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11 beautiful sites and towns to see on the Costa Blanca

COSTA BLANCA
One of the most beautiful villages of the Costa Blanca: Altea

The Costa Blanca can be found on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. With an average annually temperature of 18ºC, it has 250 km of marine coast with plenty of coves, beaches, restaurants, natural landscapes, cliffs, lakes and rivers in the province of Alicante

We bring you here the 11 nicest places and villages to visit at the Costa Blanca.

1. Calpe

Calpe
Penyon d’Ifach Calpe

Among some of the best places to see in Calpe, we can find the Penyon D´Ifach, a wonderful trip crossing the crag through a tunnel and which takes to a (kind of hard) climb of 330m of height, it´s an obligatory visit here.

You should also go and visit “los baños de la reina” at the Calpe coast, used as a fish farm in the past, and where you can take a bath in these particular natural pools nowadays.

2. Denia

Costa Denia

Denia, declared as Creative City of Gastronomy by the UNESCO in 2015, is the capital of the region and has a castle which allows the tourists to walk by the walls of the Muslim period from the XI century and with wonderful views to the sea.

3. Altea

Casco antiguo altea

Famous for the white color of all its walls, with its fishing port and beautiful landscapes such as the Palau de Altea, the promenade or the district of Altea la Vella, the oldest part of the village.

4. Benidorm

La costa de Benidorm
Playa Poniente Benidorm

Nº1 in tourism in both the Costa Blanca and the Valencian Community, there´s not much more to say, but we still want to leave you here an article about the best places to visit in Benidorm, in case you had considered visiting this so beautiful and interesting city.

5. Torrevieja

Laguna rosa Torrevieja
Laguna Rosa Torrevieja

It is a municipality with churches dating from the XVIII century, such as the Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción, or the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario. You can also take a walk by the Paseo del Dique de Levante, the Paso al Faro, or also by its beaches and coves.

You should also know that you can´t leave this location without having visited the famous Laguna Rosa.

6. Granadella beach in Javea

Playa de Javea
Playa La Granadella Jávea

This is one of the most famous beaches of Spain, with its crystal-clear waters, two marine caves that can be visited in kayak (and which can be rented in the same beach) and 2 parkings surrounding the mountain so you can leave your vehicle.

7. Tabarca island

Located at 9km from the Santa Pola’s coast, and with a length of 1800 m and a width of 0.5 km, the island has a large amount of historical wonders, including the walled citadel of Carlos III. There´s also a museum telling us the history of the island.

8. Alicante

Castillo de Santa Barbara
Castillo de Santa Bárbara, Alicante

With one of the most beautiful old quarters of the coast from Alicante in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, Alicante introduces itself as the capital of the province. You´ll find here all the first brand stores, concert and cultural halls.

The Santa Bárbara’s Castle is crowned as the best place to visit in this great city, the access is free and there´s an exhibition at its entrance, which is renovated several times per year.

El Postiguet beach in Alicante

Playa de Alicante

Located next to the port of Alicante, this blue flag beach has a promenade and it´s a real icon of the culture of both the city and the provence; In addition, it´s mentioned in the legendary song “La manta al coll”.

9. Villajoyosa

La Vila Joiosa

There is much to see here in Villajoyosa, capital of the Marina Baixa, this location is famous for its Chocolate’s factory and museum. This is a village built on the ruins of the old Roman city of Allon, being this a place of fishing traditions with port and restaurants just by the sea.

We can find here lots of beautiful landscapes like the Pantano del Amadorio. Also, the Muslims and Christians party takes place here in July, which has been declared of international tourist interest.

10. Fuentes del Algar

Costa Blanca Fuentes del algar

Discover this small natural place comprised of the route of the river to Algar, full of waterfalls and springs that rise from the mountain. This gift of nature can be found at 3km from the center of Callosa d´en Sarrià.

11. Guadalest

Even though it´s not a village from the coast, it is relatively close to the same one and deserves to be mentioned for sure. This small village still preserves its medieval essence, the history contained in the walls of the castle that we can visit, the bars and restaurants and the great variety of museums turn Guadalest into one of the most charming villages to visit in the province of Alicante.

Castell de Guadalest
The Guadalest’s Castle

Why is it called Costa Blanca?

It is said that from the sky, the coast gleams with a bright white color due to the reflection of the sun on the white walls of the buildings and constructions of the villages (like Altea for example), apart from the contrast of colors between the white beaches and coves and the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

Another theory suggests that the British Airways airline used this name with an advertising slogan to promote an air route between London and Valencia in the fifties.

Where is the Costa Blanca?

Map of the Costa Blanca

Mapa Costa Blanca

Villages from the Costa Blanca

  • Denia
  • Jávea
  • Benitatxell
  • Teulada-Moraira
  • Benissa
  • Calpe
  • Altea
  • Alfaz del Pi
  • Benidorm
  • Finestrat
  • Villajoyosa
  • Campello
  • Alicante
  • Elche
  • Santa Pola
  • Guardamar del Segura
  • Torrevieja
  • Orihuela
  • Pilar de la Horadada

How can I arrive at the Costa Blanca?

  • By car: The province of Alicante has the AP-7 Highway and which stops at each municipality of the Costa Blanca
  • By train: We have an AVE Station in the city of Alicante as well as a railway network (RENFE) connecting all the villages of the province of Alicante.
  • By airplane: The Altet airport in Alicante has several connecting flights to both national and international airports

A holidays in the Costa Blanca will be always a safe bet if you´re looking for a nice climate, a high quality gastronomy and to enjoy the best beaches of Spain.

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