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Towns in the Costa Blanca

Denia is situated right on the outskirts of the mountain Montgo. It boasts sandy beaches and rocky coves with its very stable sea conditions making it ideal for sailors and surfers. Denia has a very lively harbour with regular ferry crossings to Ibiza and Mallorca as well as a large fishing fleet. There are several musuems in Denia and a stunning 11th century castle along with a large variety of shops both large and small but the cake shops have to be experienced as Denia is famous for its excellent cakes and sweets!

Javea is divided into three main parts - the village, the port and the beach area. There are several traditionally built houses and balconies still remaining in Javea as well as a 12th century church and a musuem displaying spectacular jewelry. Around the port you will find an abundance of bars and restaurants and if you want an amazing view then a short walk up the Cabo de Nao (small hill) then you will be able to see the lighthouse and over the harbour.

Calpe is a romantic village overlooked by a huge rock called Penon de Ilfach. Calpe is famous for its archeological museum with findings from the 4th century as well as historical ruins dotted around the locality. Calpe also has an ancient salting factory and two churches - one of which has had to be repaired several times since the 15th century as it has been attacked by pirates!

Altea is just south of Calpe and is most famous for its church - the Nuestra Senora del Consuelo - with its amazing blue roof. Altea has maintined a traditional spanish feel in the town centre although the surrounding areas are becoming quite built up. There are over 5 kilometres of coastline but unusually they are not the sandy type that the Costa Blanca is renowned for but they do have wonderful views and coves. A short distance from Altea is the Sierra de Bernia which has 1130 metre high hills to climb if you are energetic enough!

Benidorm is located along the coast from Altea and 45 kilometres north east of Alicante. It is one of the modern cities in the Costa Blanca with a spectacular skyscraper landscape and is famous for its nightlife. Surrounded by mountains, Benidorm is protected from the cold north winds making it mild even in winter. With multitudes of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Benidorm never sleeps which attracts a large British and Irish community. For those who have time to lie and relax there are two beautiful beaches stretching for about 5 kilometres. There is lots in Benidorm to keep the children happy, both young and old, with several water parks and theme parks in the surrounding area.

Alicante is probably the largest city on the Costa Blanca with a population of over 350,000 and it is also where the main airport is located. Alicante is a main shopping city with boulevards of palm trees and long winding walkways around the harbour to enjoy. For the history lover, Alicante has several historical buildings all around the city but Alicante is probably most famous for its long sandy beaches and glorious weather.

Torrevieja meaning 'old tower' is approximately 50 kilometres south west of Alicante. It is famous for its salt lakes and salt industry, however it now relies on tourism and fishing as well. With up to 1000 private boats as well as the regular fishing fleet Torrevieja harbour is quite an impressive sight. Situated at Torrevieja is the 'museo del mar y sal' (sea and salt museum) which documents the towns fishing history.

Murcia is nestled between the mountains of the Sierra de Orihuela and the Cresta de Gallo. it is the capital city of the province and can trace its history back 800 years. Murcia has a great many cathedrals, churches, museums, galleries and small medieval villages to visit and also has its own university. Murcia is world known for its produce of crops and vineyards mainly due to a sophisticated irrigation system first implemented by the Moors when they took over the region. On the coastline are several sandy beaches to be enjoyed with the usual offering of nearly every watersport imaginable.




Mark Haybittle