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Local Information on Costa Blanca and various towns in Costa Blanca

Local Information on Costa Blanca and various towns in Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca local information

Costa Blanca or the White Coast has become a favourite spot amongst European holidaymakers. The Costa Blanca is where you can marvel at Moorish villages, wander through groves of olive trees or discover hidden coves. On the Costa Blanca you will find palm-fringed beaches, sparkling sea and masses of cafes and restaurants to satisfy your every craving. The biggest attractions on the Costa Blanca is the holiday cities of Benidorm, Valencia and Alicante, for parties, discos, festivals, castles and families.

Select a village or town in Costa Blanca to view more information:



Alicante

A seaside city built around a natural harbour, Alicante boasts a working fishing port and exclusive Marina development amongst its attractions. Its beautiful centre has building dating back to the 16th century alongside excellent shopping facilities. This most cosmopolitan of cities is a delight to lovers of ancient architecture.

Alicante has it's own airport with regular flights arriving from many of the leading UK airports.

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Almoradi

The village of Almoradi is 47 kilometers from Alicante. It is located near to the Segura River and enjoys rich farmland where artichokes are grown. The village becomes very lively with a popular open-air market on Saturdays where everything, from fruits and vegetables to handicrafts are for sale.

There are several interesting architectural features in the village such as the Casino and the Church of San Andres with a statue of Christ similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro. Almoradi with its 15 000 inhabitants offers a quiet life in real Spain.

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Altea

The old town of Altea, north of Benidorm, stands perched above a myriad of new beachfront developments. Its narrow streets and whitewashed houses give the town a feel of turn of the century Spain.

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Aspe

Aspe is located on the El Tarafa River. Its population is around 16.000.Today Aspe is an important communications hub. It is mainly an agricultural town producing grapes and there is also a marble quarry.

The old town centre has been renovated and converted into a pedestrian area. A place of interest is an old castle, Castillo del Rio, dating from the 11th century.

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Benidorm

The tourist resort of Benidorm has sprung up along the golden curves of its two magnificent beaches, with a backdrop of mountains, which afford the microclimate which is one of the areas principal attractions. As it has grown, Benidorm has added to its impressive infrastructure as a leisure resort with facilities which offer its visitors entertainment for all ages.

Spectacular discotheques, pavement bars, restaurants offering quality food, shops, water parks and amusement parks plus a range of accommodation, create a stunning tourist resort. Close by there are relaxing walks in quiet picturesque spots offering a change from the hustle and bustle of the beaches.

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Calpe

Standing tall overlooking the town of Calpe, the Penyal d'ifach resembles a smaller version of the Rock of Gibraltar.

The regional Government purchased the rock in the eighties and turned it into a nature reserve. Calpe renowned for its long beach is also a must for wildlife lovers with many migrating birds using the rock as a landmark.

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Catral

Catral is a medium sized town with a population of around 5.600. The main economic activity revolves around farming - thanks to its mild climate and fertile land. The footwear industry is increasingly important.

There are plenty of rural trails around Catral where one can go hiking or touring with bicycles.

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Denia

The pretty picturesque town of Denia lies between the mountains and the long sandy beach. Its ancient fortress dominates the town, which dates from Roman times. There is a colourful fish and vegetable market. Wander around the old quarter and discover an authentic Moorish/Spanish atmosphere in the cobbled streets. The main tree lined street abounds with interest and enjoyment with lots of pavement bars and restaurants.

Denia offers every facility for holidaymakers and permanent residents alike. There is a new Marina, which has become a focal point of the area.

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Dolores

Dolores is an agricultural village dedicated to raising cattle and growing fruits and vegetables, especially artichokes. One of the largest cattle fairs in the province is held there. It is a peaceful village with around 6.600 inhabitants. Walking and bicycle tours are organized for visitors.

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Formentera del Segura

Formentera del Segura is situated about 45 kilometers from Alicante. It is a typical Spanish agricultural village mainly growing citrus fruits, vegetables and cereals. The village was named after Nicolas Perez de Sarrio whose descendants rebuilt the town.

