With such a good climate here in Spain there is much to do whether it be a lazy day by the beach or a day at the golf course or perhaps 1 of the many leisure activities available here on the Costa Blanca. If you’re planning to move or make frequent visits to a holiday home here to help you enjoy all the fun things available around the region you might consider buying a car, read on to find out more about all the activities to do on the Costa Blanca and having your own transport there.
Situated on the southeast coast of mainland Spain, the Costa Blanca is renowned for it's sandy white beaches and warm Mediterranean climate. Steeped in history and boasting beautiful mountain views, sweet fragrance orange groves and glistening waters, this picturesque Valencian province has something for everyone.
You certainly won't be short of things to explore on the Costa Blanca, whether you wish to delve into it's history and culture or reveal the untold mysteries of the deep blue Mediterranean.
Why not make the Costa Blanca your base while you explore Spain's rich historical architecture, take a hike in its magnificent mountain regions or ski in the spectacular Sierra Nevada, just three hours drive away.
It's also worth knowing that there is a comprehensive motorway network to make your journey easier around the region and should you adventurous enough to want to see more then Alicante & Murcia airports are easily accessible for a internal flight to other areas of your choice. Also from Alicante, you can hop on a ferry over to the beautiful Balearic islands or use the high speed train network to the wonderful cities of Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.
Alicante is a coastal university city with an impressive harbour and a tree lined promenade. One of it's main attractions is it's ancient mountaintop castle (Castillo de Santa Barbara), although keen shoppers will revel in it's quaint boutiques and grand department stores.
The ancient town of Alicante extends itself along the curve of its busy port. The Romans called it Lucentum - The City of Light - quite appropriately for the acknowledged tourist capital of the White Coast, which has supplied generations of visitors with their first enticing impression of Spain.
Alicante, like most of the towns on the Costa Blanca, hosts an array of restaurants and bars with prices that won't break the budget, so you certainly won't go hungry here!
Situated 15 minutes from the city of Alicante, 10 minutes from Alicante International Airport and 5 minutes from Santa Pola, Gran Alacant has a great deal to offer. With amenities and the coast in walking distance, plus a good bus route, you never need get in your car again. However, should you fancy adventure, there are plenty of places to visit close by.
Santa Pola is renowned for it's beautiful beaches, sand dunes and salt lakes. It also has a large fishing harbor. Many of the salt lakes here at Santa Pola are protected, as there are a variety of migratory birds here such as flamingos, the Colorada duck and the Osprey.
Elche a city 20 km inland from Alicante, having some 200,000 inhabitants, is the third largest city in the Comunidad Valenciana region in terms of population size and resources. A stroll through the city’s streets will reveal an interesting historical centre, a silent witness to its glorious past.
This glorious past contrasts harmoniously with all of the elements characteristic of a young, dynamic city with a unique townscape due to its location in Europe’s largest palm grove where there are two beautiful parks you can visit: El Palmeral containing 200,000 different specimens of palm and Huerta Del Cura with many different plants and trees. The Palm Grovelegacy of the Andalusí farming culture, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Elche is steeped in history and houses an archeological museum located on an excavation site where the 4th Century B.C. "Dame of Elche" was found. Some of the architecture in this city dates back to the 16th century such as the Basilicia de Santa Maria, which is also worth a visit.
Elche is currently the footwear capital of Spain making 42% of the countries shoes that are exported, to other EU countries and USA. Some of the factories are open to the public so a visit is well recommended.
The municipality of Elche has 9 km of white beaches, equipped with all of the facilities necessary for visitors to enjoy nature to the full. With beaches of fine white sand, exotic dune systems and sandy semi-urban beaches, Elche has a varied and highly interesting coastline to offer visitors.
14 kms to the east of Elche lies the town of La Marina, close to which is a well established "urbanisation" predominantly popular amongst the English. Close to the beach, and with a strong community spirit and plenty of facilities, this is a great place to start a new life, whether for retirement or bringing up your family, La Marina could be just what you're looking for.
This charismatic Spanish village is just a 10-minute drive from the crystalline waters of Guardamar beach. With all the facilities you need, Benijofar can also offer you a glimpse of Spanish life and, with its scenic surroundings, you certainly can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Situated on the River Segura, the picturesque town of Guardamar is surrounded by rich farmland of orange and lemon groves, almond trees and various other crops. It's main attraction is it's 11 km stretch of natural golden sand with a backdrop of shady pine forest. The forest, originally planted to prevent the movement of the sand dunes, is now a beautiful nature reserve and is popular for cool walks and picnics.
In Guardamar, you will sense a strong family atmosphere, especially if you take an evening stroll to the local craft market or treat yourself to a tasty meal or a large ice cream in one of Guardamar's ice cream parlours.
Torrevieja is a cosmopolitan town hosting a wide variety of bars and restaurants and also many local "fiestas". This town caters for the whole family and you can take part in many activities such as walking, swimming, snorkeling and horse riding. You will also find several clubs and societies so you need not leave your hobbies behind. Whether you take part in dance and drama, art and craft, tennis or bridge, the area has a great deal of choice.
