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Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca Holidays

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.

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Nightlife

After all that lounging on the beach, you'll have plenty of energy to burn in the bars and clubs come night time. Of course Benidorm is the best place to really let off some steam and the ways to do it range from foam parties, outdoor and indoor pool parties and dance gardens to rock shows, cabaret and karaoke. So whether you fancy a swift pint in an Irish bar or dancing until 8am in one of the Ibiza style clubs – El Divino or Space for example – you can do it here.

Some nights you'll just want to chill out though, and while there's a little bit of everything in Benidorm, it's the smaller resorts that allow you to sit back in your chair and watch the world go by. In Moraira there are flamenco guitarists to listen to on Plaza de la Iglesia or you could try chilled out bars and jazz joints on Denia's Calle La Mar.

Even if you're on an All Inclusive Costa Blanca trip, make sure you venture out from your hotel at least once to experience live music and great cocktails on the white sand coast.

Where to stay in Costa Blanca

Benidorm
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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
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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.

Moraira
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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.

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Slides and rides

You won't be short of something to do with your friends and family during the day as there is an exciting range of fun parks all around Benidorm. If you're staying in the town then Aqualand waterpark and Mundomar animal park are within walking distance on the eastern edge of Benidorm.

A little further out of town are Terra Mitica theme park and more family-oriented, pirate-themed Iberia Park. Terra Natura wildlife park and its neighbouring water park are also in this area, but all are easily accessed by regular buses which will take you there directly. As many of the parks are run by the same companies you can get combined tickets to visit on different days which will save you some money.

Enjoy the scenery

Costa Blanca is flanked on one side by its picturesque coast and on the other by magnificent mountains which are ripe for hiking. Or you may prefer to stroll through the valleys full of orange, lemon and almond groves.

The Algar waterfalls are around a 15-minute drive from both Benidorm and Moraira. Here you can explore the 1.5-kilometre walkway that crosses the River Algar and rewards visitors with amazing views over the falls.

Other places of interest around the area are the city of Alicante, with its hilltop castle and chic boutiques, and Valencia, which has ultra-modern architecture and an oceanographic aquarium.

Hit the shops

Costa Blanca is certainly not short of shops. Benidorm and Alicante are where you'll find the most designer boutiques. Although, Denia's tree-lined Carrer Marques de Campo also has a good selection alongside high street names such as Mango and Zara. There are also malls brimming with all sorts of shops, including Benidorm's three-floor La Marina centre.

If you're looking to hunt out a bargain and get a feel for local life, make sure you head to one of the markets that are hosted weekly. Moraira's Friday morning street market is one of the biggest in the area and sells all types of food, clothing, soft furnishings and household goods for you to take back home with you. Visit one of Benidorm's three markets, either on the weekend or a Wednesday. One which is a flea market, one more for clothes and gifts and the third selling local fruit and vegetables, crafts and other authentic Spanish products.

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