The Costa Blanca is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. Travelling along the Costa Blanca you will find a world of spectacular contrasts, with fishing villages almost hidden away along the coast and large towns which are bursting with life
Along its 160 kilometres of coast beside the Mediterranean, the Costa Blanca has hundreds of different cities and countryside just waiting to be discovered. Denia , in the north of the province of Alicante, located between rocks and long sandy beaches, surrounds the traveller with its narrow streets and seafaring atmosphere. Nearby, two capes protect Jávea from the winds, and having had a swim in its crystal clear waters, you can walk through the historic centre of the town for a taste of history. Further south, beneath the impressive Peñón de Ifach, the highest cliff on the Mediterranean, we find Calpe, where its historic past is present in the streets which are alive with people and filled with opportunities of trying the local cooking. The same can be said for Altea , which is located in a bay in the shelter of the mountains. It is like a picture postcard with its white houses and the blue dome of its church shining in the clear morning sunlight.
A long beach of golden sand lies before the skyscrapers of Benidorm. Every year, millions of people arrive to enjoy its micro-climate, its kilometres of beaches and its infrastructures which are centred on leisure activities. The city is full of life and is one of the tourist epicentres of the Mediterranean. Passing through Villajoyosa and the brightly coloured façades of its houses, we arrive at Alicante, the 'City of Light', and capital of the province. Alicante has a wide offer of cultural and artistic activities waiting to be discovered. Between the sea and the city is the Explanada promenade, with its thousands of red, black and cream mosaic tiles, and if we pass though the old city centre we'll reach the castle of Santa Bárbara, from where we will have an incomparable panoramic view.
Following the coast, it is worth stopping off atSanta Pola, an old Iberian fort and currently an important fishing centre. Further south, amongst the marshes, the tourist resort of Torrevieja waits with its nostalgic émigrés. And at the other end of the Costa Blanca, Pilar de la Horadada welcomes lovers of nature in its purest state.
Inland, amongst the high mountains, fields and forests there are many surprising and varied villages and towns. In Elche, our senses will be stimulated as we stroll through the largest palm grove in Europe and experience its fiestas of the Misteri, both of which have been declared part of the World Heritage. And in Orihuela , you can discover its gothic, renaissance and baroque buildings.
The gastronomy on the Costa Blanca never fails to impress the traveller. Its rice dishes, fish and seafood, its fresh vegetables, fruits and exquisite wines go together to make an explosion of tastes and menus all based on the so-called Mediterranean diet.
An authentic tourist resort, with clean, golden beaches of outstanding quality. Modern buildings and wide avenues, hotels to suit everyone, a warm climate encouraging visitors to come 365 days a year. Whether you want an active or a restful and relaxing holiday - it's yours for the asking, day or night. Nightlife or beachlife. And above all, a city which is accustomed to giving its all, in order to make guests feel at home.
Benidorm , with the theme park Terra Mítica and other attractions like Terra Natura, Mundomar and Aqualandia has become a favourite place to go for Mediterranean civilisations, fauna and nature. A fun place for culture, for all ages.
The sea front of Benidorm is characterised all year round by the fine, golden sands and clear waters of its well-cared for beaches.
The two small, sand and rock coves that lie to the north are ideal for diving or a quiet swim. Escaleta point marks the start of the bustling promenade and the crowded Levante beach whose full facilities and lively atmosphere make it so popular all year round.
Poniente beach to the south of the port competes with the attractiveness and facilities of Levante. The orientation of these beaches is such that they both receive sunlight until sunset in winter, and until after 8pm in summer. In the section between them running parallel to the old town centre and sheltered by mount Canfali lies the small cove of Mal Pas opposite the Isle of Benidorm, a paradise for diving enthusiasts.
In addition to its well-known and excellent range of leisure activities, Benidorm has plenty of sports facilities with a sailing school in the club and several international diving centres thanks to the lush and interesting seabed around the Isle of Benidorm which has been declared a marine nature reserve.
The wealth and variety of Benidorm's gastronomy has been achieved thanks to a process of assimilating the influences that both ancestors and other civilisations have had on the local cuisine. Thus, international cuisine, the culinary traditions inherited from the Arabs, the legacy of the merchant sailors, and the typical fishing recipes, when added to the products of the surrounding cultivated land, create an extraordinary list of specialities. The "arroz caldoso" (rice with stock of mullet and pumpkin), "cazuela de pescado al estilo pobre" (fish casserole of 'poor' style), the "arroz de boquerones con espinacas" (anchovy rice with spinach) and the "pebrot", are some of the local dishes. Sweet dishes include "coca rellena" (stuffed sponge), the "pastelitos de boniato" (sweet potato pastries) or the "bollo de San Blás" (the San Blas bun).
Benidorm's sporting offer fits the expectations of one of the principal tourist centres of Spain. Nautical sports include a sailing school or scuba diving with the motivation of dives to discover some of the most beautiful examples of Mediterranean flora and fauna. From its beaches it is possible to waterski, parascend and windsurf. Close to the beach is an excellent sports centre, which offers tennis, petanque, football, handball, athletics, climbing, pelota, basketball, or swimming in an Olympic size swimming pool.
The Costa Blanca enjoys more than 2,800 hours of sunshine throughout the year and an average annual temperature of 19.3° C, the perfect microclimate for ideal year-round living conditions. The high number of days of clear skies and sunshine means that Alicante is the perfect place to take your holidays, and to enjoy the outdoors every day of the year.
Driving from the Spanish-French border along the A7 Motorway direction south. The A7 is part of the european motorway network which is accesible from all the countries of Northern Europe.
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The spanish railway company, RENFE connects Alicante (at 40 Km from Benidorm) with all the railway networks. The remaining distance is covered by a narrow train track (FEVE) or by Bus.
Alicante's Airport, at 50 Km connects to Benidorm by motorway . Located at a 45 min. flight from Madrid and a 2 or 3 hours flight from the major european cities.
Most of the major european bus companies offer tickets directly from your city to Benidorm. Ask your local Travel Agency.
The international airport of El Altet (Alicante) ALC, has regular flights connecting with several points in Spain and Europe. The airport is located 11km (7 miles) south of Alicante and 50 km from Benidorm.
Number of terminals: 1
Phone: (+34) 96 691 9000 or 9100 or 9400
Fax: (+34) 96 691 9354
One information desk (tel: +34 96 691 9100) is permanently located at the check-in area; another (tel: + 34 96 691 9400) is located in the Departures area and operates when the airport is busy.
• We will send a Benidorm taxi who knows exactly where we and our apartments are.
• He would be waiting in the airport with a sign with your name on it.
• Don't worry if there is a delay, we check your arrival time with the airport before sending the taxi driver.
• The journey would be along the motorway and within 35-40 minutes you'll be in Benidorm.
• Maximum capacity 4 persons per taxi.
• For groups of 20 people or more we can organise a minibus from the airport, please consult the prices via e-mail.
• Scheduled buses run every 30 minutes to/from Alicante central bus station.
• Shuttle Direct operates a private airport shuttle service from airport to holiday resort.
Click here to visit shuttledirect.com
Avis, Hertz España, Atesa, Europcar IB, Europa Rent a Car and Sol-Mar SL are all represented in Arrivals, next to baggage reclaim.