Costa Blanca Travel Guide
Find the perfect getaway in the Costa Blanca Travel Guide
Palm trees, golden sand, paella and sangria are just a few of the things which spring to mind upon hearing the words Costa Blanca. Stretching over 200 km from Els Poblets in the north to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, the Costa Blanca coastline boasts miles and miles of golden beaches, lapped by crystal clear aquamarine waters, such as Playa San Juan to the north of Alicante, featured in our Costa Blanca travel guide, and countless small coves perfect for getting away from the stress of everyday life. However, there is much, much more to this part of Spain to be discovered by those who are eager to get to know the Spanish culture, customs and cuisine. Our Costa Blanca Travel Guide will help you to find out more.
What to do on the Costa Blanca
Our Costa Blanca Travel Guide can give you ideas! Further inland you can find mountainous areas that are perfect for hiking, climbing and canyoning, such as the Sierra de Aitana and, for those who prefer to spend a more relaxing day on the green, there are over 15 golf courses to choose from. Thanks to the warm, sunny climate of the area, with around 300 days of sunshine and average temperatures of around 19ºC, there’s no excuse not to get out and about and enjoy the good weather. The excellent roads and dry weather are a perfect combination for cyclists. As well as all kinds of sporting activities, the Costa Blanca Travel Guide offers you extensive information on theme parks, museums, castles and parks galore, where you can make the most of your time off.
Another thing which makes the Costa Blanca so appealing is its array of festivals, from the Easter processions held in most towns and cities in the area, to Hogueras in Alicante in June, to ‘Moros y Cristianos’ (literally Moors and Christians) – a celebration held in a lot of towns at various times of the year, but the most famous being that of Alcoy, considered to be of ‘International Tourist Interest’. The Costa Blanca Travel Guide gives you more information on where and when to experience these fascinating events. Most towns have their own festival period or ‘fiestas’ where many different traditions can be seen, such as the town of Elche, to the south-west of Alicante. See our Alicante Travel Guide. There you can see ‘The Mystery Play of Elche’, named Intangible Cultural Heritage by Unesco, a medieval musical play performed in the basilica Santa María during the town’s ‘fiestas’ in August. Elche is also home to another World Heritage Award, ‘El Palmeral de Elche’, dozens of palm groves all around the city containing over 400,000 palm trees. Particularly interesting for a pleasant stroll is ‘El Huerto del Cura’, where you can see the ‘Imperial Palm’, a palm tree with eight trunks, as well as numerous other plants and flowers in a relaxing atmosphere. Find more ideas for excursions in our Costa Blanca Travel Guide.
If it’s a culinary experience you’re after, the Costa Blanca has plenty in store for you. The climate is ideal for growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables, some of the most common being citrus fruits, artichokes and pomegranates. Having the Mediterranean Sea so close at hand means that there is no shortage of fish and seafood; sardines and king prawns being just two of the favourites. A perfect match for seafood dishes is the locally produced wine from grapes grown in vineyards in the Alicante area. Among the most popular dishes is of course paella of all varieties, such as seafood or rabbit and snail paella, a speciality in this region, and ‘tapas’ are a good choice for those who want to try a bit of everything from cured ham to baby squid. Find out where to try these local specialities in our Costa Blanca Travel Guide.
The Costa Blanca has something for everyone, so don’t delay, check out our Costa Blanca travel guide for more information on popular tourist destinations such as Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Calpe in their own separate travel guides and take a look at the wide range of holiday accommodation we have to offer.