ULTIMATE Costa Blanca Tourist Guide: BEST Things to Do 2023

The Costa Blanca or White Coast extends along the eastern coast of Spain (approximately in the middle) and covers the province of Alicante.

To the north of Denia is the Costa del Azahar and to the south of Torrevieja is the Costa Calida.

The Costa Blanca is not as cold or wet in the winter as the Costa Brava, north of Costa Blanca, nor is it as humid or hot in the summer as the Costa del Sol, in the south.

The Costa Blanca has the best all year round temperatures. The climate is recognised as one of the best in the world by the World Health Organisation.

Many people with arthritis come to the Costa Blanca and within days feel much better. In the winter months the Costa Blanca is lucky enough to have nearly as many sunny days as in the summertime. Try something different such as a Costa Blanca walking holiday instead of lying on it’s sunny beaches.

Not everyone settles on the Costa Blanca so we recommend live in Spain for 6 months to try it first, you can rent an apartment or villa to get the feel of what life would be like here outside of the usual holiday experience.

Below we have a video guide to the Costa Blanca:

The Costa Blanca is famous for its tourism. Once upon a time the places along the coast were mostly just tiny fishing villages. Then the fantastic climate and beaches attracted tourists and the area boomed. Some towns have restricted their development and retained their original charms (in our opinion Javea) while others have over-developed and lost what charm they originally had (some might suggest Benidorm?).

The Costa Blanca has over 100 kms of sandy beaches and rocky coves and many of the beaches have the coveted European Blue Flag signifying cleanliness and safe bathing.

Of course the charms of the area have meant that many expats now live here. There has been a property explosion with many people regarding the Costa Blanca as the California of Europe. Not just people retiring, nowadays many young families move to the Costa Blanca searching for a better lifestyle. Every nationality can be found here but especially English and Germans (oh and some Spanish too!).

If you are searching for English-speaking jobs in Spain then the Costa Blanca really is the place to look with many opportunities for expats. For casual summer jobs in Spain we suggest Benidorm (see our guide to jobs in Benidorm).

We have handy guides on car insurance and home insurance if you are buying a property in this wonderful Eastern region of Spain. Many of you will enjoy our guide on the best places to retire in Spain.

The facilities on the Costa Blanca are excellent including word-class medical surgeries so there are plenty of English-speaking doctors if you need emergency medical assistance.

The Costa Blanca is a beautiful region with mountains stretching along most of the coast. The A7 motorway (with some toll sections) stretches from north to south along the coast. The N-332 also runs parallel yet is free from charges although much slower as it passes through the middle of many towns.

There are huge amounts of flights into Alicante airport, especially from Northern Europe. Valencia airport to the north is also well serviced. Further to the south of the Costa Blanca is Murcia airport. With the advent of many low-cost airlines many people live in Spain and commute to work in England. Flying time is only about 2 hours which often doesn’t get you far when driving on congested roads in England.

The northern Costa Blanca is typically mountainous with cliffs and coves, a mixture of pebble beaches and fine sandy beaches. North of Altea towards Calpe it is surprisingly very green and lush. Beach resorts such as Javea and Moraira are very popular with expats.

The Costa Blanca has something for everyone from tiny rural inland villages to cosmopolitan tourist resorts on the coast such as Benidorm.

The Costa Blanca isn’t necessarily a place one would go to see historical monuments (although there are many). Its attractions lie in its beauty – the amazing vivid blue Mediterranean waters, the lovely sandy beaches, the old towns and villages with their old narrow streets, the restaurants and bars where one can sit and relax outside because of the wonderful all-year round climate. It’s simply a wonderful place in which to enjoy life (as we should do but often don’t) and feel rejuvenated and refreshed.


Benidorm by night – Photo by FDV, Wikimedia Commons

The Costa Blanca area of Spain is located approximately half-way along the east coast of Spain. The area is a very popular tourist destination because of its excellent weather and climate and the many superb beaches which stretch for miles and miles along the coast.

One of the good things about coming on holiday to the Costa Blanca is the different types of places you can visit. There is great variety and each place has something for everyone.

For example you can go inland and enjoy the unspoilt traditional ‘real’ Spain or you can stay on the coast and enjoy the hustle and bustle and nightlife of busy tourist resorts such as Benidorm or alternatively within a short distance you can stay on the coast in quaint, quiet fishing villages – the choice is yours!

