Nicknamed ‘the white coast’ and situated in the south east of Spain, Costa Blanca is an ideal holiday haven. Travellers in search of dreamy climes have been flocking to the area for decades, with resorts such as Benidorm and Torrevieja providing sea front cityscapes and the lesser known Denia and the Orba Valley boasting authentic Spanish charm. This area enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, explaining why it is the most popular region in the country for those seeking holiday homes and is a sure bet for those in search of a sun-drenched break.
Experience the best of Benidorm with a sun-kissed Costa Blanca holiday at the RH Princesa Hotel and Spa. This superb abode is located close to Playa de Lavante beach and features facilities for all the family to enjoy, including a splash zone for the...
Embrace sun-kissed days of relaxation or fun with a phenomenal Benidorm holiday at the RH Corona Del Mar Beach Hotel, on Spain’s magnificent Costa Blanca coast. Boasting impressive onsite facilities, such as an outdoor pool with a children’s slide, a...
Embrace indulgent relaxation surrounded by the lush, tropical foliage of the Far East, right here in Europe, with a stay at the luxurious Asia Gardens Hotel and Thai Spa. Sitting on the outskirts of the popular Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm, this...
Embrace relaxation, romance or blissful rejuvenation with an indulgent Mediterranean holiday at the 5-star Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort and Spa. This luxurious sanctuary is an ideal choice for couples, families and solo travellers, offering...
A haven of relaxation, fun and Mediterranean beauty awaits you during a holiday at the SH Villa Gadea Resort and Thalasso in the picturesque Costa Blanca resort of Altea. Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the beach, this sun-kissed sanctuary...
The magnificent Suitopia Sol Y Mar Suites Hotel welcomes you to share magical family moments during a sun-kissed Spanish holiday in the Costa Blanca resort of Calpe. An ideal choice for fun or relaxation, this modern retreat features swimming pools,...
A feast for the senses is on the menu on Spain’s Costa Blanca coast with a stay at the mouth-watering Cookbook Gastro Boutique Hotel and Spa. The perfect choice for those with a taste for blissful relaxation and exquisite cuisine, this stylish retreat...
Costa Blanca is home to some of the most impressive beaches in Spain - this region is a magnet for fun-seeking holidaymakers who flock there every year for a generous helping of sun, sea and sand.
The magical Costa Blanca has an impressive stretch of more than 200km of beaches, ranging from long and sandy family-oriented expanses at the region’s most popular resorts to quiet and secluded coves in more intimate locations.
Many of Costa Blanca’s beaches have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, meaning they meet stringent standards relating to cleanliness, safety, water bathing quality and environmental management.
It you are looking for some fun-packed time on the sand with your family, look no further than lively Levante Beach in Costa Blanca’s capital Benidorm. It’s an obvious location for some traditional sunbathing and sandcastle building, but there are so many other activities going on there including paragliding, wakeboarding, banana boat rides, pedalos, jet-skiing and windsurfing.
This beachfront is lined from end to end with an impressive range of gift shops, bars and restaurants to keep any family happy day and night. If you are staying in a Benidorm hotel and want to spend time on a quieter beach then nearby Poniente Beach is a more suitable choice for you.
Alicante is a great place for couples or families to enjoy the perfect beach holiday. There’s plenty going on at Playa San Juan which features playgrounds for children, fitness areas and a host of thrilling water sports. A range of bars and restaurants running the length of the beach means you will be well-catered for when it comes to food and drink during your holiday. Other excellent Alicante beaches are El Salar, Cabo de Huertas, La Albufereta and Agua Amarga.
There are some superb beaches along the 20km coastline at the resort of Javea. The main one is Playa del Arenal where you’ll find a bustling promenade and a range of activities going on including volleyball and football. Playa La Grava is a delightful beach next to Javea marina and Cala Ambolo is a quiet white sandy beach which permits nude bathing and is a popular haunt for snorkellers.
