Costa Blanca holidays combine family beach resorts, theme parks and historic old towns. Wherever you book your Costa Blanca hotel, there are watersports and golf courses nearby, alongside alfresco dining and beachfront bars.
Get your bearingsThe
Costa Blanca runs along the Mediterranean Sea in Spain’s south-eastern Alicante province. Long sandy beaches, marinas and rocky coves characterise the coast from
Dénia around the
Cape Nao to the high-rise resort of
Alicante is located further south-west along with more sandy stretches, the fishing town of
Pola and the salt lagoons around touristy
Torrevieja. Inland are the cities of
Orihuela, surrounded by fields of oranges, almonds and olives, and
Elch with its footwear factories. To the north are mountains and vineyards.
Lazy beach daysCosta Blanca hotels cluster in the major resort towns of
Alicante, favoured for golden sands and family facilities.
Calpe is another popular resort for Costa Blanca holidays with miles of fine white sands and gentle waves. Take a boat trip to tranquil
Isla de Tabarca, where you can wander through its fortifications and relax on its small beach. Return to
Santa Pola where you might spy pink flamingos gathered on the Salt Flats Nature Reserve.
Watersports and golfClimbers head for
to climb the towering
Rock of Ifach beside the beach, while scuba divers opt for the crystal clear waters around
Portixol Island off Cape Nao. The coast around
Dénia is a prime spot for windsurfing as well as playing beach volleyball. Kids love Benidorm’s
Terra Mítica Park with exciting roller-coaster rides and Roman battle re-enactments. Golfers can tee off at the
Oliva Nova Golf Course near Gandia or
Alicante Golf, both designed by Seve Ballesteros.
Romans and MoorsThroughout the Costa Blanca are signs of past civilisations like
Calpe’s Roman baths and Alicante’s Moorish
Santa Barbara Castle. In Alicante you’ll see a museum dedicated to its celebrated
St John’s Day fires, while Santa Pola’s
Museum of the Sea explores its maritime heritage. The narrow streets of
Elche’s historic quarter are a testament to its first Arab occupants, but perhaps more impressive is the
Palmeral de Elche
, planted by the Carthaginians in the fifth century.
Paella is the most traditional dish of the Valencia region, but here it is prepared with beans and turnips. Enjoy black, baked or fish rice, fresh
prawns with garlic mayonnaise,
alioli, and fishy
stew. Sweet treats include almonds, made into nougat-like
, and there are sweet
, made from tigernuts. Resort towns from
Alicante have beachfront bars that cater for late-night crowds.