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Costa Blanca holidays in Spain

Spend a beautiful holiday here !

Editorial by Qualityrent

Costa Blanca - White Coast


"We really would like to be back!" - "Why here? "- one could wonder. There are some good reasons for that, for example the numbers of yearly visitors and tourists which speak for themselves. Since 2010, tourism has constantly increased at the Costa Blanca and the number of visitors today almost passed the usual leaders Catalonia and Andalusia. The Costa Blanca had in 2014 approximately 3.5 million visitors, which is 570,000 more than in 2010, meaning an increase of about 30%. The main reason the visitors mention for their visit is the balance of price / quality and secondly the here well known, mild microclimate. The summers are not so aggressively hot as in the south of Spain, the beaches are clean and the typically Mediterranean food but with an international flavour. A colourful mixture of many nationalities and languages, the people friendly and the accommodations suitable for every budget. From small budget, camping or hostels, to luxurious villas or hotels.

Where is the Costa Blanca Spain ?
The seasons on the Spanish Costa Blanca
Region Costa Blanca

Here on the Costa Blanca with its 9 regions one enjoys also the different seasons, the change of the climate is not so drastically as in Northern Europe. Nevertheless, we have spring, summer, autumn and winter, and each season has at least one argument to spend the holidays here. Accordingly also the type of tourism varies in the area around Alicante. Very clearly the big part of the tourism takes place between mid-May and September. Here we measure daily temperatures between 20-27 degrees in May and June, and between 28 - 40 degrees in the hot months of July and August. The classic summer holiday people, searching sun, sea and beaches are staying mainly in the coastal towns such as Denia, Javea, Moraira, Calpe, Oliva, Altea, Els Poblets, and of course Benidorm. Many Spaniards from Madrid and Valencia, as well from other major cities, come to spend their summer on the Costa Blanca. Preferred regions are the "Marina Alta" and the "Marina Baja" areas. Many boat owners and fans of water sports are excited about the Costa Blanca. There are berths for the boats, but also boats to rent with or without skipper, jet skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, diving equipment, etc. to hire. The major theme parks such as Terra Mitica, Aqualandia, Mundomar and Terra Natura have opened their gates, and offer large and small entertainment, water games, animals and nature.

Diving schools and surf schools on all beaches are now nearby fully booked. The excursion boats to the Balearic Islands leaving from Denia on a daily base and also offer day trips to Formentera and Ibiza. Beach lovers will now enjoy the maximum fun!

piscina privada clear water and sand beach and fun

In autumn, as from mid-September, we notice a change on the Costa Blanca. The Spaniard from the big cities are no longer here. At the beaches you can see families with children only in the evening or on the weekend and the restaurants, bars and attractions are no longer as crowded as in the summer. September and October is the ideal time for couples without children, or all individuals who do not dependent on school holidays such as pensioners or groups.

nice beach in september

Temperatures are gorgeous, and settle down as between 23-28 Degrees, the water temperature of the sea is still ideal for swimming and the rates of accommodations have already adapted to the season.

From mid-November it will become slowly winter on the Costa Blanca and the landscape and the light is changing. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler and the bright sunlight gives way to a soft, yellow light. In winter we measure an average temperature between 15-20 degrees. But on some days even 25 degrees or only 10 degrees, depending on the hours of sunshine. Also in Spain some kind of heating system is necessary for a comfortable stay. Almost all apartments and holiday homes are actually equipped with central heating, air conditioning and fireplaces to guaranty a pleasant stay in the winter. Now the well-known, mild climate is an advantage. During the day we enjoy, on good weather, the glorious sunshine and we can still conveniently sit outside in the sun only with a T-shirt on and drinking coffee.

hiking in nature golf Costa Blanca Benidorm hotel

In the evening and at night we need the heater, a warm blanket and the open fireplace. During the day the "winter holiday people" explore the surrounding countryside, go shopping at the mall, play tennis and golf at the many scattered golf courses. Also wellness hotels and fitness centers there are here to satisfy. And trips to Valencia and Alicante are always popular and interesting. Or a visit to the casino in Benidorm, a variety show.