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Hondon de los Frailes

Hondon de los Frailes is a typical Spanish agricultural village. Over 70% of its land is used for farming, mainly for olives, almonds and grapes. With its population of just under 1000 Hondon is a perfect place for a rural retreat. Bicycle tours are available.

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Jalon Valley

Many British people have settled in the Jalon Valley over the years, looking for a more relaxed way of life. This fertile inland retreat standing on the banks of the River Jalon is fast becoming a semi-urbanised area of much sought after new developments.

The scenery is breathtaking with olive and orange blossom throughout the valley. There are a few bodegas here and there to allow you to sit and enjoy the view whilst drinking the local wine.

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Javea

This part of the Costa Blanca has a special charm with fantastic sandy beaches, cliffs, beautiful coves and creeks with crystal clear water. The balanced climate has prompted the World Health Authority to designate the area as one of the healthiest places in the world to live. Making this an ideal place to have a home in the sun.

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Jumilla

Jumilla is located in the province of Murcia not far from the coastal town of Alicante. The closest airport, San Javier, is about 50 minutes away. This beautiful town situated in a valley, enclosed by mountains has around 21.000 inhabitants. The influences of the Mediterranean help produce a semi-arid climate in this region with average temperatures of 20ºC. It is a great place to enjoy the outdoors.

The town has an ancient castle. The church of Santiago is well known for its fine paintings and frescoes. The local economy is based on agriculture, vineyards, olive trees and wood work. At present there are 50 registered distilleries producing white and red wines from different varieties such as merlot, syrah, cabernet-sauvignon and cencibel. Jumilla offers every amenity – bars and restaurants, shops, library, bus station, post office, clinics, public schools, sports centre – plus a most interesting museum showing the Jumilla of yesteryear.

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Moraira

The lie of the coast and the position of the surrounding mountains afford this area a microclimate, which guarantees an extremely pleasant temperature for most of the year. The World Health Authority have also designated this area as one of the healthiest places in the world to live. The various residential areas around the village are situated amidst nature and boast excellent facilities and good roads.

Moraira is a traditional fishing port which, although retaining its quaint old character, can accommodate the tourists well. The port has a capacity for 600 moorings with night security and offers boat repair workshops. A Sailing Club incorporating a sailing school and boat hire centre is beside the port. Indoor and outdoor tennis, horse riding, squash and football are all available for the more energetic tourists.

Fine sandy beaches alternate with intimate rocky coves. Lovers of walks can climb up from the beaches and view the entire municipality. Why not cycle or walk through the extensive vineyards and see the old farms where the Muscatel grapes were traditionally dried out ready to make the famous sweet Muscatel wine.

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Relleu

Relleu was originally formed around its Moorish castle and was one of the most populated villages in the area at the beginning of the 20th century. The local economy is based on agriculture - mainly almond and olives although rural tourism is becoming more popular. The village has a very interesting and well preserved urban structure.

There are a number of typical Spanish bars and restaurants in the locality – all are well frequented by both Spaniards and British ex-patriots who live in the locality.

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Tibi

Tibi is a small peaceful village situated on the so called “balcony of Alicante”. Due to its geographical situation it is an ideal place for mountain tourism and for people seeking peace and walking trails. It is worth visiting at any time of the year but the major fiestas are held in July which is an added attraction.

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Torrevieja

The old fishing port of Torrevieja still retains much of its original charm and character, having its own harbour and fishing fleets - and proud that it does not cater for package holidays. This is a friendly place, boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, varying from long stretches of fine sand, secluded sand dunes covered with pine and eucalyptus trees - with excellent picnic areas - and sandy undiscovered bays with rugged cliffs.

All major beaches have been awarded the exclusive EEC flag. Just a few minutes drive will take you into the open, glorious unspoilt countryside. In the town centre you will find numerous shops, restaurants, bars and a beautiful new promenade with fountains and underground car parks for your convenience. Fridays come alive with the colourful banter of the market traders.

Torrevieja offers something for everyone and only half an hour from Alicante Airport.

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