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Guide of Costa Blanca


 
When visiting the Costa Blanca you will discover the region of light and the sea. This area of Spain can boast of having a microclimate and more than 2,800 hours of sunlight per year. This has caused that many northern European citizens have chosen the Costa Blanca as their second home fleeing from cold and long winters. Consequently in this area of Spain you can enjoy a multicultural and dynamic atmosphere throughout the year.
The Costa Blanca is joy, beauty and light regardless of the season where you go. But also, in this region are mixed a coastal and modern atmosphere with culture and tradition. In the cities are combined the tradition of the old towns and fishing districts with modern marinas and promenades.


In connection with its cultural richness it is worth mentioning the festivals that have been declared of "International Tourist Interest”:

Moors and Christians, Alcoy
The mystery of Elche, Elche
Bonfires of San Juan, Alicante
Palm Sunday Procession, Elche
Moors and Christians, Villajoyosa
Easter week , Orihuela
International Contest of Habaneras and Polyphonies, Torrevieja

It should be remembered that this region is also ideal for practicing water sports, hiking or golf. All this will be done, in a landscape of endless beaches, natural parks, beautiful spots and cliffs. All scented by the fragrance of pine, almond and orange trees.

 



 
 We recommend


 Shopping

 Gastronomy

 Fiestas

 Our tip

 How to get there

 Useful Information




We recommend


Alicante


Capital of the province of Alicante is the largest city in the whole area. Still, it is a welcoming city and with an accessible center. Do not miss the old town, which at night also becomes a nightlife area for young people. It has numerous beaches but the most central is the Postiguet. Right in front of this stands the castle of Santa Barbara; we recommend a visit to it. Also near this you can stroll through its important marina and “La Explanada”. If you prefer a cultural visit, we recommend the MARQ Museum (Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante) and MUBAG (Gravina Fines Arts Museum).

Hostel in Alicante

Elche


This city is internationally known for two things: The Palm Grove (El Palmeral) and the discovery of the Lady of Elche (Dama de Elche). The first, of great beauty, has over 300,000 date palms and was recognized by Unesco World Heritage Site. The second is an Iberian type figure that was found in the archaeological site of L'Alcudia. Currently this figure is in the museum of Madrid. Of equal importance is the Mystery of Elche recognized by UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is also worth making a tour through the Altamira Palace, Arab Baths, Basilica of Santa Maria and MAHE Museum (Museum of Archaeology and History of Elche).

Torrevieja


It is the most famous and important city in the south of the Costa Blanca. Here you will find from crowded beaches to small and unknown corners in coves practically unspoiled. You'll also have lots of fun at night, and a wide gastronomic offer of different cuisines from around the world. But in this city there are not only beaches, it also has the Natural Park of the Laguna de Torrevieja and La Mata where you can watch the birds, make a hiking tour or bicycle tour.

Orihuela


Do not miss the "old town historical monuments," which were declared a Historic-Artistic and Monumental Heritage. This city has  also an extension of long beaches of fine sand and beautiful coves at 30 kilometers (La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Campoamor ...). In this zone there is a very diverse and international environment and a wide choice of entertainment for all tastes and ages. Also in this area should be noted the various golf courses and its two marinas.

Villajoyosa/ La Vila Joiosa



This is a small traditional fishing village with idyllic beaches and paradisiacal coves. The houses painted in different colors make it a very beautiful postcard. Also noteworthy is the VALOR chocolate museum, prestigious and well known brand of chocolate. In the afternoon if you go to the fish market you can enjoy the fresh fish auction just brought by the fishermen.

Benidorm


This is one of the quintessential tourist destinations in Spain. In this city you will find fun and good atmosphere the whole year thanks to its microclimate. Here both foreign and Spanish, come to spend their summer holidays. You will find guaranteed fun for all ages until the wee hours of the night. It is worth walking around the long promenade at sunset or sunrise overlooking the blue Mediterranean. Do not miss near Benidorm the Theme Park Terra Mitica, Terra Natura, Aqualandia, Mundomar and Aquanature.

