Top reasons to visit the Costa Blanca this summer

I’m sure it’s not just us that’s always thinking about holidays! If you’re also planning your next holiday, then we’d definitely recommend coming to the Costa Blanca this summer.

We’ve lived in the area for almost 5 years, but have also been holidaying here for many years before that. It’s without a doubt one of the best areas in Spain to visit for so many reasons.

If you’re new to this part of Spain, we’re here to give you some of the top reasons why a holiday on the Costa Blanca is a must!

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Where is the Costa Blanca?

The Costa Blanca region is in Eastern Spain, covering the stretch of coastline from Denia in the northern Costa Blanca to Torrevieja in the south. Popular Costa Blanca towns and cities include Alicante, Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Jávea, Guardamar del Segura, Santa Pola and many more.

If you’re looking for places to visit on the Costa Blanca, check out our post with a list of places within an hour’s drive of Alicante.

What is the Costa Blanca like?

One of the top tourist destinations in Spain, the Costa Blanca is a beautiful area with so many things do to. The mild year round Mediterranean climate, beautiful coastline, rich culture, and good mix of busy tourist cities and quieter towns, makes it an ideal location for a holiday.

As well as the coast, the Costa Blanca covers in land regions with mountain villages, waterfalls, reservoirs, castles, and plenty of tourist attractions to keep you busy.

What airports are on the Costa Blanca?

There are three main airports that you can fly into to visit the Costa Blanca region – Valencia Airport for the Costa Blanca North, Alicante Airport for both the Costa Blanca South and North, and Murcia Airport for the Southern part of the Costa Blanca.

Ready to book your holiday to the Costa Blanca?

If you’re ready to book your Costa Blanca holiday, these links may help…
– Find great value flights and accommodation at Expedia
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– Check hotel reviews at TripAdvisor
– Book your tours and excursions at GetYourGuide

With so many places to visit on the Costa Blanca, there is definitely something for everyone in this part of Spain. If you’re still trying to decide where to go on holiday this year, why not take a look at these top reasons to visit the Costa Blanca this summer…

Amazing weather

The mild Mediterranean climate means the Costa Blanca in Spain gets an average of 325 days of sun every year, so whenever you visit you can be sure of sunny days and blue skies. However the summer months (June – August) on the Costa Blanca bring the hottest temperatures of the year and by far the best weather to enjoy the beaches, pools, and waterparks in this part of Spain, so if you’re looking for some summer sun in Spain then the Costa Blanca is the perfect location.

Although the summer weather on the Costa Blanca can get a bit too hot and humid for some people, the hot summer temperatures mean you can be outside until the early hours enjoying the Spanish atmosphere without worrying about getting cold or having to take a jumper. You hardly ever have plans rained off, and you can always sit outdoors for dinner and drinks until late.

Summer palm trees Costa Blanca

Beautiful beaches

Are you a beach lover? Then the Costa Blanca is the place for you! It has some of the best beaches in Spain – and that’s not just our opinion. This region has 74 Blue Flag beaches making it the area with the most Blue Flags in the whole of Spain.

Whether you want a long golden sandy stretch of beach with a lively promenade, a quieter natural beach backed by sand dunes, or a hidden rocky cove, you’ll be able to find it. The beaches obviously can get quite busy during the summer months but during peak season you’ll find all bars and restaurants open, lots of watersports on offer, and of course the perfect sea temperature for swimming later into the evening. When there are a lot of crowds it’s a good idea to either go early in the morning or around 6pm (when it is still hot in summer) as we’ve found these to be the quietest times.

Some of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca include:

  • Playa La Mata in Torrevieja
  • Playa de la Granadella in Jávea
  • Playa del Postiguet in Alicante
  • Playa San Juan in Alicante
  • Cala del Moraig in Moraira

If you’re wondering where to stay on the Costa Blanca, some of the most popular Costa Blanca beach resorts include Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Valencia, Denia, and Jávea.

Playa San Juan on the Costa Blanca

Lots of things to do

Whether you’re visiting Spain as a family with children, as a couple, or solo, there are plenty of Costa Blanca activities to choose from to keep you busy during your stay.

From children’s activities to historical visits, day trips to guided tours, and family friendly theme parks and zoos, you don’t have to stay on the beach or by the pool for your whole trip.

