Sun, sea and sand are excellent reasons to visit the Costa Blanca, but its attractions
don’t stop there. Inland, you can explore magnificent Natural Parks, wild sierras
and remote hill villages, or visit historic towns with fascinating museums and a
wealth of fabulous architecture. The engaging capital cities of Alicante (Alacant)
and Murcia are crammed with great shops and tapas bars, and a string of lively resorts
along the coast offers splendid beaches, fantastic nightlife and plenty of opportunities
for fun. Best of all, there’s always a secret cove or rugged cape to be discovered
if the crowds get too much.
Northern Costa Blanca
The windswept capes and enticing coves of the northern Costa Blanca have attracted
settlers for thousands of years, but the trickle became a deluge during the 1960’s.
It’s easy to see the allure of the magnificent coastline, with its jagged cliffs
and secret coves of turquoise water, but the coastal strip is only half the story.
Just a few miles inland, remote sierras and lush valleys survive untouched, with
whitewashed villages dreaming on hilltops, waterfalls plunging into natural pools,
and ruined castles and ancient towns recalling an illustrious past.
Southern Costa Blanca
Alicante (Alacant), capital of the Costa Blanca, boosts an enticing old quarter piled
chaotically around the lower slopes of a vast cliff, where a magnificent fortress
has stood guard for 1,000 years. Modern avenues are packed with fantastic shopping,
and the tapeo (a bar crawl between tapas bars) is an institution. Inland, parched
plains give way to mountains riddled with caves and scattered with medieval villages
and ancient castles, which recall the region’s position on the front line between
the Arabic and Christian worlds during the Middle Ages. The modest town of Novelda
is the unexpected setting for an architectural gem from the more recent past. Along
the coastline, long, sandy beaches make up for the lack of dramatic scenery, and
you can escape the crowds on the lovely island of Tabarca. Heading south, the elegant
town of Elx (Elche) is surrounded by ancient palm groves first established by the
Phoenicans, and Orihuela’s affluent and aristocratic history is recalled by a beautiful
ensemble of Gothic churches and Renaissance palaces.
The Costa Blanca has loads to offer from the Natural Beautiful areas of Penyal d’ifac,
Isla Tabarca, Sierra de Epuna and Calblanque. The Resorts such as Benidorm the metropolis
for fun, outdoor and nightlife, Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs not forgetting Terra
Mitica, a huge theme park in "Disney" style well worth a visit.
The golden sandy Beaches with beautiful Lighthouses hidden in with the superb Walks
& drives of the fantastic views of both, the coastline and inland.
The Medieval villages of Guadalest, and Moments of History that everyone can enjoy
with the most amazing Festivals & Events from Mar de Musicas, Misteri d’Elx (Elche)
[Mystery of Elx] and Moros y Christianos [Moors and Christians].
There are loads of unexpected Modernista Gems with plenty of Churches, Monasteries
and Museums to visit and explore plus the local Wine Towns are also gems packed full
There is plenty to look forward to and enjoy with Outdoor Activities and Sports for
all the family and professional alike from Snorkelling & Diving, Adventure Sports,
Hiking & Rock-climbing, Cycling, Golf, Sailing, Bird-watching, Fishing, Horse riding
and other waters sports including Windsurfing, Surfing, Water-skiing and Jet-skiing
and Much More.
The Family Attractions range from Karting La Cala (Karting circuit and racetracks),
Mundomar in Benidorm (a marine park), Terra Mitica (the biggest theme park on the
Costa Blanca), Aquopolis in Torrevieja (a water park) and the Safari Park in Vergel
(Verger) and Much More.
Calblanque is a gorgeous stretch of unspoilt coastline, and one of the Costa Blanca’s
best-kept secrets, plus the golden beaches and quiet coves are peaceful even in the
height of the tourist season.
Castillo de Santa Barbara, Alicante is visible for miles around, Alicante’s dramatic
castle looms high on a dusty pinnacle. Its sturdy ramparts and watchtowers offer
spectacular views over the endless blue of the Mediterranean.
Guadalest is the enchanting hilltop village that sits under the romantic ruins of
a battered castle, and overlooks a beautiful valley with a deep turquoise lake.
Penyal d’lfac (Penon d’lfach) is a designated Natural Park, this extraordinary rock
erupts spectacularly from the sea. The views from the summit are breathtaking.
Casa-Museo Modernista, Novelda every detail of Art Nouveau-style town house is exquisite,
from the sinuous staircase with its vine-leaf motif to the rainbow-coloured skylights.
Sierra de Espuna is a beautiful stretch of forest and craggy peaks, this Natural
Park offers excellent hiking, a wealth of wildlife, and complete peace.
Hort del Cura, Elx (Elche) is a luxuriant garden, the most beautiful corner of the
famous palm groves of Elx, a tranquil enclave of tropical flowers and cactuses shaded
by palm trees.
Isla Tabarca is a tiny island rimmed with rocky coves and sandy beaches, and the
surrounding marine reserve is a paradise for snorkelers and divers.
Palau Ducal, Gandia is a sumptuous Gothic palace magnificently embellished over the
centuries and was home to St Francis of Borja.
Catedral de Santa Maria, Murcia is one of the finest Baroque buildings in Spain several
centuries in the making, with a frilly bell tower, a sumptuous façade and lavishly