Located on the southeast coast of Spain, looking out to the Mediterranean and the nearby Balearic Island of Ibiza, the sun always seems to shine on Costa Blanca holidays. Lovable Benidorm gets the limelight here with the biggest hotels, attractions and nightlife, as well as buckets of golden sand. There is much more to the area though, with small, chic resorts along the coast with fantastic beaches and quieter surroundings. Whether you're six or 60, holidays to Costa Blanca with its combination of water and theme parks, old town charm and evening entertainment are sure to delight.
You could come to Costa Blanca for years and still never sample all of the beaches that run for 200 kilometres along this beautiful piece of coastline. Most of them have Blue Flag status for cleanliness and top facilities, which makes them tourist friendly.
Benidorm's six kilometres of sand includes Levante beach, which has the most to do for all the family. The shore slopes gently for anyone who just wants a paddle, while further out there are swinging bridges, diving boards, rafts and a wet playground, as well as a whole array of watersports should you fancy a go. To the west, Poniente Beach is one of the biggest and has a new promenade. Despite their size, both of these areas get very busy so you might want to slip off to Malpas beach by the harbour for some quiet time.
The smaller resort of Denia is the place to go for your very own piece of beach as there are 20 kilometres to go around. They range from the bays of Les Rotes beach, which backs on to Montgo nature reserve, to urban beaches with all the trimmings like Les Marines. Meanwhile, families frequent the two Blue Flag curving beaches of Moraira for their sheltered nature with good facilities.
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You'll feel at home – only warmer – in Benidorm, with its British sounds and flavours. Benidorm does everything in big measures. The buildings are tall, the beaches are long, the shops are plentiful and the fun parks have the longest slides and rides. What many come for is the larger-than-life nights with big name clubs and bars open 'til the small hours but it also has an old town for that traditional Spanish feel.
Denia's old town, with its 1000-year old, colourful buildings and fishing boats, works in harmony with the cosmopolitan marina and designer shops. Daytimes are spent on the beaches and street cafes here, while night times are classy and laid back affairs. Close to the Macizo del Montgo Natural Park you can also take boat trips to the Balearics.
This peaceful, upmarket town has cobbled streets and an old market square, where stalls congregate once a week. Its abundance of villas and sheltered Blue Flag beaches are great for families. It also has its own fun park and go-karting track and is just 20 minutes from the buzzing Benidorm.