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Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca is the coast line north and south of Alicante. More than 200 kilometres. It is found on the southeast part of Spain. Starting in Denia in the north and stretches all the way down to Pilar de la Horadada in south. Costa Blanca is very popular among tourists. Especially from Great Britain, the Benelux countries and Scandinavia.

Driving from the north of Costa Blanca and down to the south, you will find the nature changes a lot. In the area of Denia, Javea, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm and Villajoyosa you will find the area more green and with mountains close to the sea. South of Alicante along the coast you will find Santa Pola, Guardamar, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada among the most important cities. Inland from Santa Pola you will find the fairly large city of Elche. On the Southern part of Costa Blanca you need to go 10-20 kilometres inland to find mountains. This makes the area more dry, but also makes the area especially around Torrevieja as one of the areas in Europe with the best all-year climate.

Below you will find a short description of the most important cities on the Costa Blanca, starting from the north till the south.

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Costa Blanca North

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Denia

Going to Ibiza?

With more than 40.000 inhabitants, Denia is a city where you will be able to find a bit of everything. Golf, restaurants, beaches and mountains in the backyard. In the centre of Denia you will find lovely plazas with local restaurants and lots of tapas. From Denia you can take a ferry to Ibiza in only 3 hours and 30 minutes.

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Javea

The back of Montgo

South of Denia and on the other side of the Montgo Mountain you will find Javea. Javea is located between two rocky headlands which has made the Javea very popular amongst tourists. Close to 30.000 habitants are found in Javea, around half of them are foreigners. Due to the mountains and many cliffs surrounding Javea you will find many minor stunning beaches.

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Calpe

Climb Ifach?

South of Javea you will find Calpe. Calpe is a typical coast city with holiday homes hotels, lovely beaches and a population around 30.000. However what automatically draws your attention is the huge rock, Ifach that stretches 332 meters up in the air. Ifach is connected to Calpe, but also goes out into Mediterranean Sea. It’s possible to climb all the way to the top, from where you have stunning views.

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Altea

Beach and Village

South of Calpe you will find Altea. Altea has a bit of everything. Beach promenade, holiday homes, restaurants and hotels. Furthermore Altea also has an old traditional village, which is a part of the city. The village is a typical spanish village with labyrinthine streets and whitewashed houses that characterise the village. From the village you have magnificent overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the coast line.

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Benidorm

Europes Manhattan

South of Altea you will find Benidorm. Benidorm has many nicknames. The nickname that probably is most accurate is Europes Manhattan. Back in 1960 Benidorm was a fishing village, but due to some stunning beaches and surrounding nature Benidorm is today a tourist paradise with hotels, bars, restaurants and night life. Benidorm has the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world, and is visited by 5 million tourists every year.

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Villajoyosa

La Vila

South of Benidorm you will find Villajoyosa, called La Vila by the locals. A typical Spanish coastal city with around 30.000 inhabitants. Villajoyosa offers more than 3 kilometres of beaches, including “La Platja Centre” (central beach) in the centre but also the “paradise” beach south of the centre. Villajoyosa is especially known for the properties in the centre in different colours.

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Costa Blanca South

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Alicante

The centre of Costa Blanca

South of Villajoyosa you will find Alicante. Alicante is more or less located in the middle of Costa Blanca, and is also where you find Alicante Airport which typically takes you to Costa Blanca. Alicante city is quite big and has around 330.000 inhabitants in the centre (750.000 in the metropolitan area). In Alicante you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, promenades, marina and beaches.

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Santa Pola

Fishing Village and beaches

South of Alicante you will find Santa Pola. Santa Pola has around 30.000 inhabitants of whom around 10.000 lives in the neighbour city Gran Alacant. Santa Pola is known for fishing, tourism and the salt production which is found inland from the city. A lot of the tourism in Santa Pola is local tourism especially from Elche.

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Elche

The Palm Grove

Inland from Santa Pola you will find Elche, which is the 20th largest city in Spain, with around 230.000 inhabitants. Walking around in Elche you will find lots of historical buildings, plazas and churches. However, Elche is especially known for the “The Palm Grove of Elche”. With more than 200.000 palm trees, it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000.

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Guardamar

Kilometres of beach

South of Santa Pola you will find the spanish village Guardamar del Segura, located at the moth of the river Segura. With around 16.00o inhabitants in Guardamar you will find a lovely city centre with restaurants, bars, shops and huge park areas. Though you can’t say Guardamar with out saying beaches. Guardamar offers more than 10 kilometres of lovely sand beaches.

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Torrevieja

Salt Lake City

South of Guardamar you will find Torrevieja, which is the 3rd largest city on Costa Blanca. Torrevieja has a population of 110.000 inhabitants. However, it is proven that every day a year more than 200.000 people are staying in Torrevieja. Torrevieja is a huge tourist magnet due to magnificent climate forced by the two salt lakes and mountains inland which creates a micro climate.

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Pilar de la Horadada

South of Costa Blanca

South of Torrevieja you will find the last city on Costa Blanca, Pilar de la Horadada. Going further south and you will go into the Murcia Region (Costa Calida). Pilar de la Horadada has around 20.000 inhabitants and offers Spanish charm with plazas, restaurants and bars. Furthermore the satellite town, Torre de la Horadada offers lovely beaches, marina etc.

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