The Costa Blanca is a stretch of 200 kms. of Mediterranean coastline within the autonomous region of Valencia and running along the province of Alicante in Spain, from Denia in the north to Torrevieja in the south. It is famous for its white sandy beaches hence the name Costa Blanca (White Coast), derived from a promotional campaign by BEA (British European Airways) back in the fifties.
Since then, the coastline has expanded into one of Spain’s major tourist areas attracting primarily British and German tourists, whilst due to its proximity by road and train to France, visitors from all over Europe. It enjoys a mild climate all year round especially in winter when it offers low cost accommodation and attractive temperatures to visitors wanting to flee the northern European weather. Benidorm is perhaps the best example of this as it attracts thousands of winter residents and holiday makers with a full program of winter activities and live music shows.
The coast is served by two International airports, that of Valencia and Alicante, the latter allowing easy access to Dénia, Jávea, Moraira, Calpe and Benidorm in the north – Spain’s version of New York with some of the highest skyscrapers in the country, and Alicante, Santa Pola, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada to the south. There is the main coastal motorway (AP-7) that runs all the way from Cadiz in the south of Spain to Gerona on the French border. The AVE high speed train currently connects to Madrid with a new leg to Alicante via Albacete, under construction. It also connects to Barcelona via the Euromed line. There are long distance bus routes connecting all of Spain and to the rest of Europe.
The Costa Blanca offers everything for the tourist or for the permanent resident alike, with its coved sandy beaches, marinas, yacht chartering, scuba diving, golf courses, amusement parks, nature reserves and enchanting inland mountain villages to explore…
As with all Spanish regions, the Spanish love to party and there are many annual fiestas in all of the towns and villages along the coast, the most famous being the “Fallas” each year (in March), celebrated throughout the region, but in particular in Valencia where during the course of a whole week, burn caricatures in the form of puppets and dolls in a satirical jab at anything or anyone who draws the attention of the critical eyes of the falleros. This is then topped off with the most spectacular display of fireworks to be seen anywhere.
The area is also famous the world over for its paella. But with the Mediterranean on its doorstep, the area is rich in offering the finest array of sea food and shellfish.
As for a property purchase, the Costa Blanca has historically offered an overall and generally lower price for property than other Spanish coastlines. Often compared to the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca has traditionally attracted a more central European visitor, certainly by road, whilst the southern coast of the Costa del Sol, certainly a more British presence, by air to Malaga. Spain offers a wide and digressing culture, something for everyone; it’s just a case of where you want to be!
Municipal Tourist Office – AlicanteCalle Cervantes 3, 03002, Alicante. Spain. Tel: (+34) 965 14 34 52. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Official Website.
Property on the Costa Blanca
View a wide selection of property for sale in the following popular towns of Alicante, Alcoy, Altea, Catral, Denia, El Campello, Elche, Mutxamel, Playa de San Juan, Santa Pola, Torrevieja and Villajoyosa on the Costa Blanca.
Video – Costa Blanca
Video – Las Fallas in Valencia – Spain’s festival of fire