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The White Coast
The Coastline of the Costa Blanca has a great deal to offer, with beautiful white sandy beaches, great shopping, lots of activities, good night-life and of course great properties on offer. There are many cities in the Costa Blanca each with its own unique sights, historical architecture, attractions and characteristics. Activities in the Costa Blanca are plentiful including water-sports , golf, hiking, shopping and much more. The night-life in the Costa Blanca is varied with top restaurants, bars and nightclubs so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the main cities in the Northern part of the Costa Blanca are, Moraira, Javea, Denia, Benissa, and Altea. Denia has a panoramic view of sea and mountains and water-sports are very popular in this city so those who want fun in the sea will not be disappointed, other attractions include a toy museum and great shopping along the Calle de Marques de Campo, Denia has a very traditional feel about it and is a great place to mix with the Spanish locals in the tapas bars.
For a more peaceful city, Benissa boasts kilometres of quiet coastline with coves and small beaches which are only accessible by foot so it is possible to find a deserted part of the coastline to relax on. Benissa is very historical so there are many sightseeing opportunities, with a hospital which was built for the poor in 1790. Benissa is famous for the octopus it produces so a visit to one of the many restaurants serving this culinary delight is a must.
Altea has lots of sightseeing on offer with old buildings such as the Nuestra Senora del Consuelo chapel which is the cities landmark and with its distinctive blue dome it cannot be mistaken. The mountainous area which is just outside of this city has spectacular views of the city and right along the coastline and as with most other cities in the Costa Blanca there is plenty of sun and fun to be had on the beaches and in the city with great restaurants bars and shops. There is a fine selection of properties available in the city from apartments to villas which come in all shapes and sizes.
Some of the main cities in the Southern part of the Costa Blanca are, Alicante, Benidorm and Villajoyosa. Alicante is the main city and hosts the Costa Blanca’s main airport terminal where most visitors will arrive and depart, the city has many transportation options making it possible to travel to many different parts of the Costa Blanca and Spain. Alicante is a very large city, however you should make sure that this doesn’t deter you from visiting as there are many things to see and do. There are many historical buildings around including the Castle of Santa Barbara which is one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Spain. As you would imagine being a large city there is great shopping in Alicante, and the night-life is cosmopolitan with many bars and restaurants.
Benidorm is a well known popular tourist destination where there are many historical sights and even more hotels, bars and restaurants along with 2 large theme parks, many British flock here each year for fun and sun. Benidorm is quite a commercial city and is busy and bustling with visitors most of the year round. The old town in Benidorm is somewhat quieter and offers more sightseeing with historical buildings and landmarks.
Villajoyosa is situated roughly 35km from Alicante and can provide a quieter alternative to the bustle of Benidorm, the scenery here is very picturesque with its beautiful coloured houses in the town centre and the old town which sits on the shore of one of the many beaches. The city is famous for chocolate the main brand being Valor which is produced in Villajoyosa and sold all over Spain, you can literally smell the chocolate being made while in the city. When visiting a chocolate house the best way to sample this product is to have chocolate with churros!
Torrevieja is 45 km south of Alicante with one of the largest Marinas on this coast. The area has very good restaurants, shopping precincts and an excellent waterfront where locals tend to promenade. During the Summer months there is a flea market on the seafront with items ranging from leather belts, wallets, handbags, clothing, pottery, sweets, sunglasses and food items to name but a few. Some of the best Golf Courses can be found in this area with one of the well known being Villamartin. Night life for the younger members is contained in one area of the Town with several Night Clubs. All in all Torrevieja has something for all age groups.
La Manga is further south and is now served by the new airport at Corvera. La Manga has many Restaurants, Bars and Shops and properties that are a bit more expensive but some say are more opulent. It has it’s own inland lagoon fed from the Mediterranean ideal for sailing and swimming. The waterfront is ideal for a walk either before or after Dinner. La Manga plays host to well known Football teams, Tennis Stars and Cycling groups year round.
The Costa Blanca is a beautiful part of Spain and very popular with tourists, and those who wish to purchase holiday homes and permanent homes. There is always something to see and do which is sure to please everyone. �