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The Costa Blanca area guide

Sights and attractions

Between Gandia in the north and Murcia in the south, 200km of Costa Blanca basks in the Mediterranean sun. Long-favoured as an ideal paradise by tourists from the UK and Germany, it has naturally evolved over the years to provide for the huge tourist industry. However, it has not lost the historic, iconic beauty that made it famous.

It wasn't until the 1960s and 1970s that northern Europeans first started to take notice of the area, but the Costa Blanca had a rich history before that. The Moors occupied it by force in 711 AD and shaped the region culturally, economically and even geographically. It was the Moors who introduced peaches, oranges and almonds and it was the Moors who carved out the terraced landscape.

Since 1492, when it fell to the Catholic Spanish rulers, the Costa Blanca has had a big part to play in Spanish history. In particular, it was a stalwart republican stronghold in the Spanish civil war. Now, the historic markings are offset by a lively, buzzing new face to the Costa Blanca brought about by the explosion of the tourist industry.

That's not to say the Costa Blanca has changed unrecognisably. The same character remains in the independent cafes of remote towns and villages, the medieval churches, the beautiful landscapes and the unsurpassed, long beaches.

The attractions of Benidorm and Alicante are well-known: fantastic restaurants, bars, nightclubs and an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Europe. What's more, there is a well-established expat population that have built up a warm, welcoming social scene for any newcomers.

The unspoilt beaches offer all the Mediterranean sun, sand and sangria-based activities you'd expect. Whether it's a relaxing afternoon in a cafe or a thrilling speedboat tow in a rubber ring you're after - rest assured, you'll find it. Further inland, away from the modernised cities, the more remote villages and towns offer something very different. The whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, family-owned restaurants and centuries-old buildings are all there to be explored for those that wish to.

It is, however, the natural beauty of the area that has remained unchanged over the centuries and makes it unique. From areas of outstanding natural beauty like the mountains around Guadalest to the Algar Waterfalls and 320,000 square meter Terra Natura wildlife park - it's not just the people and culture that makes Costa Blanca so popular.

Restaurants and cafes

The Costa Blanca, as a historically diverse Mediterranean area, has a fantastic food culture. The classic Spanish approach to food is there, with Arabic and African influences meeting European cooking. The Costa Blanca itself grows some of the best rice in Spain so, naturally, the paella is fantastic.

Restaurants and cafes are everywhere you go and it's harder to find a bad one than a good one. Famously, Amigos in Benidorm has a glowing reputation but further afield there's much to be explored. Our advice: ask the locals where they like to go. That's when you'll find true gems.

Shops

Tourism has helped develop the shopping scene along the Costa Blanca enormously. There are now malls in every major town and city which feature familiar favourites such as Zara and H&M, a well as local spots like Massimo Dutti. That's not all, though. The boutique shopping scene is also outstanding. Towns and larger villages will always have quirky, interesting places to explore as you get to know the area.

Travel

Direct flights to Alicante are regular from almost any major European city, so getting to Costa Blanca is never going to be a headache. Once there, the local transport links are excellent between cities, but realistically, if you plan to stay longer than a few days and do a bit of exploring, you'll want to look into using a car.

There are plenty of places to rent one for a few days or weeks, including Sixt, Europcar and Hertz. Longer than that, it makes much more sense to buy locally rather than import your car from home as it can be very expensive.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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