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About Costa Blanca
Despite being popular, the Costa Blanca seems to have enough beautiful white coastline to go around. About 200kms worth. And most of the best places to stay in the Costa Blanca are well situated to make the most of this. So even in peak season you can find a peaceful cove, if that's your preference. But of course you can also find yourself a party beach! Stay in a lively resort, a mid-sized town or a small village.
This sunny strip of Mediterranean coast at the bottom of Spain has long been one of Europe's best known beach getaways. Which shows in the crazy wealth of things you can do here. As well as every watersport under the sun, there's also everything from world class golf courses to bungee jumping. Plus plenty of choice when it comes to eating and nightlife, and masses of colourful local events to keep you entertained.
With multiple international airports serving the region the Costa Blanca is both your sunny party capital, and an easy place to fly and flop. Southern Costa Blanca is where you can find the biggest resorts, Benidorm, Calpe, ex-pat favourite Torrevieja. And Alicante, which offers more of a beach-side city break experience. While the northern coastline is dotted with smaller towns and villages, and the larger port and city of Valencia for those want a bit of action.
If your aim is to be in Costa Blanca for 'the season' BOOK AHEAD, but if you're not fussed about visiting in July or August you'll find fewer accommodation options - not everywhere stays open all year - but much lower prices. And this sunny part of Span makes a excellent base for exploring inland, where you'll find traditional style villages hardly touched by tourism.
To fly and flop
La Madrugada offers reliable sunshine and sea views a short distance from the coast, in a town with a decent market and plenty of nice local scenery.
For a family beach break
If you're travelling with kids try Aqualandia, Europe's largest water park, of big brash Terra Mitica, Benidorm's thumping theme park. Or for the whole family, maybe a sailing day trip or two? Or a visit to Terra Natura, a cross between a zoo and a theme park.
- Casa del Maco is one of the best places to stay on the Costa Blanca for families, a rustic, elegant hotel surrounded by olive groves, almond orchards and vineyards - so make as much noise as you like!
For fishing village chic
Not all of the old fishing village charm has been concreted over. There are still a few small pockets of lovely 'old town' to be discovered. If that's what you're looking for try Javea of Altea. If you're looking for a hidden paradise seek out Granadella Beach, just outside Javea. And if you're looking for a picturesque, traditional mountain village visit Gaudalest, 30mins drive from Altea.
- If you choose Altea, consider staying at La Serena, which is right in the heart of Altea's old town, yet also has lovely sea views - it's only three blocks from the beach. La Serena is also one of the best places to stay on the Costa Blanca for foodies. Their restaurant is part of the "Slow Food" movement, serving very locally sourced ingredients and running their own bread and pasta making courses.
For a sunny city break
Alicante is more than just a gateway to the coastline, it's a pretty dynamic regional capital, with a very Spanish feel. Most of the interesting sights are found in the charming old town - the 16th Century castle of Santa Barbara, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, and some excellent restaurants - so pop in for a day trip?
- If you're not too fussed with being right on the beach stay at the Hospes Amérigo which is good for a bit of modern, city break glamour. This chic hotel offers gourmet cuisine and poolside pampering, with stunning views of Santa Barbara Castle, and it's only 300 metres from the beach.
