The Costa Blanca stretches along the eastern coast of Spain , sandwiched between the Costa Brava to the north and the Costa Del Sol to the south. It is made up of the provinces of Alicante and Murcia with parts of Valencia and Almeria also contributing to its variety. Geographically it is clearly split in to two: the northern half being dominated by mountains that form a dramatic back drop to the coastal towns and villages while the southern half features flat salt and sand deposits punctuated with picturesque palms.
Depending who you speak to in Spain, the various costas have moveable boundaries, but the Costa Blanca is accepted as including the provinces of Alicante and Murcia as well as small parts of Valencia and Almeria. That long coastline is a mix of white sand or shingle beaches and cliffs, and many of the resort names will be familiar to British holidaymakers who have been returning time and again over five decades as the villa accommodation has increased.
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Valencia is the regional capital and lies to the north of the main beach. The city has a strong cultural aspect with a number of museums. Top Valencia attractions are the Central Market, the Silk Exchange building, the Santa Catalina Cathedral complex, and the Museum of Fine Arts which exhibits top Spanish artists such as Goya, El Greco and Velazquez. A cheap way of seeing all the sights is to get a discounted 10-journey bus pass available from tobacconists and other shops..
Denia, despite its increasing popularity, has retained its picturesque look including the quaint fishermen's quarter, cobbled streets and a 12th century castle. For the active holidaymaker its beaches also have water sports available while the nearby Mount Montgo is a popular walking spot. The reward for reaching the peak at 750 metres high is the view of the Costa Blanca coastline.
Midway along the coast lie two of the main Costa Blanca destinations - Benidorm and Alicante. The best-known resort is Benidorm, its beaches are leisure facilities are the reason why it has become Costa Blanca's main tourist magnet.. As well as having extensive beaches, Benidorm offers everything in one large area - shops, festivals, restaurants, bars and clubs. Families with kids have the choice of a water park, go-karting and ten-pin bowling and a dolphin show to keep them busy when the beaches get too hot.
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Alicante also has a whole range of attractions away from its beaches. Shopping in the local market is a lively experience and the town has two waterfront promenades.
The hottest months on the Costa Blanca are June to September when temperatures average 29-32C. Spring and autumn are comfortably warm and the area is much sought after in winter where temperatures average 17C whilst the UK freezes.
If the sun, sea and sand become a bit to much for you then it is possible to head in land where there is some stunning countryside to explore. Dramatic hills, dusty farm tracks, picturesque villages and simply so much more of Spain than many British holiday visitors get to see by clinging to the coast.
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