Costa Blanca Holidays

The wow-worthy 'white coast'...

With a name that translates to '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 with plenty of places to roll out your towel. From family-friendly coves, unspoilt sands, and the protected sea beds of Dénia, to the more lively, party-filled beaches of Benidorm, there’s something to please everyone.

Holidays to the Costa Blanca are perfect for adventurous travellers, too. Try a range of water sports, such as kayaking 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, the 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 season

While 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.
If you’re planning to spend a lot of your time in the water, then June to October is the best time to visit as the sea temperatures are at their warmest. The hottest months are July and August, so sunseekers often like to visit during the height of summer. But the Costa Blanca enjoys pretty mild winters, so it’s definitely a year-round destination. It may not always be beach weather, but there’s plenty to do in the cooler months, like coastal walks, museum visits, shopping, and sightseeing in the city centres.
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.
This depends on what you’re looking for. Probably the most famous is Levante Beach in Benidorm. And, if you’re travelling with family, you really can’t go wrong. It’s excellently maintained and cared for with plenty of facilities. There’s also a prom full of bars and restaurants for refreshments, so it’s easy to spend a full day here. For more natural, undeveloped beaches, Calpe has a few good ones. There are lots of secluded coves so it can sometimes feel like you’re completely alone.
Fantastic! People come from all over the world for Benidorm and Alicante’s nightclubs. There’s a really good mix of old town bars and beachfront clubs in both places. Even if you’re looking for more of a family atmosphere, there are lots of family-friendly activities around town. Your hotel will probably have evening entertainments, too. Some parts of the Costa Blanca are a little sleepier than others. Albir has a definite chilled-out feel, ideal if your idea of great nightlife is a relaxing drink overlooking the sea.
Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline extends all the way from Denia to Pilar de la Horadada, which gives you more than 200 kilometres of places to stay. If you wanted to narrow down your options a little, the central part of the coast can be an excellent base. You’ll have access to some of the best resorts, like the nightlife hotspots of Benidorm and Alicante, and quieter, more relaxed places like Calpe and Albir. But don’t worry about it too much; you can drive the length of the entire coast in less than two hours.
Absolutely. Although places like Alicante and Benidorm have a party reputation, the nightlife doesn’t really kick off until late. During the daytime and early evening, there’s more of a family-friendly feel. There are many theme parks and water parks in this part of Spain that are big draws for families with kids. And some of the bigger beaches, like Levante, are well set up for families and have activities galore. And if the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, the huge local shopping centres are fun.
There’s a good mix of classic Spanish food like tapas dishes, Costa Blanca specialities, and traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Being so close to the water, there’s a bit of a sway towards fresh fish and seafood, but it’s definitely not hard to find meat-based dishes or vegetarian options. A lot of the traditional dishes in the region are rice-based, like paella. The warm weather here is ideal for growing rice. And you’ll usually find that each town on the Costa Blanca has its own unique way of cooking it. But if you just want a full English or fish and chips, they’re here too.