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Miles of white, sandy beaches

The Costa Blanca is renowned for its turquoise waters, miles of white sandy beaches, fiery fiestas and sizzling nightlife. Visitors adore the ease of its home comforts and family-friendly amenities, while many more are seduced by unexplored valleys, pretty hilltop hamlets and unspoilt fishing villages. It’s an ideal choice for every type of villa holiday, whether you seek peace and relaxation, fun and recreation, or a perfect balance between the two.

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Fun-packed days in Costa Blanca

Those looking for sightseeing, sporting or tourist activities in the Costa Blanca will be spoilt for choice. You can pick from theme parks and nature reserves, enchanting caves and waterfalls to explore during your holiday.

Golf courses and watersports fill the coastline, along with a wide range of excursions. Explore inland villages, vineyards and fragrant citrus groves, or visit the historical churches dotted throughout the region. Travelling between resorts and towns is easy. Good road networks make car journeys stress-free and buses are both frequent and inexpensive.

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On the beach in Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca’s main attraction is its stunning coastline, which is lined with Blue Flag beaches famed for cleanliness, pure waters and pristine white sands.

From well-known beaches to secluded coves and rocky bays, there’s a wealth of shoreline to choose from, some perfect for swimming and waterskiing, others for windsurfing, snorkelling and hiring pedalos. Numerous other beaches, mainly golden sand, can be found in the surrounding area. Local facilities cater superbly for every visitor, whether families or couples.

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Retail therapy in Costa Blanca

From jewellery and perfume to leather and lace and an abundance of shoes - shopping on the Costa Blanca is a real treat. The shop-lined streets of coastal towns and popular factory outlets offer an excellent choice of goods. Prices also tend to compare favourably with the rest of Europe.

Local markets sell essentials, arts, crafts and fresh produce – in particular, colourful ceramics and edible souvenirs. Why not pick up your own paella pan and create a typical Spanish experience back at your villa.

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Atmospheric evenings in Costa Blanca

In the Costa Blanca, nightlife can be as leisurely, low-key or lively as you wish. Recognised as one of the Mediterranean’s top nightspots, you’ll find hundreds of bars and cafes throughout the region. The discos and cabarets, clubs and pubs are all popular, while live music ranges from salsa and jazz to flamenco.

Away from the bustling resorts, a number of small, intimate village retreats offer traditional home-cooking and locally produced wine. Visit the region’s wealth of tapas bars for a true taste of Spanish flavours.

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  • View Alicante from the dizzy heights of the ancient Castillo de Santa Barbara, then take an evening stroll along the palm-shaded Explanada, stopping off for tapas and Paella Valenciana (the local speciality).
  • Find a fiesta and join the party, whether it’s a mock battle between Christians and Moors, or Fallas (bonfires) where giant effigies are paraded and burnt.
  • Join Romans, Ancient Greeks and Egyptians at the spectacular “World of Myth” Terra Mitica theme park.
  • Head to the cool Sierra de Aitana mountains and visit the mighty Moorish castle of Guadalest.
  • Splash out at Aqualandia – Benidorm’s biggest and best-known water park.

Altea

Located a ten minute drive North of Benidorm and about one hour from Alicante, Altea is a convenient and wonderful coastal town, retaining its own unique Spanish charm in spite of its increasing tourism. A long pebbled beach runs along the coastline, with shops and restaurants in abundance during the summer season, and from here you can walk up to the delightful hillside village, steeped in history and with plenty to explore. In fact, the hillside village is often described as a treasure trove of shops, craft galleries, restaurants and little white-washed buildings with pretty window boxes, all waiting to be discovered in the winding, cobbled lanes. At the top of the lanes, you will find the blue-domed church of the Virgin de Consuelo; well worth the walk to see the lovely building and look back over views of Altea bay. Our villas are located in the villages surrounding Altea, such as Altea la Vella, La Nucia and Finistrat.

  • 45mins fromAlicante

Calpe

Calpe is a popular, bustling resort, best known for its balance of historic Valencian culture and modern tourist facilities. Three glorious sandy Blue Flag beaches are divided by the dramatic, craggy height of the Peñón de Ifach rock which stands over 300 metres tall and can be seen for miles, providing a fantastic landmark up and down the coast. On one side is the harbour with its fantastic choice of restaurants, while on the other is the resort centre filled with shops, bars and array of night-time entertainment. Calpe is ideally positioned in the centre of the Costa Blanca’s coastline, making it an ideal base for exploring the delights of this part of Spain, whether it is countryside, architecture, water parks or beaches you seek! The majority of our villas in Calpe are within a short drive or 30 minute walk of the bustling town centre.

  • 1hr fromAlicante

Denia

The coastal town of Denia, set in the foothills of the Montgo Mountains, is a lively resort filled with sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, colourful fiestas, trendy boutiques and a wide variety of sports facilities. It is well-equipped for evening entertainment with an array of tapas bars, pavement cafés, cocktail bars, live music and a late-night social scene. You can also take a day trip to the Balearic Islands by ferry, or the narrow gauge train to Alicante.

