The Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is located on the east side of the Spanish mainland. In the south, it borders on the Costa Calida and in the north of the Costa del Azahar. The coast borders the Mediterranean Sea.
With its beautiful palm boulevard and the cosy shopping streets is Alicante one of the most famous cities of the Costa Blanca. The coast earned its name from the long beaches of several kilometres and about 50m width. Therefore, it come to no surprise that this attracts many sun worshipers and pleasure seekers. Due to the little amount of rainy days you can enjoy the sun or swim in the Mediterranean Sea nearly every day all year around. The sandy beach is about a 10-minute-car drive from Alicante and gradually descends into the sea. Thus, very suitable for children, also because of the playground areas. During the high season the beach will watched by guards to guarantee you more safety. If you are a fan of nude beaches you can also enjoy the nude beach of La Marina, which is certainly a wonderful experience. However also places offer nude beaches at the Costa Blanca.
Sightseeing / Excursions
Apart from the beach in Alicante, is the beautiful historic castle of Santa Barbara definitely worth a visit. Located on the Benacantil hill, you can enjoy the beautiful view over the city from up there. But also other areas of the Costa Blanca offer amazing sights. In Elche for example you can visit the Priests Garden with a wide variety of plants, shrubs, cacti and the famous eight-star Imperial Palm or go for a trip through the palace forest of Elche (organized). Or you can visit the 17th-century St. Mary’s Church located in the old town centre, where Elche’s Passion Games the Mystery of Elche is raised each year. Another great place is Torrevieja. Here you will find a hot water park called Aquópolis from June to September, which is fun for both young and old! In addition to that, should you not miss the fantastic jeep safari by the hinterland! Of course, there are many more excursions to discover. You can also read more about certain excursions you can do in Spain here.
The average temperature in winter is about 16ºC, whereas in spring and autumn it is around 20ºC. In summer it will be the hottest around 35ºC.
When the winter is approaching do many people see the Costa Blanca as a popular place for overwintering with its pleasant climate. In the summer it is busy here 24 hours a day; In the winter months it is quieter, but there is still a lot to experience. Outside of the big cities you can visit Castle Santa Barbara or the picturesque mountain village of Guadalest. Or you could arrange a jeep safari through the hinterland, a trek through the palace forest of Elche or a visit to one of the spectacular nightclubs. There are countless possibilities…
Shopping / Parties
In all towns and villages, various stores are located for daily groceries such as drugstores, bakery’s, cigar shops and large supermarkets. If you really want a day out, you can hit the streets of Alicante and Elche, where the big shopping centres can be found. The one in Torrevieja is called Habaneras and is very popular. If you prefer a more modern, roofless shopping centre you can also go to the La Zenia Boulevard. This was built recently and attracts lots of tourist and residents each day.
Good cities to visit are Guardamar and Torrevieja. These are medium-sized places 8 and 7 km away. In Guardamar there is a very big market where most of the locals get their daily groceries. This is every wednesday. In Torrevieja it is being aimed more at the tourist and it has a large cosy boulevard with lots of shops and eateries, as well as a large lunapark for young and old.
With the UK there is a time difference of plus one hour from the UK (GMT+2h).
The official language is Spanish. However, almost anywhere you are able to communicate in English.
A valid passport or ID.