In this tourist and visitor guide to the Costa Blanca we help visitors who are planning a trip with useful and practical advice on many tourism related subjects such as car rental/hire, accommodation, sightseeing, weather, where to go, where to stay, travel information and what to see and do in the Costa Blanca.

We also have photos, picture galleries, views, videos and webcams of the Costa Blanca so you can see what the various towns and cities of the Blanca have to offer you for your holiday. Hopefully this very comprehensive guide will help you with popular questions we are often asked such as:

  • What are the best sights on the Costa Blanca?
  • What famous tourist attractions does the Costa Blanca have?
  • Where can I find holiday apartments on the Costa Blanca?
  • Where are the best beaches on the Costa Blanca?
  • Where should I go on holiday on the Costa Blanca?
  • What are the best towns to visit on the Costa Blanca?
  • Where can I book accommodation such as hotels, villas and apartments on the Costa Blanca?
  • What historic towns does the Costa Blanca have?
  • Are there any good golf courses on the Costa Blanca?

Costa Blanca FAQ

Which is better Alicante or Benidorm?

Alicante & Benidorm are both big built-up cities with beaches but that is where similarity ends. Alicante is the capital of the province of Alicante, it feels very Spanish whereas Benidorm is an international tourist destination famous for bars and nightlife. For culture Alicante is better.

People do ask us, which is nicer, Alicante or Benidorm? We think Alicante is nicer because it is a traditional Spanish city with good beaches, a rich history and more sights such as the castle. Having said that, we would still prefer to visit Spain’s bigger cities such as Madrid and Barcelona which have far more history and sights. If we had to pick out of those two it would be Barcelona because it actually has beaches and is also very close (2 hours drive) to some of Spain’s best ski resorts.

Northern Costa Blanca – Tour

  • Head north of Alicante Airport
  • Much greener than Costa Blanca South
  • Hilly, mountainous with hidden coves
  • Major resorts include Benidorm and Calpe
Teulada, Spain

Ermita de Sant Vicent Ferrer de Teulada, Teulada – Photo by Joan Banjo, Wikimedia Commons

The Northern Costa Blanca coast starts around Gandia, then heading south we pass Oliva then Pego and Ondara. This area is full of orange groves and majestic mountains in the background. The sandy beaches are excellent and uncrowded. Inland is pretty with Jativa a beautiful town with a superb castle and Villalonga.

Moving down the coast you come to Els Poblets, then Denia which has a marina and port from which you can get a ferry across to Ibiza and Majorca. Now the coast changes from being flat to rugged with coves and rocky beaches.

Inland is the Orba valley with villages such as Sagra, Orba, Benimeli, Benidoleig (with big urbanisations of Colina del Sol and Panosol), Beniarbeig, Sanet y Negrals, Tormos, Murla with the popular Puerta del Valle Urbanisation, Benichembla, El Rafol d’Almunia, Benimaurrell, Fleix, Campell, Fontilles, Paradisorba, Aspre-Obreta and Montaneta El Eden.

To the south of Denia comes Javea with its sandy beach followed by Moraira, a smaller town also with a good sandy beach. Inland are the working towns of Gata de Gorgos, Jesus Pobre, La Jara, Pedreguer and Benitachell and the Jalon Valley famous for its vineyards and blossoms comprising of the towns and villages of Lliber, Jalon, Xalo, Alcalali and Parcent.

Teulada is inland of Moraira as is the town of Benissa although its rolling hills extend down to the coast where there are rocky beaches and coves, then to Calpe, one of the Costa Blanca’s most famous tourist destinations.

Originally a small fishing village, Calpe is now a busy town with high rise hotels and apartments blocks dominating the skyline. Calpe has the famous rock called the Penon de Ifach which rises from the sea. On either side are two fantastic wide sandy beaches.


Denia Castle and Marina

Heading south we come across swanky Altea with its hills full of whitewashed houses, winding cobbled streets and designer shops. Next is Alfaz del Pi (also known as L’Alfas del Pi) with the beach area of Albir and then Benidorm, the biggest tourist resort on the Costa Blanca.


Aerial view of Benidorm

Benidorm is huge with masses of high rise skyscrapers. The beaches of Playa Levante, Playa Poniente, Playa de Mal Pas and Playa de Cala Finestrat are excellent and the nightlife is legendary.

There are plenty of hotels, cafes, entertainment, shopping and a number of fine theme parks for the family such as Terra Mitica, Aqualandia, Mundomar, Terra Natura and Aqua Natura.

