Holidaying On the Costa Blanca – A Vacation To Remember
Spain is famous for its lively fiestas, hot weather and sandy beaches. However, it takes some planning and exploration to avoid the tourist traps of the Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol, and instead find the hidden gems with atmosphere and special experiences.
The atmosphere of each sea side resort on the Costa Blanca differs massively. Some are pure tourist party towns, others are havens for elderly people enjoying the tranquility and yet others have a strong traditional Spanish sense to them. Deciding your preference in advance of your trip is essential to a successful stay.
If you want a wild week with the boys the Costa Blanca caters for you with a few crazy resorts designed for parties, drinking on the beach and nightclubbing. The most famous one is the giant resort of Benidorm, that offers in excess of 1000 bars and nightclubs to entertain you. However, Alicante is a popular choice for the purpose as well, though the region capital offers more variety, beauty and cultural options than the pure party town of Benidorm.
Peace and Tranquility
Finding peace in the noisiest country in the world can be difficult, however a few village on the Costa Blanca coast do offer slow paced and calm atmospheres for those simply wanting an undisturbed week in the sun. One of the best choices for tranquility would be the tiny village resort of Moraira at the northern end of the Costa Blanca, it was sufficient availability of sandy beaches and restaurants to keep you happy, but is generally sleepy and tranquil.
Family Friendly Resorts
Bringing your family on holiday? You need a nice combination of safe beaches, activities for the kids and sufficient entertainment for the grown ups. The midsize resorts tend to be the better choices for families as, unlike many small resorts, they are equipped with lifeguards on the beaches, tivolis and theme parks, playgrounds and water front activities, but without the crime, gangs of youthful drunks and insecurities of the massive resorts like Benidorm. A couple of good choices for families are Calpe, Altea and Javea. All three feature all the positives mentioned above, though Calpe is stretching towards the magnitude of Benidorm in recent years.
Cultural and Nature Destinations
In case the beach isn’t your main priority and you crave a holiday full of cultural events or natural beauty, it is necessary to dig a bit further to find the really worthwhile locations, as these generally wont be featured in glossy catalogs with package deals. To experience Spanish nature in all its glory a couple of locations are available close to all the convenient amenities of Javea, these are the Montgo national park with its amazing views, old historic ruins and well preserved flora. Another is the Grenadella cove which features a small pebble beach in a bay so beautiful it should only exist in your dreams.
The Grenadella beach is by the way where “Cold Light Of Day” by Bruce Willis was filmed, if you fancy a scenic preview of an area full of beauty, mountain walking pathways, old castle ruins and under seas caves.