Costa Blanca: sun, beach and mountain
Nearly 250 kilomteres of beaches, cliffs and hidden coves make up the Costa Blanca, one of the most popular travel destinations in Spain. With Benidorm as the prime tourism example, the Costa Blanca is the chosen name for the shore of Alicante province, from El Pilar de la Horadada to Denia.
Why the Costa Blanca is one of the few destinations that keeps the number of visitors in a situation of crisis and decline in consumption? There are two factors that make this possible: the spectacular weather and landscapes and a commitment to tourism everybody’s affordable.
The province of Alicante enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate of southern, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. The rain, sometimes torrential, are scarce, but enough to feed the mountain ranges that give way to a rugged coastline and full of surprises. The Costa Blanca offers a combination of long sandy beaches, such as the Levante and Poniente, Benidorm, equipped with bars, services, lifeguards, etc., and quiet coves, inaccessible, ideal for lost and rest away from noise big city.
The relief of the mainland is hiding inside worth visiting places, as Guadalest, and parks that overlook the sea, like the Sierra Gelada and the Rock of Ifach. The complex orography of the region allows nearly all adventure sports: hiking, climbing, canyoning, via ferrata, bungee jumping, hang-gliding, paragliding, 4×4 and more.
But the Costa Blanca is not be what it is without the sea. On the beaches of Benidorm, while most are enjoying the sun baths and good weather, others are dedicated to Cableski. Boat trips to the islands of Tabarca and Benidorm or the bays of Sierra Gelada, are one of the most popular activities.
All this is possible thanks to the excellent communication of the province of Alicante with the rest of Europe. Traditional and low cost airlines daily flight between major European cities and El Altet airport. By the A-7 highway and train you can get from Benidorm to the border with France in just over 6 hours. Turnpike and the Tram (Tourist Tram popularly known as ‘El Trenet’) links all shore villages.
The other key to the success of the Costa Blanca as a tourist destination that offers both unique and accessible to all budgets. An example of this are Marconfort aparthotels: Flamingo Benidorm and Flamingo Playa, where, with family, partner or friends, you can enjoy the sun and the beach for a very reasonable price. The all-inclusive stays are the most popular, allowing visitors to enjoy their holiday without worrying about how much they are spending.
In short, although the tourist boom that started in the 60′s is left behind, tourism in the Costa Blanca is still alive. This is demonstrated by the numbers: in 2011, the Costa Blanca accounted for 61% of hotel business in Valencia.