Costa Blanca

The Region of Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca, or the White Coast, consists of over 200 kilometres of coastline located in the Province of Alicante. The name of "Costa Blanca" was chosen as a promotional name, which was used by BEA when they launched their air service between London and Valencia in 1957. There is now a well developed tourism industry, and the area is a popular destination for British and German tourists. It extends from the towns of Denia in the north, beyond which lies the Costa dels Tarongers, to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, beyond which lies the Costa Calida. It includes the major tourist destinations of Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Xàbia.

Major tourist attractions in the area include the Terra Mitica entertainment park at Benidorm, and the bays of Altea and Calpe. Also not to be missed amongst the smaller towns and village, is Villajoyosa, which is just south of Benidorm, well known for it's old town, and for it's chocolate.

The blue waters and miles of white sandy beaches are also a major attraction. The mountains run parallel to the sea along the northern section of coast. In this area are the Moorish villages, with their olive trees and hidden coves. The southern part of the coast is the area for beaches, sparkling, turquoise sea and rows of cafes and restaurants.

The mountainous interior contains many medieval towns and fortified villages, largely unaffected by modernisation and tourism. Inland from the beaches, the Costa Blanca has one of Spain's most fertile areas. The region is renowned for its citrus trees, supplying fruit all across the world. There are also many almond trees and date palms to be found in the area.

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