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Costa Blanca is a very popular Spanish destination. With miles of gently sloping beaches and active nightlife, it's no surprise the area is becoming more and more popular with holidaymakers. Find out what else is on offer from a Costa Blanca holiday in our in-depth travel guide. If you're looking for a bargain holiday, view our cheap Costa Blanca holidays guide below for some top advice on how to find the best deal.
Costa Blanca is served by Alicante and Valencia airports and occupies two hundred kilometres of Mediterranean coastline with the towns of Denia and Javea marking its northern border. It possesses all the essential ingredients for a pleasurable holiday with sun, miles of gently sloping beaches, warm seas and a vibrant night life making it a favourite destination for tourists from Britain.
Costa Blanca has an almost endless variety of resorts which cater for the needs of holidaymakers of all ages. Guaranteed summer sun, large expanses of gleaming sand leading into warm seas together with water sports facilities, golf courses, boutiques and excellent restaurants makes Costa Blanca a wonderful experience for all.
Costa Blanca attracts millions of visitors every year, the majority of them travelling from Britain. Families with small children can enjoy the beach life with its gently sloping shores making paddling safe. Water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to occupy their days and there is good provision for golfers who will find excellent courses. The heaving nightlife in resorts such as Benidorm attracts the young looking for a party atmosphere and there is certainly enough entertainment to satiate most appetites.
The most popular time to holiday in Costa Blanca is from April to October when the temperature ranges from a very pleasant twenty five degrees rising to the early thirties in the height of summer.
Costa Blanca is an ideal holiday destination because, having so many contrasting resorts, it is possible to find an area to suit, whatever ones taste. In the north are the smaller resorts of Denia and Javea, beautifully framed by mountains, where the pace of life is slower. Denia is a fascinating old town with superb beaches and fine restaurants while Javea is famous for its palm trees. These resorts are very popular with Spaniards. Benidorm is probably the most well known of Costa Blanca’s resorts having grown from a small fishing village into a vast stretch of high rise hotels and apartments. There is a wide variety of leisure activities to accommodate most tastes and the nightlife is second to none, if what you are looking for is dusk to dawn entertainment. Benidorm is also home to the Terra Mitica theme park enjoyed by children and adults alike. For those looking for a more relaxing holiday there are many smaller villages with secluded beaches where pleasure is to be found in the tranquillity of nature.Away from the coast there are many Moorish settlements where you can experience traditional Spanish life.
Guadalest is a fascinating village with its whitewashed cottages set into the stone on the mountain side, its medieval castle and the truly magnificent view from the top make it well worth a visit.
Costa Blanca has many music and dance festivals during the summer months, and Flamenco dancing is particularly popular. Costa Blanca is a interesting mixture of the ancient and modern ranging from medieval castles and ancient Moorish settlements to the high rise apartments and hotels of the lively resorts.
The Costa Blanca has many lively resorts with vibrant night entertainment. Benidorm is particularly popular with young people who wish to party into the small hours. With its clubs, discos, karaoke bars and low cost drinks it is a magnet for fun lovers. Those who enjoy more peaceful evenings in traditional surroundings will find venues in the many smaller resorts up and down the Costa Blanca.
As in all coastal resorts in Spain there are many street markets which sell traditional local handicrafts such as wickerwork, ceramics and leather goods, as well as a wide assortment of souvenirs and trinkets. There is also a good selection of boutiques in the larger resorts of Alicante and Benidorm.
Costa Blanca has bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars rub shoulders with those providing food with an international flavour. In places such as Benidorm there are many restaurants that cater for the less adventurous British palate.
Spain is a Roman Catholic country and many of the festivals are related to the churches calendar. Festivals on patron saints days are of particular importance. When visiting churches, especially in rural areas, shoulders and legs should be covered to avoid offence.
Families are very are central to Spanish life and it is not uncommon to have a close extended family.
Service charge is usually included in hotels and restaurants but an additional tip is also expected.
Cheap holidays to Costa Blanca tend to be available all the way through the winter season, as long as you avoid Christmas and New Year. You will also want to steer clear of any times when children are off school, such as during the February half term holidays.
There is a possibility that you will be able to pick up a deal in May or October too, but these will most likely be late deals which will appear for a short time only. Get in fast before they're snapped up.
Out of season you'll notice a number of benefits as opposed to travelling in the middle of the summer. For starters, the price of drinks and sometimes food will have decreased. The resorts will not be as busy and you'll be able to have more of a relaxing time. It may also save you more money if you were to book into half board basic accommodation.
Temperatures in Costa Blanca should remain over 25ºC during this time, so you'll still be getting the hot weather you'd expect from a Spanish holiday, with the added benefit of it being a cheaper deal.
The beautiful beaches and mountain ranges are still worth visiting, even outside summer, and there are plenty of attractions that cater all through the year including golf courses and the lively night clubs that attract always crowd.
If it's a cheap Costa Blanca holiday you're looking for, watch out for deals in May, October and the winter period.