Costa Blanca: History, gastronomy and beaches
The Costa Blanca is a tourist reference for holidays in Spain. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea, 250km of marine coast full of coves, beaches, restaurants, natural landscapes, cliffs, lakes and rivers. Costa Blanca is the municipalities that go from Denia to Pilar de la Horadada.
Tourism on the Costa Blanca is a quality tourism, due to the big number of sites of interest and the beauty of our towns on the Levante coast of Alicante. We have a privileged climate, with an annual average of 18ºC, 6 days a week of sunshine throughout the year.
Why is it called Costa Blanca?
There are a few legends about the origin of the name of this coast;
- It is said that from the air, the coast shines with a white bright due to the reflection of the sun on the white facades of the town buildings (such as Altea for example), in addition to the contrast that the white beaches make with the intense blue of the Mediterranean
- Other theory talks about that the airline British Airways used this name as an advertising slogan to promote an airline between London and Valencia in the 50s
What towns are there on the white coast?
With an excellent Mediterranean gastronomy and fishing tradition in all the towns and villages of Alicante and surroundings, the towns of Costa Blanca are (from north to south):
- Alfaz del Pi
- Santa Pola
- Guardamar del Segura
- Pilar de la Horadada
What to see in the Costa Blanca?
In the Costa Blanca towns you can find the most beautiful historical centers of the country, from the Santa Cruz district of Alicante, to Altea la Vella, passing through a hundred castles, such as Santa Bárbara in Alicante or the castles route in Vinalopó.
Here you have a list of some interesting sites to visit:
- Meet the famous Peñón d’Ifach in Calpe, an unforgettable excursion on a stone path that leads to a tunnel that crosses the interior of the rock. The 330 m high climb is a must-see place. You should also go to the Baños de la Reina on the coast of Calpe, formerly used as a fish farm, where today you can take a bath in these particular natural pools.
- Denia is declared Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO in 2015. It also has a castle with a walk through the walls of the Islamic period of the 11th century with nice views of the sea.
- You can not leave here without visiting Altea, famous for its cozy architecture and white color that shines on all its facades, with its fishing port and places of interest such as the Palau of Altea, the sea’s promenade or the district of Altea la Vella, the oldest area of this town.
- Torrevieja is a town that has churches of the 18th century as the Archpriest of the Inmaculada Concepción, or the Church of Nuestra señora del Rosario, as well as the Paseo del Dique de Levante or the Paso al Faro, besides it has a lot of beaches
- If you go to the beautiful town which is Javea you can not miss the famous La Granadella beach, where you have the option of renting kayaks to make some very interesting routes to the marine caves.
- The island of Tabarca, located about 9km from the coast of Santa Pola with 1800m long and half a km wide has a lot of of historical delights such as the walled citadel of Carlos III. There is also a museum that tells the history of the island.
How to arrive to the Costa Blanca?
- By car: The province of Alicante has the AP-7 motorway with stops in all the municipalities of the Costa Blanca
- By train: We have AVE stop in Alicante city and a rail network (RENFE) that goes through all the towns of the province of Alicante
- By plane: The Altet airport in Alicante has a lot of links to national and international airports