The area known as the Costa Blanca is a rich, fertile land steeped in history with infuences from many different cultures that have overlapped to create what it is today.
The Costa Blanca North reaches as far North as Valencia and flows down to Alicante to the South. Below Alicante starts the Costa Blanca South.
Along the Costa Blanca there are over 100 kilometres of coastline on which you can enjoy the sea and the climate. Choosing the place to suit you mood is easy because the seashore is so diverse. In addition, you'll be pleased to know that the Costa Blanca has been given more Blue Flags than any other tourist destination in Europe since the creation of this award, providing proof of the excellent quality of its water and beaches. They're all yours to discover! This area offers more than a chance to do some swimming or sunbathing. There is a complete infrastructure for sports-lovers of all kinds. You'll discover that many coastal areas have their own sailing schools, and some run their own scuba diving courses in summer. All this happens at any one of the twenty one sports marinas along the Costa Blanca. If you are interested in art or history, you'll find quite a lot of sightseeing as this area boasts a rich history and culture influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians and Carthaginians. Inland, you'll see watchtowers and castles looming up on every horizon. As you travel about, you'll find a wide range of museums throughout the Costa Blanca region.
The area of Denia has almost twenty kilometres of coastline boasting fine sandy beaches with shallow waters to the north of town and a series of small coves along the rocky coast to the south known as Les Rotes. The Montgo Mountain shared by Denia and Javea is the major landmark of the area. Around Javea from north to south the capes of San Antonio, San Martin, Negre and La Nao crown the coastline creating a series of secluded coves. Calpe on the other hand boasts a long gently curving bay whose northern edge is dominated by the impressive Rock of Ifach. The rock is a nature park and towers 332 meters above the sea. The summit can be reached via a pathway tunnelled through the solid rock from where you can enjoy a marvellous panorama of the coastline and out to Ibiza on a clear day. The apartment is 2 kilometres to the South of Calpe.
Places to go
The Marina (Greenwich Marina)
The Marina is an excellent place to eat with choices ranging from pizzarias to seafood platters. This areas is the main stop for entertainment in Mascarat with its restaurants and bar. There are approximately 16 bars and restaurants within the Marina. The Tela Marinera restaurant at the bottom of the drive is an excellent choice and presentation is beautiful. The menu may be fairly basic but it is excellent quality and great value. As well as the bars and restaurants there are the yachts moored in the harbour.
Altea consists of two parts: a beautiful beach front and the town itself built on a steep mountainside and dwarfed by its 15th Century church, La Virgen De La Convelo. If you visit the beach by day then do visit the town at night when it really comes alive. As well as the many restaurants there are gift shops and artists stalls nestled among the narrow cobbled streets.
Calpe is a very cosmopolitan town and a big business centre. It also boast two superb beaches. Calpe rock is situated here - Penon De Ifach - the symbol of the Costa Blanca. You can take glass bottomed boats trips around the rock and you can reach its top in around 45 minutes if you feel up to it! Calpe offers a great selection of restaurants and you may be offered a class of Sangria as you browse - don't be shy!
Guadalest offers some of the most spectacular views anywhere in Spain, Guadalest nestles high in the hills. Although a small village it offers wonderful scenery and a fantastic trip around the castle. Hundreds of feet below is a lake and beyond lies mountains and villages for you to explore.
Things to do
Fortes De Algar
I've just discovered this adventure that can be enjoyed by all, including the kids!
This is a must day out !!
Fortes De Algar is a waterfall located inland of Altea. Follow the coast road N332 and exit at signposts for Callosa. Once on this road take the next right, follow signs for Fortes Da Algar. Oncew at Callosa take the right turn at the roundabout and follow signs to the waterfall.
There is ample parking and many other attractions such as an open air swimming pool, bars, gift shops and of course Fortes De Algar the waterfall.
A brilliant day out!!Terra Mitica Theme Park
This is a fantastic theme park with 5 different themed areas covering past civilisations such as Egypt, Greece, Rome Iberia and the Islands.Aqualandia Water Park
With a host of rides, attractions, restaurants and picnic areas Aqualandia promises a fantastic day out.
Sierra de Aitana Safari Park
Near the village of Sella, the park offers a great experience. As well as walk through area with picnic tables the park has a safari that finishes with a drive through the lion enclosure that will leave your hair on end. Wind those windows up!
The Lemon Express
A 30 mile round trip train ride from Benidorm through Altea, Calpe, Benissa and Teulada to Gata de Gorgos. On the way you can take in the fantastic scenery and visit a guitar making factory.