The cities of Costa Blanca all have their own quirks and charms, but one thing they do have in common is fantastic weather. Yes, the glorious White Coast is well known for its endless sunny days and healthy climate. Indeed, the predominantly Spanish city of Torrevieja with its vast salt lakes has been recognised as having one of the healthiest climates in the world. Due to this, it and other cities on the Costa Blanca are popular destinations for many retirees from Britain, Ireland and northern Europe. Whatever your reason for visiting Costa Blanca's vibrant cities, you are always assured of fun in the sun, superb attractions, lively nightlife and great food.
By far the most popular coastal city on the Costa Blanca is Benidorm. This lies to the north and is often referred to as the ‘party capital' of Costa Blanca. In this sense it is unrivalled, with more bars than you could visit in a year. Add to that its two glorious golden sand beaches, fantastic water activities, great value restaurants and thumping nightclubs, and it's easy to see why Benidorm receives over ten million visitors each year. It's not just about package holidays and partying till dawn though, the city is home to a charming old town, excellent golf courses and beautiful surrounding mountains offering splendid views and dotted with ancient villages.
In the far north of Costa Blanca is the city of Dénia. It is home to one of the major ports for ferries to the Balearic Islands. Dénia is Separated from neighbouring Javea by the towering bulk of Montgó Mountain. This attracts visitors keen on outdoor pursuits such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. The city's large marina offers further activities and popular water sports, and its sandy beaches are perfect for families, with calm shallow waters.
Heading south about 40 minutes drive from Benidorm is the city of Alicante. It is one of the Costa Blanca's most diverse cities. Its thriving industries attract a number of working class Spaniards and it is home to one of the Spain's most important ports for visiting cruise ships. Add to that its many historical landmarks such as Santa Bárbera Castle and superb six kilometre Playa de San Juan beach, and you have a city where local workers rub shoulders with visiting holidaymakers. A must see during a visit to Alicante is the stunning Explanada de Espana, a true work of art.
With the health benefits of its salt lakes and superb year round weather, Torrevieja is one of the healthiest cities to live in worldwide. Although predominantly a Spanish working city, during the summer months it becomes a thriving holiday destination. It has many excellent beaches, two sports marinas and great value tapas bars on just about every street corner. There are splendid nature trails around the salt lakes and families with children will enjoy the large water park.
One of the most famous inland cities on the Costa Blanca is Elche. It boasts two claims to fame; home to the largest palm groves in Europe, and having the largest footwear industry in Spain. You could spend days wandering the shady nature trails among the groves and botanical gardens. Taking full advantage of the numerous palms is Elche Palmeral Aventuras. This is a must visit for the adventurous holidaymaker with many obstacle courses, zip-lines and a large climbing tower.
Further inland from Elche is the dramatic city of Novelda. Referred to as the Spanish capital of marble, its wonderfully decorated marble buildings are what make Novelda a dramatic sight. Start your visit with a stroll around the old town where you can see the grand city hall and church of San Pedro. The city overlooks the Vinalope Valley, an important wine growing region where you can visit a selection of bodegas (wineries) that offer interesting tours and wine tasting.
Orihuela City forms an important inland hub and its municipality incorporates the very popular resort area of Orihuela Costa. Once a kingdom, Orihuela is steeped in history and a walk through Orihuela City centre reveals its Medieval past. On a more modern note, the city has many fine boutiques and the large Ociopia Shopping Complex. Next to this is Palacio del Agua, a sports and recreation centre offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools and many other sports facilities.
Lying on the banks of the River Segura, the city of Murcia offers visitors many attractions and activities. It is one of those cities that really has something for everyone. With over a dozen museums, a planetarium, aquarium, shopping malls and a good choice of superb restaurants, the possibilities are endless. Visitors with children will have a thrilling day at the Terra Natura and Aqua Natura animal and water parks which are located on the outskirts of the city.