Take a boat trip to La Isla de Benidorm, a small uninhabited island great for snorkeling. Go watch a show at the Benidorm Palace.

After Benidorm the coast becomes flat with mile after mile of sandy beaches. Also the mountains in the background begin to fade further and further away.

Take an excursion from Benidorm inland past La Nucia, Polop, Callosa d’En Sarria to the castle at Guadalest, a renowned Costa Blanca tourist attraction. Also close to Callosa d’En Sarria are the Fuentes de Algar/Algar Waterfalls natural park which is beautiful and you can bathe in the crystal clear water of the Algar Water Falls (Fuentes del Algar waterfalls).


Guadalest – famous Costa Blanca tourist attaction

Much further inland is the large town of Alcoy, (also known as Alcoi) famous for its many bridges, Muro de Alcoy, Bocairent, Castalla, Ibi, Cocentaina, Albaida, Xixona and Ontinyent.

Southern Costa Blanca – Tour

  • Head south of Alicante Airport
  • Much flatter and drier than Costa Blanca North
  • Better beaches
  • Better golf courses
  • Major resorts include Torrevieja

The southern Costa Blanca is mostly flat with fine sandy beaches, palm trees and salt lakes. The south is much drier and more typical of what a person who had never visited Spain would expect to see.

It is very built up, relatively featureless and in many resorts, more international than Spanish. Major expat populations can be found in Villamartin, Cabo Roig, Rojales, La Zenia and Campoamor.

South of Villajoyosa there is a succession of similar beach resorts with high rise apartment blocks and hotels although nothing like as big as Benidorm. First there is El Montiboli, El Campello, (the famous caves of Canelobre are just inland near Busot) then San Juan and then we hit Alicante, the gateway to the Costa Blanca.


Alicante Beach

Alicante airport is where most people arrive into the Costa Blanca. Strangely because it is a lovely city, has a great marina, beaches and the Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo) most people immediately exit the airport either south towards Torrevieja or north towards Benidorm.

Inland from Alicante the road heads towards Madrid, in this area are many old towns and villages many with castles set on hills such as Sax, Villena, Elda, Novelda, Petrer as well as Monovar, Monforte del Cid, Aspe, Yecla, Caudette and Jumilla.

South of Alicante are a number of coastal beach resorts. Firstly Aqua Amarga, Urbanova, Los Arenales del Sol, Gran Alacant, Casa del Cap and then Santa Pola with miles of good sandy beaches, from Santa Pola you can take the ferry out to the small island of Tabarca once used by pirates this is a good spot for some snorkelling. A massive salt lake is south of Santa Pola (Salinas de Santa Pola).

La Marina, La Escuera (inland), Urbanisation Bonavista, Urbanisation Las Pesqueras, Guardamar del Segura , Urbanisation Portic Playa (Platja), Urbanisation El Moncaio, Urbanisation Portic Mediterrani, Pinomar and then La Mata (also known as La Mata).

In this area just inland are the La Marquesa golf and country club and La Finca golf close to the towns of Formentera del Segura, Benijofar, Daya Nueva, Daya Vieja, Urbanisation Pueblo Lucero, Rojales with its unique cave houses and Ciudad Quesada a modern town only built in 1972.

Further inland are towns of note such as Elche (or Elx) famous for its many palm trees, historic Orihuela, Crevillente famous for making carpets, Albatera, Almoradi, Callosa de Segura, Catral, Dolores, Algorfa, Benejuzar, Urbanisation Montemar and Urbanisation Fincas de la Vega.

Back to the coast and we arrive at Torrevieja with its nice beaches and surrounding salt lakes (Laguna Salada de la Mata and Laguna Salada de Torrevieja).


Torrevieja Main beach

The amount of building in this area has been immense with sprawling developments everywhere such as Urbanisation Dona Ines, Los Dolses, Villamartin, Los Montesinos, San Miguel de Salinas, Villa Rosa La Cinuelica, Urbanisation Las Calas, Urbanisation Las Chimosa, Las Filipinas, Las Escalericas, Lomas de Don Juan, Castillo de Don Juan and Los Balcones.

There are quite a number of golf courses in this area south of Torrevieja with Royal Campoamor golf course, Las Ramblas golf course and Villamartin golf course.

South of Torrevieja are more beach resorts – Residencia Los Altos, Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca where the La Florida Urbanisation is popular, Urbanisation Zeniamar , La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Urbanisation La Regia, Dehesa de Campoamor and Mil Palmeras.

