly, mixed crowd, and there are nightly drag shows. Alicante’s gay nightlife is also popular amongst those travelling on a gay and lesbian holiday on the Costa Blanca with El Forat, the oldest gay bar on Plaza Santisima Santa Faz one of the most visited venues. The Missing club on Calle Gravina mixes the friendly atmosphere of a pub and the booming energy of a nightclub.
Golf Activity Holiday in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is a paradise for golfers and the perfect destination for a golf holiday thanks to its high concentration of golf courses and golf clubs, 13 to be precise, many of which feature spectacular coastal views and countryside settings. For a golf holiday on the Costa Blanca, visitors should take into consideration that the majority of courses cater for those on holiday or in the area for a short stay, and as a result do not allow bookings more than 7 days in advance (unless booking in large groups). If holidaymakers are flexible, they should not find it difficult to play a round by giving as little as 1 day’s notice. The summer period is particularly busy, with 74% occupancy on average during the year.
Hen Destination in Costa Blanca
There is no shortage of activities to choose from for a hen party on the Costa Blanca with this region of Spain being particularly popular to celebrate the bride to be’s last night of freedom. With well over 1,000 restaurants, bars and night clubs on offer, Benidorm is the party capital of the Costa Blanca, and this unrivalled night life and beach culture makes this Costa Blanca city a great destination for a hen weekend or party. With miles of golden sand across two beautiful beaches, the mild Mediterranean climate makes the Costa Blanca a prime venue for a memorable hen celebration all year round. Hens will have something to do from dusk until dawn with activities on offer including sunbathing, shopping, spa breaks and catamaran cruises.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Costa Blanca
A hiking holiday on the Costa Blanca has it all. Holidaymakers can follow traditional footpaths along ridge lines, stare out over dramatic Mediterranean panoramas, visit remote mountain villages and limestone amphitheatres, and sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. For holidaymakers who are after something less strenuous and just fancy a meander, Abdet, situated in the heart of the Costa Blanca mountains is ideally placed for a wide variety of walks, with other popular walking areas including Monte Ponoch, and Puig Campana. For a Costa Blanca hiking holiday, the Sierra Aitana mountains are about an hour north of Alicante, and offer some of the most spectacular hikes in eastern Spain.
Honeymoon in Costa Blanca
Golden beaches, beautiful sunsets, a clear blue sea, and stunning hotels - a Costa Blanca honeymoon holiday promises to be a truly memorable experience, and offers the chance to fully unwind after the big day (If you travel in peak summer months however, you won't be able to catch a glance of its golden beaches, beautiful coasts and the clear blue sea will be full with dinghies, boats and swimmers). If you don't mind crowds, or you're planning your honeymoon in the Spring or Autumn, then there is something for every new couple, whether it’s visiting art galleries and museums or soaking up the sun on a yacht charter on the Mediterranean. For the more active couple, there is plenty to explore. The coast is lined with small fishing and tourist villages that offer picturesque scenery and lovely promenades with wine bars and restaurants aplenty. There are also 13 golf courses to choose from, horse riding expeditions on the beach, and snorkeling and scuba diving off the shores of Tabarca Island. A honeymoon holiday on the Costa Blanca will not disappoint with endless possibilities to enjoy the first days of life as husband and wife.
Naturism in Costa Blanca
Although In Spain it is not illegal to walk around naked in the city or on the beach, out of respect for others, the practice is confined to both the official and non-official nudist beaches. Rated one of the top ten destinations for nudist, naturist or clothing-optional beaches, the Costa Blanca coastline is an excellent option for naturists. Cabo de las Huertas (Cape of Orchids) is the large headland north east of Alicante between Alicante and Platja de San Juan which house a series of rocky small coves, and are all popular with naturists. For those nearer Benidorm, there are no nudist beaches in the city itself, but the closest is 4 kilometres to the south at the small rocky cove of Raco Conil. Cala Roca (Rock bay), in Les Rotes, to the south of Dénia is popular with nudists, whilst La Solsida, Puerto de Campomanes, Galleras de las Palmeras are the places to go to if visiting Altea.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Costa Blanca
Partying from dusk until dawn is the name of the game on the Costa Blanca, especially in the cities of Alicante and Benidorm where nightlife is second to none for a party holiday on the Costa Blanca or for singles who want to meet likeminded people. For a party holiday, the mild climate all year round combined with over 1,000 bars, cafes, and restaurants providing regular live entertainment ensure that this part of eastern Spain never sleeps. One of the best places to visit at night on a Costa Blanca party holiday is the old city centre of Alicante known as El Barrio. Visitors will however find a large selection of bars, taverns, cervecerias (beer cellars) and restaurants both in the other party capital Benidorm, with the same applying to Alicante.
