Holidaymakers have been flocking to the Costa Blanca for decades now. Benidorm leads the charge. With a 4-mile stretch of white sand and a skyline of skyscrapers, it delivers a beach break with a twist. What’s more, the place is home to family-friendly attractions like the Terra Mitica and Aqualandia theme parks. Benidorm knows how to burn the midnight oil, too – its collection of bars and discos put on everything from foam parties to international DJ sets.
Another one of the Costa Blanca’s big players is Alicante. With its hilltop castle and chic boutiques, it still feels deeply Spanish. Valencia is also within easy reach of the Costa Blanca. This up-and-coming city is snapping at the heels of Barcelona in the must-see stakes, thanks to its space-age architecture and massive oceanographic aquarium.
Away from the coast, there’s another side of Spain to explore. Head into the rocky hills and orange-growing valleys to discover the mountaintop town of Guadalest, the palm-grove village of Elche, and the beautiful Algar waterfalls.
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The port town of Javea sits in the shadow of Montgo Mountain between Valencia and Alicante. This little haven along Spain’s Costa Blanca boasts an old town area where the Medieval church is the centrepiece and shops, cafés and restaurants work their way along the cobbled streets. Meanwhile, nightlife is set to the rhythm of Spanish and international bands, and the local beaches wave their Blue Flags.
This little beach town on Spain’s Costa Blanca has a typically Spanish feel – there’s the thousand-year-old castle in the town centre, rustic seafood restaurants along the beach and colourful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. There’s another side to this place, though – the cosmopolitan marina is dotted with bars, and there are designer boutiques along the tree-lined Carrer Marques de Campo.
This small coastal town sits on the northern tip of Spain’s Costa Blanca, neatly pocketed between the mountains and the sea. Originally a fishing village, it’s grown into a lively holiday place – Madrid’s city slickers flock here to parade its palm-lined avenues and eat in the marina restaurants. But the town hasn’t lost its traditional Spanish charm, courtesy of its cobbled streets and old market square.