Calpe 



Do not miss the beautiful creation of nature, The Rock of Ifach. With 332 meters, this geographic feature (slip of the Sierra de Oltà) separates the northern and southern beaches of Calpe. Is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip, and is the ideal place for hiking, climbing and diving. Be sure to visit the town with its famous antique market on Wednesday or the archaeological remains and the baths of the Queen.

Altea




If you visit Altea, you will discover one of the most beautiful old towns on the Mediterranean coast, characteristic for the blue tiles of the Church of Our Lady of Consolation. Among its streets you can buy handicrafts or tasting local products in one of its restaurants. Be sure to visit the cove with black pebbles and the  beaches.

Dénia


Seaside village with a landscape of crystalline water, you can not miss the Cape of San Antonio Nature Reserve. By obtaining a permit can be practiced underwater activities. If you prefer the mountain then we recommend the hiking trails through the natural park of Montgo. In the village we also recommend the castle and the fishing district.

Others


Other coastal villages:

Benitachell, Benissa  ,Els Poblets, Finestrat, Javea , Teulada- Moraira, El Campello, Guardamar , L’Alfas del Pi ,Isla Tabarca Santa Pola y Pilar de la Horadada.

In the interior of the region:

•    Sierra Mariola Natural Park (Alcoy, Concentaina, Banyeres de Mariola, Agres, Alfafara y Muro de Alcoy)
•    Algar Fountains, at 3 km from Callosa d'en Sarria
•    Route of the castles of Vinalopó:: Elda, Sax, Villena, Petrer, Novelda, Campo de Mirra, Banyeres de Mariola y Biar.
•    Jijona and  the “turrón” factories.


Caves:

Canalobre Caves, Busot
Rull caves, Vall D’Ebro
Calavera cave, Benidoleig


Shopping


In the center of the capital of the province, Alicante, you will find all sorts of different shops in which you can buy all sorts of products from the most luxurious to the most artisans. The main street is Maisonnave Avenue and the very end of the Avenue is the shopping center El Corte Ingles. In the surrounding streets you will also find all kinds of shops and franchises both national and international.

The shopping centers of the city and on the outskirts of the same are:


PANORAMIS
Muelle de Poniente, 6,
03003 Alicante
http://www.panoramis.com


CENTRO COMERCIAL GRAN VIA
C/ José García Sellés, 2
03015 - Alicante
http://www.ccgranvia.com
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00H
Entertainment and restaurants: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 24:00H

CENTRO COMERCIAL PARQUE VISTAHERMOSA
Avenida de Antonio Ramos Carratalá, 56 -, 60
03015 Alicante

CENTRO COMERCIAL PLAZA MAR 2
Avda. de Denia s/n.
03016 Alicante
http://www.plazamar2.net
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00H
Entertainment and restaurants: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 03:00H

CENTRO COMERCIAL PUERTA DE ALICANTE
Avda Alcalde Lorenzo Carbonell s/n
03007 Alicante
http://www.puertadealicante.com
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00H
Entertainment and restaurants: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 24:00H

In smaller towns there are also different shops where you can find anything. If you prefer the shopping centers in Torrevieja and Finestrat (near Benidorm) you will find:

Centro Comercial La Marina
Avenida del País Valencià 2
03509 Finestrat (Alicante)
http://www.cclamarina.com
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00H
Entertainment and restaurants: Monday to Sunday from 13:00 to 01:00H


Centro Comercial Habaneras
Avda. Rosa Mazón Valero s/n,
03180 Torrevieja (Alicante)
http://www.centrocomercialhabaneras.net
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00H
Entertainment and restaurants: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 01:00H


Flea markets

The flea market is a deeply rooted tradition in Spain. In them, you can find all kinds of products and fresh food at a very affordable price. It is also very common selling clothes and shoes. In any flea market you go, you will find the best bargains in many types of products.