Torrevieja has some fantastic beaches with Playa del Cura being the most popular one - this is renowned for having an extensive range of water sports available for some exciting action in the Mediterranean Sea.
Other Costa Blanca resorts which make a great choice for a beach holiday include Denia, Calpe, Guardamar, Santa Polo and Teulada-Moraira.
A day trip by Ferry over to the quaint island of Tabarca is recommended if you are holidaying on the Costa Blanca. You’ll find a small sandy beach and some hidden coves which are ideal for diving and snorkelling. Tabarca is Spain’s smallest inhabited island and is a brilliant location for a picnic or dining at one of its lovely little restaurants.
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There are plenty of traditional events, fiestas and festivals in Costa Blanca which allow you to immerse yourself in the culture of the region during your holiday in the sun. A host of sporting, music, cultural and historical celebrations all year round mean there’s something that will appeal to families and couples alike. Here are some of the main festivals and events.
Benidorm has more than 50 fiestas each year and this popular event is held before the beginning of Lent and features fireworks shows and plenty of parties for adults and children. A magnificent parade is held with dozens of colourful floats taking to the streets and revellers donning fancy dress costumes. The event ends on Shrove Tuesday with a unique ritual called the Burial of the Sardine which symbolises burying the past.
The Hogueras de San Juan
This celebration in June is an amalgamation of the pagan celebration of the summer solstice and the Christian feast of San Juan. Giant paper maché figures are paraded around the streets of Alicante, with dancing and live music running into the early hours. The event culminates with a palm-tree shaped firework being ignited at Alicante castle and the Hogueras figures being set alight.
Las Fallas (Fire Festival)
This festival is held to honour Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, and is staged for 5 days in March. The festival features daily firework contests and sees the lighting of large paper maché figures. The fire festival is held in many Costa Blanca locations including Valencia, Benidorm, Denia, Gandia and Calpe.
Moros y Cristianos
Celebrated from April 21-24 in Alcoy in Alicante, this festival is held to mark Spain’s liberation from Muslim rule at the Battle of Alcoy in 1725. The festivities see the re-enactment of the battle and people dressing up in Moor or Christian costumes. A feast of music, dancing and firework displays make this a truly memorable event for anyone holidaying in the Costa Blanca.
Feria de Mayo
This is a massive street party held in May in Torrevieja which features equestrian displays, flamenco dancing, live music and a myriad of other lively activities.
You’ll find many of Spain’s most popular dishes on the menu when staying in Costa Blanca including the classic favourites of paella and tapas - but the region has a few of its own specialities.
Fideua is a type of paella with a Valencian twist that features noodles instead of rice. As with paella, it can be prepared with a range of vegetables, meats or seafoods including king prawns, monkfish, crab and crayfish.
Arroz a banda is a popular Coasta Blancan rice dish which is cooked in fish stock, garlic and peppers, while Olla Churra is a wonderful stew made with vegetable, beans, sausages and meats.
Salazones are a range of salted fish dishes often served as part of a tapas meal which can include anchovies, tuna, cod or octopus.
Esgarrat is a favourite in Costa Blanca which features cod, red peppers and garlic.
All i Pebre is a mouth-watering stew which consists of chunks of eel and potato mixed with a generous helping of thick pepper and garlic sauce.
Toast with Jamón Ibérico is a simple but scrumptious snack enjoyed across the Costa Blanca. It features delicious Iberian ham which is a renowned race of Spanish pigs called Black Imperial.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love Bunelo which are fried dough balls. They are often coated in sugar and dipped in thick hot chocolate.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a great place to dine in Costa Blanca – among the many eating places which have a great reputation for serving delicious meals are Amigos Restaurant and Roof Terrace in Benidorm, Aticcook Bruno Ruiz in Denia, Oustau French restaurant in Altea, Bonamb Restaurant in Javea and Falafelmania, a popular vegetarian restaurant in Alicante.