The town of Pilar de la Horadada is set slightly off the coast but there are beach areas at Torre de la Horadada, La Colonia and El Mojon.

We then cross into the region of Murcia and the large towns of San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier and its airport Murcia San Javier International, Santiago de la Ribera, Los Alcazares and finally the Mar Menor lagoon and its coastal strip La Manga.

Visitors to the southern Coast Blanca will find it less scenic than the northern Costa Blanca but then there are more tourist activities and both Alicante airport and also Murcia airport (known as San Javier airport) are close by and the sandy beaches are of excellent quality.


Although we concentrate primarily on the Costa Blanca we also have a guide to the two biggest Spanish cities – the capital Madrid and second city Barcelona – a visit to both of these cities is essential for anyone visiting Spain.

Also to the south of the Costa Blanca is the Costa Calida coast and we cover some towns such as Murcia, Cartagena, Mazarron and Camposol.

Further south comes the Costa Almeria with resorts and towns such as Mojacar, Garrucha, Roquetas de Mar, Almeria and Almerimar.

Even further south are the famous tourist destinations in Andalucia, be sure to see our travel guide on the Costa del Sol resorts.

Torrevieja, Spain

Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, Spain – Photo by: Phillip Capper (Wikimedia Commons)


Costa Blanca Car Hire – A number of useful pages including how to find cheap car hire from Alicante airport, general car hire tips and a quick car hire quote from the cheapest Costa Blanca car hire company we have found.

Markets – We have a guide and list of what days you can expect to find a local market in your area or town on the Costa Blanca.

Tourist Offices – A complete alphabetical listing of all the official tourist information offices on the Costa Blanca.

Weather Forecasts – This page has an overall guide to the typical weather conditions for each month of the year. Also we have a list of Costa Blanca towns so you can obtain a specific weather forecast.

Costa Blanca Town Guides

Adsubia Tourist Information – Adsubia is a small village that is situated a few kilometers away from Pego with inhabitants reaching only more than 700 (INE 2012) in number.

Albatera Tourist Information – Albatera, which literally means “Spanish Land,” is a town located in the comarca of Vega Baja del Segura and is part of Spain’s Valencian Community.

Albir Tourist Information – A small beach resort next to Alfaz del Pi. Albir is situated in between Altea and Benidorm.

Alcalali Tourist Information – Alcalali is situated inland from the coastal towns of Moraira, Javea and Denia in Spain’s Costa Blanca.

Alcoy Tourist Information – Alcoy (also known as Alcoi) is far inland from the coast and is only suitable if you want to get away from the crowded beaches in summer and experience authentic Spain.

Alfaz del Pi Tourist Information – Between Altea and Benidorm. A nice town but best used as a useful base for all the Costa Blanca sights.

Algorfa Tourist Information – Algorfa is a village in the Vega Baja Valley by the banks of the Segura river in the southern Costa Blanca. Algorfa is close to Almoradi, Dolores, Daya Nueva, Rojales and Formentera del Segura. Algorfa is now home to many expats. Nice surroundings with many fields of oranges and lemons. Close to beaches on the coast at Torrevieja and Guardamar.

Alicante Tourist Information – The gateway to the Costa Blanca. Most probably you will arrive at Alicante Airport and pick up your hire car.

Cabo Roig

Partial view of port, Cabo Roig beach and Dehesa de Campoamor – Photo by Francisco Lopez, Wikimedia Commons

Almoradi Tourist Information – Almoradi is a small agricultural village in the Vega Baja Valley. Good location on the southern Costa Blanca close to great beaches at Torrevieja and Guardamar, Almoradi is close to Algorfa, Rojales and Formentera del Segura.

Altea Tourist Information – One of Costa Blanca’s nicest and scenic towns. Once a small fishing village Altea has retained its charm and history.

Aspe Tourist Information – Aspe is inland set inbetween Novelda and Elche on the CV-84 road. Predominantly a wine-making agricultural town.

Barx Tourist Information – Small village with the popular urbanisation of La Drova just 1km away. Near to Oliva and Gandia in the La Safor region. Valencia is the nearest big city.

Bellreguard Tourist Information – Bellreguard is a small village of over 4,000 inhabitants situated in the comarca of Safor in Spain’s Valencian Community.

Benidoleig Tourist Information – Small inland town near to Orba and Pedreguer.