Below you will find the days in which there is flea market in each town:

Alfaz del Pi: Fridays
Alicante: Thursdays and Saturdays (Campoamor)
Altea: Tuesdays
Benidorm: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays
Benissa: Saturdays
Callosa de Ensarriá: Mondays
Calpe: Saturdays
Crevillente: Saturdays
Denia: Mondays and Fridays
El Campello: Wednesdays
Elche: The neighborhood is changing daily
Guardamar: Saturdays and Sundays
Javea: Thursdays
La Nucia: Mondays, Fridays and Sundays
Ondara: Wednesdays
Orihuela town: Tuesdays and Fridays
Orihuela coast: Thursdays (Campoamor, urbanization aguamarina) and Saturdays (Playa Flamenco)
Polop: Wednesdays
Santa Pola: Thursdays and Saturdays
Teulada: Wednesdays
Torrevieja: Fridays
Villajoyosa: Thursdays


Gastronomy


In this region you can enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are the basis of the cuisine of this zone. All with the freshness that characterizes it. If you travel to this area of Spain, you must try the Paella, so typical of the region of Valencia. In the Costa Blanca there are other variations of paella as is "arroz con costra” (baked rice with egg and cold sausage) "arròs fessols i amb naps" (rice with beans and turnips) or the delicious " caldero and arroz a la banda "(rice made with fish stock). If you prefer better to eat something lighter, we propose a baked sea bass or bream. As starter we suggest you try the typical products of the sea such as salazones (salted fish): tuna, bonito, mojama (salted tuna loin). If you are still hungry you can also order some delicious grilled prawns freshly picked from the bay. To accompany your meal why not taste a Marina Alta white wine or a full-bodied red wine from various parts of the region?
If you go at Christmas, do not forget to try the “excellent Jijona turrón with international reputation." They also make ice cream for the summer. These can be accompanied with the liquor of the Sierra Mariola or Alcoy anise. You can also try almond cake for dessert or “pastel de Gloria” (sweet made with egg and sugar)

Fiestas


HOGUERAS DE SAN JUAN (SAN JUAN BONFIRES)
Municipality: Alicante
Date: 20- 24 June

Alicante's streets are filled with booths where you can taste typical dishes. On the beach there are fireworks competitions and even in the old town a medieval market. All neighborhoods are filled with giant figures depicting scenes from different themes, usually being critical to current issues. These figures go to competition and the one to win will get rid of being burned at 24:00 on 23rd. Also in this magical night people will go to ask for their wish at the beach. Every day you will have guaranteed nightlife.


CERTAMEN INTERNACIONAL DE HABANERAS Y POLIFONÍAS (INTERNATIONAL HABANERAS AND POLIPHONY CONTEST)
Municipality: Torrevieja
Date: July

The habanera comes from decades ago when Torrevieja sailors went to Cuba to trade and from their stays there, they brought this marvelous and sweet song.
Since 1955 choirs from almost all parts of the world participate in this internationally renowned contest.


EL MISTERIO DE ELCHE (THE MISTERY OF ELCHE)
Municipality: Elche
Date:  14 and 15 august

This representation has been declared by UNESCO a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
It is a drama sung in ancient Valencian language and stems from medieval roots. This represents the Dormition, Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin Mary. It is the only lyric drama that occurs inside a church, the Basilica of Santa Maria.


EASTER WEEK
City: Orihuela
Date: Easter Week
 
For several days in the city of Orihuela and its beautiful old town processions take place. These are happening every day of the week and stands out the procession on Friday as the largest seen in Spain. It also stands out for its beauty and importance the procession on Saturday, The Entombment of Christ. This procession is headed by the covered gentleman, which is the person who has demonstrated his love or nobility to the city.


