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.
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.
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.