Costa Blanca Insider
Welcome to Costa Blanca Insider, your number one resource to all that makes this beautiful part of Spain one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. The great team of dedicated staff at Costa Blanca Insider have thoroughly enjoyed the travel and research that has gone into producing the website, and unlike some sites out there that briefly touch on various subjects, we have endeavoured to make Costa Blanca Insider as informative as possible with detailed, fun articles across a wide range of categories.
Sunny Costa Blanca
With gloriously warm and sunny summers, mild winters and a modern infrastructure, the Costa Blanca receives millions of visitors each year and has large expat communities who have settled in a number of the area's towns and cities. As is the case in much of Spain, the way of life is very laid back, and coupled with a relatively cheap cost of living, makes the Costa Blanca an attractive choice for both holidaymakers and those looking to relocate to sunnier climes.
The area boasts good transport links with two international airports for visitors to fly into, the smaller Murcia-San Javier Airport in the far south and larger Alicante Airport conveniently located almost perfectly in the middle of the Costa Blanca. Road links are excellent and stretch all the way to Barcelona and Madrid via the A-7 and AP-7 motorways, and much of the coastal regions can be reached via the National N-332. Public bus transport in most larger towns and cities is regular and efficient, although most drivers only speak Spanish so just hopping on a bus with loads of questions is not an option; rather plan your route first and a bit of google translate on key words and phrases always helps.
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodation is one of the first things people consider when booking a holiday, and Costa Blanca Insider offers useful information on a number of accommodation options as well as detailed articles on a range of hotels in the area from basic two star establishments to luxurious five star resorts. We have included an article on holiday apartments which are a very popular choice, especially for groups or large families who can make great savings with the availability of extra beds and cooking facilities this type of accommodation offers. Readers can also browse information on guest houses and, a favourite with the kids, camping sites.
Costa Blanca Beaches
The beautiful Costa Blanca beaches are some of the finest in Spain, and indeed the entire coastline offers something for everyone, from lazing the day away topping up the tan on fine golden sands, to snorkelling or scuba diving around the vast amount of rocky coves and bays. Many of the area's beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award for their facilities and cleanliness, and a fine example is the popular Orihuela Costa which has the largest amount of Blue Flags for its size in all of Spain.
Of course, with beaches comes water sports and the Costa Blanca certainly doesn't disappoint with just about every imaginable water sport available, especially in the larger cities and holiday resorts like Benidorm and Alicante. The majority of the coastal towns and cities boast lively beach promenades usually lined with a great selection of shops, cafes, ice cream parlours, bars and restaurants which keep the beach goers happy during the day and offer vibrant nighttime entertainment with karaoke and live music often featured.
Attractions & Entertainment
The delights of Costa Blanca extend way beyond its beaches and Costa Blanca Insider have put together a fantastic variety of activities, attractions and entertainment for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Golf is a highlight for many holidaymakers and there are some superb courses to choose from both along the coast and inland. We have included articles on all the major 18 hole courses for keen golfers to enjoy, some close to the beach or part of a holiday resort, so even those not taking part in golf can also have a good day out. A highlight for the young ones are water and theme parks which are all listed on Costa Blanca Insider, including animal parks and safaris.
The more discerning visitor can explore the history and culture of the area in its abundance of museums, art galleries, historical buildings, monuments and archaeological sites while nature enthusiasts have a wonderful choice of natural parks, reserves and marine conservation areas all boasting lovely varieties of interesting flora & fauna among their hiking trails. Some of the other great activities to browse on Costa Blanca Insider include horse riding, mountain biking, go-karts, quad bikes, paintball, laser wars, jet-ski, windsurfing, parasailing and kayaking.
No matter where you are staying in Costa Blanca there are some fabulous places to visit on a day out that all the family will enjoy. The coastal areas offer a variety of boat trips, scuba and snorkelling safaris, kayak adventures, sailing, deep sea fishing and multi-adventure days. The adventure continues on land with picturesque towns and villages to visit such as the famous Palm Groves of Elche, equally as famous mountaintop village of Guadalest and stunning Algar Waterfalls. Day coach tours are great for exploring, especially for those who like to have a few drinks during their outing, and we have included a variety of the most popular tours available.
Costa Blanca Nightlife
Nightlife is a subject the team at Costa Blanca Insider take very ‘seriously' and funnily enough we are never short of willing staff to research these articles! By far the most legendary nightlife can be found in Benidorm where there are literally thousands of bars, music venues and some of the biggest ‘super clubs' in Spain. These super clubs are awesome, some with a capacity for over 5,000 revellers, various dance halls, numerous bars, restaurants, shops and even swimming pools, where time flies by and before you know it, the sun is already rising!
It's not just about clubs though and with the majority of Spanish enjoying an afternoon ‘siesta' they tend to eat and drink late into the night, and most of the bars and restaurants stay open until after midnight during peak summer months. These are great family fun where kids are always welcome and games, quizzes, competitions, karaoke, stand up comedy and live music acts are often featured. Other nighttime attractions include, theatre, cabaret, cinema, 10 pin bowling, night markets, fun fairs and late night shopping.
Costa Blanca Insider
The hard working team at Costa Blanca Insider have dedicated much time in researching and writing about as many fun and interesting things to do and see in this wonderful part of Spain, and we hope our readers will enjoy the articles. For more in-depth information on the larger cities in the area, be sure to visit our sister sites Benidorm Insider and Torrevieja Insider.