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Denia on the Costa Blanca

Denia on the Costa blanca

The Costa Blanca and Benidrom visitors guide

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The Costa Blanca translates as the white coast and has some glorious beaches that are a draw to millions of tourists every year,  and is found running from Denia and Javea In the north where these two towns are located at the foot of the Montgo mountain, southwards through Moraira, and the beautiful bays of Calpe and Altea to the world renowned holiday resort that is Benidorm.


Benidorm is the province of Alicante, located about 45 km northeast of Alicante, just south of Altea is one main attraction along the Costa Blanca.  Benidorm is one of the symbols of the Spanish tourist growth, the small village of fishermen and farmers, which had 2.000 inhabitants at the beginning of the century, has grown into one capable of lodging 5.000.000 visitors a year. Theme parks, tennis, squash, golf, athletics, go-karts, paragliding, swimming, sailing, motor boats, rowing, fishing and deep sea diving are just some of the activities that Benidorm and its surroundings offer.  Benidorm has three major beaches: Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas; all of them have a blue flag, the maximum quality standard recognised by the European Union.


Benidorm is divided by the old town and the livelier new town, you can have a wide choice of bars, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. Benidorm has two main beaches, Poniente and Levante which stretch for over 4 miles of golden sands. The La Cala area is the southernest resort in Benidorm and is home to the largest hotel in Europe. The Terra Mitica theme park provides a great family day out, with plenty of rides, rollercoasters and themed entertainment, it is only 10 minutes from the centre of Benidorm.


Just beyond Benidorm is one of the smaller towns and villages Villajoyosa, famous for its old town and its chocolate.

In the centre of this 275 kilometre coastline is the regional city of Alicante with its International airport, business centre, wonderful shopping and yet a holiday destination in its own right.  However, while hordes do indeed descend on the coastal resorts and apartment blocks that stretch like dominoes up the Costa Blanca, the city of Alicante has been spared.  It remains a very Spanish city: English is rarely understood by the locals, let alone printed on menus, authentic tapas is available everywhere; the narrow streets of the barrio still hide surprises and reward exploration; and the bars are small, friendly places.

There are good beaches nearby, too, a lively nightlife in season and plenty of cheap places to stay and to eat.   The cathedral in Alicante was, like many Christian buildings, built on the remains of a mosque. In the barrio, that is the old quarter in Alicante there are half a mile of narrow streets, crammed with bars and restaurants. Most of the area is free from cars, which means it always feels quiet and inviting, and the architecture reaches back to the 18th century.

Then onwards to Guardamar and Torrevieja.  Guardamar del Segura is located at the mouth of the river Segura Guardamar Spain and lies about 15 kilometers north of Torrevieja. Following the national road N332 up in northern direction. With about 10000 habitants Guardamar (also known as Guardamar del Segura) is one of the very well known places along the Costa blanca.  Guardamar has a good array of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. There is also a water park and a miniature fairground. As you would expect from an important fishing centre the seafood restaurants are very good.  The dunes of Guardamar are very close to the beach, Guardamar often got large blast of sandstorms over the years. Therefore it had been decided to plant a large forest alongside, which is now known as the dunes of Guardamar. Attracting an enormous amount of wildlife over the time, the area is now an environmentally protected area. The created area, called natural park Reina Sofia is a beautiful place.

Torrevieja is situated on the coast and is surrounded by two large natural saltwater lagoons that form the well-known "Salterns of Torrevieja ", which are considered to be the biggest in Europe and second in the world.  In recent years Torrevieja has become a first-class tourist location, it boasts 360 days of sun a year and an average temperature of 18°C.  There are many beautiful beaches, squares, walks, parks, gardens and other natural beauty spots (Ferriz), as well as some wonderful historical monuments such as the "Modernist Casino" which dates from the beginning of the century and has a famous hall; the "Recinto de las Eras de la Sal" an open, air theatre.

Punta Prima is on the southern outskirts of Torrevieja and is just north of Playa Flamenca and has a large development complex in early phases which stretch right down to the sea front where two man made beaches are being created alongside a marina & a 5 star hotel.  Punta Prima is a popular coastal resort with several beautiful, Blue Flag beaches within easy reach, not least of which is Playa de Punta Prima, renowned for its fine, white sand.

The Costa Blanca is famed for its excellent golf courses which are open all year round. The famous 'La Manga' course is only 40 minutes away. If you prefer something more locally situated there are 3 further courses only minutes away from the apartment. Las Ramblas, Campoamor and Villamartin courses all offer international facilities for your enjoyment. If golf is not your game there are plenty of other activities for all age groups Go Karts, Horse riding, swimming, tennis, walking, museums and sightseeing.

Cabo Roig is a stunning coastal town, known as the jewel of southern Costa Blanca, is characterised by its broad palm-lined avenues and landscaped gardens. The two sandy white beaches of La Caleta and Cala Capitan have both been awarded Blue Flags. La Zenia beach is just around the headland. A large open street market is held each Saturday at nearby Playa Flamenca.  Walkers will also appreciate the Maritime Walk, which follows the peninsular coastline taking in some beautiful views.

Torre La Mata or simply La Mata is a small town located 5km northeast of Torrevieja along the Costa Blanca, in the province of Alicante in southeast Spain. The town is often regarded as a dormitory suburb of Torrevieja. Many of the residents are expatriates from the United Kingdom, Germany and other northern European countries. Torre La Mata is renowned by tourists and locals for having an unspoilt Spanish charm, due to the lack of high-rise hotels and local affluency.

The Parque Natural de La Mata y Torrevieja is situated in the Vega Baja region of the southern Costa Blanca, Spain, the two salt flats of La Mata and Torrevieja and the surrounding areas are now a protected Natural Park. The lakes attract a wide variety of bird life.  The village of La Mata is a typical Spanish village which not only has one of the best sandy beaches in Spain, it also has an excellent street market every Wednesday morning and some good bars, shops and restaurants.

The Costa Blanca south now blends with the Costa Calida and terminates at the the celebrated golf and family resort of La Manga.

You can basically travel along theThe Main road runs the length of the Costa all way along-side the coast. where you will come across some beautiful small villages, slightly inland you will find Elche a city known as the palm tree capital of the world.



25/02/2009 Two million Euro Costa Blanca advertising campaign for the U.K.

A new advertising campaign is being launched in Britain as an attempt to stop the falling numbers of British tourists who are visiting the Costa Blanca.

The cost of two million € is to be shared by the provincial government in Alicante and central government, and the campaign is launched as evidence firms up of a fall in hotel reservations ahead of the summer.

It’s part of a total spend of some 4 million to promote the Costa Blanca this year, promised by the Director General of Turespaña, Ant

The British ad campaign will start as soon as possible and consist of adverts on buses, trains, in cinemas and posters on the street.

Meanwhile the tourism authorities in the Murcia region have announced they are to spend 2.4 million on promoting the region worldwide. Much of the money will be spent making sure the region appears in Google results.