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Costa Blanca

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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. Most of the best places to stay on 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 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. Alicante 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.

What not to miss:

  • Unwind on the beautiful swathes of white sand beach.
  • Play a round of golf on one of the many world-class courses.
  • Participat in a variety of watersports from kitesurfing to banana boating.
  • Head inland and explore the quaint traditional villages and picturesque countryside.

For the best places to stay on the Costa Blanca during 'the season' be sure to 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. This sunny part of Spain makes an excellent base for exploring inland, where you'll find traditional style villages hardly touched by tourism, and beautiful dramatic scenery.

The best places to stay in Costa Blanca

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, or 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 or 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. It's also perfect if you're looking for romance - there are only 12 rooms and no chlidren in sight!

For a sunny city stay

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.

  • For a city break with a seaside spot, you really can't beat Hotel Balandret. It's a stylish modern property right be the beach with the added bonus of a chic restaurant serving classic Mediterranean cuisine. What's more it's family friendly too!
  • 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.
  • Caro Hotel is 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.
  • This restored palace nestles in the pulse of the city - in the swish L'Eixample district. Hospes Palau de la Mar provides an oasis of calm - spa relaxation and gourmet delights - with its immaculately chic furnishings.

For a rural escape

  • Cuatre Finques is 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.
  • La Escondida is a 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.
  • The architectural Vivood Hotel offers stand-alone accommodation built into the hills outside Benimantell. Their rooms are contemporary and chic with floor-to-ceiling windows offering fantastic views of the area.

For spa breaks

  • Hotel Swiss Moraira is 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.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • The airport of Alicante (MJV) is situated right in the center of the Costa Blanca, from here all the beach resorts can be easily accessed. By train, from Alicante there are connections to Madrid (via Albacete), Valencia, Cartagena, Almeria and Catalonia (Barcelona)
  • Weather-wise the best time to visit is during the summer months from May to October with temperatures peaking in August around 29 °C.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

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