The “White Coast” is a wildly popular strip of coastline in Spain’s Alicante Province. The beautiful white beaches and lively nightlife attract millions of visitors each year.
The coast is separated into two distinct areas: Costa Blanca North and Costa Blanca South. The quieter northern district is ripe with quaint seaside villages, while the southern district is the wilder side of the coast, featuring huge resorts and a legendary party scene.
Costa Blanca owes its popularity to its natural beauty; powdery white beaches reaching into the glittering Mediterranean Sea, fertile valleys, and dramatic mountainscapes all compete for your attention and your camera lens. Friendly local residents and budget-friendly accommodations add to it undeniable appeal.
Where to Stay
There are scores of lodging options along Costa Blanca. They vary widely in price and type. There are all-inclusive and luxury resorts, boutique hotels, bed and breakfast inns, and plenty of vacation rental homes to choose from.
The Hotel Abaco Altea, located in the seaside town of Altea, is a charming and comfortable boutique hotel. Family-owned and consisting of just six guest rooms, staying there feels a lot like staying with family while on holiday. The service is outstanding, and if you are looking to enjoy the less wild side of Costa Blanca, this is the place for you.
An award-winning hotel for its luxury, Villa Valencia Hotel is a boutique hotel with a modern attitude. With only 22 guest rooms, expect personal service and delicious food. The hotel boasts great beach views and is really a hidden gem in the town of Benidorm.
Incredibly beautiful gardens and luxurious amenities like the world-class spa make Barcelo Asian Gardens Hotel and Thai Spa a place not to be missed. The gardens are tranquil and other-worldly, the service is impeccable, the amenities are excellent, and the guest rooms are airy and comfortable. The hotel is away from the bustle of Benidorm, but only about a 10 minute car ride away if you want to head into town.
Where to Eat
There are plenty of places to eat up and down the White Coast, with traditional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines dominating the culinary landscape.
There are plenty of international options, too, including Italian, French, Indian, and Japanese.
Amigos Bar and Bistro, located in Benidorm, serves up an eclectic menu of European favorites in a bright and friendly atmosphere. Soups, chicken dishes, and even nachos win high marks from visitors, and more often than not earn repeat customers.
After a long night of dancing and drinking, ice cream can be the perfect nightcap. At Livanti Gelato di Sicilia, Italian ice cream is the star. They offer a huge selection of delicious flavors from around the world – anywhere from 30 – 60 at a time!
Whether for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack, tapas is usually an interesting and almost always a satisfying experience. At Cerveceria Sento, you can enjoy amazing tapas offerings, cocktails, and an impressive beer selection in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. The locals love it, so you know it’s good!
What to Do
Costa Blanca has so much to offer everyone who visits: lively and fun clubs and bars for night owls and scenic landscapes for outdoor enthusiasts.
Take a Jeep tour through the countryside, enjoy horseback riding, or explore the beautiful Guadalest Valley. Challenge yourself with an exhilarating climb at Parque Natural de Penyal D’lfach. Swim in the beautiful lagoon of Playa La Granadella. Dive, snorkel, and sail in the beautiful waters.
Visit Aqua Natura or Aqualandia, one of the region’s fun and carefree water parks.
Visit the Terra Natura zoo or Mundomar aquarium, especially if you are visiting with the kids.
When to Visit
The summer months are by far the most crowded in Costa Blanca. Thousands upon thousands descend upon the area in search of a sandy spot and a good time. The weather then, though, is picture perfect and hot. If you want to avoid the oppressive crowds, the winter is still temperate enough to enjoy the sights of the area, without the chaos of the summertime.