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Costa Blanca
200 kilometres of sandy coastline, cliffs, coves, resorts and ancient ports, bathed in sunshine – just some the attractions of the Costa Blanca

Its lively tourist resorts are perfect if you enjoy the holiday buzz, while the pretty town of Altea with its cobbled streets, or the walled town of Calpe, are great for some 'down time'.

The Costa also offers a good base from which to explore – discover the mountains, perhaps visiting one of the villages that lie within them, or set off for the city of Valencia, approached via citrus groves and hard to resist with its historic buildings, museums and bustling streets.

In the evening Benidorm Palace, one of the costas’ most famous night spots, is ideal for a memorable night out, or alternatively join the bargain hunters at the other end of the day at Benidorm's El Cisne flea market.


Wendy Woods, Saga Representative at Hotel Port Denia, tell us a little more about Denia.

What is…

Your favourite thing to do in Denia?

I love anything to do with history, so my favourite place would be Denia Castle – the views over the bay are phenomenal and the history of the area is fascinating.

The hidden gem you make sure everyone knows about?

I love Jalon Valley. Nestled in the mountains, it’s a lovely part of the region and where a lot of the local wine is produced.

The local handicraft you can’t resist browsing?

Gate de Gorgos, about 11km from Denia, is famous for its beautiful handmade guitars. Whilst you’re there, take a wander around the quiet town to admire the wicker goods they have on show – they have everything from hats to furniture!

Your Denia must-do?

You must try the Denia Bay prawns (Gambas Rojas) – they are absolutely delicious!


See All Holidays to Costa Blanca

Stay in the heart of the Costa Blanca at this friendly hotel in Calpe an ideal base from which to explore further...

Soak up the sunshine in the Costa Blanca at the Hotel Port Denia and explore the provincial charms of this popular seaside resort…

Enjoy all-inclusive value at this locally rated 4-star hotel, the third hotel to be built in Benidorm with a perfect location next to a beautiful, sandy beach.

Hotel Avenida QQQ

Stay and Relax

The locally rated 4-star Hotel Avenida is located in the heart of Benidorm on the edge of the old town, close to the sandy Levante beach and the beautiful seafront promenade.

Indulge in the good things of life on an all-inclusive beachside holiday on Spain's Costa Blanca

SH Villa Gadea QQQQ+

Stay and Relax Premium

The locally rated 5-star SH Villa Gadea (4Q+) is a contemporary beachside oasis in the Costa Blanca. Soak up the far-reaching views of the Mediterranean Sea and make the most of the excellent range of facilities.

The popular 4-star Hotel Kaktus Albir is set in the traditional, peaceful resort of Albir on the Costa Blanca, which has an award-winning Blue Flag beach.

Soak up the sunshine at the Hotel Port Denia and explore this popular seaside resort in the company of other solo travellers…

Explore the beautiful and mountainous terrain of the Costa Blanca, ascending hillside trails and walking through varied landscapes of cliffs, woodland and rural villages.

Discover the hidden corners of Murcia and Valencia on this tour that mixes history, culture and gastronomy with beach-side relaxation...

A host of historic and cultural cities await on this lap of the western Mediterranean aboard MSC Preziosa.

Look forward to a slice of life in the fast lane on this cruise of the western Mediterranean, which includes the chance to watch the glitzy Monaco Grand Prix.

Step aboard Saga Sapphire as she heads to the Mediterranean Sea and traces the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

Spanish Adventure

Saga Cruises

Uncover the centuries of history and fascinating cultures at the heart of some of the most famous cities of the Iberian Peninsula.

See the colours of the western Mediterranean on this cruise that ends the summer in style.

Combine a classic Mediterranean cruise with the festive magic of Christmas aboard Saga Sapphire…


Spanish; Castilian -

Castillian Spanish is the official language, with other Spanish languages and dialects varying in different regions.

English isn’t widely used outside of the main coastal resorts, so you may find it very handy to learn a few words before you travel.


Tipping is similar to the UK: the typical amount in restaurants is 10% (most establishments don’t add a service charge to the bill). Taxi drivers and porters expect a small tip too.

Population and size

Spain has a population of 47.4 million, which is relatively low in comparison to other European countries such as France and Italy.

At 505,988 square kilometers, Spain is more than twice the size of the UK.


Euro - The currency is the euro, divided into 100 cents.


The main religion is Roman Catholic, which accounts for around two-thirds of the country, along with a small minority of Muslims.

When meeting new people, a handshake is the common greeting among men, and a kiss on the cheek between women – the number of kisses can vary, so prepare yourself for two or even three!

You’ll also find that the Spanish eat much later than we do in the UK, with lunch between 2-3.30pm and dinner between 9-11pm, so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in a relatively quiet restaurant. Oh, and the Spanish love to party, so depending on when you visit you might find yourself embroiled in one of their many annual celebrations – including one that involves a battle with tomatoes!

Pablo Picasso is among Spain’s most celebrated sons, along with Antoni Gaudi, whose eccentric architecture dots the Barcelona cityscape. More recent times saw Spanish cinema come into its own with directors like Pedro Almodovar breaking into the English-speaking world. And films like the Guillermo del Toro’s darkly fantastic masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth, a Spanish-Mexican venture, solidified Spain as a big player in the film industry.


A few basic words of Spanish to get you started…

Hola – hello

Adios – goodbye

Por favor – please

Gracias – thank you

Si – yes

No – no

Perdon – excuse me

No hablo espanol – I don’t speak Spanish


Spain is one hour ahead of GMT, two in British summertime.


Mains voltage is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and all sockets take small round two-pin plugs. You’ll need an adaptor for your British appliances, so remember to bring one with you as you probably won’t be able to find one in Spain.


The climate varies depending on the region, but generally the further south you go, the warmer it will be. The weather on the south and east coast is fairly reliable all year round, enjoying a balmy Mediterranean climate, while the interior tends to stay hot and dry as it’s located on a plateau.


As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay. British citizens don’t require a visa.


Smoking is banned in enclosed public areas and is not allowed on public transport, in bars or restaurants, except in designated areas. Be sure to remember this or you may be stuck with a hefty fine.

Flight time

London to Madrid and Barcelona – from 2 hours

London to Seville – from 2.5 hours

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