Beach in winter

From mid-February the spring already starts on the Costa Blanca. All landscapes are full of flowers now, especially the regions on the countryside such as "Alto Vinalopo, Alcoi and Vega baja", but also on the "Marina Alta". The almond trees, lemon and orange trees, but as well cherry trees and pine trees enchant us with their beautiful flowers and colours and especially the scents of citrus and pine.

Almond flowers Costa Blanca

Now all tourists who like hiking and cycling become active. As well all lovers of nature and landscapes and all those who like to explore the original Spain. Hotels and holiday homes on the countryside, villas or holiday rentals in all regions are in demand. Denia, which is known as "Capital" of the Marina Alta, is this also an ideal starting point to explore the surrounding areas. As well as Benissa, Moraira and Altea which are ideal starting points for excursions and walks into the interior. The Costa Blanca with its hilly surroundings has so much to offer. For example, the famous Sierra Bernia with many hiking trails, the famous for viticulture Jalon Valley with its wineries, natural parks such as the Montgo mountain area, the Waterfalls of Algar, the ancient town with castle Guadaleste, the stalactite caves in Benidoleig and the "Vall de Gallinera" region, known for the best and most authentic restaurants with typical dishes of this region. If you like nature and good weather, you will enjoy the spring on the Costa Blanca to the fullest. Especially holidaymakers from northern countries enjoy the wonderful climate, as in your home countries often its rainy and grey and low temperatures.

Facts and data about the Costa Blanca
  • 244 km coast line und 5.816 square kilometers
  • 9 regions (called here "Comarcas") :
    • El Comtat with its biggest city Cocentaina
    • Marina Alta with its capital Dénia
    • Marina Baja with its capital Benidorm
    • Alcoià with its of the same named city Alcoi
    • Alacant with its of the same capital and namesake of the province of Alicante
    • Alto Vinalopó with its big city Villena
    • Medio Vinalopó with two important cities Petrer und Elda
    • Vinalopó bajo with well known Elche
    • La Vega baja with Orihuela and the famous coast town Torrevieja
  • about 1.850.000 inhabitants
  • is part of Province Valencia
  • highest point Sierra Aitana with 1.580 m
  • official languages : Spanish und Valenciano
  • Airport : Alicante
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Excursions and interesting places on the Costa Blanca
Terra Mitica Benidorm

Terra Mitica Amusement park in Benidorm - Leisure fun for the whole family

Mundomar and Aqualandia Benidorm

Mundomar and Aqualandia in Benidorm - fun in the water for the whole family

Terra Natura Benidorm

Terra Natura - beautiful gardens and animals in the park

Reduced tickets for these four destinations and also for other events, such as ferry to Ibiza or Formentera, you can buy at Quality Rent Denia in the office, book or preorder. This gives you a price advantage and above all you don't need to wait in queue for entering, you will have direct access.

waterfall Guadaleste fuentes de Algar

Waterfalls "Fuentes de Algar" and the castle of Guadaleste

Jalon wine

Jalon and environment with its vineyards and wineries

Jesus Pobre Riu Rau

Gata de Gorgos known for its basket makers Jesus Pobre small, original village with monastery, and the Stalactite caves nearby Benidoleig

natural park Montgo

Natural park Montgó with its hiking trails and the ascent of the Montgo mountain

Ifach Calpe

Peñon de Ifach with its hiking trails and the ascent in Calpe

Sierra Bernia and Sierra Aitana

Mountain chain Sierra Bernia and Sierra Aitana with paths, ruins and monuments to visit

Benidorm Palace and casino

Benidorm Palace and casino

Alicante center

Alicante center

Altea old town

Altea historical old city with Alfàs del Pi, El Albir

Kitchen - Mediterranean food and drinks on the Costa Blanca

The most famous dish of the region is the paella with all its variants, with meat, fish or seafood, with rice or noodles, black or yellow. Everyone will find his favourite one in one of the well known restaurants, or in one of the original and lesser known tapas bars. But the region has much more to offer. For example, Denia was named this year by the UNESCU for culinary creative city of gastronomy. The local cuisine on the Costa Blanca is very healthy and there is a great emphasis on local products. Very well known and not to miss in any kitchen are e.g. olives of all kinds, oranges, cherries from the mountain areas, the renowned "Gambon rojo" (red shrimp) in Denia, dates from Elche, almonds from Alcoi, lobsters from Guardamar and a variety of vegetables such as artichokes and tomatoes, as well as rice from private cultivation. There are some "musts" you should definitely try :

Paella Valenciana

The classic Paella Valenciana with seafood and the famous Red Shrimp

Sea brass in salt

Dorada (Sea bass) in a wrap of salt and cooked in the oven. A "must have" for all fish eaters ... does not taste salty !

