Costa Blanca / Valencia / Alicante
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The Costa Blanca – Valencia - Alicante – Feel the Mediterranean from every corner
The Costa Blanca (White Coast), Valencia and Alicante, plus Castellon Costa Azahar described in a separate travel guide, are the four tourist destinations in the Comunidad de Valencia, which have an authentic and typically Mediterranean landscape with more than 600 kilometres of coastline. That’s why when you are talking about Costa Blanca, you are talking about lovely beaches and little coves (Spanish ‘calas’) where the good climate allows you, all year around, to spend an unforgettable holiday enjoying the sea under a very special light. The Costa Blanca, Valencia and Alicante have the right ingredients to offer any type of holiday to every holidaymaker: vibrant cities for a city break holiday, quiet towns on the coast and inland for a relaxing holiday, major tourist resorts for a nightlife holiday, fantastic beaches for a family holiday, numerous popular festivals for a cultural holiday, tasty cuisine for a Mediterranean gastronomic holiday, and more.
The existence of an extraordinary fertile land near the coast, a privileged climate and a favourable strategic position made possible the ancient settlements on the Costa Blanca, Valencia and Alicante.
From the ancient past, this Spanish region has been inhabited by different Mediterranean civilisations: the Iberians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Arabs made possible that this part of Spain has a very rich historic legacy and unique culture.
The Costa Blanca, Alicante and Valencia culture is rooted in the influences that the different people have left after passing through, this and the presence of the Mediterranean Sea has contributed significantly in shaping today's culture, reflected in all areas: language, music, gastronomy and fiestas.
The first thing a visitor will notice is that along the coast and inland, “Valenciano” is the language spoken in everyday life, along with Spanish.
The Moors and Christians festivity is one of the most genuine fiestas in the Valencia region. It is a parade representing the Muslim invasion and domination of the Iberian Peninsula for eight centuries and its subsequent reconquest by the Christian kingdoms in the late XVth century. The memory of the exploits and legends of war and the recognition of the undeniable past and Muslim culture makes this event unique in the world.
Las Fallas is a fiesta with a strong tradition in Costa Blanca, Valencia and Alicante. Held from 15 to 19 March it has become a major tourist attraction. It is celebrated in honour of St. Joseph (Spanish: San José). The popular version of the origin of the fiesta says it was initiated by the guild of carpenters when they burned, on the eve of its patron Saint Joseph, wood chips and leftover bits and pieces from the workshops in a purifying act of cleaning up before entering spring.
The internationally known dish from the cuisine of Costa Blanca, Valencia and Alicante is Paella. It's a recipe of rice cooked with meat, vegetables and seafood, it is a humble dish with many variations, and has great tradition and history in this region.
Cities, Towns & Villages in the Costa Blanca, Valencia and Alicante
Javea (Valencian: Xàbia). From the Granadella Cove (Spanish: Cala de Granadella) to Cape Nao (Spanish: Cabo de la Nao), Javea offers holidaymakers more than 20 kilometres of beaches and little idyllic coves (Spanish: calas) with crystal clear waters where you can enjoy the sea, the sun and experience many types of water sports. Javea has two golf courses, the first La Sella which is part of the Denia Marriott Resort & Spa, it is surrounded by a Mediterranean ecosystem of woods and mountains and impressive views of the Montgo Natural Park, and the second is Javea Golf Club (Club de Golf de Javea), which is on the road between Javea and Benitachel. Javea has a lot of fun things to do, the perfect place for an active holiday with friends, but it is also a quiet corner in the Mediterranean to spend a family vacation. They are beautiful self-catering apartments and holiday villas to rent in Javea direct from the owner.
Denia has one of the nicest coastlines in Costa Blanca, fine white sandy beaches and transparent water in the north and rocky in the south for those holidaymakers who enjoy nature. Next to Denia beach there is a golf course where you can practice your driving. From the winding road that goes along the coast to Javea, on a very clear day it is possible to see Ibiza in the distance and maybe, if you have time, you can take the ferry from Denia and spend the night there. This corner of the Costa Blanca has a choice of typical white Spanish holiday villas to rent in Denia, many of them with private pools, and a large selection of holiday apartments to rent in Denia by the sea.
Calpe, a peaceful place which looks onto the Mediterranean from the Rock of Ifach (Spanish: Peñón the Ifach), thirteen kilometres of shoreline, coves, clean beaches and transparent sea can be enjoyed. In holiday accommodation direct from the owner, there is a wide selection of apartments and villas to rent in Calpe, convenient for all tastes and needs: long weekends to get away, family celebrations or longer holiday trips.
Benidorm is an ideal destination to enjoy a unique holiday: its long sandy beaches and shallow waters are perfect for holidays with little children, the 5 theme parks in Benidorm make it a unique destination for family holidays. Benidorm is a great destination for nightlife, entertainment and shopping, the paradise for a vacation with friends or family. There is a wide range of apartments to rent directly from the owners besides luxury holiday villas near the beach to let for your next vacation in Benidorm.
Benitachell preserves a rich agricultural landscape with the traditional terraces where farming still dominates, especially almond trees and muscatel grapes (Spanish: almendros and uva moscatel). The village, on a hill, still maintains the Valencia architecture influenced by the Arabs. Benitachell’s coastline is very rugged, with spectacular cliffs and viewpoints from which you have the best views of the Mediterranean Sea on the Costa Blanca. Between cliffs is possible to find wonderful beaches and coves, ideal locations for a relaxing holiday by the sea or to practice diving in crystal clear waters. The village enjoys a strategic location, close to tourist sites as relevant as Teulada-Moraira and Javea, the perfect place to rent a traditional Mediterranean villa for your next vacation in Benitachell with the family, you will also find a wide selection of apartments to let directly from owners. Benitachell has all the amenities; golf courses, hiking trails, and a culture rich in celebrations and traditions.
Gandia is one of the main tourist destinations for the Spanish, especially those from Madrid. On its never-ending beach, over 7.5 km in length, the holidaymakers will find the perfect place for a relaxing family holiday by the sea, enjoying the Mediterranean cuisine in one of its many restaurants. Along the beach promenade there are beautiful buildings with fully equipped holiday apartments to rent in Gandia all year round.
Jalon (Valencia: Xaló) is a beautiful town in the interior of Alicante located in the Valle del Pop, crossed by the river Jalon and surrounded by vineyards and almond trees. A quiet place with an abundance of craft shops, wineries where you can taste the famous local wine and fantastic restaurants where you can try typical Mediterranean dishes. Every Saturday there is a bustling outdoor market (Spanish: Rastro) specializing in antique furniture and a variety of other crafts. If you want a relaxing holiday away from the coast in a place with sunshine and good weather guaranteed choose a country holiday villa to rent in Jalon or let a holiday apartment in Jalon.
Moraira is a small, friendly fishing village on the Costa Blanca, the perfect place to relax in one of its natural beaches of fine golden sand, or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of a quiet, secluded rocky cove. The orientation of the coast and the position of the surrounding mountains make up a microclimate that guarantees an average annual temperature of 18 degrees. This combination along with fantastic beaches which can be enjoyed all the year round because of its privileged climate, has allowed this small town to become a popular tourist destination in recent years. It has known how to preserve its originality and charisma, along with all kinds of services for holidaymakers who choose this area to enjoy their vacation. Thanks to tourism, Moraira has become a booming commercial area equipped with all kinds of services for those visitors who choose this area to enjoy their days off, there are many choices of where to stay, like a luxury holiday villa to rent in Moraira with private pool or a holiday apartment to let by the beach in Moraira.