ABOUT COSTA BLANCA
The Costa Blanca is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean Spanish Costas.
In the Costa Blanca we find big tourist cities, with modern infrastructure skyscrapers, such as Benidorm, to small Mediterranean villages where time seems to have stopped as in the old town of Altea, the Valle de Guadalest, or the colorful houses of the old town in Villajoyosa.
With its comfortable climate, it’s not too hot in the summer (sometimes it can be), and mild during winters, which makes it one of the healthiest climates in the world according to the World Health Organization.
The area is known for its landscaped such as mountains, green vineyards, and orange, and almond trees, and it has over 300 days of sun, offering sunshine almost all year round.
The Costa Blanca is also one of the European areas with the most Blue Flags, all certified by the European community for its crystal clear water and excellent facilities.
This Mediterranean pearl is not only beach, sun & sea. You’ll also find extensive amenities like shopping centers, excellent restaurants for all tastes and budgets, beautiful golf courses and marinas, together with international schools and medical facilities.
The Costa Blanca is definitely the closest thing to what we call a paradise, and we look forward to having you here too.
JEWELS OF THE COSTA BLANCA
The Costa Blanca has it all, from its landscapes of the Sierra Helada and the Sierra de Bernia dominating the place, to the wonderful Peñón de Ifach in Calpe, the marine reserve of Denia or Benissa, to the scenery of Jávea, where you can visit the wonderful Javea Scenic Viewpoints Route. In addition, many natural parks that stretch along these shores, delight hikers and nature lovers. The Costa Blanca is an authentic jewel of the Mediterranean.
The Costa Blanca is a cosmopolitan region where approximately 1,200,000 inhabitants, of which 28% are foreigners, live. The friendliness of its people, its rich cuisine, the many festivals, and traditions, as well as its privileged climate for decades, have attracted millions of local and foreign tourists.
The Costa Blanca has a fantastic climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year and an average of 21 degrees, with mild winters and hot summers; any time of the year is good to visit.
This region has over 200 km of coastline, with spectacular beaches and coves. It holds an average of 74 beaches awarded with the Blue Flag by the EU for its quality and services, 60 beaches, and 14 ports which are one of the main attractions.
Nature at The Costa Blanca
As previously stated, the Costa Blanca is not only a destination for sun and beaches. Nature lovers will also find their little paradise as they can enjoy numerous natural parks like Parque Natural Mongó, Sierra Helada, Peñón de Ifach, Las Salinas, or Sierra Gelada where they can go hiking and go on trips with the whole family.
The presence of different cultures through this territory has left its mark in the form of important historical heritage in this region, since archaeological remains of the Roman, Greek, Phoenician and Iberian have been found. The selection of museums and monuments is infinite: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Alicante, Museo Arqueológico, Casa Modernista or Santuario de María Magdalena, Baños de la Reina and fortifications, walled villages, towers, Castillo de Alicante, Castillo de Santa Bárbara in Alicante, Castillo de Guadalest, and much more.
Costa Blanca Festivities
The Costa Blanca is synonymous with holidays and has a full calendar of festivities and traditions where religious and pagan festivals are mixed. This is one of the regions of Spain where most holidays are celebrated, being summer, the height of all this tradition. One of the most prominent and celebrated festivities in almost all the municipalities of the Costa Blanca is the Moros y Cristianos festivity where color, music, and the smell of gunpowder flood everything. Also, widely celebrated is the night of San Juan, the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of all fishermen, the world-famous Fallas or the “Bous a la mar” are some of the many festivals and most important traditions of this region.
The 141 municipalities of the province of Alicante offer visitors a host of leisure and tourism activities. From Denia to Calpe, via Benidorm to Santa Pola and Torrevieja… the Costa Blanca offers visitors a great cultural offering, a broad historical heritage, delicious cuisine, and endless beaches, coves, and cliffs to enjoy the sea.
Benefits of Living at the Costa Blanca
1. Sunshine at the Costa Blanca
With over 300 sunny days a year, the Costa Blanca receives a bountiful supply of golden rays of sunshine.
It is a well-known fact that climate and lifestyle affect health. People who live in warm, sunny climates are generally happier and much more relaxed than those who live in cold, wet climates.
An added benefit? If you move to Spain, you will never have to leave the country for your summer holiday!
2. Costa Blanca Natural beauty
Spain has some truly exceptional natural resources.
