Spain Costa Blanca or the White Coast as this area is know, extends along that section of the Mediterranean coast which corresponds to the province of Alicante, one of the country’s’ most important seaside resort areas, a picturesque city that retains the appeal of its relaxed, unhurried lifestyle. Located south of Costa Brava the area is home to many ex-pats, holiday homes and a wide range of accommodation from camping to luxury Five-star resorts.
The extremely popular resort of Benidorm sits at the top of Costa Blanca approximately a 40-minute transfer from Alicante airport.
Further up that coast you will find the resorts of Denia, Javea, Altea, Calpe and Olivia. Head south towards Alicante and you will pass the resorts of Villajoyosa, Santa Pola, Guardamar, Torrevieja, Mar Menor and Murcia.
To the North, a curtain of mountains runs parallel to the sea, descending at times to form cliffs; to the South, a vast plain of sand patches, palm trees, and salt deposits make up the backdrop for the beaches. The traveller can choose any of the corners of this coast, from the most bustling and cosmopolitan, Golf Holidays, two areas that still maintain their rural air beside the sea. From the valleys, which are covered with stepped orchards and keep alive its Moorish past, to the palm trees of unmistakable African origin, the horizons of the Costa Blanca offers the most varied attractions.
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The climate offers variations from mild winters, average 12-14C to hot summers in excess of 30C. Rain is scarce, in comparison with the lowlands which surround Elche and Orihuela. The fields of almond trees, the vineyards, the fruit orchards, and the magnificent palm trees form vegetation which emphasizes the oriental nature of the landscape.
Accommodation Costa Blanca, Villas, Apartments, Luxury Hotels
Costa Blanca offers many options for holiday accommodation from private villa rentals in areas such as Algorfa, Denia, Calpe and Torrevieja to luxury hotels with Spas and Golf Resorts. Rent a luxury apartment in the Five-star resort of La Finca Golf Resort and Spa enjoy the peace and quiet and the beautiful views of the golf course and mountains beyond.
Golf Holidays in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca has increased the number of golf courses over the past 5 years. You can now stay in one resort and play several golf courses within a short drive of your accommodation. Many courses offer excellent reductions in the offseason making the Costa Blanca a popular and cheaper option to that of the Costa Del Sol or Portugal
Honeymoons in Costa Blanca
Costa Blanca offers a wide selection of accommodation and resorts for the honeymoon couple to choose from. The choice of self-catering accommodation is perfect for those on a budget, whether looking for a beach or golf and spa resort. Boutique hotels offer luxury and pampering along with the old Paradore Hotels which are converted convents or old office buildings.
If you are a non-resident wishing to marry in Spain the process is quite lengthy and a little complicated. It is best to use a Spanish wedding planner to ensure that all the legal documentation is completed correctly.
Driving tips and Car Hire in Spain, Costa Blanca
Driving is on the right-hand side in Spain. If flying to Spain you may wish to hire a car and Go Easy offer excellent rates. Speed limits in Spain are 50KPH in urban areas, outside built-up areas 100KPH and 120KPH on motorways. On the spot, fines are applied for speeding and other traffic fines. Seat belts are compulsory in front and rear of vehicles at all times.
The alcohol limit in Spain is 0.5%. Spain has an extensive road grid covering close to 340,000 kilometers, and of this total 7,000 kilometers represent highways (toll motorways, free-ways and dual-carriageways). This highway network, a great part of which is toll-free, makes it possible for the visitor to drive in comfort from the Pyrenees all the way down to Andalusia, either along the Mediterranean coast or, alternatively, inland via Madrid. A comprehensive network of petrol stations and roadside rest areas offer the widest possible range of en-route services.
For more information browse the official website for the Costa Blanca Tourist Board