MOROS Y CRISTIANOS (MOORS AND CHRISTIANS)

Municipality: La Villajoyosa
Date 24-31 July

This is a very traditional kind of festival that takes place in several towns in the province of Alicante. This feast commemorates the battles that took place between Muslims and Christians during the Muslim invasion. At these festivals, battles are simulated while also there are complementary leisure activities for the duration thereof. The festival of Moors and Christians in Villajoyosa is very important and differs to the others as this represents a landing. With an antiquity of more than 250 years commemorate what happened in 1538, when the Barbary pirates led by Zále-Arraez, tried to attack the city. These celebrations are in honor of Santa Marta as she saw them and warned the population therefore avoiding the attack.

Municipality:Alcoy
Date: 23 april

As in Villojoyosa and other villages, the celebrations commemorate the battles that took place between Muslims and Christians. The festivals of Alcoy are in honor of St. George, as in a battle of April 23, 1276, according to tradition, his performance helped to beat Christians in a Muslim attack. This was named patron of the town and since then this festival is celebrated on this day to celebrate the victory.


Our Tip


• Always wear a bathing suit in the suitcase regardless of the time of year you go. The water is usually quite warm throughout the year and if it's sunny and good temperature, why not a swim?
• Rent a car and visit all towns you can. It will not take much time and so you can discover both the south and the north of the region.
• We recommend that you go to eat paella at a good or specialized restaurant. If you do not know the place you go, your expectations for this delicious dish may not be met.
• If you have enough budget, buy a pair of shoes made in the region, you will be surprised by its value for money.




How to get there


By plane


The main airport is located in El Altet, at 9 km from Alicante. It is one of largest airports in Spain and has frequent and numerous national and international flights.

The approximate cost of a taxi from Alicante to the airport is 19 euros.

From the airport there are buses going to towns such as Alicante, Benidorm, Elche, Murcia and Torrevieja.

More information on timetables to Alicante:

http://www.subus.es

More information on timetables to Torrevieja:

http://www.costazul.net/es/lineas-y-horarios/torrevieja-aeropuerto-alicante.html

Other destinations:

www.alsa.es

By bus


The main bus station is at the Port of Alicante:

Muelle de Poniente, s/n.
Tel. 965 130 700

From here, depart buses to all parts of Spain and destinations in central Europe, and even Morocco.
 
The whole province is connected by bus either with direct routes to the towns or via Alicante.

More information: www.alsa.es


By train


The Alicante train station is in the center of the city:

Avenida Salamanca nº 1. 
Tel. 902 43 23 43 ‎

This is connected with many cities via Madrid and frequent trains to destinations in Murcia and Catalonia.

With regard to connections with the towns of the region, not all have train station. We encourage you to check it before going to the station as your destination may be connected only by bus.



Useful information


Languages


Spanish and Valencian

Climate


The region has a Mediterranean climate. It is characterized by mild temperatures all year round, many hours of sunshine throughout the year and little rain. These are concentrated in autumn and are slightly more abundant in the north of the province. The average annual temperature is 19 º -20. The hottest months are July and August but with an average temperature of 30 °.

Public Holidays


In Spain


1 and 6 January
Good Friday
19 March
1 May
15 August
12 October
1 November
6, 8 and 25 December

Public holidays in Alicante


Each town has its own day, for example, in Alicante on 24 June (San Juan) is a public holiday. We advise you to check before you travel if any would coincide in your destination. The days that all the cities of the Costa Blanca have in common are:

9 October (Day of the Valencian Community)
Easter Monday

We would like to mention also the 16th July, the Virgin of Carmen, as it is celebrated in almost all coastal and some inland towns. This is the patron saint of sailors and of the sea and is celebrated with the traditional sea procession, and offerings of flowers at sea. This is a very beautiful picture and if you have the opportunity, you should not miss it. In many of these towns for several days there are events and celebrations.