Here, you’re guaranteed to find a little bit of everything. Lakes, mountains, volcanoes, marshes, forests, valleys, cliffs, and, of course, beautiful beaches. The country’s wide diversity of landscapes never ceases to amaze us, or the estimated 40 million tourists who come to visit every year.
3. Pace of life at the Costa Blanca.
While the siesta is not as common as it once was, generally Spaniards have a more relaxed approach to life.
They work to live, not the other way round. We can say from experience that the pace of life is definitely more leisurely here, and the emphasis is on savoring time with friends and family.
Spaniards tend to live a little bit “later” than the rest of Europe, especially when it comes to meals. If you meet Spaniards, do not expect to have lunch before 2 pm or dinner before 9 pm. And be ready for a lunch break that can last up to two hours!
Since many of us are from outside of Spain, we can say that the pace of life here is a welcome change. With the great climate, friendly people, and fantastic food, we have little to complain about in our new home!
4. Costa Blanca’s Healthcare.
The World Health Organisation named the Spanish healthcare system as one of the top 10 in the world. And in our experience living here, its reputation is well-deserved.
Whether you go to a hospital or in one of the many walk-in clinics, the medical staff are well-trained, professional, friendly, and will attend to you in your language. Spanish facilities are state-of-the-art, well-equipped, and clean, and the Costa Blanca is no exception.
5. Food and drinks at the Costa Blanca.
Every day the international prestige of Spanish gastronomy continues to grow. We guarantee that you will enjoy healthy, imaginative, and, above all, highly varied cuisine when you come to Spain. In fact, the Mediterranean diet Spain is famous for was recognized by UNESCO for its cultural significance. They recognized, as we do, that the Mediterranean diet goes beyond just the food it consists of. It’s the culture that Spain promotes around this diet: social interaction, respect for the environment and biodiversity, and preservation of traditional activities connected to local agriculture and fishing.
6. Costa Blanca’s Culture and people.
Spain is incredibly diverse in history and culture. We like to say that we have several countries in one! We even have 3 national languages apart from Spanish (Catalan, Gallego, and Basque). As a result, the country has an outstanding multicultural heritage. And you can see it in all areas of Spanish social life, especially in the variety of fiestas or festivals around the country.
Famous extravaganzas like the bull-running in Pamplona (San Fermín), Sevilla’s Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, Valencia’s Las Fallas, or the Moors and Christians festival in towns in the Costa Blanca are all well worth a visit. But each village, town, and city has its own monthly schedule of saints’ days and feast days too. And because they have specific significance to the local community, they are likely to be more meaningful and entertaining for you as well.
Locals are always eager to share their culture and language with visitors. Don’t be surprised if you are invited to take part in the festivities!
7. The Costa Blanca Family life.
The notion of family has a deep-rooted importance in the Spanish way of life, and we’re sure you’ll feel right at home the moment you arrive.
In Spain, it’s not uncommon to walk into a restaurant or bar and see entire families sitting together, day or night. Whether you are in a major city or a rural village, Spanish social traditions provide special attention to children. This excellent treatment also extends to the rest of the family.
Come and discover a warm, welcoming country with the best infrastructure for families, where your little ones will be looked after like nowhere else.
8. Outdoor activities at the Costa Blanca.
There is no better place to be an outdoor enthusiast than in Spain. You can enjoy a variety of sporting and recreational activities. No matter where you travel on the peninsula or on the islands, there is a wide range of specialized packages, companies, and guides all around the country.
Here you can go sailing, cycling, hiking, improve your golf swing, or try paddling around at the beach. And in the winter, you can go skiing in the Sierra Nevadas in the south, or the Pyrenees in the north.
With the Spanish sunshine and the warm climate, you can indulge in your favorite outdoor sports all year round.
9. Costa Blanca Location.
Splendid beaches, delicious cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and lively fiestas all make Spain one of Europe’s best getaways. Because Spain encompasses several autonomous regions and islands, the country boasts one of the most widely diverse cultures and landscapes on the continent.
The Costa Blanca in particular is very well communicated with central European countries and Great Britain. The airports of Valencia and Alicante are just an hour away and offer daily flights from and to a large number of different European cities. By car, Costa Blanca can easily be reached over the motorway AP7.
10. Safety & peace of mind at the Costa Blanca.
Spain’s high quality of life, healthy year-round climate, and easy access to nature are also complemented with modern services in different European languages, such as world-class medical assistance and various amenities. According to the OCDE statistics, Spain has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Costa Blanca particularly is quite idyllic, and a very safe destination for tourists and business people alike. You will rarely find any serious crimes committed here.