  • 1hr 10mins fromValencia

Elche

Elche is a very attractive, sought after resort located approximately fifteen kilometres from an extensive stretch of sandy beach and surrounded by groves of flourishing palm trees. In fact, Elche is known for having the largest Palm forest in Europe, and recently was named a World Heritage Site. Elche holds much cultural importance, with plenty of sculptures, museums and architecture to explore and is also very well known for shoe production, with over 1000 shoe producing businesses! With very easy access from Alicante airport, Elche is a great base for exploring the Costa Blanca.

  • 20mins fromAlicante

Gandia

The historic town of Gandia is situated between striking mountainous landscape and the Mediterranean Sea. Offering a wealth of beautiful golden sandy beaches, extensive shopping and historical buildings, there is plenty to do here and many places well worth a visit, such as the Palace of Santo Duque, which has been declared a Spanish national monument. However, arguably the most popular attraction for holidaymakers are the long stretches of beach and the busy harbour. Food is also a popular attraction of Gandia, as the prosperous fishing harbour and widespread orchards mean that this area is rich in fresh produce. A number of local specialty dishes such as “fideuà”, a paella-type dish made with noodles, can be found served in many of the restaurants and tapas bars that line the bustling promenade.

  • 1hr fromValencia

Jalon Valley

Located just inland from Calpe and untouched by coastal tourism, the peaceful Jalon Valley offers a more traditional Spanish experience. An idyllic countryside setting, lined with fragrant citrus groves and vineyards, the mountains offer superb views in all directions. A wide range of activities can be found in this area, including walking, cycling and bird watching. Our villas are near to the peaceful old town of Jalon, where you can find local markets, bars, cafés and restaurants where you can sample local wine made from the moscatel grape.

  • 1hr 15mins fromAlicante

Javea

The friendly family resort of Javea is a large town with two main beaches and an historic old town set back from the sea. A harbour and fish market can be found on one side of the resort, offering stylish restaurants, great views and a pebbly beach. The popular, sandy Arenal beach on the other side has a palm-lined promenade of shops, bars and restaurants, while at night, the town comes alive with market stalls and street performers. Our villas here are located in countryside and residential areas, so transport is essential to reach the main resort.

  • 1hr 30mins fromAlicante

La Cala de Finestrat

La Cala de Finestrat is an ideal location for those wishing to be close to Costa Blanca’s main attractions including Terra Mitica, Aqualandia and Mundomar which can all be found within a 10 minute drive. Finestrat itself offers a small selection of restaurants, bars and shops while the larger resorts of Altea and Benidorm are close by. Our villas are located in the small rural community of Finestrat, set just inland from the coast.

  • 45mins fromAlicante

La Finca Golf

Algorfa lies on the banks on the River Segura, nestled between mountains, salt lakes and the glistening azure sea. One of the most important citrus farming villages in the area; Algorfa is home to an abundance of fragrant orange and lemon trees, and offers a taste of real Spain with plenty of markets selling local produce. Ideally located just half an hour south of Alicante airport and within an easy drive of the nearest Blue Flag sandy beach, this is a great choice for a relaxed holiday in this sundrenched part of Spain. Our villas are located on the prestigious La Finca golf club, with a handful of restaurants and a superb golf course.

  • 30mins fromAlicante

Moraira

An unspoilt coastal town, Moraira is situated in a beautiful marina offering a wide variety of harbour-side fish restaurants and bars full of Spanish character. The delightful town square and its assortment of local shops and markets is home to a pretty church and narrow, cobbled streets and is a great place to spend time wandering and seeking out souvenirs. Bejewelled with an assortment of sandy and rocky coves along the winding picture-perfect coast road, Moraira caters well for tourists and is extremely popular, yet manages to retain its Spanish charm. We have a good selection of villas in Moraira, most of them close to the town or in the surrounding countryside. A further, small selection of villas is located on the Cumbre del Sol, a hilltop region offering magnificent views of the coast and countryside.

  • 1hr 15mins fromAlicante

Oliva

Oliva is a delightful town in the north of Costa Blanca, about ten kilometres from Gandia. Dappled with fragrant orange groves, Oliva is largely unspoilt by mass tourism and retains lots of Spanish charm. The main attraction is arguably its wide sandy beach which stretches for miles and is home to lots of natural sand dunes and exciting watersports. As a result of it size, the beaches rarely feel crowded, and it’s easy to find a perfect quiet spot. Golfers will be in their element at Oliva Nova golf course just six kilometres south of the city along the coast, and the heart of the town is ideal for relaxed evening strolls, taking in the traditional Spanish way of life.

  • 1hr fromValencia

Pinar de Campoverde

Pinar de Campoverde is a delightful village set amongst pine forests and the beautiful ‘Rio Seco’, a nature reserve which offers picturesque walking opportunities. Despite its peaceful inland position, there are several amenities and restaurants in the village, whilst a ten minute drive brings you to the bustling town of Pilar de Horadada where there is a much wider choice of shops, bars and restaurants.

  • 30mins fromMurcia

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10 out of 10

Stuart

Manchester Couple
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Short journey, nice area if Benidorm is avoided.
Benidorm
Confirmed stay: 01 October 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
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