Sandy beaches, low dunes and humid areas are alternated in the Costa Blanca by rocks, steep coasts and very dry areas. The impressive northern and central areas, crossed through high mountain ranges, continue to the edge of the sea where the hijackers of La Nao and San Antonio are located. The southern part of the Costa Blanca, on the other hand, is an area of plains and hills sprinkled through the river Segura, which flows into the sea in the midst of dunes and low cliffs. This Costa runs from Denia to Pilar de la Horadada with the capital Alicante and is one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe. Thanks to its landscape, infrastructure, beautiful cities and friendly people, the Costa Blanca has a busy tourist activity throughout the year with many facilities for visitors.
Of all Spain’s mainland provincial capitals, Alicante is the most influenced by tourism, thanks to the nearby airport and resorts. Nevertheless this is a dynamic, attractive Spanish city with a castle, old quarter and long waterfront. The eating scene is exciting and the nightlife is absolutely legendary, whether you’re chugging pints with the stag parties at 7pm or twirling on the dance floor with the locals seven hours later. On a weekend night it’s impossibly busy and buzzy year-round.
El Campello is a modern coastal resort, which boasts 23 kilometres of quiet, pearly white, sandy beaches, situated 14 kilometres north of Alicante.
Located facing the L’almadrava beach, near the residential development Poble Español, El Campello boasts a beautiful natural environment, with an outlook to the beach, the sea and a mountain backdrop. A splendid climate and the promise of a holiday filled with peace and tranquility is what you can expect of your trip to El Campello.
It has excellent road and rail connections, with Alicante International Airport just 35 minutes drive away.
Villajoyosa is well known for its seafaring tradition and its famous chocolate industry. This town has a 3 kilometer long fine sandy beach and numerous of nice spots to be visited, f.e. the colorful fronts, its fishing port and marina. The colorful fronts of the houses are one of the most notable features of the town. There is always lots to do at the marina and the fishing area. At the harbor the fishing boats are anchored while the west part is used as marina.
This little village, located in the province of Alicante and up from Benidorm, has approx. 2500 habitants. You can go hiking, climbing or cycling nearby the mountain El Puig Campana. The sandy beach of Finestrat (which is part of the town Villajoyosa) is located near to other small beaches and profits of an extraordinary microclimate, due to the fact that the mountains protected this particularly beach from the southern wind. Therefore, when you visit the beach, you can profit from the sun all day long, without any shadow. Also underwater, water and beach sports are one the many possibilities. But there’s more: nearby you can find many amusement parks for the children and the indoor shopping center ‘La Marina’ at only 1,5 km distance.
The tourist paradise, a vibrant and bubbly city. At present, Benidorm is the 2nd hotel city of Europe (300,000 beds). The Costa Blanca Manhattan with 145 hotels, 1500 shops and a plethora of terraces, restaurants, cafes and tapas bars, miles of long sandy beaches, including “Playa Levante” and “Playa Poniente”. The city has around 500 bars, more than 250 cafeterias, more than 150 disco pubs, 25 discotheques, 90 bingo rooms, ice cream salons, flamingobars??, water parks, 2 theme parks and 14 cinemas. The casino, discotheques and nightclubs offer you a spectacular nightlife.
The old town of Benidorm
The old town of Benidorm with its narrow streets is still an attractive place with, according to the experts, the best tapas bars in Spain. When the sun is down, Benidorm changes into a vibrant city. In summer, life goes on here for 24 hours, but in winter, Benidorm is the undisputed throbbing heart of this coast and a popular place to stay for winter lovers. Along the wide and well-kept marble tiled boulevard, you will find many sand artists. Every night there is a great crowd of Spaniards and other Europeans.
In addition to the beautiful beaches for the sun worshipers, there are the theme park Terra Mitica, 2 animal parks: Terra Natura and Mundomar and 2 swimming paradises: Aqua Natura and Aqualandia. The Wednesday and Sunday markets in Benidorm are extremely busy markets. Along the N332 there is a flea market in El Cisne every Saturday and Sunday with the most diverse business. The market has an huge terrace where many residents and tourists live, with life music, dance and food. In and around Benidorm are major shopping malls such as Carrefour with the La Marina shopping centre behind it, with many fashion shops where large parking spaces are laid out.
Sport Water-ski, sailing, diving, deep sea diving. There are several schools at the Club Nautico. In the sea there is an automatic ski slope where water skiing can be enjoyed. In the immediate area, Las Rejas Golf is a nice pitch and putt golf course of superb quality, just like Villaitana. Field trips From the port, boats leave daily for Calpe, Isla Benidorm and Isla Tabarca (see leaflets). There are also various excursions in the area (see leaflets).
Public transport There is a TRANVÍA from Alicante to Denia, including a starting point at the La Marina shopping centre. Here you can easily park your car and take the TRANVÍA. For a few euros you will have a nice drive of 1 hour to the centre of Alicante (see folder for travel times). Furthermore, bus lines 2 and 3 take you from Carrefour to Benidorm and there is also a starting point at Hotel Asia Garden for a less frequent bus line. Do you need a taxi (recommended if you want to drink a glass), call Radiotaxi. These taxis can also be found at the front of La Marina and at the roundabout next to the market in La Cala. Restaurants In Benidorm there are too many restaurants to mention. Nice to discover yourself.
