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Brilliant beaches and more besides

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.

Three tips for a top trip

Pedal the coastal path If it’s jaw-dropping vistas you’re after, then cycle the paved coastal path of the Orihuela Costa. Expect sandy beaches, craggy coves and pretty bays en route.
Travel out of seasonWhile it’s always glorious in the Costa Blanca during the summer months, it’s also worth considering a springtime holiday when the beaches are quieter, yet the temperatures remain pleasant.
Try the wine As well as being a beach haven, Costa Blanca is also a great pick for wine lovers, due to its numerous vineyards. Tour one to get a real taste of the authentic Costa Blanca.

Best attractions to see in Costa Blanca

Algar Waterfalls

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.

Torre d’Aguiló

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.

Your Costa Blanca questions, answered

The Costa Blanca is a great destination for families, with plenty to keep kids entertained – from water sports to theme parks and lazy days spent at the beach. There’s never a dull moment.

The Costa Blanca covers more than 200 kilometres of coastline, but the best place to fly into is Alicante Airport. A bus service connects the airport with the main resorts, towns and cities.

Blue Flag beaches are commended for their amenities and accessibility, as well as water quality and commitment to sustainability. You’ll find scores of blue flags fluttering across Costa Blanca’s seashore.