The Costa Blanca South

 

The Costa Blanca South

The Costa Blanca (White Coast) refers to the over 200 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline belonging to the provinces of Valencia and Alicante in the Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.

The Costa Blanca South starts south of Benidorm, where there is a succession of similar beach resorts with high rise apartment blocks and hotels although nothing like as big as Benidorm. First there is El Campello, then San Juan and then Alicante, for many people the gateway to the Costa Blanca.

Alicante airport is where most people arrive into the Costa Blanca. Many people do not stay to see Alicante and the lovely city, great marina and beaches, as many just head straight to the motorway and either head south towards Torrevieja or north towards Benidorm.

In recent years the the amount of building in the Torrevieja area has been immense with sprawling developments everywhere. It has become a resorts mainly populated by British, and sometimes known as “Little Britain”, where people come to have their version of Britain in the sun. Many areas cater for the British and Spanish is not the first language of the area! There are quite a number of golf courses in this area with Villamartin and Rojales both just off the coast having three golf courses within easy reach.

Costa Blanca South

Visitors to the Costa Blanca South will find it less scenic than the Costa Blanca North but then there are more tourist activities and both Alicante airport and also Murcia airport (known as San Javier airport) are close by.

The Costa Blanca North

 

The Costa Blanca North

The Costa Blanca (White Coast) refers to the over 200 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline belonging to the provinces of Valencia and Alicante in the Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.

The Costa Blanca North coast starts around the La Safor region,just south of the towns of Gandia and Oliva. This area is full of orange groves and majestic mountains in the background. The sandy beaches are excellent and uncrowded, with Gandia beach seemingly going on for miles and miles! Going inland in La Safor are various towns and villages, each with its own character and unique “Spanishness”. One of the main inland towns is Xativa / Jativa a beautiful town with a superb castle.

Moving south along the Mediterranean coast from the La Safor region, you come to Denia which has a marina and port from which you can get a ferry across to Ibiza and Majorca. On some days you can even see Ibiza from the Denia coast, but even better are the views from the Montgo, the mountain that separates Denia from Javea.

Javea, with its sandy beach, is popular with tourists, main because of its fantastic beach, which is nearly always calm due to its location. Going inland from Denia is the Jalon Valley, famous for its vineyards and blossoms, great for a drive when the blossom on the almond trees is out.

Costa Blanca North

Further along the coast is the town of Moraira, a smaller town with a good sandy beach.

Further along the coast the beaches become more rocky and the coastline becomes rugged, until you come to Calpe with its two wide sandy beaches. Originally a small fishing village, Calpe is now a busy town with high rise hotels and apartments blocks dominating the skyline. Calpe has the famous rock called the Penon de Ifach which rises from the sea, which is a local nature habitat and walkers and climber paradise!

Heading further south we come across Altea and Alfaz del Pi, with the urbanisations clinging on the side of the hills. These are the last towns until you reach the biggest tourist resort on the Costa Blanca.

Benidorm is huge with masses of high rise skyscrapers, which grew with the increase in the popular “package holiday” boom of the 70s and eighties. The three beaches are excellent and the nightlife is legendary. There are plenty of hotels, cafes, entertainment, shopping and a number of theme parks, like Terra Mitica, for the family. The contrast between the population between the winter and summer months is astonishing. In the winter time, Benidorm becomes a haven for the retired and elderly, with afternoon tea dancing in the many bars along the promenade. In the summer, the bars fill up with the sun and fun seekers.

After Benidorm the coast becomes flat with mile after mile of sandy beaches.

The Costa Blanca

 

The Costa Blanca, Spain

The Costa Blanca (White Coast) refers to the over 200 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline belonging to the provinces of Valencia and Alicante in the Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.

It has a well developed tourism industry and is a popular destination for British and German tourists. It extends from the town Denia in the north to Torrevieja in the south.

The Costa Blanca includes some major tourist destinations of Benidorm, Alicante, Javea, and Calpe.

The name “Costa Blanca” was devised as a promotional name used by BEA when they launched their air service between London and Valencia in 1957.

The area is a very popular tourist destination because of its excellent weather and climate and the many superb sandy beaches, ideal for families, which stretch for miles and miles along the coast.

On the coast you can enjoy the energy and nightlife of the major tourist towns like Benidorm or alternatively within a short distance you can stay on the coast in quaint, quiet fishing villages like Calpe or Denia.

The Costa Blanca area is served by airports at Valencia (Manises airport), Alicante (El Altet airport) and Murcia (San Juan airport)and a motorway (the A-7 autopista) and the east coast main road the N332

The Costa Blanca Map

 

Costa Blanca History

In 711 A.D. the Moors invaded Spain through Gibraltar and would occupy the region of Alicante by 718 A.D. Their occupation was to last nearly four hundred years and would mould the landscape of the region. The Moors introduced irrigation and the planting of oranges, peaches and almond orchards. The terraces seen on the hillsides throughout the region are an everlasting Moor legacy. The Moors would not be completely expelled until 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic monarchs, finally took control of Granada.

In 1095 Spain became part of the North African Berber Empire and for another four hundred years the Moors and Christians would fight over control of Spanish soil. Alicante was gradually regained from the Moors in 1248 by Jaime I of Aragon. After their expulsion, the Moors continued to attack Spain. Between 1500-c1650 Berber pirate attacks were frequent all along the Mediterranean coastline. The first Spanish constitution was written in 1812 and following this the provincial boundaries were established, establishing the regions including Alicante and Murcia as they are today. In 1923, Miguel Primo de Rivera took control of Spain as a dictator, eventually forcing Alfonso XIII into exile.

The Spanish Civil War, (1936-1939) would divide the country. Alicante and Murcia would remain supporters of the Republican movement. In 1939 General Francisco Franco, the leader of the Nationalists took control of Spain. During the 1960’s and 70’s tourism exploded throughout the region to nearly 4,000,000 visitors a year.

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