Best Hotels in Costa Blanca
La Madrugada 8 rooms from $99Benissa, Costa Blanca
A delightful country escape surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and not far from the coast. A sunny house with a swimming pool, lovely gardens, and charming rooms. A great choice for a couple's weekend away.Views - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Jalon market every Saturday.Sights nearby - Guadalest mountain village.Great walks - Cordillera Penibetica.Recommended by - Sawdays
Casa del Maco 5 rooms from $99Benissa-Lleus, Costa Blanca
A rustic elegant hotel in a stunning valley setting with views over olive groves, almond orchards and vineyards. Charming rooms have wooden beams and chintzy furnishings. Fantastic food served by arrangement. Swimming pool, luscious gardens, and plenty to do in the hills and on the coast.Garden - Stunning gardens overlook vineyards, almond orchards and olive groves.Views - Fantastic views down to the coastSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Cuatre Finques 6 rooms from $103Alicante, Costa Blanca
A sweet six bedroom home in the Xalo valley, offering elegant white on white interiors and rooms with private balconies and spectacular views. The hosts are very warm and helpful and prepare a wonderful set menu for meals. Guests may wine, dine, cycle or hike in the area. Chic and comfortable.Country Escape - A perfect getaway, located in a small Spanish wine making town, ideal for a break from city life.Local exploring - There are several Spanish towns within easy reach, many with interesting shops and boutiques.Great walks - Maps are provided outlining the lovely walks in the area, as well as a guide to the flora and fauna.Swimming Pool - All outdoor pool for guestsRecommended by - I Escape
Hospes Amérigo 55 rooms from $128Alicante
Gourmet cuisine and pool-side pampering at this chic hotel. Centrally positioned in the historic district of Alicante with stunning views of the cathedral and Santa Barbara Castle - and only 300 metres from the beach. Sophisticated city style.Foodies - Gourmet cuisine at el Monastrell Restaurant.CitySpa breaksCity StyleRecommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
La Serena 9 rooms from $144Altea, Costa Blanca
A contemporary chic hotel in the old town of Altea. Lovely sea views, beautiful creamy rooms with balconies, a swimming pool and terrace, and lots of activities on the beach and in the hills around. A great beach spot for families.Views - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Located in the heart of Altea's old townCooking classes - Bread and pasta making coursesSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Sawdays
La Escondida 12 rooms from $146Penáguila, Costa Blanca
Restored 17th Century manor in the hills above the Costa Blanca with amazing views. Bedrooms are rustic chic with exposed wooden beams, wooden floors and luxury mod cons. Elegant outdoor seating area and relaxing sitting room. Indoor & outdoor pools, spa & tennis court. A grown up Spanish hideaway.Total relaxation - Come here for a complete break - there are plenty of activities on site, or you can simply chill by the pool with a good book.Great walks - There is a wide array of wonderful walking and hiking routes close by, suitable for all abilities.Views - Panoramic view over the surrounding countrysideSwimming Pool - indoor and outdoorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Caro Hotel 26 rooms from $156Valencia, Costa Blanca
A Five Star luxury boutique in old town Valencia. Enormous neutral rooms and mezzanines with sumptuous beds and sky light windows. An excellent Mediterranean restaurant and lively roof top terrace bar. A sleek and stylish spot.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Romantic BreakCity StyleSights nearby - In the heart of the old town close to the Cathedral and Turia gardens
Hotel Swiss Moraira 36 rooms from $157Moraira-Teulada, Costa Blanca
A colonial style property just five minutes from stunning beaches. Luxurious rooms feature intricately carved wooden furniture, romantic dark hues and asian artwork. A glorious spa will aide complete relaxation. Find Mediterranean gastronomy at its finest in the restaurant. Pure bliss.Beach Life - Just five minutes from a lovely sandy beach, and the on site restaurant serves excellent seafood.Total relaxation - A glorious spa, tranquil surrounds and complete privacy. The perfect place to unwind.Sights nearby - Explore Altea's Old Town cobblestone streets and enjoy its pretty coastal views.Great walks - Wander along the picturesque Altea's Harbour.
Hospes Palau de la Mar 60 rooms from $169Valencia
This restored palace nestles in the pulse of the city - in the swish L'Eixample district. It provides an oasis of calm - spa relaxation and gourmet delights - with its immaculately chic furnishings. True city style and pampering in an outstanding location.CityPalaceChicElegantRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers
Mas de Canicatti 16 rooms from $172Valencia
A contemporary spa hotel in a traditional farmhouse. A hideaway romantically set amongst orange groves with views of the surrounding mountains. Total relaxation in a glorious setting. Great for a spa break or a secluded romantic getaway.Views - Views over the groves and mountains.Garden - Set in a 130-acre orange orchard.Remote - Hideaway.RuralRecommended by - I Escape, Relais & Chateaux