The Costa Blanca is one of Spain's best-known resorts for package beach holidays with family or friends and Villajoyosa should be next on your list to visit. With a coastline that stretches for 200 kilometres and a colourful landscape that merges almond and orange trees with the azure waters of the Mediterranean, there is no denying that this region has character. If you fancy spending some time just outside of the main beach resort, visit Villajoyosa. The locals know it as "La Vila Joiosa" and since it is wedged between San Juan and Benidorm, it is a great destination for long coastal walks, Roman ruin sightseeing and cocktail-sipping on the waterfront.
While it might have a reputation as a popular British resort, Benidorm does offer a wide range of attractions and things to do for all ages. Most people who visit will pack a beach bag and soak up some rays on the sandy shore, where parasols and loungers scatter the natural landscape. Benidorm's modern backdrop of skyscraper hotels, bars, and restaurants do not strip this popular family resort of its laid-back vibe. It takes just two hours on a plane to arrive at the resort where you can experience Terra Mitica, Aqualandia and Mundomar. You can also admire extravagantly dressed performers as they show off on stage at a well-known tourist attraction, Benidorm Palace.
A traditional atmosphere can be felt throughout Spain, and El Campello is no exception. Nevertheless, this resort has a fairly modern vibe, not to mention a broad selection of restaurants, leisure facilities, and golf courses. Positioned approximately 14 kilometres from Alicante, El Campello is a resort where the mountain meets the sea. North of Costa Blanca, it is easy to access from Alicante Airport and there are plenty of public transportation options leading to the resort, including a reliable rail link. Muchavista Beach is the main Blue Flag beach in the area and avid golfers enjoy taking a swing at Alicante Golf Course nearby. El Campello even has its fair share of nightlife and if you take a 20-minute drive to Jijona, you can explore the mystical Canelobre Caves.
Anyone who spends time in the Alicante Province should add a day trip to Calpe to their travel itinerary. Guided trips are often held around Calpe, where archaeological sites like Baños de la Reina (a Roman settlement) can be visited, among many other excavation sites. Photography enthusiasts venture to Calpe to snap the natural landscape at Arenal-Bol Beach. Some interesting sightseeing attractions worth a mention in this romantic village include the Penon de Ifach rock and Calle Jose Antoni.
Museo del Chocolate Valor
For a taste of true pleasure, sample a chunk of Valor chocolate and find out how the gourmet treat is produced at Museo del Chocolate Valor. You can learn many things inside the museum – from what machinery and tools are used to produce the chocolate, to where the cocoa comes from. Founded in 1881, the team of dedicated chocolatiers working at Chocolates Valor boast 130 years of combined experience. If you feel inspired to satisfy your sugar craving with a homemade sweet treat after trying various samples at Museo del Chocolate, pick up one of their cookbooks!
Villajoyosa Cove Market
Villajoyosa Cove Market is popular among tourists who want to fill their bags with local goods every Tuesday and Saturday. Located in Villajoyosa Sepone Creek, this fruit and vegetable market sells locally grown produce, making it an ideal spot to stock up on fresh food if you plan on preparing your own Spanish feast.
Costa Blanca Highlights
A journey in the car will take you on a well-deserved tour of Costa Blanca's main sights, such as Santa Barbara Castle, the Canelobre Caves, the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Natural Park of Penyal d'lfac. If you have any energy after visiting these local landmarks, why not embark on a canyon or rappelling adventure near Villajoyosa? These tours are just as popular among tourists as the hiking and camping tours that take place around the region. Expect to witness unspoilt views when ascending to some of Alicante's best viewpoints.
The Costa Blanca has no shortage of beaches, most of which are easily accessible on foot from Villajoyosa, or by taking a cab. Since Villajoyosa retains its authentic fishing port atmosphere, sun worshippers in search of Blue Flag waters, water sports, and various modern beach facilities will head to Raco del Conill beach, Playa Centro beach, Playa La Caleta Beach, or Playa Bon Nou Beach, where the bay is partly sheltered and features a beach bar.
Influenced by regional cuisines, the food of Spain varies depending on which territory you visit. Nevertheless, you will notice that the ingredients are usually fresh and locally sourced. Expect to begin your day in Villajoyosa by tucking into a continental-style breakfast served with fruit and fresh juice, followed by a midday meal consisting of numerous courses. Salad, meat, seafood, soup, and pasta are served after tapas, which are tiny portions that can be washed down with a local Villajoyosa wine.
Where you book a table at Villajoyosa restaurants depends on how much you want to spend, what type of cuisine you want to devour, and what kind of setting you to wish to dine in. For Spanish, Mediterranean, European and International fare, take a seat inside Casa Elordi, Restaurant La Caravelle, or Maharaja Indian Restaurant, which offers vegetarian options and boasts a sublime setting overlooking the turquoise waters.
Villajoyosa is the perfect blend of a package holiday resort near some of the best beaches in Benidorm. It also features a landscape where historians can satisfy their fascination for the Bronze Age. Save money by booking your flight and hotel with easyJet holidays today – you could be sunning yourself sooner than you think.