Benidorm Tourist Information – Most popular Costa Blanca tourist destination. Very busy, plenty to see and lots of places to stay. Many package holidays here. Come to Benidorm for entertainment and nightlife much of it raucous and of a risque nature such as the Sticky Vicky Benidorm show.

Benijofar Tourist information – Benijofar is a small traditionally agricultural village in the Vega Baja Valley. With its great location on the southern Costa Blanca close to great beaches at Torrevieja and Guardamar, Benijofar is becoming a home to many expats. Benijofar is close to Rojales, Ciudad Quesada and Formentera del Segura.

Benissa Tourist Information – Benissa town centre is inland but Benissa also extends to the coast which is full of rocky coves. Best for villa holidays.

Benitachell Tourist Information – A small working town inland from Javea and Moraira. Popular urbanisations called Les Fonts, Los Molinos and Cumbre del Sol, location of the Lady Elizabeth Primary school.

Busot Tourist Information: Busot is a small but charming village set 5km inland from the coastal town of El Campello with it’s fine, sandy beaches. The famous caves of Cuevas del Canalobre are nearby.

Cabo Roig Tourist Information – South of Torrevieja so close to at least three good golf courses as well as three beaches all with the EEC Blue Flag award.

Calpe Tourist Information – Large tourist destination. Good beaches, cosmopolitan, plenty to do and see, fish market and Penon de Ifach rock.

Campoamor Tourist Information – Campoamor is a small beach resort south of Cabo Roig .

Ciudad Quesada Tourist Information – Directly inland from Guardamar del Segura and Torrelamata (La Mata) and just 8km north of Torrevieja. A good modern urbanisation with plenty of facilities as well as Aqua Splash water park.

Crevillente Tourist Information – Crevillente is a industrial inland town approximately 10 km south-west of Elche towards Orihuela. Crevillente is famous for its making of carpets

Denia Tourist Information – A large working town Denia has a port, marina, castle and nice beaches. Overlooked by the impressive Montgo mountain.


Castle of Denia – Photo by Echiner, Wikimedia Commons

Dona Pepa Tourist Information – Urbanisation forming part of Ciudad Quesada.

El Campello Tourist Information – Flat coastal town with mostly high rise hotels and apartments and sandy beach. A scaled down version of Benidorm.

Elche Tourist Information – Elche is 23 km inland from Alicante. A large town with a population of over 200,000 it is famous for having over 200,000 palm trees (Palmerar D’Elx), and the Huerto del Cura Gardens. Elche is also known as Elx.

Elda Tourist Information – Elda is 30 km inland from Alicante and is on the A-31 inbetween Sax and Novelda. By the Vinalopó river Elda is famous for shoemaking. You can visit the Museo del Calzado to see the history of making shoes. The town of Petrer joins Elda with a single street dividing the two towns.

El Pinar de Campoverde Tourist Information – Pinar de Campoverde is a small village that is 9 kilometers away from Pilar de la Horadada borough council and ten kilometers away from the coastline of the Mediterranean.

El Pinet Tourist Information – Urbanisation south of Alicante and close to La Marina and beaches.

El Ràfol d’Almúnia Tourist Information – If you have always wanted to know more about El Ràfol d’Almúnia, then we have this quick guide to help you get around and learn more about this small Spanish town of 749 inhabitants.

El Verger Tourist Information – El Verger is a small municipal area found northeast of the province of Alicante, only a few kilometers away from Denia.

Formentera del Segura Tourist Information – Formentera del Segura is surrounded by Rojales, Heredades, Urbanisation Benimar and Benijofar in the Vega Baja Valley on the southern Costa Blanca. Agriculture plays a big part in the village as it sits by the River Segura. The main products are oranges, lemons, vegetables and honey.

Gandia Tourist Information – Gandia is on the northern Costa Blanca coast near to Oliva. Good sandy beach. Mainly high rise apartment blocks.

Gata de Gorgos Tourist Information – Gata de Gorgos is a small inland town on the N332 close to Javea and Pedreguer and famous for it’s wicker work and furniture.

Gran Alacant Tourist Information – Gran Alacant is a new development of properties situated around 15 km south of Alicante near to Alicante El Altet airport. Nearest beaches at Los Arenales del Sol and slightly further (but still close) at Santa Pola. The Clot de Galvany nature reserve is here.

Guadalest Tourist Information – Inland from Benidorm is Guadalest castle – worth a day trip.


