Places Of Interest In Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca is a diverse and popular destination, with plenty of interesting towns and cities for you to explore. From small fishing villages set amongst beautiful mountain backdrops, to the colourful cities of Benidorm, Valencia and Alicante, Costa Blanca truly does offer something for everyone.

Alcoi - City of Bridges Alcoi is an old industrial town with 61,000 inhabitants. The number of bridges crossing Alcoi's 5 rivers have given the city its additional name "the city of bridges". The rocky gorges close to the city offer many hiking possibilities with magnificent views. The festival of the Moors and Christians is enjoyed everywhere in the region, but in Alcoi the celebration is especially wild and colourful. The inhabitants dress up as Moorish and Christian soldiers and perform mock battles. For those who want to experience this extraordinary spectacle make sure to come between the 22nd - 24th of April in Alcoi.

Alicante An area inhabited for thousands of years due to its privileged position, Alicante’s turbulent history of conflict between Moors and Christians leaves a rich heritage. Explore the old town, full of historic architecture and interesting museums, or enjoy some great seafood at the beautiful marina. A pedestrianised promenade lines the seafront, home to a range of market stalls, street entertainers and evening craft fairs. With a wide selection of shops and restaurants, plus a vibrant nightlife, Alicante is not to be missed!

Altea Altea, originally a fortress of the Habsburg Empire, is probably one of the most beautiful coastal resorts in Spain. The old town sits atop a hill and is dominated by the glazed blue-tiled domes of the church. In the summer months, a craft market is held in the courtyard outside the church each evening. The town is famous as a venue for artists throughout the years and there is a thriving trade in the art shops of the town, along the cobbled streets to the church on the top of the hill.

Benidoleig Benidoleig lies in open countryside in the Sierra de Seguili, 131m above sea level, and hikers are free to climb to the top of the mountains. The cave Cueva de Calaveres is the real attraction here, which is 400m long and up to 50m high. Its name goes back to the year 1768, in which twelve unidentified skulls were found. Some believe the skulls belong to the Moor king Ali-Moho and his eleven wives!

Benidorm Benidorm, a firm British favourite, is Spain's largest resort. From a distance, its high-rise skyline shimmers like a mirage, announcing an oasis where everything is geared to entertainment. With more restaurants, clubs, shops, pubs and bars than you could fit in a lifetime, Benidorm really does offer something for everyone. The Terra Mitica theme park and Mundomar sea life centre make for great days trips from any of our Costa Blanca resorts.

Benissa Benissa is a medieval village with narrow cobbled lanes and traditional whitewashed houses. The old part of town is home to shops selling traditional handicrafts and local produce, as well as restaurants and bars. The weekly market is held every Saturday morning, offering everything from local produce to clothing. Don’t miss the Cathedral of the Marina Alta, neo-Gothic in style and built in the 20th century.

Calpe Calpe is a town rich in history and culture, dominated by the towering Penon de Ifach rock. Offering a wonderful mix of old Valencian culture and modern additions, the cobbled stones of the old town lead to a modern amphitheatre with displays and shows during the summer evenings. Well-known for its great seafood restaurants, Calpe has maintained much of its original fishing industry. You can travel to Benidorm by boat from the marina at Calpe – a great way to see the beaches, coves and cliffs of this remarkable coastline.

Denia Denia is a vibrant old port town with traditional Spanish squares and cobbled streets lined with bars and restaurants. Full of character, the town is dominated by the hilltop castle, dating back to the Roman times. As a seaside town Denia has always been a fishing port, and you’ll find fresh fish being unloaded and sorted daily along the port. Ferries sail regularly from Denia to Ibiza, carrying many passengers and goods.

Elche With almost 200,000 inhabitants Elche is the third biggest city in the region after Valencia and Alicante. It is famous for its lovely palm tree gardens which spread east and north of the city along the River Vinalopó, which runs through the city. The famous palm grove "el Palmeral" contains more than 300,000 palm trees and the park has been included in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. On a walk in the grounds, you will also see various cacti as well as the palms, some of which are 200 - 300 years old and reach a height of 30 m (about 98.5 ft).

Fuentes D'Algar The freshwater springs (Fuentes) are very popular and an ideal place to relax and cool down during summer - with an average water temperature of 18 degree Celsius. There are 7 basins fed by the river Algar in which you can bathe and refresh yourself. You can also visit an environmental museum or discover herbs and various unique plants while walking on a natural trail.

Guadalest Guadalest, the 'Eagle's Nest', enjoys a spectacular location set high up on a pinnacle and carved out of a mountain top. The village offers magnificent views over the surrounding mountains and countryside down to the valley of the Guadalest river below. Of Islamic origin, Guadalest was a military stronghold of great strategic importance and is the site of several ancient castles, the remains of which can still be seen today - although earthquakes and battles during the War of Spanish Succession (early 18th Century) have reduced these castles to little more than shells.

Javea Old Town Javea Old Town is a charming maze of winding narrow lanes lined with whitewashed houses and historic buildings. Full of character, you can easily spend an afternoon exploring the cobbled streets, stopping off at one of the boutique shops or tapas bars. Be sure to visit the weekly market, held every Thursday morning, where you can stock up on local produce as well as souvenirs to take home. The little museum is also worth a trip, with views from the rooftop terrace.  

Jesus Pobre Jesus Pobre is a charming old Spanish village with whitewashed villas set down small lanes. There is an excellent market on a Sunday offering local produce - some of which is organic - and the best homemade lemon meringue pie, but get there quick as it sells out fast! Set under a pretty building with open arches on all sides, the market has an authentic Spanish feel.

Montgo Natural Park Reaching 753 metres above sea level, Montgo Mountain dominates the skyline and offers a spectacular backdrop to the towns of Javea and Denia. Often said to resemble a sleeping elephant, this landmark attraction is home to over 600 species of flora and is extremely popular with walkers as well as cyclists. There are many marked routes throughout the park, ranging in difficulty, but whichever route you take you're sure to be impressed by the fantastic views and beautiful scenery.

Moraira Originally a small fishing village, Moraira has managed to retain much of its authentic charm with winding narrow lanes and whitewashed buildings. The pretty marina is full of chic restaurants and bars, where you can sample some great seafood as well as the typical Spanish favourites. Don’t miss the tiny castle set right on the coastline offering fantastic photo opportunities, or the fabulous fiestas held throughout the year!

Peñón de Ifach The dramatic, limestone rock of Peñón de Ifach is over 300 metres tall. It sits in the sea, a mighty landmark that can be seen for miles, towering over the town of Calpe. Since 1987, Peñón de Ifach has been a protected nature reserve providing a safe haven for all kinds of wildlife and plants. For the very fit there is a walking route through a tunnel in the rock that takes you right to the top where the views over the bay are extraordinary.

Valencia Valencia has a sophisticated atmosphere combined with historic architecture. Be sure to visit the cathedral, said to house the Holy Grail, before heading to the City of Arts and Sciences. Recognised as the birthplace of Paella, the bustling cafes line the streets and spill out on to the pavements and plazas. You’ll find excellent shopping opportunities, with the Central Market offering a traditional Spanish feel. Don’t miss the Las Fallas festival, held every March with towering wooden sculptures on every street corner and magnificent firework displays.

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