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Costa Blanca

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The Costa Blanca is the popular tourist coastline in the Spanish province of Alicante. Over 200km long, it is very popular with British, Irish, German, and Scandinavian tourists.


  • Alicante - is the capital of the area and more akin a big city break than a beach holiday
  • Altea - a very pleasant midsize sea side resort
  • Benidorm - is the party capital of the Costa Blanca with an estimated more than 1000 bars and night clubs.
  • Denia - the Northern end of the Costa Blanca and an ancient town with plenty of sights to see apart from the beach
  • Javea - Often referred to as the Pearl Of The Costa Blanca with its sandy beaches, active fiesta calendar and amazing scenery.
  • Torrevieja - Cheap southern resort famous mainly for the lovely beaches and a high percentage of expatriates living in the town

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Costa Blanca refers to the shores of Alicante, covering the beaches, coves and cliffs of 18 towns, starting with Denia in the north and finishing with Pilar de la Horadada in the south. Occasionally its been also divided between Costa Blanca North (from Denia to Alicante) and Costa Blanca South (from Alicante to Pilar de la Horadada). Big resorts like Altea, Calpe, Benidorm, and Torrevieja attract millions of tourists annually.

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.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

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.

Murcia San Javier's Airport may be an alternative, specially for the southern beaches.

By train[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

Many buses come from almost every big city in Spain. The main bus station is located in the centre of Alicante.

By car[edit]

Use the AP-7 highway if you come from the coast (Valencia or Barcelona). There is also a motorway coming from Madrid and another from Murcia.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Granadella Beach, (10min drive from Javea), [1]. Granadella Cove and the attached beach of Granadella is one of those hidden little pieces of paradise that has to be experienced. The cove is enclosed by mountains, features a Blue Flag beach, excellent diving facilities and plenty of pure natural beauty  edit
  • Guadalest, (30min drive inland from Altea). Guadalest is a mountainous village built in a truly unique style into the actual mountain sides. The picturesque village attract thousands of tourist wishing to see the ancient buildings glued to the peaks of narrow mountains and habitats built into the caves of steep mountain sides  edit


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  • Terra Mitica, (Benidorm - Signed From the motorway), [2]. Terra Mitica is located by the Benidorm hills on the Costa Blanca. Alongside the water sports park Aqualandia its a full service amusement park for the entire family to enjoy. Terra Mitica is among the biggest and most visited theme parks in all of Spain, it can be crowded in the holiday season  edit
  • Montgo. The mountain of Montgó is a mountain between Denia and Javea with a height of 753m (2,470feet). The proximity to the sea lends Montgo a spectacular visual impact  edit
  • International Charter Group, [3]. Yacht charter and sailing, one of the worlds largest acht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed in the Costa Blanca. Operating from nine offices worldwide (USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Honk Kong and Dubai).  edit

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Stay safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

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