Costa Blanca Beaches
With over 200 kilometres of coastline extending from Pilar de la Horadada in the south to Dénia in the north, visitors to the beautiful Costa Blanca have a superb choice of beaches to enjoy. The coastline boasts a mix of large sweeping bays, smaller picturesque coves and rocky headlands, with the famous Mar Menor inland sea hugging the Costa Blanca's southern shores. When compared to other popular coastal holiday destinations in Europe, the resorts, towns and cities on the Costa Blanca are relatively new, Benidorm for instance being just a small fishing village up until the 1950's when its popularity as a holiday destination started to grow rapidly. This growth has spread all along the coast and the Costa Blanca is now visited by millions each year.
Beaches For Everyone
With every village, town and city along the coastline there is a beach to be found to suit all tastes. Some, tiny remote coves favoured by naturists and those just looking for peace and quiet, others huge stretches of sand backed by an overwhelming variety of lively bars and restaurants where the music and cheap drinks keep the party crowds happy, and some that are perfect for families wanting suitable parking nearby, good amenities, lifeguards and clean, gently shelving sands suitable for the young ones. In between these beaches there is an abundance of rocky coves, cliffs, reefs and headlands that are favoured by visitors keen on fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and extreme sports such as coasteering and cliff jumping.
There are three main cities on the Costa Blanca that cater for the bulk of tourists visiting the area each year. Torrevieja in the south is a predominantly Spanish working city that really comes alive with tourism during the peak summer months. The city and neighbouring Orihuela Costa boast some fantastic beaches, all connected by a picturesque coastal path enabling the more energetic visitor the chance to visit a number of beaches without having to drive. Alicante is situated right in the middle of the Costa Blanca and is famous for it's beautiful beachfront promenade the Passeig Esplanada d'Espanya constructed with over 6 million colourful ceramic tiles shaped like waves, and lined with rows of shady palm trees.
Then you have the legendary city of Benidorm, favoured by crowds of British holidaymakers and groups of party hard youngsters. Its two fantastic beaches, Levante and Poniente form large sweeping bays of golden sand that meet at the headland of the old town, both backed by promenades lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Such is the popularity of these beaches, Levante alone boasts over 5,000 sun loungers during the peak months of July and August. In between these cities there are a number of coastal towns and villages, all with their own unique charm, and for stunning bays and coves where you will feel you are miles from civilisation, the beaches around the northern headland near Dénia are not to be missed.