Guide to enjoying Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca radiates passion and happiness. Its vibrant light fills every corner with great joy and energy. Its mild climate is an invitation to take a pleasant stroll along its streets and to experience and enjoy the Mediterranean culture. Breathe the mild sea breeze blowing gently, relax and gaze at the breathtaking landscapes. Make yourself at home. Welcome to Costa Blanca!

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Who is living next door

A real melting pot! Costa Blanca is home to over 70 different nationalities.

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What to expect

Over 300 days of annual sunshine.

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Outdoor Life

A wide range of outdoor leisure activities to be enjoyed with your family and friends. As well as a vast array of bars and restaurants.

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What not to expect

Resorts.

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You will be amazed by

The sunlight! Costa Blanca is known for the intensity of its daylight. A fascinating halo which wraps its visitors up in an atmosphere of optimism.

Location
How to get there
train

Alicante-Terminal: 2h 10′ to Madrid (AVE) 1h 30′ to Valencia 4h 45′ to Barcelona Others: Elche, Villena, Alcoy, Orihuela, Elda, Crevillente renfe.com

boat

Port of Santa Pola: to Tabarca Island Port of Alicante: to Oran and Algiers Port of Denia: to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca

tram

Alicante is well served by TRAM routes from Denia. It has stops in the main coastal towns and villages on North Costa Blanca. On the way, you can enjoy a beautiful maritime scenery/ seascapes. tramalicante.es

car

Motorway: A-31/ A-7 Highway: AP-7 Byways: CV-80/N-340/N-332 Distance… Murcia – 76km Albacete – 168km Valencia – 161km Madrid – 424km Barcelona – 538km

plane

Connections with 103 countries aena.es From the airport to Gran Alacant – 9km Alicante – 12km San Juan – 23km El Campello – 28km Villajoyosa – 43km Torrevieja – 43km Orihuela Costa – 51km

Getting around

Costa Blanca: an awakening of the senses

The Costa Blanca is one of the favourite destinations for both Spaniards and Europeans to buy a 2nd home. One of the main reasons for this great influx of visitors is (besides the unrivalled climate Costa Blanca offers) the immaculate beaches stretching along the Alicante coastline. But the Costa Blanca has much more to offer in all aspects. From its mouth-watering culinary delights to the wide range of inland activities to be practised locally. The Costa Blanca is a place to be enjoyed at any time of the year. Here are just a few examples of all the possibilities the Costa Blanca offers.

Photograph: Les Haines

Elche has two cultural goods included on the list of World Heritage Sites, such as the outstanding Palmeral. Orihuela is home to magnificent historic buildings, as well as La Senda del Poeta, a journey through the life and work of the great poet Miguel Hernández. An event not to be missed, especially by those who love literature. Further inland, Vinalopó Route of the Castles (Ruta de los Castillos), a trip to the origins of this region which is of unquestionable architectural value. It is also worth mentioning the Wine Tours, Rutas del Vino, which are perfect to taste the local wines. They enjoy a great prestige at both national and international levels. Alicante is a land of vineyards and wine! And, of course, there is shopping. You can visit the Footwear Museum and several shops in the Outlet Route. The region is known worldwide for its tradition in the manufacture of footwear for top-quality firms.

Photograph: Brian Abrahams

Another key feature of its inland landscape are the mountains. Alicante is one of the most mountainous provinces in the country. Its topography is silhouetted by valleys surrounded by high summits. They are a spectacular lookout point over the sea and the surrounding landscape. Hiking enthusiasts will benefit from several European standard routes and leisure facilities, as well as, protected areas of a high biodiversity value and scenic wealth. The more daring ones can choose from climbing, bungee jumping, canyoning, etc

Photograph: Jesús Alenda

There are also little villages with picturesque nooks where history and culture ooze out, such as Guadalest, declared of Cultural Interest in 1974. This little village with only 238 inhabitants is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the province thanks, amongst other things, to its spectacular lookout, the castle and its interesting museums.

