Top 20 things to do on the Costa Blanca
Suggested by Benidorm Seriously FB Group Members. In no particular order.
A DAY TRIP TO ALICANTE
Alicante is a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca, and the capital of the Alicante province. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets, colored houses and a lively nightlife scene. From here, an elevator or a steep climb leads to medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara, set on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast. For lots more information and the top 10 things to do in Alicante click here
Algar Waterfalls at only 15 km from Benidorm and 3 km from the center of Callosa d’en Sarrià, direction Bolulla, This area was declared a Wetland protected by the Valencian Government.
The visit is a route through a circuit of 1.5 km in length along, where you can walk through the bed of the river Algar (“cave ” in Arabic), see the spectacular waterfalls and the numerous sources springs that spring from the rock, the “tolls” (pools of water) where you can take refreshing swims in crystal clear very cold water. For more information click here.
Altea is without doubt one of the most charming towns to be found on Spain’s ‘White Coast’, located in the region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. The town is just 11 kilometres north of Benidorm, yet the two resorts are worlds apart. Altea is similar to other Costa Blanca towns in that it has a new and an old neighbourhood. The old section is perched on top of a hill from where you will find really spectacular views.
All in all Altea is a pretty town, popular with both holidaymakers and those fortunate enough to be able to live in the area; For lots more information on Altea click HERE
Albir is actually classed as part of Alfaz del Pi area.
The first thing you will notice about Albir is no high-rise buildings or hotel blocks. Albir has grown from a small community in the last few years into a great holiday destination.
Surrounding Albir is the Sierra Helada (meaning Frozen Mountain), which is a protected nature reserve. Albir beach is a pebble beach with clear water and has been awarded the blue flag of the European Community for the quality of its water, available facilities and for having all kinds of events on and around the beach.
During the summer months, a small market of local craft and artwork trades at the upper end of the sea front where you can purchase original jewelry, leather goods and souvenirs. Albir esplanade attracts everybody for pleasant strolls along the seafront. Roller skating used to be allowed along the front but has since been banned although there are two children’s playgrounds on the beach itself. Read more about Albir HERE
Alcoy is a large Spanish town located inland from the coastal resorts on the Northern Costa Blanca and is also known as and referred to as Alcoi.
This attractive city is situated at the foot of Serra Mariola and the Font Roja natural park.
Alcoy means “city of bridges” because of the many bridges built in the area as Alcoy is surrounded by the Molinar, Serpis and Barxell rivers
located just over 1 hours drive from Benidorm. It has a lot of mediaeval and Modernist heritage and is well worth a visit – More information HERE
Benissa is the oldest and prettiest of the inland towns of the area. In the late 1980s and 1990s the local authorities started to rescue the historical part of the town from gradual decay. They did a magnificent job restoring the town’s splendid 17th and 18th century town houses, so taking a stroll around Benissa’s perfectly conserved Historic Centre is a true pleasure. Ironwork balconies and heraldic shields decorate the historic buildings that line the narrow streets of the town. The parish church which is dedicated to Puríssima Xiqueta, the Town Hall, the old Council rooms, the house of Juan Vines and the Franciscan Monastery are just a few of the historic buildings which are worth a look. More information HERE
Calpe, also spelt without the ‘e’ as Calp, is instantly recognised by the mighty Penon de Ifach, the huge rock which rises 332 meters out of the Mediterranean sea. This has stood guard over the town and witnessed its transformation from sleepy little fishing village into tourist magnet.
Calpe is best known for its fine sandy beaches and great value fish restaurants. There are two stunning beaches to choose from, one either side of the mighty rock. Both beaches have beautiful long promenades and a great selection of bars and cafes. The fish restaurants are to be found mainly around the marina and the town centre has some excellent local shopping facilities, including a large street market.
The Rock of Ifach, which has been compared to the Rock of Gibraltar, was declared a nature reserve in 1987 and now provides a safe haven for a variety of birds and unusual flora and fauna. For the energetic, there is a fantastic walking route which goes through a tunnel in the rock and takes you right to its very tip! Click HERE for more information.
