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Best places to stay on the 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.

Costa BlancaFickr user David Sanz

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.

GuadalestFickr user Dave Wing

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.

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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

  • 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

  • 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.

La Serena

  • 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.

Hotel Balandret

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Still not sure?

  • La Madrugada 8 rooms from $109

    Benissa, Valencia Region

    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 hotel
    Local markets  -  Jalon market every Saturday.
    Sights nearby  -  Guadalest mountain village.
    Great walks  -  Cordillera Penibetica.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Casa del Maco 5 rooms from $109

    Benissa-Lleus, Valencia Region

    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 coast
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • La Serena 12 rooms from $189

    Altea

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  With just twelve gorgeous bedrooms and no children in sight, this is ideal for a holiday a deux!
    Views  -  Stunning views over the rooftops to the sea
    Spa  -  Small wellness area with sauna, hammam, ice fountain, hot tub and various showers
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Altea's old town
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hotel Balandret 21 rooms from $123

    Valencia

    A stylish modern hotel facing onto Las Arenas Beach in Valencia. The elegant rooms are comfortable and spacious with many offering excellent Mediterranean sea vistas. Well suited to families with young children.

    Families  -  With a kids club and excellent multi-person suites, it's ideal for a family holiday to Valencia.
    Beach Life  -  A stunning beach-chic proerty standing right on the seafront of Las Arenas Beach.
    Great walks  -  Lovely walking in the nearby Jardí de Túria Gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the fabulous Covento de Santo Domingo.
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  • Hospes Palau de la Mar 60 rooms from $185

    Valencia

    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.

    City
    Palace
    Chic
    Elegant
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers
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  • Hotel Caro 26 rooms from $156

    Valencia

    Designed by Francesc Rifé, Hotel Caro is a stunning hotel in the heart of Valencia. Housed in a 19th century palace, the design mixes historic features with a chic modern aesthetic. With central Valencia on the doorstep, it's a perfect for a romantic city break.

    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, Barrio del Carmen and Valencia Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Take a magnificent walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town of Valencia.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Hospes Amérigo 55 rooms from $141

    Alicante

    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.
    City
    Spa breaks
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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  • La Escondida 12 rooms from $160

    Penáguila, Valencia Region

    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 countryside
    Swimming Pool  -  indoor and outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Cuatre Finques 6 rooms from $113

    Alicante, Valencia Region

    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 guests
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Swiss Moraira 36 rooms from $171

    Moraira-Teulada, Valencia Region

    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.
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  • Vivood 24 rooms from $171

    Valencia Region

    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. Get away from it all and feel utterly rejuvenated at this adult-only property!

    Country Escape  -  At the tranquil and rural Vivood you'll feel a million miles away from all your worries
    Total relaxation  -  Peaceful surroundings, massages available and no kids-what more could you ask for?
    Writing a novel  -  Sit out on the balcony and let the gorgeous views inspire your creativity!
    Sights nearby  -  Head over to Algar Waterfalls or Terra Natura to explore the beautiful scenery
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Written by Sarah Empson

posted Saturday, 7th April
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