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The Costa Blanca South area guide

Sights and attractions

The Costa Blanca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The 80-odd kilometres between Alicante and San Javier, on the Costa Blanca South, is one of the most attractive regions. It is warm, beautiful and full of things to do. Tourists flock to the region each year from colder European countries, and many choose to move permanently after a few weeks in the sun.

The white-washed architecture, terraced landscape and local cuisine that the region is known for all stem from the African Moors, who invaded and occupied the entire Costa Blanca during the middle ages. They brought spices, food and culture from their homeland and left an imprint that can still be seen today.

After that, the next big change occurred in the second half of the 20th century with the rise of tourism to the Mediterranean. German and British families found themselves with disposable income, and began to seek out the sun in the summer months. The Costa Blanca, and in particular the southern part of that region, quickly became favourites and the money brought to the area transformed it.

Now, modern developments can be found across the coast and non-Spanish people buy as many properties in the area every year as Spanish people. However, the cultural heart of the Costa Blanca lives on – and there are plenty of small fishing villages and farming towns that retain the charm that originally made the area so popular.

The natural beauty of the region is astounding – from the breath-taking mountains of Guadalest (and the fortress built there), to the spectacular waterfalls of Algar. Not to mention, there are the famous white sandy beaches that stretch the length of the coast.

There’s plenty to quietly explore, but for those who would like a little more adrenaline the range of watersports easily available is fantastic. Water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing – there are small companies offering all of it everywhere.

The booming tourist industry has led to the major towns having a lively party atmosphere throughout the summer, with people spilling out from bars drinking cocktails in the open air a common sight. In from the coast, the quiet villages and towns offer more traditional Spanish markets, cafes and restaurants worth experiencing.

Restaurants and cafes

The Moorish influence on the food culture of southern Spain is very evident. Fruits, spices, lamb and seafood are all prevalent. The Costa Blanca is particularly famous for the quality of its paella, which benefits from the growth of excellent rice in the region.

Traditional Spanish food is easy to find in a wide range of restaurants, both large and small. There is also, thanks to the international tourist industry, an abundance of Italian, Chinese, Indian and other world cuisine.

Shops

Serial shoppers will find the Costa Blanca South a paradise. The larger towns, including Alicante and Murcia, have vast shopping malls filled with high street brands, restaurants and high fashion outlets.

And, through the small town markets, locally produced wares are available at a good price. Boutique stores are a common find, even in the more diminutive settlements. Elche is especially worth a visit for shopping fanatics.

Travel

The Costa Blanca South is very easy to reach by way of flight to Alicante. It has a major airport served by most airlines that fly regularly to most major European cities.

Once there, public transport is more than adequate for reaching the larger towns and cities. Buses and trains run regularly and at good value. However, to get to the smaller places off the beaten track, it’s well worth either renting a car at one of the big name rental companies at the airport, or buying a car locally.

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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