Holidays in Costa Blanca
Escape to the sunny shores of south eastern Spain by booking holidays to Costa Blanca. The region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, with stunning scenery, brilliant nightlife, and an endless array of cultural and natural attractions for you to explore.
This region's award-winning, gentle sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, while for thrill-seekers the giant Terra Mitica theme park is nearby. There’s also a fun-filled water park, Aqualandia, with tubes, slides and rapids which make a great day out for the whole family during your Costa Blanca holidays. Head inland from the sun-drenched resorts for historic towns and villages set in lush mountains. Many of these settlements date back to medieval or ancient times, and give a completely different experience to the usual touristy resorts along the coast.
13-32 (°C) °C
Costa Blanca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters; the highest winter temperatures are enjoyed along the coast. Inland, summers are much hotter, with temperatures often reaching the mid to high 30s (°C) in July and August.
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from the UK
This destination has three airports: Valencia in the north of the region, Alicante in the centre and Murcia in the south. Plenty of UK airports depart to these destinations all year round.
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If you're interested in learning more about Spanish history, visit Santa Barbara Castle, a wonderful 10th century fortress near Alicante city centre. Standing on the dramatic rocky summit of Benacantil Mountain, it includes a ruined church, dungeons, cannons, and more fascinating artefacts. You can visit it for free and enjoy stunning views of the coast from the castle walls.
Another sight that's definitely worth putting on your Costa Blanca holidays itinerary is Tabarca, a glorious island just off the coast near the resort of Santa Pola. Originally fortified to protect its residents from pirates back in the 18th century, Tabarca is surrounded by dazzling emerald waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. See the island's historic walls, and enjoy some delicious seafood at one of its sea-view restaurants before you take the ferry back to the mainland.
If you're spending your Costa Blanca holidays in the Benidorm area, spend some time at the Terra Mítica theme park, which is divided into five ancient-themed areas such as Rome and Egypt. From thrill rides to big shows, it's guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours, and is a great alternative to the beach.
Valencia and Albufeira National Park are some of the most exciting areas of Spain for culture and natural beauty. See medieval monuments such as Lonja de Seda and the cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the modern Gantxo House created by architect Manuel Peris Ferrando, and the central market is always crowded and lively. The national parks in this part of Spain are world class and beautifully maintained.
Alicante is a traditional Spanish town, which has clung to its roots making it the perfect place to experience a touch of ‘authentic Spain’ as well as the guaranteed sun, sand and sea. Beach holidays in Costa Blanca are as popular as ever thanks to the blue flag beaches, but nowadays so is the Castell de Santa Barbara; the ancient citadel which looms over the town below and draws the crowds for its beautiful views. The castle was constructed in the 9 th century to defend the Peninsula, although relics from the Bronze and Roman ages have been found on its slopes.
Aqualandia in Benidorm is a huge water park that looks like a huge chemistry set. The Black Hole and Kamikaze white knuckle rides are particularly popular with the kids, and the Big Bang is the highest water slide in Europe. Other things to enjoy here include a lazy river, wave pool and a jungle pool where you can swim underneath waterfalls. Terra Mitica, also in Benidorm, is similar to Thorpe Park or Alton Towers over here and its star attraction is the Synkope, a ride that works like a metronome and swings joy riders around at 80 miles per hour. If you enjoy freefalling from 54 metres you’ll also enjoy the Flight of the Phoenix ride. There’re plenty of places to eat in both parks, including cafes and restaurants.
Families: Terra Mitica is a great family day out, with adventures galore waiting for you at this family-friendly theme park.
Shoppers: Visit the famous Valor Chocolate Factory before heading to Villajoyosa Market to bag a bargain.
Sun-worshippers: Endless sandy beaches live up to Costa Blanca’s name, which means white coast in English.
Language: The language spoken in here is Spanish. However, you can expect basic English to be spoken in most hotels and other tourist businesses, especially in resorts that are popular with British holidaymakers. Nevertheless, the locals will always appreciate it if you try to learn their language, so pick up a Spanish phrasebook or download our handy language app for your holidays to Costa Blanca.
Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).
Local time: It’s one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: This holiday hotspot has three airports: Valencia in the north of the region, Alicante in the centre and Murcia in the south.
Flight time from UK: The flight time is approximately two hours.
Tourist Information: For additional tourist information visit http://www.spainmadesimple.com/costa-blanca/.
Visa & Health: For more information on visa and health requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.
Temperature: 15-29 (°C)
With daytime temperatures in July and August typically peaking in the high 20s to low 30s (°C), and with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day, beach weather is virtually guaranteed at this this time of year. If you're looking to soak up the sun or spend hours in the sea and don’t mind the heat, summer is a great time to visit for a relaxing holiday. The sea temperatures typically reaches the mid to high 20s (°C) by August and is usually still warm enough for a comfortable dip even until October or November.
If you're eager to make the most of the great outdoors and go hiking in the beautiful pine forests and palm groves, you'll find spring or autumn is much more pleasant, temperature wise. Even in winter, daytime temperatures still frequently hit the mid to high teens (°C) near the coast. However, autumn and winter do experience more rainfall, so it's a good idea to check the forecast in advance before you set off for a long hike during your stay.
Well connected: An efficient network of trains, buses and trams makes it easy to see the best places here.
By tram: Getting around is straightforward if you take the tram that connects Benidorm to Alicante.
By car hire: To explore some of the inland villages, it would be more practical to hire a car during your Costa Blanca holidays. You'll find various rental firms at the airports and resorts.
Semana Santa: This region joins in with the rest of Spain for Easter parades and processions during Semana Santa.
Medieval battles: From March to October, look out for the Moros y Cristianos festivals that take place all over the area. These lively spectacles re-enact medieval battles between the Moors and Christians, as horses and camels are ridden to the sounds of gunpowder and fireworks.
La Tomatina: Don’t wear your best clothes if you’re in Buñol on the last Wednesday in August. That’s when La Tomatina, the country’s biggest tomato fight, takes place, and you’ll probably want to bring a pair of goggles to be on safe side! Expect to be thoroughly entertained, though, and this is a great way to enjoy some local culture during your holidays to Costa Blanca.