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The White Coast is 124 miles of stunning coastline carpeted by fine, ivory sand. One of the most famous holiday regions in Spain, this is an area dominated by dreamy scenes and indulgent hotspots. With plenty of history, culture and beauty alongside energetic nightlife, pristine beaches and electric blue seas you'll be spoilt for choice with a villa holiday here.
All throughout Costa Blanca there are plenty of historical and cultural beauties to explore. If you fancy heading further afield, set off to Valencia for a real exploration into the past. Just north of the Costa Blanca, Valencia is a perfect day trip for those wanting to see more of Spain. The third largest city is home to an old town and a new town. Within the history of the old town you will discover the Valencia Cathedral. Dating all the way back to the 13th century it's filled with beautiful art and architecture spanning centuries of styles. The biggest claim to fame is that a chapel here holds the Holy Grail used by Christ during the last supper. Although others contend this claim, you can visit this relic that has endured since the 1st Century.
After some retail therapy you can always take in the relaxation of Turia Gardens. Created from the remains of an old river bed it's become one of the most popular places to enjoy a stroll. Perfect for runners, cyclists, families and nature enthusiasts alike the gardens are criss-crossed by 18 bridges full of history. The former riverbed also passes by the city's centre and main attractions too! With several different sections to the park each one feels like a completely different experience. From palm trees and orange trees to fountains and pine woods. Aromatic plants and ponds to sports facilities and rose beds there's plenty to sink your teeth into.
Although the focus is on the coast, there is plenty of countryside to explore and discover. For serious hikers there's the Penyal D'Ifac – a mighty outcrop of rock similar to the Rock of Gibraltar. This protected natural park is home to a wealth of unique plant life and around 300 different species of animals. Hiking to the top is not for the faint of heart but once you reach the summit unparalleled view of Calpe and the coast beyond await.
If you've had your fill of sun, sea and splash, the Algar Waterfalls will cool you down from the scorching heat instead. Stemming from the Algar River, this series of waterfalls and pools were created over hundreds of years and are now a protected reserve. Walking alongside the river you will be greeted with an abundance of flora, with the opportunity to take a dip into the cool water of the natural pools. The area is perfect for your holiday snaps but also great for a day away from the beach.
Just outside of Benidorm is the natural park of Sierra Helada. An area of outstanding beauty, trekking its stunning mix of cliffs, mountains and sea is an unforgettable experience. Although the name translates to "Ice Mountain" you're unlikely to ever see any as you hike one of the three trails overlooking breathtaking vistas of the Benidorm coast line. The natural park also extends into the sea, take a trip underwater and explore the beauty and variety of marine life and its diversity.
If you fancy getting away from it all, then heading to the protected marine reserve of Tabarca Island is a good choice. Located 11 miles from the Alicante shore, this tiny islet is the smallest permanently inhabited island in Spain. The island was a refuge for the Barbary pirates up to the end of the 18th century. As a protected marine reserve, it attracts a lot of scuba divers and snorkelers to its shores. Crystal clear waters are home to an array of magical marine life, so be sure to pay the colourful underwater world a visit!
Need a shot of excitement on holiday? The White Coast is filled to the brim with theme parks and water parks. Even the most hardcore adrenaline seeker will be spoilt for choice here.
The most famous, Terra Mitica, is one of the most exciting spots in Europe with breathtaking rides ranging from big roller coasters to rotating wheels. Split into five sections each representing an ancient civilisation, you can travel from Egypt to Greece in a matter of moments and explore each thrilling ride. The winner for 'most likely to leave you with your heart in your mouth' is Inferno. Performing 360-degree spins and reaching speeds of 60 km/h it's an unbeatable feeling of exhileration. The park also has 20 fantastic live shows with a cast of over 300 actors and dancers to keep you entertained all day long.
Making a splash is Spain's unmissable Aqualandia, the country's first ever waterpark! With over 20 rides to be enjoyed why not take the plunge on Verti-Go? At a dizzying height of 33m this is the highest slide in Europe and the tallest slide-capsule style in the world. Braving this slide will see you plummet at over 100km/h and is definitely not for the faint hearted. There is plenty more where that came from with other daring rides such as the Black Hole, Kamikaze and Big Bang.
The beaches of Costa Blanca are famous for their beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters. As the main attraction for the whole region, no matter what you're after there's an option for you. Two of the biggest and best beaches are Playa Levante and Playa Postiguet. The first is a huge stretch of fun and relaxation, designed to cater to everyone. Every possible facility is at your fingertips from kiosks, restaurants, bars, cafes, sun loungers, jet-ski rentals and water sports there's always something to do. Even in the height of summer you'll be able to find somewhere to lay down and soak in the Spainish sun.
Playa Postiguet is Alicante's premier beach and it's easy to see why this Blue Flag beauty is so popular. Overlooked by the imposing Castillo de Santa Barbara, with fine golden sand and plenty of facilities you could easily spend a whole day here. Palm trees line the pretty promenade, providing a welcoming shade for when you're sipping cocktails at the beachside bars. A stone's throw from the city centre, it's perfect for spending the morning exploring, the afternoon relaxing and the evening enjoying everything Alicante has to offer.
Playa La Granadella is a horseshoe-shaped bay near the bustling town of Jávea. With crystal clear turquoise waters flanked by a dense forest of emerald Aleppo pine trees, it's a stunning spot to just while away a day. In fact, the entire area around Jávea is teeming with hidden coves and secluded shores, ideal for anyone after some peace and quiet.
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