Albir – Alfaz Del Pi
Between Altea and Benidorm you will find the fortified town of L’Alfàz del Pi, located 4 kilometers from the coast and this because of the many attacks by pirates. The part by the sea is called Albir. The name Alfàz comes from the Moorish Alfaz which means “fertile land”. Nowadays it is a popular place where the International Film Festival is held every year in July. Albir has a 590m long beach (Raco de l’Albir Playa), which consists partly of pebble beach and a small part of sand and has been awarded the European Blue Flag for years. It is ideal for those looking for an alternative for Benidorm’s busy beaches, but want to enjoy all the facilities and the wonderful atmosphere that offers a good seaside resort. You have a view of the impressive azure water, the ‘Peñon de Ifach’ and the contours of the town of Calpe. Preferably a full sandy beach? Then you can go to La Cala de Finestrat (also awarded the Blue Flag for years), Altea or Benidorm, all within 15 minutes by car or public transport. Albir has many shops in the main street and there are many restaurants with all their own specialties. You can enjoy the complete international cuisine at all levels. The promenade passes from Albir to Altea and there are various lounge clubs and bars each with their own style. There are also several hiking tracks and there is a small Par3 golf course with a cosy club.
The name Altea comes from the Moorish Althaya and means “health for all”. Altea pueblo is built on a hill. Here is a nice and lovely market square with good restaurants and terraces. In the old town there are also various art shops, and there are regular outdoor concerts. A lot has been organized and it is cosy, you will have a special day. The centre below is connected to the boulevard with its terraces overlooking the beaches and the beautiful bay and you will find many quality shops. In the north of Altea is a contemporary marina with a fantastic atmosphere. Altea also has a beautiful golf course located between the forests with a nice clubhouse and a good restaurant.
Calpe is located approximately 20 km north of Benidorm and the biggest attraction is the Peñón de Ifach. This huge rock, the beautiful parks and the ancient history of the city certainly make it worth exploring Calpe.
Beach Calpe Calpe has an attractive coastline: more than 12 beaches, both in and out of the bay, with beautiful azure waters, nice coves, fine sandy beaches with high ISO standards and, for example, ‘Les Bassetes’, which lends itself well to sailing or to explore the underwater world.
The privileged location and the pleasant climate is probably the reason that Calpe had early inhabitants. Full of archaeological finds from Roman times such as Baños de la Reina and the Roman Villa, abandoned salt mines, or the symbol of Calpe: the ‘Peñón de Ifach carnivore’; the refuge for the Phoenicians and discovered as a viewpoint in the 13th century. Far from the Mediterranean Sea, this 332 meter high limestone rock with over 80 species of birds and 300 different plants can be seen. A point of view for the seafarers but also for climbing (approx.300 meters) via a hiking trail with beautiful views, the ruins of a defence tower and as a reward, at the top, a magnificent view. There are many seafood restaurants in the harbour where you can still get in the traditional way; first try and then eat delicious fish in the restaurant of your choice.
Moraira is a small fishing village dominated by the tourism and is a part of Teulada which is situated 4 km inside in the Hinterland.
Moraira is a small and lovely town with natural beaches, rocky bays and sandy beaches.
The castle at the beach is the emblem of the town.
This old fishing village have been developed in the last years in the summer months to a popular holiday destination but have preserved his originality.
Touristic and maritime town, situated between the San Antonio and La Nao capes, enjoying the impressive and magnificent protection of the Montgó mountain (753 m).
It has a clear and pleasant Mediterranean sea with 25 km of beaches, coves and cliffs.
The old town has an interesting historical center with tosca porticoes, gothic windows, iron windows bars and balcony railings, luminous patios.
The fortress church San Bartome, is an example of late gothic with a defensive character.
Aduanas del Mar is the urban center developed around the harbour.
Visit the Santa Maria de Loreto Church, fine example of expressionist architecture build during the 60.
The Arenal area is the commercial and recreation center of the town.
In the Montgó Natural Park (Les Planes) the visit of the windmills is a must with lovely views over the bay of Jávea.
Discovering Dénia is a pleasure, because it is a city full of life, color and Mediterranean joy. And that is reflected in its streets and its people; radiant and simple.
Dénia welcomes you with open arms, because it knows how to welcome the traveler and make him feel at home. It welcomes you with the warmth of its climate, with an annual average of 19 ° C. Sharing with you your gifts from earth, pampered by the sun.
In Denia you will find twenty kilometers of beaches for all tastes. Feel the warmth of the sun. Enjoy the pleasure of immersing yourself in the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea.
To the north, the beaches of fine sand are perfect for tanning under the gentle breeze, swimming or walking along the shore. They are beaches provided with all services and the Blue Flag of the clean seas of the EC.
To the south, the hidden coves of rock are a paradise for lovers of the wildest nature and cold waters with crystalline backgrounds, ideal for scuba diving or fishing.
Valencia, the name itself brings up images of sun, oranges, and sand. Valencia enjoys 320 days a year of glorious sunshine. It is a Perfect place to live and be outside enjoying the river gardens, sitting at a cafe or exploring the mountains and fields that surround the city. Valencia is a proud city. The original Latin name of the city was Valentia, meaning “strength”, or “valour”, Today it represents the essence of contemporary Spain—daring design and architecture along with experimental cuisine—but remains conservative and proud of its traditions.