The Costa Blanca region stretches for some 200 kilometres along the Mediterranean coast of Spain. This is a popular Spanish tourist and holiday destination, but not quite as popular or built up as the well known Costa del Sol to the south. As a result, the region has much to offer those who like the beautiful countryside as well as the wonderful beaches and warm weather without all the commercialization and crowds of the southern areas. There are still tourist resorts, but there are also quiet Spanish villages, beautiful coastline and lots of things to keep anyone, young or old, busy.
As you travel south along the coast, the weather becomes hotter in the summer and milder in the winters. The Costa Blanca is in the middle of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, so it has a little more mild weather than the costas to the north and south, but there isn’t too much difference. The days in the summer are hot and dry, while winter isn’t ever really cold. It is an ideal place to set up a vacation or retirement home, just make sure to go the right estate agent like Estate Agents in Benissa, Spain.
The Costa Blanca starts below Valencia around the town of Gandia and travels south along the coast through the resort town Benidorm, then Alicante and ends around Torrevieja. At the north end of the Costa Blanca are several small towns that are ideal for places to visit or have a house. Denia and Javea are smaller towns that make a nice retreat from the larger, more tourist-oriented towns on the southern end of the region.
The town of Javea is located on a promontory with gorgeous beaches tucked into small bays. The town itself is really two towns in one – the seaside, harbour area and the old downtown in the Arenal area. Aduanas del Mar is the urban centre developed around the harbour, where you will find plenty of restaurants and café bars spread around the port. To the north of town is the Montgó Natural Park (Les Planes). Here, you can visit the historic windmills and get lovely views over the bay of Jávea. There is plenty of nature to explore trails and lots of scenery in the park.
The beach resort of Calpe, a modern beach resort, is a bit farther down the coast. It has an attractive old quarter and the distinctive Gibraltar-style Peñon de Ifach rock which dominates the skyline for miles around. Altea is considered one of Costa Blanca’s most beautiful towns with its medieval cobbled streets leading up to the blue-domed church. The plaza here has one of the best views on the Costa Blanca.