Cocas spanish snack

Cocas for a snack. In many villages of the community it is traditionally baked in old wood burning ovens by local women. The topping consists of many different ingredients such as anchovies, tomatoes, peas, etc.

Turron almond sweet

Turron - almond sweets. Especially around Christmas time it is offered everywhere. A must for those who love sweets.

In no case we should forget to mention the wine and its local cultivation. Viticulture in Spain has great tradition and the variety is endless. Constantly we can discover new, young and creative wines and bottlings. A variety of wine shops, known as "bodegas", but also wineries with own production, down to the supermarkets, advise us and provide us with a gigantic variety of wines.

Wine in Spain vineyards Alicante Luxury wine Costa Blanca

The regions Las Marinas, Vinalopó and El Comtat producing regularly award-winning white, red, rosé and Mistela wines. "El Fondillón" made from Monastrell grapes and an exclusive product of Alicante, is one of only five excellent, official "luxury wines" in the European Union.

Culture and history to join on the Costa Blanca

Many of the small villages and towns on the Costa Blanca own lovely old town centres still telling in their own way the history of the country. These are of great cultural interest. Explore on your own your local surroundings and you will be surprised how much you still find on old buildings and interesting monuments and ruins from ancient times. As an example, we could mention the palaces of Orihuela. There are two communities that have been officially included in the European Route of modernity. Alcoy and Novelda surprising by a particular architecture.
More routes to visit are :

  • The Castles Route, where you can find a number of ancient fortresses, e.g. in Banyeres de Mariola, Onil, Castalla, Villena, Sax, Petrer, Elda, Novelda, Elche, Santa Pola, Denia, etc.
  • The Road of El Cid. A cultural walk in the footsteps of the famous freedom fighter Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar.
  • The Wine Route, through vineyards and wineries.

Every village and municipality on the Costa Blanca celebrates at its time " fiestas ". These usually have ancient traditions and customs that are passed on to this day from generation to generation. The most famous fiestas on the Costa Blanca are the "Moors and Christians" celebrated in almost all coastal towns and of course the so-called "Fallas" in Valencia and Denia. The exact dates can be found on the respective websites from tourism offices of your holiday destination.

Fallas Denia Moors and christians Fallas Valencia
Costa Blanca coastline and beaches - to make a selection is difficult

From north to south we can find about 200 km of coastline. A variety of nature, characteristics and usage provides the right ambience for all water lovers. Ranging from the large number of sandy beaches with fine sand and clear blue water to the rocky shores and bays with its beautiful underwater world, some areas are even protected. For someone seeking beautiful beaches and quality environment, the selection at the Costa Blanca is really difficult, there are so many options here. The choice range from secluded, pristine bays on nature reserves, to the known and high frequented beaches with every comfort, fine sand and excellent with all safety standards. This coast is also very popular for boats, diving, surfing of all kinds and for nature lovers.

nature coast Costa Blanca Beach and holiday spain Sandy beach Calpe
Three Important marinas on the Costa Blanca - matching for all kind of Mariners
Yacht harbour Javea

Yacht club Jávea
Club Náutico de Jávea
Muelle Norte s/n03730
Jávea, Alicante, Spain
Tel. +34 965 791 025
www.cnjavea.net

Yacht harbour Moraira

Yacht club Moraira
Club Náutico Moraira
Puerto de Moraira S/N03724 Moraira, Alicante, Spain
Tel: +34 96 574 44 61
www.cnmoraira.com


Marina de Denia, leisure and boat

Puerto deportivo (sport harbour) Denia
Marina de Dénia
Dársena de babor, s.n.03700
Denia, Alicante, Spain
Tel. +34 966 424 307
www.marinadedenia.com

Quality Rent a Villa Denia
Calle Dársena de babor s/n
La Marina de Denia, Edif. F2, Local 3
03700 Denia
España
Tel: +34 966 424 967
Fax: +34 966 431 211
www.qualityrent.com
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