Photograph: OroD Doro
Places to go

Eat
La Ereta

The restaurant is located on the sea-facing slope of Monte Benacantil, on the wall of Santa Bárbara Castle. A spectacular lookout point over the sea and the city centre. An idyllic spot where you can enjoy the avant-garde cuisine dishes based on the traditional Alicante cuisine. It has been recently awarded the Premio Plato prize for the Best Restaurant. View more

L’Escaleta, Cocentaina

A beautiful restaurant located in a rural low-mountain setting. L’Escaleta has managed to keep its signature concept based on traditional cuisine, new ways of cooking and the high quality of ingredients. Be sure to sample the delicious Rice with mushrooms or the lamb. Thanks to these and other recipes, the restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars (Michelin Guide) View more

Quique Dacosta (El Poblet), Denia

Quique Dacosta’s restaurant is a superb blend of avant-garde cuisine with deep Mediterranean roots inspired by his homeland, Denia. The world-renowned restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars. It was listed on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013 and crowned as the best restaurant on the 100 Europe’s Top Restaurants list in 2013 and in 2015. View more

La Finca, Elche

Susi Diaz’s restaurant is located in a cottage surrounded by a beautiful garden in Elche countryside. Sophisticated and creative dishes cooked with the best fresh seasonal ingredients. A unique blend of savoir-faire, tradition and the latest trends which has been awarded a Michelin Star (Michelin Guide). View more

Drink
Texaco, San Juan Playa

Legendary pub located in San Juan Playa with almost 25 years of existence in this business. The best live music: rock and roll, R&B… View more

Shop
La Zenia

La Zenia Shopping Mall View more

Gran Alacant

Gran Alacant Shopping Mall View more

Golf
Alenda Golf

Roland Favrat designed and built this magnificent golf course in 1999. The design was done with maximum respect to the topography of the land and its natural vegetation. The golf course covers a total of 49 hectares of land, 18 holes, par 78 and 6,257 m in length, as well as a superb practice area. View more

Club de Golf Ifach

It has 9 holes, 6 par 3 and 3 par fours with a short distance, 2,940 m from the yellow ones, 3,236 m from the white ones, 2,432 m from the red ones and 2,776 m from the blue ones. The dominant variety of grass is “Bermuda”. Its design makes it perfect to enjoy a game of golf with family and friends with a stunning scenery as a backdrop. View more

Font del Llop

This unique golf course of international sized was designed by Blake Stirling and Marco Martín. The 18-hole golf course is an ideal setting to practice your favourite sport and enjoy nature. Its American design and Scottish layout turns a game of golf into a challenging task for the enjoyment of the players. View more

La Galiana Golf

La Galiana Golf Course is a finca surrounded by a beautiful Mediterranean forest away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. It is home to Mediterranean flora and fauna of exceptional value. It covers a total of 2,000 hectares of land, of which 60 are destined to the golf course. An idyllic setting with total respect for the natural environment and the existing orography. View more

Beach
Parque natural del Peñón de Ifach

The Rock of Ifach is one of the most outstanding and unique landforms on North Costa Blanca. An enormous calcareous rock rising from the sea to a height of 332m. It is 1 km long and covers 45 hectares of a protected natural space. It has been declared one of the 7 Wonders of the Community of Valencia. View more

Faro de Albir

A pleasant walk along Serra Gelada Natural Reserve cliffs leads up to this beautiful lighthouse. It offers out-of-this world views over the Mediterranean Sea and 3 towns: Altea, Calpe and Alfaz del Pi. You may be lucky enough to spot a dolphin! The lighthouse has been reconverted into a Visitor Centre where visitors can learn about the history of the lighthouse. View more

La Illeta dels Banyets, Campello

La Illeta dels Bayets (or the Queen’s Bathing Pools) is one of the Mediterranean’s most important archaeological sites. It is located on a small peninsula and can be dated as being over 5,000 years old. Traces of different civilizations have been found in this site. The most significant ones are the Roman, the Iberian and the Bronze Era remains. View more

Isla de Benidorm

An islet on the Mediterranean coast off the city of Benidorm, 2 miles away from the port. It is a nature and marine reserve of high environmental, scenic and ecological interest. It is known as Peacock Island for its population of peacocks. View more

Cala Granadella, Jávea

A little gem on the Mediterranean Sea. The crystal-clear waters of Cala Granadella are fringed by a unique natural landscape. It is perfect for diving enthusiasts.

Playa de Bol Nou, Villajoyosa

Peaceful beach with turquoise and clear water south of Villajoyosa. It offers facilities to practice beach volleyball.

