Costa Blanca: Main Sights
The White Coast
The long White Coast of the Costa Blanca is one of Europe’s most heavily visited holiday destinations. And thus its not surprising there is plenty for visitors to do whilst visiting the Costa Blanca. The region offers a wide range of attractions, with the area boasting historic architecture and museums, breathtaking scenery and sandy beaches. (If you’re after a secluded midsummer beach, stay away! But if you’re looking for a lively social scene, good beaches and a suntan… You're in for a treat.)
It isn’t all concrete and package deals. Although the original fishing villages have long been engulfed by the sprawl of resorts, a few old town kernels, such as those of Xàbia (Jávea) and Altea, still survive.
Here are a few attractions and sights excellent for families, couples and young groups.
Aqualandia is Europe's largest water park, which is located at the northern end of Playa Levante next to Mundomar. There is a large range of attractions within the park including the huge Atlantic wave pool, the springboards of Laguna, the beach and caves of Niagara and Adventureland which has been developed especially for young children. Admission costs €23 for adults, and €16 for those aged over 4 years old.
The Castle of Santa Barbara (Alicante)
The Castle of Santa Barbara is one of the biggest mediaeval fortresses of Spain, and is located in the center of Alicante. This major landmark of the city stands on the top of Mount Benacantil, which offers spectacular of the city. Whilst looking at the castle from El Postiguet beach, visitors are able to see a shape of a human face known as the Moor's Head.
Benidorm Island (Isla de Benidorm)
The Isla de Benidorm is located in the middle of the Benidorm Bay, and is a marine reserve home to a fabulous array of sea life, from sea anemones to octopus, stingray and scorpion fish.
Caves of Canelobre
Standing 700 meters above the town of Buscot, 27 kilometres (16 miles) from Alicante is the amazing Caves of Canelobre which features one of the highest vaults in all of Spain and spectacular rock formations.
Mundomar is a theme park featuring aquatic animals such as dolphins, penguins, and sea lions as well as tropical birds, and is great day out for the children. The dolphin show is the highlight of the day which takes place at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Ticket prices start at €17 for adults and children under four years old go free.
Tabarca Island (Isla de Tabarca)
Tabarca Island (or Isla de Tabarca in Spanish) is a beautiful rocky island officially considered as part of Alicante and lies only 17 kilometres (11 miles) southeast of the city, making it easily reachable by boat in just under an hour. Tabarca Island was the first official Marine Reserve in Spain and protects over 1400 hectares of marine life. For this reason fishing is restricted on the island, although professional sport fishing is possible.