Miles of beaches, world-class theme parks and lively cities – the Costa Blanca delivers it all, and more.
Holidaymakers have been flocking to the Costa Blanca for decades now. Benidorm leads the charge. With a four-mile stretch of white sand and a skyline of skyscrapers, it delivers a beach break with a twist. What’s more, the place is home to family-friendly attractions like the Terra Mitica and Aqualandia theme parks. Benidorm knows how to burn the midnight oil, too – its collection of bars and discos put on everything from foam parties to international DJ sets.
Another one of the Costa Blanca’s big players is Alicante. With its hilltop castle and chic boutiques, it still feels deeply Spanish. Valencia is also within easy reach of the Costa Blanca. This up-and-coming city is snapping at the heels of Barcelona in the must-see stakes, thanks to its space-age architecture and massive oceanographic aquarium.
Away from the coast, there’s another side of Spain to explore. Head into the rocky hills and orange-growing valleys to discover the mountaintop town of Guadalest, the palm-grove village of Elche, and the beautiful Algar waterfalls.
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Cala de Finestrat
Just over the bay from loud-and-lively Benidorm, Cala de Finestrat does things a little differently. This place scores brownie points for its crowd-free, sandy cove. Plus, it throws a pretty, mountainside village into the mix. You can head up here for Moorish buildings, historic churches and 360-degree views of the area.
You’ll find the little town of Albir just next to Benidorm. But, while it might share map space with the Costa Blanca’s nightlife capital, the two resorts are poles apart. Albir does things on a much smaller scale – in fact, the town’s biggest draws are its go-slow beach life and its pretty nature walks.
Calpe is one of the most popular holiday hotspots on Spain’s south-east coast, but it hasn’t always been about beaches and bars. For centuries it depended on fishing and salt production, and the town’s old quarter is still a far cry from the modern seafront. You’ll find Gothic churches and Roman ruins among the streets, plus cafés serving authentic Spanish tapas.
Benidorm didn’t get to be one of Spain’s holiday behemoths for nothing. This town likes to flaunt its best assets – sandy beaches and fun-packed nights – but there’s another side to it, too. Benidorm actually goes all the way back to 1325, so the winding, cobbled old town and Baroque domed church are as authentic as they come.
- Terralta Apartments
- Hotel Corona Del Mar
- Hotel Sol Pelicanos/Ocas
- Melia Villaitana
- Sol Costablanca
- Hotel Rio Park
- Benidorm Celebrations
- Hotel Benilux Park
- Port Benidorm
- Gala Placidia
- Hotel Flamingo Oasis
- Hotel Regente
- Dynastic Hotel
- Hotel RH Princesa
- Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
- Hotel Riudor
- Hotel Don Pancho
- Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique & Gourmet
- Flash Hotel
- Magic Aqua Rock Gardens
- Mediterraneo Hotel
- Magic Natura - Animal, Waterpark & Polynesian Lodge Resort
- Hotel Victoria
- Hotel Rosamar
- Melia Benidorm
- Port Fiesta Park
- Hotel Villa del Mar
- Hotel Ambassador Playa II
Torrevieja’s relatively new to the Spanish holiday scene. It’s got everything you’d want in a sun-kissed getaway, like sandy beaches and a lively city centre, but there’s still a place for tradition. Historically, it’s been known for its fishing trade – and you’ll see boats heading out from the harbour even now. Salt is its other forte, and there are chalky-white pans and vast, colourful lakes on the edge of town.
Even though there’s only a small mountain separating Altea from the Costa Blanca’s loudest resort, Benidorm, the two towns couldn’t be more different. Altea lives life at a much slower pace – neon-lit nightspots make way for seafront tapas bars, and you’ll find traditional restaurants in lieu of Brit-style pubs and fast food joints. The bustling centres of the area's two biggest cities, Alicante and Valencia, are an hours' drive up and down the coast, too.
Guardamar Del Segura
Guardamar del Segura’s in one of the Costa Blanca’s quieter spots, but it isn’t lacking when it comes to holiday prowess. The town’s filled with traditional and international restaurants, and there’s a huge street market selling crafts and clothes once a week. The pièce de résistance, though, is its huge sandy beach. It’s a big draw for sun-worshippers, and counts itself among the best in the region.
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