Costa Blanca

Although well known for its peaches, oranges, olives, almonds and wine, the Costa Blanca is better known for its beautiful sandy beaches spread over more than 200 kilometres of coastline in the province of Alicante,  Spain between Valencia and La Manga.

The sheltered coves, charming villages and long white sand beaches remained one of Spain’s best kept secrets until the 1960’s when it became accessible to the outside world.

Since the 1960’s the tourism industry in this area has exploded with over 4 million visitors coming to the Costa Blanca each year which in turn has led to a boom in the property market and an influx of revenue which has been used to create stunning golf courses and many other well developed leisure activity sites including Aqualandia and Terra Mitika.

The environment has not been neglected and areas of natural beauty have been conserved and protected leading to a multitude of natural parks and conservation areas well worth visiting. Coastal mountain ranges, inland mountain ranges, wetlands, marshlands, marine reserves, caves, springs, sources and waterfalls are all to be found here. You will probably need a car to explore these fully.

Along the coastline itself there are also many things to do and see. For yachting enthusiasts there are twenty marinas and many magnificent cliffs and small secluded bays to discover whilst sailing along the coast and scuba divers are spoilt for choice with the excellent sites and facilities available. The climate is so mild that water sports such as skiing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and canoeing are widely practised nearly all year round.

The area itself boasts large bustling modern cities with ancient roots such as Alicante and Benidorm and delightful sleepy villages such as Agres and Castell de Castells that have changed little over the last hundred years.

Like elsewhere in Spain there is a strong religious and cultural element which has resulted in some majestic cathedrals and churches together with local festivals and traditions as popular with the residents as the tourists. Monasteries, watchtowers and castles are also prevalent in this area due to its somewhat turbulent but fascinating past including 400 years of wars between the Moors and the Christians to possess this beautiful and fruitful area.

Despite the popularity of the Costa Blanca with tourists it has managed to keep its heritage and unique past in sight whilst managing to develop a modern infrastructure second to none. There are few places that can truly claim to have everything you could want from a holiday destination but this is one; nature lover, sportsperson, sunbather or culture vulture, whatever you like doing, the Costa Blanca is the holiday destination for you.