El Campello is a modern coastal resort, which boasts 23 kilometres of quiet, pearly white, sandy beaches. Situated 14 kilometres north of Alicante and just a 30 minute drive from Benidorm, it is also easily accessible from Benidorm by Tram (train)
Located facing the Lalmadrava beach, near the residential development Poble Rspañol, El Campello boasts a beautiful natural environment, with an outlook to the beach and sea, and a mountain backdrop.
The Paseo del Mar (promenade) is almost 2 miles long and makes for a lovely evening stroll in the setting sun. During the day take advantage of the beaches and sea.
The main beach at El Campello is the beautiful wide, sandy beach of Muchavista. In the vicinity there are some charming coves, such as those of La Coveta Fuma or La Venta La Nuza. With crystal clear waters.
One of the best markets in the Benidorm area of Spain is the El Cisne market. Only 15 minutes outside Benidorm and near the towns of Alfaz del Pi, Albir and Altea, the El Cisne market is a wonderful place to spend a few hours, not just for the cheap shopping but for the food and great live entertainment too.
What is El Cisne Market? – The El Cisne market has grown up around an old Spanish farmhouse. What was once an old, disused farm house, on the road from Benidorm to Altea, is now a popular market visited by both visitors to the area and the Spanish themselves. The main area of the market is actually located inside what used to be the old stone farmhouse. Each of the many rooms has been converted into separate market stalls that sell antiques and collectibles – everything from old European military paraphernalia, to paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture and collectibles. Find out more on El Cisne HERE
Elche is also known as the City of Palms as it is located within the largest Palm forest in Europe. This city has two international UNESCO awards; one for its palm groves and the other for its religious play, the Misteri d’Elx which the people of the city have performed annually in August since Medieval times. The week’s play is rounded off with one of Spain’s loudest firework displays know as the Nit d’Alba. Situated about 1 hours drive from Benidorm and well worth a visit. More information HERE.
Numerous options are available from one day Fresh Water fishing, a 48 hour trip to the River Ebro or a day Sea Fishing, whether you’re vastly experienced or new to fishing, experienced guides will make sure you have an unforgettable trip. More information and booking is available HERE
Jalon is the capital of the Jalon Valley, also known as the Vall de Pop (Pop Valley), situated beside the River Gorgos, in a plain, surrounded by the Sierra de Bernia and the Sierra del Forner mountains. Jalon boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Spain, with its landscape of olive and pine trees, intermingled with orange groves and vineyards and its remote villages of Jalon, Alcalali, Lliber and Parcent. One of the best time of the year to visit is February/March when all the Almond Blossom is out. More information HERE
LO PAGAN MUD BATHS
The villages of San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagan are situated on the north shore of the Mar Menor and have gradually merged together to become one big town. It is easy to spend an action packed day out here. About an hour and a halfs drive from Benidorm, 136 km away.
San Pedro has a really informative visitors centre where you can learn all about the regional park that is made up of the sand dunes and salt marshes. A stop at the marina is a must before visiting the mud baths at nearby Lo Pagan.
The mud baths are free to use, which is great news if you have a large family to keep occupied. Everyone can try the mud baths, but only the truly hardy indulge during the winter months. Simply walk down the steps, cover yourself with the therapeutic mud, said to be good for all types of skin complaints, aches and pain, dry off in the sun, then re-enter the water to wash it all off!
The salt marshes and mud baths form a fantastic circular 12 kilometre cycling or walking route. Start at the visitors centre and walk to the mud baths, then follow the path out into the Mar Menor towards the buildings on the La Manga Strip. Keep to the raised path or the beach as it curves around to the marina at San Pedro and finally past the salt lakes back to the visitors centre.
The ‘Eagle’s Nest’, is located about 25 km inland from Benidorm along the CV-70 road, It enjoys one of the most spectacular locations of any village in Spain, set high up on a pinnacle and carved out of a mountain top in the midst of truly stunning scenery.
It has a population of only 200 but is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain.
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Villajoyosa is located just South of Benidorm (10 km) and only a 30 minute drive North from Alicante, on the N-332 along the coast.
The name means Jewelled Town, and Villajoyosa retains an authentic Spanish charm with vibrantly coloured houses (to guide the fishermen home), a busy fishing harbour with an afternoon fish market selling the freshest of the daily catch and a quaint town centre with a delightful little market place, artisan stalls and restaurants. It main source of income is fishing and chocolate.
