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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.
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.
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.