El Castell de Guadalest – Photo by Joan Banjo, Wikimedia Commons

Guardamar del Segura Tourist Information – South of Santa Pola and north of Torremalata Guardamar has fifteen kilometres of sandy beaches and a marina.

Jalon Valley Tourist Information – Inland from Javea, Moraira and Benissa. Perfect for a quiet relaxing villa holiday. Surrounded by mountains and full of vineyards. The Jalon Valley comprises of the towns and villages of Lliber, Jalon, Xalo, Alcalali and Parcent. Murla with the Puerta del Valle Urbanisation and Benichembla are nearby.

Jativa Tourist Information – Jativa – also know as Xativa is a bustling inland town not too far from Valencia. Beautiful countryside and a great castle.

Javea Tourist Information – Javea has three unique and distinct areas – the Arenal beach area with a great family-friendly beach, the Port area with its cosmopolitan restaurants and the Old Town with its historic monuments.

Jesus Pobre Tourist Information – Jesus Pobre is a traditional Spanish village with modern day facilities that is conveniently situated between the coastal towns of Denia and Javea.

La Font d’en Carros Tourist Information – La Font d’en Carros is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in Spain’s Valencian Community with a population of only more than 4,000.

La Marina Tourist Information – Small beach resort south of Santa Pola and north of Guardamar del Segura.

La Mata Tourist Information – 5 km north of Torrevieja, the beach at La Mata is one of Costa Blanca’s best with a European Blue Flag for many years.

La Nucia Tourist Information – La Nucia is a town situated around 10 kilometers away from Benidorm and is known for its picturesque valley appeal with its pinewoods and orchards nestled under the Sierra of Aitana.

La Zenia Tourist Information – Small beach resort with a high standard of small sandy beaches nestling in coves.

Llosa de Camancho Tourist Information – Llosa de Camancho is a beautiful small town situated only a few kilometers away from Pedreguer and 14 kilometers from Denia.

Llosa de Camancho

Llosa de Camancho, Photo by Hello2Spain

Los Arenales del Sol Tourist Information – Los Arenales del Sol is 8 km south of Alicante and is very close to Alicante El Altet airport. Great beaches here but noisy due to the planes taking off. High-rise apartment blocks mostly but a nice promenade lined with palms and some restaurants.

Los Balcones Tourist Information – Los Balcones is a thriving urbanisation and community situated just 3 km south of the huge town of Torrevieja on the Southern Costa Blanca (on the Orihuela Costa).

Los Dolses Tourist Information – Los Dolses is a growing gated community (also known as a large urbanisation) situated between Villamartin and La Zenia on the Southern Costa Blanca. Great for golfers and the Plaza has many shops, bars and restaurants.

Los Montesinos Tourist Information – Los Montesinos is a small town outside of Torrevieja, slightly inland it is however still close to many good beaches as well as Alicante airport.

Mil Palmeras Tourist Information – Mil Palmeras is a small beach resort to the south of Alicante and Torrevieja. Mil Palmeras is north of Torre de la Horadada and south of Dehesa de Campoamor.

Monforte del Cid Tourist Information – Monforte del Cid is a small town inland from Alicante on the A-31, mostly famous for its dessert grapes and production of marble.

Monovar Tourist Information – Monovar is a small town just to the south of Elda. Monovar is famed for red wines produced from the Monastrel grape.

Moraira Tourist Information – Small very attractive town with good shops, restaurants, marina and beach. Very good for villa holidays.

Novelda Tourist Information – Novelda is inland from Alicante, just off the A-31 and close to the town of Monforte del Cid. Novelda is noteworthy for the ancient Castle of Mola and the Modernist museum (Casa Museo Modernista).

Oliva Tourist Information – South of Gandia, smaller but with a nicer beach full of sand dunes. Attractive countryside full of orange groves and home to Oliva Nova golf course.

Ondara Tourist Information is a rather industrial town to the north of Denia. Most people visit purely for the La Marina shopping mall with the large Eroski hypermarket.

Onil Tourist Information – Onil is a town located in the comarca of L’Alcoià, in Spain’s Alicante province and only 40 kilometers away from the Postiguet Beach in Alicante.

Ontinyent Tourist Information – Ontinyent is a small town located inland of Alcoy.

