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Spain’s famed Costa Blanca, meaning ‘white coast’, is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Visitors come here for a good time; for sun, sand and sangria. Combining a lively social scene, superb beaches and great weather for most of the year, a holiday on the Costa Blanca is time well spent for travellers both young and old.

Despite being popular for its enticing package deals, all-inclusive resorts and buzzing bars, there’s a little more to the Costa Blanca than meets the eye. Old towns such as that found in Xàbia conceal beautiful backstreets, whitewashed houses and stone shop fronts behind the more contemporary beachfront. So come and let your hair down on a Costa Blanca holiday with us.

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Top Resorts in Costa Blanca

Benidorm Costa Blanca Holidays
Deposit from £49 per person

Benidorm

from £115pp

Albir Costa Blanca Holidays
Deposit from £49 per person

Albir

from £155pp

Alicante Costa Blanca Holidays
Deposit from £49 per person

Alicante

from £121pp

Top Hotels in Costa Blanca

Gala Placidia Hotel
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Gala Placidia Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £200pp
Gran Hotel Bali
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Gran Hotel Bali

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £221pp
Dynastic Hotel
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Dynastic Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £223pp
Terralta Aparthotel
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Terralta Aparthotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £157pp
La Era Park Apartments
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La Era Park Apartments

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £150pp
Sol Pelicanos Ocas
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Sol Pelicanos Ocas

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £244pp
Buenavista Apartments
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Buenavista Apartments

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £146pp
Camposol Hotel
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Camposol Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £143pp

At a Glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 40m

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Top Attractions

If you can peel yourself away from the beach, pool or barstool then there’s a whole wealth of Spanish culture waiting to be discovered on a Costa Blanca holiday. Delve a little deeper into the heart of Alicante and you’ll find homages to Iberian art and ceramics at the Museo Arqueologico Provincial, or to Spain’s colourful naval history at Museos Flotantes. Where else on the Costa Blanca can you clamber aboard a submarine, or explore an old customs boat?

Speaking of the sea, Playa de San Juan just outside Alicante is the perfect place to enjoy a large, relatively quiet beach and go swimming in the Med. For something a little livelier, and with plenty of tapas bars and restaurants surrounding it, Playa del Postiguet is the place to get stuck into the beach life.

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Wine and Dine

Hosting as it does millions of international visitors all year round, the Costa Blanca caters to a wide variety of culinary tastes. You’re just as likely to find a full English as you are a plate of frito misto here. If it’s a taste of Spain that you’re after, take a detour away from the centre of Benidorm into the historic old town and ‘Tapas Alley’. Here you can sample fresh local prawns from Denia or Iberian ham over a cold beer or glass of wine. It’s the ideal place to get off the beaten track and rub shoulders with the locals, a great place to eat by day or night.

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For Families

Head down to the southern end of the Costa Blanca, to the playground that is Torrevieja. There are so many fun activities for children of all ages here, ranging from the popular beaches, a salt lake to walk around and submarine to explore. At Aquopolis Water Park the whole family can make a splash on all manner of crazy slides, there’s a traditional funfair down by the harbour front and even a huge sports complex offering summer activities for kids. Culture vultures will lap up the historic Benidorm Balcon, the striking castle viewpoint providing views of the whole city and coast as far as the eye can see. Oh, and there’s cannons. Who said a holiday on the Costa Blanca was all about the 18-30 club?

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Action and Adventure

Sea, sky and mountain sports aplenty can be enjoyed on your Costa Blanca holidays. For an adventure on two wheels get yourself down to Torrevieja and ride around the nature parks and salt lakes and even stop off for a dip in the mud baths at Mar Menor. Marvel at the flocks of pink flamingos, herons and gulls. At Santa Pola, gusty offshore winds create a perfect environment for kite surfing, ideal for everyone from beginners to experts. If you’re feeling energetic then why not climb Montgo Mountain and admire the views of the coast from up on high?

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Life's a Beach

Whilst much of the Costa Blanca holiday action centres on Alicante, much beachside fun is to be had in places like Gandia, where the sand is groomed daily by tractors. It’s a popular spot in the summer with a great vibe on weekends in particular. Down in Benidorm, Playa de Levante is a Blue Flag-rated stretch of golden sand with a pedestrianised promenade. A little further afield lies Playa de La Fossa, a wilder beach offering striking views of the Penyal d’Ifac, a giant limestone rock that rises out of the choppy sea on the horizon. Boats can be chartered in the harbour to take you on fishing expeditions, should you fancy a spot of angling.

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Nightlife

If you’ve come to dance until the early hours then you’re in the right place. Benidorm has its fair share of nightclubs on the strip, the Avenida Communitat Valencia. Most cost around 15 euros to enter and usually include a free drink or two to sweeten the deal. Over in Alicante it’s all about classy cocktail bars. NIC bar does a mean gin and tonic, whereas down by the water Isla Marina will shake up a refreshing ice cocktail to be enjoyed watching the famous Mediterranean sunset. El Coscorron is known for its mojitos, packed crowd and electric jazz music. One way or another, you’ll certainly remember your holiday on the Costa Blanca for a great time after dark.

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For Couples

There’s so much to see and do for couples on a Costa Blanca holiday, it really depends on what you love doing (or not doing). The town of Oliva in the north part of the region is rarely crowded, boasts long sandy beaches and wild coastline that is perfect for couples that want to escape the masses and have a bit of alone time. Moraira, with its incredible blue waters and quiet beaches, is a great place for couples that love scuba diving and snorkeling, not to mention those who love a great local tapas restaurant. Benidorm is great for young couples who love to party, whilst the area capital of Valencia is a place to soak up the vibrant culture of arts and sciences.

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Culture

The Costa Blanca may appear to be ultra modern on the outside, but peel back its contemporary exterior and you’ll find the southern Spain of old. Enjoy a taste of history in Denia’s old town centre, inspiration for movie writers and artists. Uncover castles, vineyards and local restaurants in the countryside just outside of Alicante. Maybe you’d like to see the iconic blue and white tiled dome of Altea’s old church, or discover Moorish monuments in Adsubia. Whatever you fancy, there’s plenty to see from a cultural perspective on your Costa Blanca holiday.

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