Playa Mil Palmeras, Pilar de la Horadada

Mil Palmeras Beach is awarded the Blue Flag status for the exceptional quality of its sand and water. It is one of the most frequented beaches thanks to its easy accesses and the wide range of amenities and facilities to be found in the surrounding area. View more

Cala del Moraig, Benitatxell

A gravel beach with crystal-clear water nestled between the Morro Falqui cliff and Moraig fault. A rocky and steep coastline which silhouettes an impressive landscape. You will also find an aquatic cave, Cova dels Arcs, and beautiful undersea meadows. View more

Cala El Racó, Calpe

This beautiful gravel cove is located at the foot of El Peñón de Ifach. There is an underwater diving trail with signal panels and informative signs on the seabed. View more

Inland
Fuentes de Algar

A refreshing route along the river Algar. Along the way, we find waterfalls and natural reservoirs where we can take a cooling dip. A natural site which was declared a Protected Wetland area on account of its ecological and cultural interest. View more

Salinas de Santa Pola

It is a protected area of 3,700 Ha with high environmental value. It has been recognised worldwide with the RAMSAR Convention since 1972. There are 2 salt lagoons, a pink one and a green one. These vibrant colours are the result of the saltiness of their waters. A must for nature lovers! View more

Jardín de La Albarda, Pedreguer

Jardín de La Alarda is a captivating garden to be found in Pedreguer. An area of 50,000sqm which is home to autochthonous plants, as well as a great array of roses and palm trees. The Valencian Renaissance-inspired garden with Arab influences where traditional architectural elements such as ornamental fountains and pergolas stand out. View more

Cuevas Canelobre, Busot

The entrance to these stunning caves is located on the northern slope of Cabezón de Oro Mountain of ca. 700 high. The interior of these coves has been often compared to a Gothic Cathedral. We can find a large vault of 70m height (one of the highest in Spain) and a series of stalactites and stalagmites taking on the shapes of different objects and animals. A miracle of nature. View more

Culture
Hogueras

The Hogueras de San Juan, Bonfires of Saint John, have been declared as an intangible Good of Cultural Interest and a Festival of International Tourist Interest. Alicante celebrates the coming of the summer with this festival which is held from 20th June to 24th June. Its origin dates back to ancient times, when people would burn useless and old objects on the longest day and the shortest night of the year. View more

Misteri d'Elx

The Mystery of Elche is a medieval play which is performed in the Basilica of Saint Mary in Elche on 14th and 15th August. It celebrates the festivity of the Virgin of the Assumption. The play stages the Dormition, Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001. View more

Moros y Cristianos

This festival commemorates the period under Muslim domination on the Iberian Peninsula and enacts battle scenes between Moors and Christians which took place during the Reconquista. This festival is held in different cities, towns and villages of Spain, mainly in Alicante where almost 50 towns celebrate this festival on different dates throughout the year. Many of them have been declared to be of National Tourist Interest and Alcoy and Villajoyosa Moors and Christians Festivity of International Tourist Interest.

Semana Santa

Semana Santa or Holy Week is celebrated annually in commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The festival is held in March or April depending on the lunar calendar. It consists of different religious manifestations such as processions in which statues representing the Passion of Christ are carried around the streets and individual scenes of the events of the Passion are staged.

Sport
Parrés Water Sports. Alicante, Santa Pola, San Juan and Arenales del Sol

Enjoy the sea and sport! All manner of watersports can be pursued at any of the nautical schools the Costa Blanca offers. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, light sailing, catamaran, surfing, paddle surfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, diving, mountain boarding and kayaking. View more

Tururac, turismo rural activo. Denia.

All kinds of adventure sports and a wide array of activities including watersports and mountaineering. Coasteering, climbing, caving, paintball, kayaking, rafting, etc. View more

Zoak Sailing Centre, Guardamar del Segura

Sailing centre in Guardarmar del Segura. A wide range of sea-orientated activities, summer school programs for children from 3 to 12 years old. Windsurfing, kayaking and kitesurfing courses. View more

Tramuntana Aventura

Enjoy out-of-this-word experiences in Alicante’s mountains. A rush of adrenaline and incredible spots yet to be discovered. Climbing, caving, via ferrata, canyoning… View more

Grieta-Aventura

Multi-adventure! Both land and sea activities. Do sport and enjoy nature: kayaking, paintball, climbing, canyoning, via ferrata, caving, hiking, rappelling, paragliding, rockodrome, coasteering… View more

Sun Sea Adventures, La Zenia

A water-sport club specialising in SUP (Stand up Paddle). Explore unique places where you will discover breathtaking landscapes. There are different snorkelling tours perfect to dive down and discover the amazing Mediterranean seabed. View more

Mundo Marino

Mundo Marino has a fleet of new catamarans and boats to enjoy the crystal-clear water of the Mediterranean Sea. Sailing trips from Altea, Benalmádena, Calpe, Denia, Jávea, Málaga and Valencia. A sea of fun! View more

Indulge
Fish auction, Calpe
Moustache Beer Club
Inspire
Museo flotante Delfín S-61, Torrevieja

Delfín S61 is a Daphne-type submarine which was ceded by the Spanish Armada to Torrevieja city council. It is moored to the fishing quay and was the first floating museum in Spain. View more



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