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Costa Blanca holidays

Soft, sandy beaches stretch around 200 kilometres along Spain’s ‘White Coast’. Resorts like Benidorm – the good-times magnet with a busy town and all-lit-up after-dark scene – and the old fishing village of Calpe are just part of the fun. Think traditional towns and lapping waves, and you won’t be disappointed.

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

starts from €1.50

3 course meal

from €7.95

Flight times

2.5-3.5hrs

Stunning coast

The Costa Blanca’s coastline is utterly gorgeous, with never-ending beaches, towering cliffs and tucked-away coves. A little way inland, you’ve got mountains and pine forests, plus the salt marshes that draw in flocks of flamingos and other curious birds. It’s a glorious wild shoreline.

Resorts for everyone

Classic Spanish villages dotted across the Costa Blanca all have their own character. Take Benidorm – it’s the biggest and best-known resort in the area, totally teeming with life, and couldn’t scream better value if it tried. Albir is a little more laid-back, while Calpe’s all about authentic España.

Vibrant cities

Alicante should be high on your list. Take advantage of the photo opportunities sweeping all the way from up on the hillside to down in the city. Don’t miss the covered markets or golden beaches. Stylish Valencia, with its parks and pretty old town, makes for a great day trip.

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Calpe

The core of the Costa Blanca, the former fishing village of Calpe is a hit with holidaymakers who like a dose of history with their beach-based relaxation.

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Benidorm

With incredible value, and what might just be the most idyllic, sun-soaked beaches in Spain, it’s not surprising that people of all ages just can’t stop coming back to Benidorm.

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Jalon Valley

Pinky-purple almond blossom trees, olive and orange groves, and lush vineyards make up this glorious hilly landscape.

Beaches

Whether you’re a relaxer or a fun seeker, Costa Blanca’s beaches have something for all. Check out the water sports on Benidorm’s Blue Flag-awarded beach or head to Alicante for 7km of soft golden sand. Calpe’s the place to be if you’re looking for a lively promenade, and this one’s packed with bars, restaurants and shops.

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Altea Beach

Altea Beach

Altea, Costa Blanca

If it’s tranquillity you’re after, Altea beach is a good place to head for. It’s a pebbly stretch and so doesn’t attract the sun-, sea- and sand-seeking throngs. A stroll along the promenade as the sun sets is...
Calas de Calpe

Calas de Calpe

Calpe, Costa Blanca

The sun-drenched Calas de Calpe boasts 13 kilometres of coastline with crystal-clear waters. The long sandy urban beaches of Arenal-Bol and La Fossa-Levante offer great facilities. And beyond the town you’ll...

Sights

Birdwatchers and nature lovers will find lots to do in Calpe, and the sunset here is truly stunning. History and culture lovers in search of an authentic Spanish experience should head to the old hilltop villages of Altea and Guadalest – straight out of the pages of a fairytale.

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Albir Lighthouse

Albir Lighthouse

Albir, Costa Blanca

A popular way to spend a day in Albir is by taking a walk up to the lighthouse, El Faro. When you get there, you’ll be rewarded with some impressive vistas. It’s 2.5 kilometres to the top, so bring a water of...
Balcon del Mediterraneo

Balcon del Mediterraneo

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

The Balcon del Mediterraneo is aptly named – stand on this little balcony and you’ll get a panoramic view of the sea, with the marina and beaches thrown in for good measure. After you’ve drunk in the view, why...

Activities

If you’re into your sports, you’ll love it here. There’s cycling routes, scenic walks, horse riding and water sports – so keeping active comes with many options! Families will be spoilt for choice in Costa Blanca too, with tons of fun-filled attractions to keep the kids happy.

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Aiguera Park

Aiguera Park

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Aiguera Park is a hidden pocket of calm that connects Benidorm’s commercial centre to the old town. Seek it out for a leisurely stroll along the tiled pathway, or rest a while on one of the benches and enjoy...
Albir Golf

Albir Golf

Albir, Costa Blanca

Practise your drive and your putt at the landscaped gem that is Albir Golf, right in the centre of town. And best of all, you can access the grounds and enjoy the trees and shrubs for free! It’s within easy...

Eating and drinking

Arroz – rice – is the thing here, with more varieties of paella than you can shake a stick at. Look out for paella made with fresh local seafood that’s served in restaurants across the area. If you love sweets, try turron, hard nougat made from sugar, honey and egg whites and sprinkled with nuts.

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Amigos Bistro by Nas & Dino

Amigos Bistro by Nas & Dino

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Run by brothers Nas and Dino, the Amigos Bistro on Poniente beach, Benidorm, is a bit of a local institution. You’ll get a super-friendly welcome and then you’ll get to sit back and enjoy the spectacular views...
Calas de Calpe

Calas de Calpe

Calpe, Costa Blanca

The long expanse of different stretches of beach here presents lots of options for eating and drinking, from traditional tapas and seafood to popular international dishes. Some of the bars are set right on the...

Shopping

You’ll find both the big brand names and smaller boutiques in Alicante. The area is dotted with weekly markets that take place in various resorts. You’ll pick up some real bargains here if you take the time to explore – so be sure to get along early to snap up the bargains.

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Altea Street Market

Altea Street Market

Altea, Costa Blanca

The Altea market is held every Tuesday and is a mecca for bargain hunters. If you’re on the lookout for affordable but great quality Spanish leather goods and jewellery, make this a port of call. You can also...
Benidorm flea market

Benidorm flea market

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Sharpen your elbows for El Cisne Rastro flea market on Sundays. This popular place is a mish-mash of old coins, clothes and colourful flowers, with bargain-hunters arriving well before 9am. Get ready to haggle...

Nightlife

Benidorm is the liveliest resort on the Costa Blanca, with everything from cutting-edge clubbing to family nights out in friendly bars and restaurants. Calpe is great for live music, while Albir is the place to enjoy a bottle of wine with friends in a restaurant or bar.

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English Square

English Square

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Benidorm has a buzzing nightlife and is packed full of fantastic bars and clubs. Head to the English Square for cheesy disco tunes and dancing till dawn, and where the drinks are always flowing! Try Sinatra’s...
La Mascarada

La Mascarada

Altea, Costa Blanca

Chill out with a cocktail on the terrace at this nightclub – if it’s a cool night, there are blankets on the seats so you can snuggle up while you watch people milling about the Old Town. It’s a lovely place to...
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