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The Costa Blanca district of Spain spans from south of Valencia, past the shores of Benidorm and Alicante to Torrevieja in the south.
The Costa Blanca has two striking areas, Costa Blanca North (also known as the Marina Alta) and Costa Blanca South (the Marina Bajo). The Northern part of the Costa Blanca features sea side towns and resorts such as Dénia, Jávea and Moraira to the far North. Further sound bigger resorts like Altea, Calpe, Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja attract millions of tourists annually.
Costa Blanca is decidedly a spectacular part of Spain in terms of nature, beaches and culture. With several clean and immaculate beaches dipping into the crystal clear Mediterranean sea, flat fructuous valleys and plenty of charming villages buzzing with traditional Spanish cultural events.
Traveling to the Costa Blanca is relatively easy with multiple international airports, the two main ones located in Valencia and Alicante. Further the region is connected to European railway systems by highspeed train lines and spacious motorways follow the coast south to cater for driving travelers to the region.
White sandy beaches, pleasant resorts and relatively cheap accommodation are the main features of the Costa Blanca from a travelers perspective. The area is further blessed with stunning nature, hidden coves, the odd golf course and graciously adapted domestic areas. The grand mountain ranges provides vivid scenery to this gorgeous area and the ancient villages scattered along the coast has plenty of authentic Spanish life to be explored. The popularity of the Costa Blanca as a holiday destination is easy to comprehend.
Using the international airport in Alicante (Valencian/Catalan: Alacant), airport code: ALC.
The airport is relatively close to the ciutat (city) of Alacant, beaches in Costa Blanca, such as Benidorm.
Trains coming from Madrid (Altaria), which takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes, and Barcelona and València (Euromed). It also has a picturesque (and slow) train coming from Dénia and going by the coast until Alicante. This is the so-called TRAM system. The tracks have been electrified, with ultra-modern cars, from Alicante to Benidorm. Between Benidorm and Denia, the line is still served by the old deisel traincars, a quaint but somewhat noisy mode of transportation from a bygone era. There are plans to electrify the system from Benidorm to Denia as well.
Many buses come from almost every big city in Spain. The main bus station is located in the centre of Alicante.
Crime on the Costa Blanca is lower than the European average - but higher than the Spanish average. The towns mainly plagued by crime are non-surprisingly the bigger resorts such as Benidorm, Calpe and Torrevieja, however the types of crime tends to mainly be petty theft, street hustling and similar as opposed to more dangerous forms of crime found elsewhere in the world.
The smaller resorts such as Moraira, Jávea and Denia are all but crime free. Normal common sense applies but it is perfectly safe to walk the streets alone at night.