Areas Of The Costa Blanca
The different areas of the Costa Blanca offer visitors a diverse choice of accommodation, entertainment, attractions and activities to enjoy during a holiday or business trip. The southern part of the Costa Blanca is more arid and boasts vast areas of dusty plain, rocky hills and valleys and some beautiful salt lakes, whereas in the north the drastic change in scenery gives way to lush green valleys, pine forest and dramatic mountain ranges. The difference along the coastline is minimal although in the northern areas around Dénia there are more secluded coves and bays where pine forest sometimes reaches right down to the waters edge.
Visiting Costa Blanca's villages is a great way to discover traditional Spain where you will come across local elders whiling away the afternoon playing cards or dominoes in roadside cafes, nursing strong cups of coffee, often with a shot of brandy, and generally putting the world to rights. Elderly ladies sporting severe traditional dresses make their way to the shops or market stalls and dusty dogs scamper out of the way as children play in the street. Many of the area's coastal villages still retain their fishing heritage, with quaint harbours where you can hear the excited cries of bidders at the fish auction, and traditional tapas bars where you can sample some delicious fish and seafood dishes. Holidaymakers staying in or near Benidorm should not miss a wander around Spain's most visited mountaintop village, beautiful Guadalest.
The numerous towns of the Costa Blanca offer both old and new, some boasting stunning beaches, modern buildings and facilities and relying almost solely on tourism as their main economical resource, and others still traditional working towns where the economy comes from a variety of sources such as agriculture, fishing, mining and a number of other industries. One of the most popular and unique areas of the Costa Blanca is Orihuela Costa; neither a village, town or city, it is more like a collection of large residential areas, all boasting their own shops, supermarkets, businesses, bars and restaurants. A favourite enclave for British, Irish and north European expats and holidaymakers, Orihuela Costa offers visitors stunning Blue Flag beaches, a number of golf courses, superb activities and attractions, and vibrant nightlife.
Costa Blanca's cities are where the majority of sun seeking holidaymakers head for, and by far the most popular of these is Benidorm. This legendary city has seen such a huge property and package holiday boom over the last few decades, it is now recognised as having the largest number of high rise buildings in the world per capita. Love it or hate it, Benidorm is a mecca for water sports, beach activities, fun attractions and excellent nightlife much favoured by groups enjoying stag & hen parties. Here you will find the famous Benidorm Palace, charming old town, golden sand beaches, exciting theme and water parks, thousands of bars, huge nightclubs and slightly inland, spectacular scenery among the soaring mountains and lush valleys.