12th February, 2021
If you think you know Spain – think again!
Bienvenido to Spain’s beautiful Costa Blanca! Here you will find traditional fishing and mountain villages, historic old towns, endless white sandy beaches, pretty secluded coves, elegant yachting marinas, boutique shops and spectacular scenery – all of which may surprise you.
If you are looking for an authentic experience of Spain and want to experience the scenic, quiet side of this beautiful part of the country, we have a range of great holidays. There really is so much more to discover on Spain’s White Coast.
Dominated by the Ifach Rock with beautiful scenery and exceptional beaches, the ancient walled town of Calpe has a history dating back to the Bronze Age. The town's roots are in fishing, and you can still spot fishing boats setting out to cast their nets each morning. Calpe’s defining feature is Ifach Rock (Peñón de Ifach), a nature reserve which towers 332 metres above the town, and is home to hundreds of species of sea birds, animals and plants. If you're feeling energetic, perhaps take a walk along the scenic coastal path that wends its way from the north of Calpe towards Moraira, past pretty coves and viewpoints.
Tree-lined broad streets, a relaxing atmosphere, a bustling harbour and charming old town, Albir is a beautiful part of the Costa Blanca surrounded by scented citrus groves. Small and quiet, it has 600 metres of clean fine pebble beaches for you to enjoy, and the beachside promenade has Hollywood-style plaques honouring the stars who have won awards at Albir’s Film Festival. There are plenty of little shops and restaurants to explore and a craft market is held on the promenade during the summer’s evenings. If you enjoy walking, there are plenty of scenic and rewarding hikes on the coast and through the Sierra Helada Mountains and protected parkland.
Set at the foot of the Montgó Mountains beneath a ruined 12th-century castle, charming Denia has an elegant feel with its boutique shops and luxurious yachting marina, but still retains its provincial charm as a thriving fishing port. You can enjoy strolls to the bustling harbour, visit the old town, or explore Mount Montgó National Park, where there are many well-marked walking routes. To the north you’ll find long sandy beaches plus the charming old town of Gandía. You can also visit the elegant Palacio Ducal de los Borja and the lost-in-time mountain, Moorish village of Guadalest.
Benidorm’s excellent climate and beautiful beaches have made it one of Europe’s leading resorts, but the old town, set on a hill between two beaches, still very much retains its traditions and authentic character. Here you can explore a maze of cobbled streets, take long strolls along the tree-lined promenade and enjoy great views from the nearby balustraded promontory overlooking the sea, formerly the site of a Moorish castle. In addition to a wide range of shops selling goods from all over Europe, there is a large market every Wednesday where you can buy local produce and souvenirs.
Try a taste of Costa Blanca at home
Tinto de Verano - meaning the ‘red wine of summer’, is a wine-based drink similar to Sangria… totally delicious and refreshing. It’s a simple drink to make, all you need is a jug and then add:
- 1 part red wine
- 1 part carbonated lemonade
- A splash of rum
- Serve with a slice of lemon
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