With a name that translates as White Coast, and with some 170 beaches to pick from, you could be forgiven for thinking Costa Blanca holidays are all about the seaside. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty to entertain you beyond its miles of sandy shores. Benidorm has thrilling theme parks, and Alicante is packed with bars and clubs, while old fishing towns Xàbia (Jávea) and Altea are all charm, with delightfully winding streets, whitewashed buildings and cute restaurants.
When it does come to beaches, given the sheer number of them on the Costa Blanca, you’re certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to where to roll out your towel. From the family friendly coves, unspoilt sands and protected seabeds of Dénia to the more lively, party-filled beaches of Benidorm, there’s something to please everyone.
However, holidays to Costa Blanca aren’t just about lazing on the beach – adventurous travellers can try a range of water sports, such as kayaking, kitesurfing or paddleboarding, take a hike in the rugged mountains of Serra Gelada or even climb its limestone crags. Whether you’re here for a relaxed family break, to bar-hop and boogie with friends or to bask in the pleasant climate, Costa Blanca is a winning holiday destination.
For a scenic place to cool off, pack your swimwear and head to the gushing, emerald waters of Algar, located around a 30-minute drive inland.
Take a short climb up this ancient tower and your reward is a glittering ocean panorama. Time your trip for sunset to make it extra special.
Las Salinas de Torrevieja
For a tranquil excursion that’s as photogenic as it is peaceful, make your way to the candyfloss-coloured salt lake in the Torrevieja Nature Reserve.