Are you looking for an affordable holiday destination with a little bit of everything? Look no further than the Costa Blanca!

This region of southeast Spain sits on the Mediterranean Sea and is famous throughout Europe for its attractive beaches. The coastline is also lined with pretty port cities with fascinating heritage and impressive architecture and resort towns with lively markets and an array of modern-day facilities.

Away from the ocean is scenic countryside overflowing with colourful wildlife, lush greenery and gently flowing waterways that provide a cool spot for midday bathing. In contrast, nightlife hotspot Benidorm boasts bars and clubs with live music and world-class DJ sets.


Boasting over 200km of coastline with the bright sands and clear waters of the Mediterranean, Spain’s Costa Blanca is renowned for having some of the best beaches in Europe. Each coastal location has a unique charm so there is no shortage of beaches to suit all types of travellers.

Benidorm is a popular choice for families due to its safe-swimming beaches, choice of sea-based water sports and extensive beachfront facilities such as sun loungers, cafés and restaurants. Bustling Playa de Levante is a favourite destination thanks to its proximity to town, beach activities like volleyball and array of qualified lifeguards.

For more peace and privacy, choose one of the many secluded coves along the coastline. Cala del Moraig in Benitachell is particularly picturesque and considered to be the best wild beach in Spain.


In addition to its breathtaking beaches, the Costa Blanca is overflowing with culture. This is best explored in the regional capital Alicante which has been an important Mediterranean port since the days of Ancient Rome.

One of the best activities in Alicante is walking the Old Town which is crowned by an elaborate centuries-old cathedral and imposing Baroque hall. Photo-worthy stops include the Santa Cruz Quarter with its painted houses and mosaic pathways and the lively marketplace. In the evening, the once well-to-do Calle Labradores is a lively location for drinks and outdoor dining.

Head north from Alicante beyond Benidorm to Altea which also boasts a beautiful Old Quarter that reveals the region’s Moorish heritage. Shelter from the sun in the pretty central square.


Beyond the beaches and towns, there’s stunning countryside to be explored. Add interest to your holiday by including a couple of nature excursions in your itinerary that you can do at your own pace.

The spectacular Sierra de Bernia Mountain Range offers a variety of hiking trails to suit a range of abilities, all with breathtaking vistas across the hills and valleys below and out to the ocean beyond.

There a nature reserves to choose between too. The Marjal de Pego-Oliva is a sanctuary for birds and birdwatchers alike, or you can wend your way through Las Fuentes del Algar (the Algar waterfalls), an enchanting site with connecting water channels less than 30 minutes by car from Benidorm.


Spanish cuisine is one of the highlights of a holiday in Spain, and the Costa Blanca is no different.

Naturally, seafood is on offer everywhere you go, usually brought in with the morning’s catch and served the same day so it’s as fresh as can be. Some of the best seafood is found at the waterfront restaurants at Denia. For paella and other delicious authentic dishes, visit the charming village of Villajoyosa.

It’s well worth browsing the food stalls in the local markets as well if you’re keen to try traditional local cuisine during your trip. Javea has a wealth of street food stalls for an all-in-one culinary adventure!


The weather is, of course, one of the main attractions along the Costa Blanca. This south-east section of the Spanish coastline is blessed with beach bathing conditions for much of the year, making it a great choice for off-peak travel as much as summer family adventures.

The best months to visit for blue skies and bearable heat are May, June and September. July and August are always destined to be dry, but temperatures can soar above 30°C which can be a struggle for some, especially little ones.


Last but certainly not least, the nights can be just as good as the days with a holiday in the Costa Blanca region. It draws young people from Britain, Europe and beyond looking for the chance to dance the night away, although you can find quiet corners for romantic meals too.

Alicante’s waterfront promenade has an alluring atmosphere thanks to its collection of restaurants with a range of prices, cuisines and moods. This is a great option for those seeking slow-paced nightlife, perhaps preceded by a sunset stroll.

For vibrant bars, clubs and beach parties, nowhere beats Benidorm which is a pull for partygoers the world over. You can book Benidorm transfers from Alicante and other locations along the Costa Blanca so it’s easy to travel in for the nightlife and enjoy peaceful days elsewhere.

Isabella Garcia

Joining our team as a freelancer in 2020, Isabella Garcia holds an MA in Geography from UCLA, specializing in human-environment interactions. With over 18 years of experience in travel writing and exploration, she brings a wealth of knowledge about diverse cultures and eco-friendly travel. Her work often includes tips for responsible and immersive travel experiences. Isabella balances her adventurous spirit with a love for painting and learning new languages.

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