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Costa Blanca Holidays 

Eastern Spain’s crown jewel, the Costa Blanca is especially popular with us Brits as it draws in over 2 million visitors each year from the UK alone. Costa Blanca holidays are so popular because of the legendary nightlife, as well as the restaurants, bars and cafes of Benidorm. You’ll love the natural beauty of the nearby mountains where you’ll get the chance to see some of the more traditional aspects of Spain in the rural villages.

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Costa Blanca has long, hot summers and short, mild winters. The summer months are cooled by a welcoming breeze from the nearby Pyrenees Mountains, which makes the weather more comfortable than the other places in Spain.

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Alicante Airport: The main airport for the Costa Blanca and Murcia.

Murcia-San Javier Airport: The main airport for Valencia, 142km from Benidorm.

Book a cheap holiday to Costa Blanca with Airtours to find lovely beaches, clear warm waters and some of the most lively entertainment and nightlife in Spain. 

Featured holidays in Costa Blanca

Albir Garden Resort

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • On-site waterslides (May-Oct)
  • Close to Albir centre
  • Great for families

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Don Jorge Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • High-rise building
  • Next to the Palm Beach
  • Lively atmosphere

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Gran Hotel Bali

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Three outdoor pools
  • Great for families
  • Two beaches close by

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Rosamar Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Waterpark (May-Oct)
  • In the new town
  • Close to the beach

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Port Fiesta Park Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the Old Town
  • 10 minute walk to the beach
  • Rooftop pool

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The Costa Blanca caters for all thanks to its mix of old and new. Whether you love getting an adrenaline rush at a theme park or prefer a quieter day learning about the local history, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this lovely part of Spain. Nature lovers, culture vultures and adrenaline junkies of all ages will have a great time on holiday in the Costa Blanca. 

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.

Costa Blanca is best for

Culture vultures: Valencia is an exciting mix of old and new, a blend of ancient Roman ruins, medieval gothic monuments and exotic Muslim architecture.

Sun worshippers: Fine stretches of sand like Levante Beach slide gently into the warm Mediterranean waters and offer a range of water sports activities and sunbathing opportunities. 

Families: The key resorts between Benidorm and Denia are packed with family friendly All Inclusive hotels, which are close to sandy beaches, shopping centres and unspoilt inland areas like Jalon Valley.

Fast facts

Language: Castilian Spanish is the main language spoken, and also Valenciano – a mixture of French and Spanish, like Catalan. Many people also speak English. 

Currency: The Euro.

Local time: One hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Alicante Airport.

Flight time from the UK: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from London.

Weather and climate

Temperature: A high of 32°C in August, with June to September being the hottest season. 

Best time to visit: Decent sunshine is guaranteed all year round, and unless you’re tied down by school holidays the best months to take advantage of all the great deals are to travel in May, June and September, for lower temperatures, fewer crowds and cheaper hotel rates. Between February and April, October and November, the weather is warm. There may be the odd electrical storm or rainy patch but it usually doesn’t last long. If you’re a serious sun worshipper, July and August will always be most popular for their sizzling heat.

Getting Around

By train: Trains run frequently between Alicante and Denia, taking the scenic coastal route. The Lemon Express is a special train that runs between Benidorm and Gata village and is especially popular for daytime excursions. 

By taxi: There’re loads of taxies in all of the towns and cities and are relatively cheap.

By hire car: Car hire is available in all towns, at the airports and can be booked before you arrive.

By bus: A good public bus network connects the villages and towns of the region. The bigger towns run their own buses, but in the villages one or two buses a day is more usual.


For fun and fireworks: The Fallas Fire Festival takes place every March for five days and features models of bullfighters, actors and other public figures, and a lot of fireworks. 

For jazz lovers: The International Jazz Festival is held in San Javier in June and July, when popular and cutting edge jazz performers from around the world come to do their thing.

For dance lovers: At the Festival of the Miner’s Lamp, held in the old mining town of La Union, performers and local musicians compete for a trophy in the town’s marketplace.

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