Costa Blanca Tourist Information
Tourist Information for the Costa Blanca Spain
Costa Blanca Tourist Information: While a large proportion of the people who visit the Costa Blanca region, each year, do so for the purpose of enjoying the sunshine and the beaches. What many would not realise, without a little investigation, is that there are plenty of interesting places to visit and see. Whether it be beautiful coastlines, amazing churches, historic castles, unusual wildlife, or just something a little different, the Costa Blanca region can provide all of this and more.
Beginning in the north at Gandia (some would say this is on the Costa del Azahar), and stretching south for about two hundred kilometres to the town of Pilar de la Horadada (south of the this is the Costa Calida, and Murcia), the Costa Blanca is entirely within the Alicante province, and also within the Comunidad de Valencia.
It is not just the coastline that comes within the region but also a sizeable hinterland, with areas of mountains, natural parks, and flat fertile valleys, it is peppered with interesting towns, and several historic cities, the largest being Alicante itself and the second largest, the City of Palms, Elche.
The history of the region is very interesting, as of course is the history of Spain itself, and over the centuries it has attracted the attention of various civilisations, from Greeks to Moors. Perhaps the most significant and well documented changes occurred during and after the Arab occupation of the 8th to 13th centuries, this period has moulded the Costa Blanca into what it is today.The final invasion, which has perhaps changed the face of the Costa Blanca more than any other, is that of tourism, and the resulting holiday and residential development, that have marred much of the coastline, and the look of many previously attractive towns and fishing villages. Time moves on however, and we have to accept the concrete jungle, in order to enjoy the extra facilities that now exist in the coastal resorts.
Times have changed for the Spanish people themselves of course, and many formerly employed in the fishing, salt and agricultural industries, are now employed in the building and the Costa Blanca tourism industry.
While it may not be the only reason the visit, the sunny weather is without doubt one of the main attractions of the Costa Blanca, and with at least three hundred days of sunshine each year, you would be unlucky to get no sun at all on your visit. If the sun is your ‘thing’, and sunbathing is your favoured pastime, then May to October is the best time to visit the Costa Blanca.
The weather is pleasant however, all through the year, and I would say that the worst months are generally November, February and March (though April can be dodgy also). It can get too hot for some in June, July and August, by September things start to cool down a little.
Beach lovers will of course be in their element with plenty of excellent sandy beaches to choose from, Benidorm the biggest resort, has two huge beaches, nearby Calpe also has some great beaches. In the central areas, Alicante, Santa Pola and Los Arenales del Sol boast some of the best beaches. While heading south try out Guardamar del Segura, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costawhere you will find some great resorts such as Cabo Roig, Playa Flamenca and Punta Prima.
If golf is your ‘thing’, then again you will not be disappointed with the Costa Blanca region, with plenty of courses to choose from, in the north you can try the Oliva Nova and the Ifach Golf courses, in the south the La Finca course at Algorfa, or the 3 Orihuela Costa courses, Villamartin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor, there are plenty of other and even more as you head south into the Mar Menor and Murcia.
Nature lovers can head for the beautiful Gallinera Valley, the pretty Fuentes de Algar waterfalls, the Parque Natural de Salinas de Torrevieja y La Mata, or maybe the Hondo Reservoir and Nature Reserve. There are lots of both challenging and pretty walks which can be enjoyed on the Costa Blanca, and some excellent guides have been written, giving information which is beyond the scope of this page.
Of the interesting towns and cities, perhaps Alicante would be the first choice, be sure to visit the Santa Barbara Castle. Visit Guadalest for its amazing Castell and stunning views, visit Elche for its palm forests, churches and the pretty Huerta del Cura (Priest’s Garden), and visit Orihuela for its many fine churches and palaces.
Costa Blanca Resorts: Denia - Javea - Moraira - Altea - Villajoyosa - Cabo Roig - Pilar de la Horadada - La Mata - La Marina - Playa Flamenca - La Zenia - El Campello - Albir - Los Arenales - Punta Prima - Ciudad Quesada - Finestrat - Tabarca Island - Oliva
Resort Guides: Punta Prima Guide
Towns and Villages: Alcoy (Alcoi) - Albatera - Algorfa - Benferri - Benijofar - Callosa de Segura - Catral - San Fulgencio - Crevillente - Dolores - Benejuzar - Cox - San Bartolome - Formentera de Segura - Ibi - Los Montesinos - San Miguel de Salinas - Redovan - Rojales