Top 10 Vacation Spots in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca as a whole is worth a visit, and the top locations within this beautiful white coast may differ depending on personal opinion – but according to research, these are the most popular and visited spots of the Costa Blanca: Moraira, Benissa, Benitachell, Calpe, Javea, Teulada, Benidorm, Albir, Alfaz del Pi, Finestrat, La Nucia
7 Interesting Things to Do in Costa Blanca
Offering things to do for all ages and personalities, here are 7 very interesting things to do when you come to the Costa Blanca. Most of them you can reach driving for an hour or two, so definitely work your way around the area and visit them all!
Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante
Santa Bárbara Castle is a fortification in the center of Alicante, Spain. It stands on Mount Benacantil.
Mundomar is a animal theme park located in Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain. It is the sister park to the water park Aqualandia directly adjacent to it and with which it shares the same car park. There is a viewing area at the top of Mundomar next to the Dolphinarium, which gives a view of the majority of Aqualandia. Many different species can be viewed at Mundomar, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins, meerkats and many more marine and land animals. There are dolphin, sea lion, and parrot displays several times a day at the park, where visitors can watch trained handlers interacting with the animals, and putting on spectacular shows. Mundomar is usually open from February to December.
Penyal d’Ifac Natural Park is a natural park situated in Calpe, in the Valencian Community, Spain. The Penyal d’Ifac is a massive limestone outcrop emerging from the sea and linked to the shore by rock debris. It is home to numerous rare plants, including a number of endemic species, and over 300 species of animals, and a nesting site for colonies of sea birds and other birds. Rising to 332 metres high, the rock is a striking visual feature of the Mediterranean coastline. Historically it was known to the Phoenicians as the Northern Rock, to distinguish it from its southern counterpart, the Rock of Gibraltar. Behind Penyal d’Ifac is a large lagoon cut off from the sea by strips of sandy beach and extending inland to the coastal mountains. The wetland area around the lagoon is all that remains of the formerly much more extensive wetlands of the Marina Alta. A protracted campaign to protect the site’s unique natural diversity led to the area being granted natural park status in January 1987. With an area of 45 hectares, it is the smallest natural park in Spain, possibly in Europe. The park ranges from sea level to an altitude of 332 metres at the summit of the rock.
Terra Natura are two zoo theme parks and aqua parks located near Benidorm and Murcia, in the Costa Blanca, Spain. Terra Natura Animal Parks lets visitors make contact with animals with barriers invisible to the human eye. Many species can be viewed, including elephants, tigers, monkeys, lions, African buffalo, and rhinos.
Aqualandia is a water park, located in Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain. It is the sister park to the animal theme park Mundomar immediately next door and with which it shares the same free car park. Water is sourced directly from the ocean. Aqualandia contains many water attractions, including water slides, swimming pools, river rapids and sunbathing areas.
This club is a world apart, with a 330 hectares valley facing the sea. A unique natural enclave carefully respected and preserved, with exclusive homes perfectly integrated into the environment.
The heart of this valley is its golf course, awarded five times as Best Golf Course in Spain, at the World Golf Awards.
This natural park is probably one of the most known things in Torrevieja, and many come here every year to view this magnificent spot with pink-hued salt lagoons & birds.
Most popular beaches in Costa Blanca
You must be aware that Costa Blanca, stands for beautiful beaches, because this is exactly what the Costa Blanca is most visited for. Let’s talk about some of the best beaches the Costa Blanca has to offer.
Levante & Poniente Beaches, are the two main beaches of Benidorm, known for how large they are, how they connect and the amazing promenade it offers.
Next up is Playa da San Juan, also known for how huge the beach is, and everything it has to offer going from “chiringuitos” aka bars on the actual beach, to sports activites.
Playa de la Mata is the most known beach in the area of Torreviaje, especially for how big and clean it always is.
Playa Levante & Playa Arenal are the two main beaches of Calpe, also known for their beautiful promenade with bars and restaurants. Between Calpe and Benissa you’ll also find smaller beaches and coves which are amazing, and usually less busy than the main beaches.
Cala Finestrat Beach and Playa del Albir are two beaches that deserve a spot on this list because of how clean and beautiful they are. Going from interesting climbs to the marina and again, the promenade.