Orba Tourist Information – Orba is 18 km inland from the coastal town of Denia in the Marina Alta area of the Costa Blanca. Set inbetween the airports of Valencia and Alicante it is just over an hours drive from each. Orba is a charming village surrounded by orange groves and small villages such as Sagra, Benidoleig, Benimeli, Beniarbeig, Sanet y Negrals, Tormos and El Rafol d’Almunia.

Orihuela Tourist Information – Orihuela is a large inland city located between Elche and Murcia and approximately 50 km from Alicante. Orihuela is the capital of the Vega Baja region of the southern Costa Blanca, it has a rich history and today retains many churches and monasteries. The Orihuela Costa is the coastal strip containing beach resorts such as La Zenia and Playa Flamenca.

Parcent Tourist Information – Parcent is a small village located in the beautiful Valley known as Vall de Pop.


Placa del Poble, Parcent – Photo by Joan Banjo, Wikimedia Commons

Pedreguer Tourist Information – More a base than a tourist destination. Has the five star Marriott hotel (La Sella) and is close to Denia, Javea and the Jalon Valley.

Pego Tourist Information – Pego is a town that is lucky to have a number of essential facilities which include bars, supermarkets, restaurants, schools, banks and tennis club.

Pilar de la Horadada Tourist Information – Pilar de la Horadada is the most southerly town on the Costa Blanca, set inland just off the coast it also has a separate coastal area with good beaches called Torre de la Horadada. The town of Pilar de la Horadada is a modern one with plenty of good facilities. It is named after its 16th century watchtower known as La Torre.

Pinoso Tourist Information – Pinoso is a traditional Spanish town that is famous for its local production of fine wines, marble and rock salt.

Playa Flamenca Tourist Information – Playa Flamenca is a small beach resort just south of Punta Prima and north of La Zenia on the southern Costa Blanca.

Pueblo Lucero Tourist Information – Urbanisation close to Rojales and the La Marquesa Golf Course.

Punta Prima Tourist Information – Punta Prima is an urbanisation to the south of Torrevieja and north of Playa Flamenca on the southern Costa Blanca.

Rojales Tourist Information – 10 minutes drive to the beaches of Guardamar, Rojales still has kept its charm which a number of bigger towns nearby have lost, visit the cave houses (El Rodeo) built into the hills south of Rojales. A traditional farming village with a growing expat population. Close to Ciudad Quesada, Benijofar and Formentera del Segura.

Sagra Tourist Information – Sagra is a village in the Alicante province in Spain’s autonomous community of Valencia and borders the towns of Pego, Rafol d’Almunia and Tormos.

San Fulgencio Tourist Information – Just to the north of Rojales, San Fulgencio is a small village just ten minutes drive to good beaches at either La Marina, Guardamar or Torrevieja.

San Miguel de Salinas Tourist Information – The small village of San Miguel de Salinas is just outside of Torrevieja on the Orihuela Costa on the Southern Costa Blanca in Spain.

San Pedro del Pinatar Tourist Information – Has a long beachfront and marina in the Lo Pagan area. Retains much of its Spanish culture despite tourism.

Santa Pola Tourist Information – Good beach resort just 20 kilometres south of Alicante. Has some important Roman ruins which attracts tourists.

Sax Tourist Information – Sax is a picturesque town inland from Alicante in the Vinalopó Valley inbetween the towns of Villena and Elda. The castle (Castillo de Sax) is set on a hillside and is a great sight at night when it is all lit up.

Senija Tourist Information – Senija is a village found in the province of Alicante as well as Spain’s autonomous community of Valencia.

Sierra Villas II Tourist Information – Urbanisation close to Algorfa and Ciudad Quesada.

Teulada Tourist Information – Teulada is a small town with many furniture shops and a thriving agricultural economy. Close to Benissa and Moraira.

Torre de la Horadada Tourist Information – Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, the Spanish town of Torre de la Horadada is the ideal holiday destination among families with children.

Torrevieja Tourist Information – Huge sprawling developments have turned this once fishing village into one of the largest cities on the Costa Blanca.

Villajoyosa Tourist Information – Famous for making Valor chocolate. Beach resort south of Benidorm. Has a international casino with lavish buffet.

Villalonga Tourist Information – Villalonga is a municipality situated in the comarca of Safor in Spain’s Valencian Community.

Villamartin Tourist Information – Slightly inland but close to beaches and in particular close to many well-known golf courses. Has a great plaza.

Villena Tourist Information – Villena is set inland from Alicante on the A-31 road (just past Sax). Its wine is well-known but its best sight is the stunning hilltop castle dating back to the 11th Century (Castillo de La Atalaya).