Take advantage of Torrevieja's magnificent Friday market which sells everything from fruit and veg to housing accessories and gifts. In fact, why not make a day of it and "shop until you drop" in Torrevieja's many boutiques.
Local to Torrevieja are the salt lakes. The concentration of salt in these picturesque lagoons helps to draw the moisture out of the air.
This, combined with the very low annual rainfall, creates the unique microclimate. The long sunny days, with an average temp of 20 degrees centigrade, make this area ideal for sufferers of Rheumatism, Arthritis and Asthma.Torrevieja boasts marvellous golden sandy beaches, which carry the blue flag for cleanliness year after year.
If you simply wish to relax and soak up the rays, then head for one of Torrevieja's sandy white beaches, which have been awarded the EC's "Blue Flag" status so you can ensure safe bathing and quality recreation facilities for you and your family.
And the kids needn't worry either, as there is always McDonalds, Burger King and KFC!! As well as ten pin bowling, cinema, new sports centre, horse riding, numerous water sports.............
Just a fifteen-minutes drive from the coast lies the rural Spanish town of San Miguel de Salinas. With its quaint church square and many bars and restaurants, you will find all the facilities you need here amongst the local folk. The local market is not to be missed, every Thursday morning throughout the year.
Should you wish to go further a field, hop in the car and enjoy a scenic drive through the orange groves to your destination, be it the golf courses, Torrevieja or to explore something completely new, you'll never far from the action!
Cuidad Quesada the urbanisation that grew up to become a town. Once under the control of Rojales, it now has it's own town hall and is now making sure that the area is developed with the correct amenities for the residents.
It area boasts an aqua park, a golf course, a country club and numerous shops, bars, restaurants, banks and commercial businesses. Located west of the salt lake of La Mata, Quesada residents enjoy the panoramic views of the salt lakes, Mediterranean, Vega Baja and distant mountains.
Whether staying or visiting a place for all to remember.
Located on the inland side of the salt lake of Torrevieja, Los Montesinos, has grown to be one of the most popular places in the area. It a small town that is charming, quiet anf relaxing. The town square is surrounded by cafes & bars and is the centre of town life. Children play in the safely of the square while parents discuss the days events.
The town council is very anxious to maintain all the ancient traditions so fiesta time is a speciality for such a small place, whether one float or twenty all the town folk turn out to watch the parade through the streets.
Local facilites are all within an easy stroll and they include an all weather sports stadium, swimming pool, music college and the latest addition is a park area with a waterfall and stream.
Situated amidst the orange and lemon groves on a hillside lies the small town of Algorfa. It has extensive views of the Vega Baja area and the surrounding mountains. This quaint town has many small bars and restaurants and is handily placed for those whose wish to tour the area and sample rural Spain.
f you're a keen golfer, your needs are certainly catered for here with the La Finca Golf Resort being only a 5 minute drive from the town centre. The Spanish Open Golf Championship will be held here in the next couple of years.
If golf is not your scene then the coast is only fifteen minutes away.
Popular amongst the English & Irish, you'll really feel at home amidst it's English bars and Irish pubs. Here you will find all the facilities of a small town so you need not travel too far and should you wish to go further a field, there is a reliable bus service.
Take advantage of the breathtaking coastal walks along the rugged coastline of the Orihuela Costa and remember, golf is never far away. With three golf courses already established, you're be spoilt for choice at Villamartin.
If the rest of the family can't abide golf, you need not fear as there are plenty of activities here, with the coast just a 10 minute drive away, go-karts, horse riding and the infamous Villamartin Square with more than 20 restaurants and numerous bars, especially vibrant in the evening.
Pinar de Campoverde is an established Spanish village set on a wooded hillside, 8 kms inland with views to the Mediterranean. It is less crowded than the more developed areas towards Torrevieja, with mainly large detached homes and year-round residents, many of who are British or German.
In the commercial centre of Campoverde there are several bars, restaurants, supermarkets, bank etc. There is a small street market on Sunday mornings. On the other side of the village is the famous Natural Area “Rio Seca” where you can walk along the (usually dry!) bed of the river, which has carved a spectacular gorge. Near Rio Seca there is also a new 20,000m2 sports area with several tennis courts, basketball, football and a large public swimming pool.
The nearest town is Pilar de la Horadada, where you can join the new A-37 Alicante-Cartegena Autoroute or access the beaches of the Mediterranean. There are about 4kms of sandy beaches stretching from El Mojon to Mil Palmeras, including a small, pretty cove at Torre de la Horadada where there is also a Marina. This is only a 15 minute drive away.
The Golf Resort "Lo Romero" has recently opened between Pilar de Horadara and Pinar de Campoverde, well worth a visit.
La Manga is a developing area situated on the Costa Callida (the warm coast) and with the sea on one side and the Mar Menor on the other, it's great for a holiday home, with sea views if desired, and in walking distance to the sea.
If basking in the Mediterranean sun is not for you, then why not take advantage of the many water sports activities on offer such as windsurfing, sailing and fishing. You will find a good bus service here and many bars and restaurants which are vibrant in the summertime.
La Manga is also famous for it's golf resort and country club with a large casino should you fancy making your fortune.