The best Costa Blanca tourist attractions include the Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante, the waterfalls at Fonts D’Algar, and the mountain village of Guadalest to name just a few.

Some of the best things to do in the Costa Blanca in the summer include:

  • Watersports
  • Boat trips
  • Museums
  • Fiestas
  • Walking tours
  • Tapas and wine tours
  • Waterparks
  • Theme Parks
  • Go karting
  • Zoos
  • Golf
  • Hiking trails
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A rich culture and history

The Costa Blanca is a really interesting part of Spain to learn more about. Lots of different cultures have left their mark on the area including the Romans, Moors, Iberians and more. In the Alicante province you can explore Roman ruins and Moorish castles, visit Arab baths, and there are so many museums to visit to learn more about the history of the area as well as viewing ancient artefacts and treasures.

The Moors and Christians festivals held across the region commemorate the battles held between the two sides on the Costa Blanca from the 13th to 16th centuries. You also have Medieval markets held in many towns and villages showcasing music, dancing, entertainment, food, drink and more from the Middle Ages.

Santa Pola Castle Costa Blanca

Spanish fiestas

Who doesn’t love a Spanish fiesta! With music, dancing, costumes, food, drink, fireworks and more, attending a Spanish fiesta on the Costa Blanca during the summer is a must, they’re so much fun!

Some of the most popular summer fiestas on the Costa Blanca include the San Juan Hogueras in Alicante in June, the Moors and Christians fiestas held in many Costa Blanca towns from June – September including Alicante, Jávea and Guardamar del Segura, and the Medieval festival in Moraira in June.

So put on your dancing shoes, be prepared to stay up late, and enjoy!

To find out what summer events are happening in Spain, we recommend joining local Facebook groups and following the pages for the town hall (Ayuntamiento) in the area you’re visiting.

Fantastic scenery

Most people just think of sandy beaches when you mention the Costa Blanca but the landscape is actually very varied. As well as stunning beaches, the Costa Blanca is home to inland mountains, steep cliffs along the coastline, and agricultural fields as far as the eye can see. You’ll also find natural pools and waterfalls in land, plus vineyards and so many orchards of lemon and orange trees, so it’s worth exploring away from the coast if you get chance.

If you have a car we recommend taking a drive during your visit to see the beautiful Costa Blanca scenery. Villages and towns such as Guadalest, Finestrat, and Jávea are great places to see the coast, mountains and countryside all at the same time.

view over mountains Costa blanca

Picturesque towns

While most of the famous Pueblos Blancos are located further south in Spain, the Costa Blanca has plenty of lovely villages to explore. Some of the prettiest towns on the Costa Blanca include Jávea, Moraira, and Altea, all with traditional Spanish old towns, beautiful buildings, busy plazas to stop for a drink, and amazing views of the surrounding area.

Drive in inland and away from the coast you’ll find lots of charming Spanish villages where tourists rarely venture!

Altea Costa Blanca

Delicious food

If you enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine, you’ll find lots of places to eat on the Costa Blanca. The region is the birthplace of paella so you can experience a traditional paella, as well as locally caught seafood fresh off the boat, and of course a wide range of tapas.

It’s always a good idea to head to a restaurant where you can see lots of Spanish people and opt for a Menu del Día to try lots of dishes for a really good price.

The local markets are the best places to buy local fruit, vegetables and cheeses, as well as wine produced in the area. You can find weekly markets in nearly every village and town, and the bigger towns and cities usually have a daily indoor market as well, so make sure you keep an eye out for market days in the Costa Blanca town you’re staying in.

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Accommodation to suit everyone

One great thing about the Costa Blanca is that there’s all types of accommodation to suit all tastes. From luxury 5 star hotels such as The Level at Meliá Villaitana in Benidorm, family friendly hotels such as Magic Robin Hood Costa Blanca in Albir, and even tropical campsites like Camping Alannia Costa Blanca in La Marina.

melia villaitana costa blanca

If you prefer self-catering you can choose a city centre apartment close to the action or a private villa with your own pool.

Villa Javea Costa Blanca

Prices obviously increase during the summer months but you can still get some very good deals on hotels on the Costa Blanca, especially if you look around and book in advance. We recommend Tripadvisor to find the best deals and read hotel reviews.

So there you have it, lots of great reasons to visit the Costa Blanca this summer! We hope you enjoy your holiday to Spain.