Costa Blanca Holidays
Escape to the sunny shores of south eastern Spain by booking holidays to Costa Blanca. The region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, with stunning scenery, brilliant nightlife, and an endless array of cultural and natural attractions for you to explore.
This region’s award-winning, gentle sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, while for thrill-seekers the giant Terra Mitica theme park is nearby. There’s also a fun-filled water park, Aqualandia, with tubes, slides and rapids which make a great day out for the whole family during your Costa Blanca holidays. Head inland from the sun-drenched resorts for historic towns and villages set in lush mountains. Many of these settlements date back to medieval or ancient times, and give a completely different experience to the usual touristy resorts along the coast.
Costa Blanca is best for…
Families: Terra Mitica is a great family day out, with adventures galore waiting for you at this family-friendly theme park.
Shoppers: Visit the famous Valor Chocolate Factory before heading to Villajoyosa Market to bag a bargain.
Sun-worshippers: Endless sandy beaches live up to Costa Blanca’s name, which means white coast in English.
Costa Blanca Fast Facts
Language: The language spoken in here is Spanish. However, you can expect basic English to be spoken in most hotels and other tourist businesses, especially in resorts that are popular with British holidaymakers. Nevertheless, the locals will always appreciate it if you try to learn their language, so pick up a Spanish phrasebook or download our handy language app for your holidays to Costa Blanca.
Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).
Local time: Costa Blanca is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Alicante Airport. The transfer time to Benidorm is around 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Costa Blanca is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: For additional tourist information visit http://www.spainmadesimple.com/costa-blanca/.
Visa & Health: For more information on visa and health requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.
Costa Blanca Weather and climate
Temperature: 15-29 (°C)
With daytime temperatures in July and August typically peaking in the high 20s to low 30s (°C), and with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day, beach weather is virtually guaranteed at this this time of year. If you’re looking to soak up the sun or spend hours in the sea and don’t mind the heat, summer is a great time to visit for a relaxing holiday. The sea temperatures typically reaches the mid to high 20s (°C) by August and is usually still warm enough for a comfortable dip even until October or November.
If you’re eager to make the most of the great outdoors and go hiking in the beautiful pine forests and palm groves, you’ll find spring or autumn is much more pleasant, temperature wise. Even in winter, daytime temperatures still frequently hit the mid to high teens (°C) near the coast. However, autumn and winter do experience more rainfall, so it’s a good idea to check the forecast in advance before you set off for a long hike during your stay.
Well connected: An efficient network of trains, buses and trams makes it easy to see the best places here.
By tram: Getting around is straightforward if you take the tram that connects Benidorm to Alicante.
By car hire: To explore some of the inland villages, it would be more practical to hire a car during your Costa Blanca holidays. You’ll find various rental firms at the airports and resorts.
Semana Santa: This region joins in with the rest of Spain for Easter parades and processions during Semana Santa.
Medieval battles: From March to October, look out for the Moros y Cristianos festivals that take place all over the area. These lively spectacles re-enact medieval battles between the Moors and Christians, as horses and camels are ridden to the sounds of gunpowder and fireworks.
La Tomatina: Don’t wear your best clothes if you’re in Buñol on the last Wednesday in August. That’s when La Tomatina, the country’s biggest tomato fight, takes place, and you’ll probably want to bring a pair of goggles to be on safe side! Expect to be thoroughly entertained, though, and this is a great way to enjoy some local culture during your holidays to Costa Blanca.
Where to Stay
Beach-lovers head to Benidorm with its long golden beaches, picturesque old town and vibrant nightlife. Alicante combines great beaches with superb restaurants and a rich cultural history. Its attractive seafront and marina bustle with bars and cafés. As the coast curves around the cape, you reach Dénia and its pretty beaches lying at the foot of Montgó Mountain Nature Park. High cliffs look down over the quiet coves and sparkling blue waters of Jávea. Further north is the lively resort of Gandía and its historic old town, long sandy beach and impressive 14th-century castle.