Shopping Holiday in Costa Blanca
Visitors will be able to enjoy the ultimate ‘shop until they drop’ experience during a shopping holiday on the Costa Blanca, such is the selection of shopping opportunities. Each town and city along the coast offers the visitor and bargain hunter something different. Agost hosts a large selection of shops which sell water jars (botijos) typical of the region, along with a range of ceramic items from pots to platters. Alicante has some of the biggest department stores on the Costa Blanca whilst the town of Crevillent houses workshops and factories offering the luxurious and colourful rugs and carpets for which it is renowned throughout Spain. Torrevieja, located in the southern part of the Costa Blanca, features two enormous salt lakes, and souvenir shops sell unusual carved boats made entirely from salt. Benidorm is the place to go for cheap t-shirts and a huge variety of beachwear to suit all tastes and budgets. The Costa Blanca really is a shoppers’ dream and there is literally something for everyone.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Costa Blanca
For a sailing holiday on the Costa Blanca, the region is a nautical paradise. There are over 10,500 moorings all along the coast in addition to the 17 nautical clubs and 11 marinas. A sailing yacht charter in is one of the best ways to enjoy the open seas, and is becoming the "in" thing to do while on holiday. The Costa Blanca truly has everything on offer for the sailing enthusiast, whether it is lessons in dinghies for the beginner, or chartered cruises in large yachts. For those looking for some competition, there are numerous events which take place during the year including the Tabarca Ciudad de Alicante Trophy, and the Costa Blanca Regatta which is organised by the Nautical Club of Denia.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Costa Blanca
For those looking for a scuba diving holiday on the Costa Blanca, the protected marine reserve of Tabarca Island is the most frequented area by divers thanks to its crystal clear waters. Water temperature varies from around 14 centigrade in the winter to about 24 degrees in the summer. Visibility is usually very good (20 to 25 metres). There are many local diving centres to choose from which offer visitors the chance to explore the island’s surroundings offering dives in open water at the 18" wreck and "the 15 Mt bar”, and for the more advanced, there is the “Conger Wreck", a wreck that lies 30 metres under water where congers and barracudas can be seen. Expect to budget €50 for an introduction to scuba diving with each advanced open water dives also costing €50 based on 4 individual dives. The price however does include all refreshments, the cost of using the boat, and air tank hire.
San Antonio’s Cape between Jávea and Denia is the other marine reserve in the Costa Blanca, which is also well worth the visit for keen scuba divers. For visitors wishing to embark on a scuba diving holiday on the Costa Blanca, it is worth taking into consideration that special permits are required to dive in the Tabarca Island reserve, and therefore it is advised that arrangements before hand through one of the dive centers in the area.
Stag Destination in Costa Blanca
For a stag party on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm is the party capital on the east coast of Spain, and is the ultimate destination to celebrate the groom-to-be’s last days of freedom before the big day. There is no shortage of activities for a stag celebration on the Costa Blanca which include paintballing, quad biking, a 4x4 jeep safari, and a visit to the casino. At night, the fun continues with the city boasting over 1,000 bars, clubs and restaurants which means that stags will be able to party from dusk until dawn. For a stag party on the Costa Blanca, there is a large range of accommodation with holiday apartments and beach fronts villas for big groups, which means that a memorable experience on the Costa Blanca does not have to be expensive.
Touring - Driving holiday in Costa Blanca
There is no better way to explore what the 200 kilometre long Costa Blanca has to offer than by car. The good road network makes it easy to get around, and on a touring and driving holiday on the Costa Blanca, the A7 motorway is fast way to travel around this part of Spain Calpe to Denia takes 20 minutes and Calpe to Alicante 45 minutes on an open road. The Calpe to Moraira road is particularly picturesque, and winds along the bays and cliff tops to give some spectacular views, whilst also providing access to the coastal towns of Calpe, Benissa and Moraira. From Moraira, the road then turns inland towards Teulada, Benitachell and Javea, as well as the inland villages of Jalon (popular with tourists for wine tasting), Alcalali and Lliber.
Well-being and Spa in Costa Blanca
Everyone deserves a break, and what better place to relax than on a well-being and spa holiday on the Costa Blanca. One of the best places to go to be pampered and enjoy the ultimate spa treatment is one of the many hotel resorts dotted along the coast. Saunas, a turkish bath, full body massage and mud wraps, there are endless opportunities to sit back and watch worries disappear. Some spas have the added advantage of being part of golfing resorts which provides an ideal combination of sport and relaxation, with other facilities also on site including a swimming pool, depending on the class of the location.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is an important wine producing area of Spain and should be one of the highlights of a trip for any budding connoisseur visiting the Costa Blanca on a wine tasting holiday. The Jalon Valley in the north of the region, features lemon and olive trees, lush vegetation, fantastic vineyards and breathtaking scenery. With numerous wineries, the Jalon Valley is an ideal choice for a wine tasting holiday on the Costa Blanca, and there are numerous bodegas (wine cellars) in the picturesque village of Jalon itself, where visitors can sample the various types before buying. For those staying in Alicante, vineyard tours are less frequent, but Salvador Poveda and Bodegas Bocopa are two venues which do offer wine tasting sessions for holidaymakers. Expect to pay around €10 per person for a three course meal with wine in the Jalon Valley.
Winter Sun in Costa Blanca
With mild temperatures all year round, a winter sun holiday on the Costa Blanca is the perfect way to escape the colder northern climates of Europe and for those who do not like the busy crowds of the summer. Temperatures hover around 20 degrees during the latter months of the year, and therefore there is still plenty to be enjoyed in the great outdoors of the Costa Blanca including golf, horse riding, and sailing. Going off peak during the winter period also means that there are deals to be had as venues seek to fill rooms at a time when it is less busy. A Costa Blanca winter sun holiday will offer a fun-packed end to the year.