The town of Villajoyosa stretches alongside a beautiful, palm-lined sandy beach which culminates in the little port. It is a lovely destination for a day trip away from Benidorm. For more information click HERE
Javea is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings. The clean, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea laps the beautiful beaches and coves that Javea has to offer.
With its variety of landscape, ranging from sandy coastlines to rugged mountain areas, its mild year-round climate, its careful planning policies and extensive tourist facilities, Javea is a jewel on the Costa Blanca, combining beauty and modern facilities with the charm of an ancient fishing village.
The town is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao points and enjoys the impressive and magnificent protection of Mount Montgó.
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Alicante towards the north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca. More information about Javea HERE
LA ZENIA BOULEVARD SHOPPING CENTRE
About 1hr 14 mins drive (122km from Benidorm, La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre is the new shopping mall at the Orihuela Costa, it is the biggest shopping center of the province of Alicante.
La Zenia Boulevard occupies 161.000 square meters and has about 150 shops. It offers 5000 free parking spots to customers.
It looks a lot like an american shopping mall but with a Mediterranean accent.
The Shopping centre has activities almost every weekend.This activities draws many people from Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja , Benidorm and even further away.
Most of the shops are located on the first floor and on the second it is full of with restaurants.
The Shopping centre is wheel chair friendly.There are 3 elevators: two in the central plaza and one near the Alcampo.
Also for the Kids there are lots of activities which are open the whole year. On the top , a third of the Second floor is a real kids paradise with all sort of attractions.
Near the “Alcampo”, there are little small funny cars shaped in the form of animals.
Children can ride sitting on the animal, while the parents are shopping. La Zenia Boulevard shopping center is the ideal place to go shopping with the all family.
Indeed, there a many shops but also the many possibilities to have something to eat or just to have fun with the kids .
La Zenia Boulevard Opening Hours / Times:
Spring and Summer and Autumn : Monday through Sunday, From 10:00 till 23:00
Winter: Monday through Sunday, From 10:00 till 22:00
Moraira is small coastal town situated in the beautiful mountainous north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca. The resort is conveniently placed between the airports of Alicante and Valencia (about 90km from each). About 45 mins drive from Benidorm (42km)
The surrounding region has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoiled scenery and many small villages to explore.
The town itself has pleasantly grown from a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement resort, retaining its considerable charm that attracts visitors from all over Europe. It’s also particularly popular with Spanish holidaymakers from Madrid and Valencia. More information about Moraira HERE
San Juan in set in the province of Alicante, just half an hours drive from Benidorm set on the Mediterranean coastline of the Costa Blanca. The main town lies approximately 2 kilometres inland and 8 kilometres from Alicante city. San Juan also incorporates an attractive beach and coastal stretch, boasting crystal clear waters, a three kilometre stretch of golden sands, and superb amenities and facilities for holidaymakers.
San Juan – Beach and Town
Sit back and relax on the wonderful stretch of golden beach, there are hammocks and sun umbrellas available and the pleasant beaches are perfect for children – clean with safe, crystal clear waters.
Along the back of the beach runs a charming boulevard with local restaurants and bars. Head for a typical breakfast of sweet buns topped with sugar, or Pitufo (small, toasted baguette) topped with tomatoes, olive oil and salt. Wash down with the best Spanish coffee, or a freshly squeezed orange and you are now set up for a day on the beach, or for sightseeing in the local region.
Head into San Juan itself, just two kilometres inland and you will find a Characterful Spanish working town. There are plenty of shops and restaurants and a street market is held in the centre on Saturday morning.
Both in the town and along the coastal stretch, San Juan offers a good choice of bars and restaurants. Many establishments serve the wonderful gastronomy typical of the Costa Blanca, lots of seafood, paella and some lovely local wines to wash your meal down.
Hike around the Puig Campana in the nature reserve ‘Puigcampana y el Ponotx’ is 11 kilometres long and takes about 4 hours. There is about 600 metres of climbing and descending during this hike, with amazing views awaiting you. In the area there are several mountains with the Puigcampana the highest with it’s summit at 1406 metres above sea level. The area is famous throughout Spain for the mountain sports, such as rock climbing, that can be undertaken here. More information HERE
The walk starts in the village of Finestrat there are various companies that organise guided walks in the area.
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