Costa Blanca is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain and in Europe. Millions travel here each year to enjoy the sun and explore the beauty of this Southern coastline. Costa Blanca is a perfect place for a beach holiday offering hundreds of hotels, great beaches and lots of entertainment.
With Alicante and Benidorm being the two central cities of tourism in the region, Costa Blanca is also popular for having great weather, almost throughout the year. Being a long-time favourite for budget holidays, Benidorm features a huge variety of family entertainment places, not to mention its busy nightlife. After Benidorm is Torrevieja, another well-known resort town along the coast. Costa Blanca is all-in-all a perfect place for a Sun-Sea-Sand Holiday or active vacation, where you can either spend your time on one of the beautiful beaches, or go on excursions to visit its historical cities, such as Denia or Moraira. If you are staying here, you should also not miss visiting the unique village of Gaudalest literally carved into the mountain and it is one of the biggest attractions of the region to visit. Out of all the mentioned resorts, Torrevieja is the cheapest resort and receives extreme number of UK tourists throughout the season. Hundreds of UK travel agencies offer cheap packages to Torrevieja. In addition, several UK citizens decide to stay here and operate tourism businesses such as hotels or pensions, restaurants and pubs.
Budget tip: Some theme and water parks in Benidorm offer free or reduced entrance fees from around 2 hours before they close down.
What makes Costa Blanca a top holiday destination?
Its 200 km long coastline covered with white-golden sand; its great climate all year long and its great attractions, National parks, Theme parks and Water Parks built to entertain visitors make Costa Blanca a top destination to visit.
Flights to Costa Blanca from the U.K
Alicante and Valencia being the two cities that border Costa Blanca both have their international airports receiving high number of UK-Spain budget carriers and UK charters from spring to autumn. Carriers such as Ryanair or EasyJet operate flights almost all-year long, which Thompson, TUI, Jet2 and Thomas Cook are rather specialised in the summer season. Both cities have their train stations and the tramline along the coast is just being renovated in order to offer quality services for all visitors. Scheduled and tour operator buses also arrive, doing the UK- Costa Blanca route regularly during the top season.
Travelling in Costa Blanca
In case you would not rather spend all your time in a resort or on the beach, the best way for you to travel is either by bus or by rented car. In this area, hiring a car makes a lot of sense because it is virtually impossible to cover all the beautiful seaside or mountain villages that make this region so beautiful. Car rental here is about EUR 25-30 per day without petrol (or diesel). If you do not plan going out on excursions, then we suggest you to spare some money and attend a group excursion, which almost every hotel offers for its guests.
The best time to visit Costa Blanca
Visit this place from April to mid November. Avoid the peak season to get great discount offers.
Why visit Costa Blanca?
The climate and nature is beautiful in here that inspires many painters to settle down for a shorter or longer time to paint the beauty of this area.
Top Five Places To See:
• Terra Mitica
Located in Benidorm, this is a unique park with an ancient theme and many fun activities, such as the SynKope, Titánide, the huge Inferno roller-coaster and much more. The great park has five leading ancient land themes: Greece, Iberia, Egypt, Rome and the Islands. In each theme part, you can see authentic spectacles and attractions based on the theme, such as the Labyrinth of Minotauro in Greece, Cataratas Del Nilo in Egypt or the Magnus Colossus in Rome. Terra Mitica has many shops, restaurants and bars, so you can spend a whole day there without even realising it.
Tickets: It costs EUR 40 for adults and EUR 30 for children.
Opening Hours: From 10 am to 12.00pm. In low season, it closes at 10.00 pm.
• Terra Natura in Benidorm
Another must-see attraction of Benidorm is its breathtaking zoo, the Terra Natura that houses more than 200 species – the most beautiful animals travelled here from Asia, America and different parts of Europe. The biggest attractions of Terra Natura include the Night Safari and the Zoo Tour. You can learn so much about each species interactively, while in the park.
Ticket prices: It costs EUR 28/person and EUR 22/ child.
Opening Hours: For high season: From 10 am to 20.00 pm. For low season: From 10.30 am to 17.00 pm.
• Aqua Natura Water Park
This huge water park lies on the beach of Benidorm, having an area of 55,000 square feet. It is full of chutes, swimming pools, beachside relaxing areas and family fun areas for all age groups. The best parts of the water park include the wave pool and the children’s pool, the water chutes and the lighthouse breakwater. Aqua Natura has its own spa and a beautiful Aquarium for the visitors featuring sea lions!
Opening Hours: From 10.30 am to 19.30 pm. In low season, the park closes an hour earlier.
• Mundo Mar
If you want to see some great shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, seals and even parrots with other exotic birds, do not miss to visit Mundo Mar located in Benidorm. The Park also has other attractions on offer for its visitors
Opening Hours: From 10 am to 10 pm.
• Tabarca Island
If you are looking for somewhere to go on a marine excursion, we suggest you not to miss visiting the beautiful Tabarca Island, which is also a Nature Marine Reserve. The island is famous for its crystal-clear water and for its beautiful landscapes. Excursion boats start up from Alicante, Torrevieja and Guardamar Harbours for more information.
Top Three Beaches in Costa Blanca:
• Javea Beach: This is perfect for a relaxing time, full of little bays, rocks and pinewoods.
• Denia Beach: With its extra fine sand, Denia Beach is a perfect getaway from the busy beaches.
• Playa del Cura Beach: Located near Torrevieja, this beach is popular for water sports
Other Places of Attraction:
• Palm Grove of Elche
• Cape la Nao