Tourist offices



TOURIST-INFO ALCOI  
C/ San Lorenzo nº 2
03801
Tel : 965.53.71.55
Fax : 965.53.71.53
WEB: www.ajualcoi.org
Email: alcoi@touristinfo.net


TOURIST INFO ALICANTE-CENTRO  
C/ Portugal, 17 (Est. Autobuses)
03003
Tel: 96.592.98.02
Fax : 96.592.01.12
WEB: www.alicanteturismo.com
Email: alicantecentro@touristinfo.net

TOURIST-INFO ALICANTE  
Rambla Méndez Nuñez, 23
03002
Tel: 965.20.00.00
Fax : 965.20.02.43
WEB: www.alicanteturismo.com
Email: alicante@touristinfo.net


TOURIST-INFO ALTEA  
Carrer Sant Pere, 9
03590
Tel: 965.84.41.14/22
Fax: 965.84.42.13
WEB: www.ayuntamientoaltea.es
Email: altea@touristinfo.net

TOURIST INFO BENIDORM - CENTRO  
Avda. Martinez Alejos, 16
03501
Tel: 96 585 13 11 / 96 585 32 24
Fax: 96 586 36 25
WEB: www.benidorm.org
Email: benidorm@touristinfo.net


TOURIST INFO BENIDORM - EUROPA  
Avda. de Europa, s/n (esquina C/ Ibiza)
 03503
Tel: 965.860.095
WEB: www.benidorm.org
Email: benidormeuropa@touristinfo.net


TOURIST INFO BENISSA  
Avda. País Valencià, 97
03720
Tel: 965.73.22.25
Fax: 965.73.25.37
WEB: www.benissa.es
Email: turismo@benissa.net

TOURIST INFO CALPE CENTRO  
Plaza Del Mosquit, s/n
03710
Tel: 965.83.85.32 / 965 83.85.33
Fax: 965.83.85.31
WEB: www.calpe.es
Email: calpecentro@touristinfo.net

TOURIST-INFO DENIA  
Plaza Oculista Buigues, 9
03700
Tel: 966.42.23.67 / 902114162
Fax: 965.78.09.57
WEB: www.denia.net
Email: denia@touristinfo.net


TOURIST-INFO ELX  
Plaça del Parc, 3
03202
Tel: 966 65 81 96
Fax: 966 65 81 97
WEB: www.turismedelx.com
Email: elx@touristinfo.net


TOURIST INFO FINESTRAT  
Avda. Marina Baixa, 15 Edif. Monika Holidays La Cala de Finestrat
03509
Tel: 966.80.12.08
Fax: 966.80.12.72
WEB: www.finestrat.org
Email: finestrat@touristinfo.net

TOURIST-INFO XÀBIA - CENTRE  
Plaza de la Iglesia, 4
03730
Tel: 96 579 43 56
Fax: 96 579 60 17
WEB: www.xabia.org
Email: xabia_gestion@gva.es

TOURIST-INFO ORIHUELA - PLAYA  
Plaza del l Oriol, 1.Urb. Playa Flamenca.Ctra N-332 Alicante-Cartagena,Km 50
03189
Tel: 966.76.00.00
Fax: 966761250
WEB: www.aytoorihuela.com
Email: orihuelaplaya@touristinfo.net


TOURIST INFO SANTA POLA CENTRO  
C/ Astilleros nº 4 (junto Ayuntamiento)
03130
Tel: 966.69.60.52
Fax: 966 696 039
WEB: www.turismosantapola.es
Email: santapola@touristinfo.net

TOURIST-INFO TORREVIEJA  
Plaza Ruiz Capdepont, s/n
03181
Tel: 965 705 782 / 901 343 343
Fax: 965.71.59.36
WEB: www.webtorrevieja.com
Email: torrevieja@touristinfo.net

TOURIST INFO TORREVIEJA - PASEO MARÍTIMO  
Paseo Marítimo. Playa del Cura
03182
Tel: 966 702 284
WEB: www.webtorrevieja.com

Alicante Tourist Offices

Emergency telephone numbers


Alicante airport: 96 691 91 00
Fire service: 080
Red Cross: 902 22 22 92
National Police: 091
Emergency Telephone Number: 112
Maritime emergencies: 900 202 202







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