Spain’s Costa Blanca known, of course, for its white sandy beaches, is the destination of choice for many holidaymakers in Spain. With more than 300 days of a sun a year and temperatures ranging year round from a mild 50F to around 100F at the height of summer, it’s easy to see why.
Benidorm is the most obvious resort that comes to mind in the Costa Blanca. Known for drawing tourists to its gorgeous beaches and lively nightlife, there is plenty for everyone to do. There are a number of affordable hotels for tourists on a budget, such as the Helios Hotel, which is located centrally near the popular Playa Levante beach.
For those who’d prefer to get away from the crowds of Benidorm, there are a great deal of more hidden resorts along this beautiful stretch of coast. Denia is a much more relaxed place to spend a week or two in the sun, but still offers up plenty of activities if you don’t want to spend all your time lazing around on a beach, although this is still a very valid option with its sandy and rocky beaches alike. Denia’s harbour is one of the busiest along the Costa Blanca with daily ferry services to Ibiza and Mallorca. But its most imposing structure is the 900 year old castle overlooking the harbour and the town. Head up here to learn some Spanish culture in the museum or just to see the spectacular views.
To understand a bit more of the Spanish heritage of this beautiful area, check out Elche. With over nine kilometres of those famous sparkling white beaches, you can catch some rays and head into a traditional Spanish restaurant along the sea front for fresh seafood paella in the evening. You can’t miss a visit to the Palmeral de Elche, a World Heritage site with more than 200 palm trees and stunning views.
The village of Finestrat, set against a picturesque backdrop of mountains, is typical of a Moorish town in the south of Spain. The Cala Finestrat, one of Costa Blanca’s most stunning beaches, sits in the shadow of the mighty Puig Campana Mountain. It is close enough to enjoy all the sights of Benidorm, but far enough away to get a bit of peace and quiet too. Get yourself lost wandering the winding streets of the town to uncover some true Spanish culture.
Guardamar del Segura is the beach capital of the Costa Blanca. But aside from its relaxing stretches of golden sands, it is home to two large natural salt lakes called the Salinas de Guardamar. These lakes are part of an official Spanish Nature Reserve and are home to heaps of birds and wildlife. The warm salt water is said to have medicinal properties, so make sure to take a dip while you’re there. You won’t find a single skyscraper here, and it is not at all commercialised – perfect for those who want to get off the beaten tourist track and experience a bit of ‘real Spain’.