Benidorm: Known as the original beach destination for Brits, Benidorm holidays have a big reputation which sees people return year after year. One thing you can guarantee with holidays to Benidorm is that it won’t be short of excitement, as a family or in a group of friends. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, action packed days at Terra Mitica and experience Costa Blanca’s nightlife scene.
Calpe: Calpe’s loved for its beautiful beaches, like the exotic-looking Arenal-Bol. If you’d like to discover a bit of history, visit the nearby Roman site, Baños de la Reina and swim in the natural sea pools. Fancy a day trip? You can even catch the ferry to Ibiza.
Altea: A holiday to Altea will give you the best of both worlds, packed with both adventure and relaxation. Visit the Sierra Helada Natural Park to go hiking and enjoy stunning views over the bay below, or wander around the charming side streets near the harbour.
Albir: Albir is the perfect place for a peaceful holiday, with pretty tree-lined avenues. If you fancy something different, you’re not far from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm if you’re looking for an exciting day visit or a night of entertainment.
Torrevieja: Explore charming Torrevieja, a Spanish city with a rich history in fishing and salt mining. If you’re looking for a more exhilarating holiday, visit the Aquopolis Torrevieja for a day of water slides and attractions, or take a trip to the famous Pink Lake of Torrevieja.
Things to do
If you’re interested in learning more about Spanish history, visit Santa Barbara Castle, a wonderful 10th century fortress near Alicante city centre. Standing on the dramatic rocky summit of Benacantil Mountain, it includes a ruined church, dungeons, cannons, and more fascinating artefacts. You can visit it for free and enjoy stunning views of the coast from the castle walls.
Another sight that’s definitely worth putting on your Costa Blanca holidays itinerary is Tabarca, a glorious island just off the coast near the resort of Santa Pola. Originally fortified to protect its residents from pirates back in the 18th century, Tabarca is surrounded by dazzling emerald waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. See the island’s historic walls, and enjoy some delicious seafood at one of its sea-view restaurants before you take the ferry back to the mainland.
If you’re spending your Costa Blanca holidays in the Benidorm area, spend some time at the Terra Mítica theme park, which is divided into five ancient-themed areas such as Rome and Egypt. From thrill rides to big shows, it’s guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours, and is a great alternative to the beach.
Food and Drink: If you’re a foodie, you’ll be amazed at what the Costa Blanca has to offer. The most famous dish of this region is paella, the authentic variety of which is usually only served where locals eat, often away from the seafront. Cooked in bomba rice that expands while cooking, it includes rabbit, chicken, and locally grown vegetables, and is flavoured with fragrant paprika and saffron. You’ll find restaurants serve it all over the area.
This destination is also top of the list when it comes to super-fresh seafood dishes; these dishes are often accompanied with fresh salads and locally grown lemons. Then there are delicious tapas, which you can order at virtually every bar. If you’re visiting an area with large numbers of British holidaymakers, you’ll even find restaurants serving traditional English food, especially during the peak of the Costa Blanca holiday’s season.
Beaches: There are about 200km of beaches here, one of the most beautiful of which is the 5km-wide sandy bay next to the resort of Playa de San Juan. About 10km north of Alicante, it’s one of the largest beaches in the region, with gorgeous bright sands that are easily accessible via the coastal tram. Another is the bright sandy beach of Playa de la Fossa at Calpe, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the dramatic Penyal d’Ifac rock in the background. Then there’s the amazing cove of Benitachell near El Arenal, which one of the region’s top destinations for snorkelling and cave is diving.
Natural Attractions: Explore the breath-taking Las Salinas Natural Park during your Costa Blanca holidays, which is close to the popular resort of Calp and comprises a huge salt water lagoon with flamingo colonies. Nearby is the impressive rock formation known as the Penon de Ifach, which is more than 300 metres above sea level and has one of the best views of the Costa Blanca.