Calpe, Spain

Rock of Ifach, Calpe, Spain – Photo by: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0

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  1. christopher havell says

    I would appreciate some advice. I am 68 and single, and would like to move to inland southern Spain. I would like to live in a small town, or village in the mountains.I am unable to buy, and therefore need to rent on a long term basis. I would like to rent a small house ( one bedroom ) and need something only basic. My income is a pension of approx 21, 000 pounds per year. Could you give some advise, and how to go about it. e.g. do go through an estate agents, or someone local , wanting to rent long term. and if this income viable.

  2. Emily Allman says

    Hola, buenos tardes!
    I am a researcher for a popular Channel 4 TV series, where we follow British businesses in Spain. The programme is meant to be aspirational, and highlight Spain’s beauty and opportunities.
    I was wondering if you could tell me the number of tourists that visit the Costa Blanca per year? Last year for example, it would be very helpful!
    Thank you for listening and I hope to hear back from you soon.
    Emily Allman, True North.

  3. Sue Davis says

    Hi ,
    I have recently moved to Campello and am hoping to find part time work .I was a hairdresser for twenty years prior to bringing up four children .I have worked in retirement homes as kitchen assistant /housekeeping .I worked night shift stacking shelves at Sainsbury supermarket before my last job ,I have just retired from Marks and Spencer after seventeen years where my role involved interviewing, hiring and inducting staff. Ongoing training of all staff as well as being bureau trained and customer service and ordering desk trained.
    I am learning Spanish having completed an NCFE some twelve years ago so it is gradually sticking again.
    I am open to all offers of employment as I have had a diverse career and am not afraid of hard work. Ideally I am looking for two to three days a week around five euros an hour as I am now fifty five .
    I don’t have a car but am right on the tram line so travel is not a problem.

  4. Photographer required
    El campello

  5. Hallo, I left Spain 5 years ago, after living there for 8 years. We tried to do everything right, but got fined for all manner of things. When we left, assumed I would get the 3% retention but when I finally applied, they turned the tables and said we bought at a much lower price than declared and so owed THEM money. Not true, 2003 was the boom time. So I gave up! Then got a letter demanding income tax for the first half of 2011, a colosal amount, though I only paid a tiny amount in Spain because my pension was small, and gave up residency in 2009, and paid tax up to end of June that year in Spain. So thought I had done everything right, but now they are hounding me with threatening letters, very legal, so hard to read, and adding on interest all the time. You cant win with Spain. If I pay a solicitor it will cost the earth, and who knows what the Spanish will come up with next in the way of demands? There were 3 of us, my husband and I, and my brother. They dont have my brothers address, and my husband died 3 months after our return. So now at 71 I am faced with being terrified every time the postman calls. Last time I refused to sign for the letter. At least when I am dead they will stop hounding me, or at least I wont know about it!

  6. Chris Smullen says

    Good morning,
    I am currently the sales floor manager at Europe’s leading forestry investment company, based in Mallorca.
    I am looking for a fresh and exciting new opportunity and was looking to speak to you regarding something you may have suitable to me experiences and attributes.

    I have over 14 years telesales management experience, also telesales trainer and loader.

    At 44 I think I have so much to offer a team such as yours, could you inform me if you have anything to suit ? My wife is a Russian native and also looking to relocate, if you required a Russia speaker she has a long real estate background and could also be an asset.

    Christopher Smullen

  7. Dennis Gallon. says

    Dear Mark

    I think your website and your news letter are “Fantastic” well done.
    We have been traveling to spain for holidays for many years to different places,
    And we have enjoyed each and every visit, and we look forward to one or two more before we visit the big holiday site in the sky.
    Over the years we noticed people on holiday panicked we they needed medical treatment, especially those with family’s.
    They did not know where the nearest hospital was, or was it private or state, did not know where the nearest farmacy was, they did not know or even think about how to find these important places until they needed them.
    Where ever we went, we researched for the things we may require in an emergency.
    Some one should build a list of those things people may require in an emergency.
    Once when we were in Majorca, we came across a chap flying around in a car looking for a farmacy because his little daughter was poorly he spoke very little English, no Spanish, but the pure relief in his face when I spoke in his language (German) 12 years HMF ,
    He was so pleased about the information I gave him, I was worried incase he was going to hug and kiss me.

    Maybe get your readers to let you know where these emergence tips can be found.

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