Depending on which area of the Costa Blanca visitors choose to enjoy a holiday or move to permanently, the accommodation options vary quite a bit. The three main cities of Alicante, Benidorm and Torrevieja offer the most hotel choices, Benidorm in particular is home to a staggering amount of hotels and high rise holiday apartments. The smaller cities, towns and villages tend to have a wider choice of privately owned properties where visitors can book accommodation in an assortment of townhouses, bungalows and villas, either through an estate agent or directly from the owner.
Staying in a hotel for many holidaymakers is part of their vacation treat where they don't need to worry about cooking meals or doing housework and can just relax, enjoy the hotel's leisure facilities and dine on delicious restaurant meals. The superb choice of hotels in the larger cities range from humble ‘hostals' offering very basic rooms and often shared bathrooms, to huge five star resorts where every whim is catered to and the leisure facilities resemble Las Vegas. Another important benefit of staying in a hotel is the fact that the majority of them are located in or very near the city centre, beaches, attractions, shops, bars and restaurants.
Holiday apartments make up a large part of the package holiday tourism in Costa Blanca, and no more so than in the city of Benidorm. They offer another popular choice with families and groups, especially party hard groups enjoying stag & hen do's that are often not welcome in hotels. All holiday apartments are self contained with all the necessary furnishings, bedding and cooking utensils included, which makes substantial savings on restaurant meals if you have 4 children for instance. These are usually located close to a good choice of amenities and leisure attractions, and some of the larger ones have gardens, swimming pools and restaurants.
Workaway & Couchsurfing
Further accommodation options in Costa Blanca include a variety of excellent camp sites and camping resorts, wonderful country guest houses and two unique alternatives for the budget conscious backpacker. From its humble beginnings in 2004 with just a handful of members, ‘Couchsurfing‘ has rapidly grown in popularity now totalling over 10 million worldwide members. It is basically a group for like minded travellers who offer a bedroom, bed or even just a couch for free to other members visiting or travelling through their town or city, with the favour hopefully being returned when said member is travelling themselves. Workaway is a very popular concept and also a worldwide organisation where free accommodation, food and, on occasion, ‘pocket money' is given in return for a few hours work each day.
Campsites & Resorts
With such wonderful weather, camping is a popular accommodation choice in Costa Blanca and on a whole, the campsite and camping resorts here are excellent. They vary in size from just a few tent pitches and a small ablution block, to huge sprawling resorts offering splendid leisure facilities, daily entertainment programs for both adults and children, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Some of these larger resorts boast hundreds of tent, caravan and motorhome pitches, self contained bungalows and a number of clean, modern ablution blocks.
Country Guest Houses
Guest houses in Costa Blanca are a huge contrast to the often dingy, cockroach infested hovels usually found on the southeast Asia backpacking trail. Here, even the smallest guest house in a remote village will, although basic, still offer clean comfortable rooms and sometimes a home cooked meal. On a whole though, the country guest houses here are large villas or farmhouses set in beautiful gardens, usually with swimming pools and outdoor entertainment areas. Guest rooms can be grand affairs, and meals often elaborate three course culinary delights.
With many people owning second homes in Costa Blanca, and only using them for a couple of weeks each year, they will often rent them out to holidaymakers. This offers the perfect accommodation choice for large families or groups who can rent a 4 bedroom villa that sleeps up to 8 persons for a fraction of the price should they choose to stay in a hotel. These homes sometimes come with a private or shared swimming pool and other shared leisure facilities often found in gated communities such as tennis courts, parks and playgrounds. Booking private accommodation can be done through an estate or letting agent but it's always cheaper to rent directly from the owner. Just remember, if the property does have shared facilities, make sure the owner has paid the annual community fees or you may be denied access.