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Costa Blanca is a popular destination situated in Alicante Province, Spain well known for its immaculate and spectacular beaches dipping into the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea and for its charming villages with traditional Spanish cultural events.
Getting to Costa Blanca is relatively simple; you can get there by plane from Valencia and Alicante, by train from Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, by bus or by car.
The main language spoken is Valenciano (similar cu Catalan) or the main Spanish language, Castellano. Because Spain is in the European Union the currency used is Euro, big surprise there, right? Costa Blanca is situated in an idyllic area, but even though the sun is almost always shining, the tourists should know that temperatures can vary significantly in different parts of the region. Summer is particularly dry and people usually go there from May to October.
If you are planning a vacation and you don’t know where you will be staying, don’t worry because you will find a wide variety of hotels, apartments, resorts and guest houses. Budgeting should not be a problem for anyone, thus you can find accommodations with facilities like WiFi, parking or even an outdoor pool at low prices depending on the dates you choose to go.
Once you settled down there is a wide range of attractions that you should visit, such as Levante Beach, Parque Natural de la Sierra Helada and Parque Natural de Penyal D’lfach or cultural attractions including Guadalest Valley, Castle of Santa Barbara, Placa del Casstel and Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa. Don’t miss the museums MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA), Denia Castle and Archaeological Museum or maybe you can go to Javea Golf Club or Club de Golf Bonalba. Renting a car is only one of the ways you can reach all the attractions, but Costa Blanca has other options of transportation. For a better sightseeing of the city you can rent a bike, a cycle or a scooter, but you can easily use public transportation if you are afraid of getting lost.
For those of you that are more active and tourist attractions are not enough you also have the option of indulging yourself in a large variety of activities almost all of which would be pretty great bucket list items such as: downhill bike rides, paragliding, hiking, climbing, different watersports or you can take golf courses and you can fish in the original fishing villages of Xabia (Javea) and Altea.
Costa Blanca doesn’t disappoint on the nightlife activities either. You can find bars and clubs and the best to go to are Champions and Red Dog Western Saloon for drinking, Space and KM Disco for dancing and Café de Benidorm or Casino Mediterraneo for live cabaret performances.
Restaurants in this area serve mainly typical Spanish foods like tapas and paella, but also international food from British and American cuisine. Don’t forget to try the famous Spanish wines and visit some wineries in the area, there is actually a whole Costa Blanca Wine Society which can help you plan local visits.
Costa Blanca is a safe place to visit, only some minor theft and street hustling, but overall crime in this region is lower than the European average.