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Costa Blanca uncovered.....

Map of costa BlancaThe Costa Blanca extends along that section of the Mediterranean coast which corresponds to the province of Alicante, is made up of two clearly differentiated scenic sectors. To the North, a curtain of mountains runs parallel to the sea, descending at times to form cliffs; to the South, a vast plain of sand patches, palm trees and salt deposits make up the backdrop for the beaches. The traveler can choose any of the corners of this coast, from the most bustling and cosmopolitan to those which still maintain their rural air beside the sea. In any case, the trip to the nearby regions is well worth the venture for they make up a fine representation of the typical Mediterranean countryside. From the valleys, which are covered with stepped orchards and keep alive its Moorish past, to the palm trees of unmistakable African origin, the horizons of the Costa Blanca offer the most varied attractions. The climate offers variations as well. The temperatures are usually warm with the annual average a little higher than 18ºC. However this can vary between seasons from a very warm 30º-35ºC during July and August to a milder 15º-20ºC in those so called winter months. Rain is of course very scarce.

The Costa Blanca has a wonderful climate.....

Climate for the Costa Blanca Region

Month

Ø Temp. in °CTemp.Max.in °CTemp.Min.in °C

Rel.humidity(morning) %

Days of RainHours of Sun
  • January

10.8

15.7

5.9

72.0

5

5.9

  • February

11.8

17.2

6.3

72.0

4

6.8

  • March

13.8

19.4

8.2

73.0

6

7.2

  • April

15.9

21.3

10.5

71.0

6

8.7

  • May

18.9

24.4

13.3

69.0

6

9.9

  • June

22.7

28.3

17.0

68.0

3

11.1

  • July

25.5

31.1

19.8

67.0

1

11.7

  • August

26.0

31.5

20.4

71.0

2

10.7

  • September

23.6

29.0

18.2

75.0

5

8.4

  • October

19.4

24.5

14.3

75.0

7

6.8

  • November

15.4

20.3

10.4

75.0

6

6.0

  • December

12.3

17.0

7.5

72.0

6

5.7

Ø Year

18.0

23.3

12.7

72.0

57.0

8.2

Gastronomy.......

The Costa Blanca enjoys a fine reputation for food and wine. The visitor has a wide variety of menus and prices covering local gastronomic delights as well as international cuisine. A good indicator of the quality of the local restaurants is the recommendations certain local establishments have earned in the prestigious Michelin guide. The piéces de resistance of local cuisine are rice dishes, fresh fish, and white wines and Muscatel produced in the Saint Vicente Ferrer Agricultural Cooperative.

The region is as rich in land-grown products as in those fished from the sea. This variety characterises and conditions its gastronomic culture. Rice dishes feature foremost on local tables with exquisite recipes such as "arrós a banda' (rice cooked in a rich seafood stock), "arrós amb fessols i naps" (rice with peas and turnips), "Paella amb sardines y espinacs" (sardine and spinach paella), or 'arrós negre" (rice cooked in squid ink). Fish, too, provides for distinctive and flavoursome combinations particularly in the northern Costa Blanca. These dishes include; 'putxero de poip" (octopus stew), 'la sopa de peix' (fish soup), or varied salted fish products like melva', "bull', or .anxova'.

The regions wine is among the most renowned in Spain, notably the white marina Alta or the award-winning and acclaimed Moscatel, the latter served as an ideal accompaniment to wash down the delicious home-made local desserts of almonds and raisins. Don't let "els patisets de boniato' escape your palate!

Fiesta's, Fiesta's & more Fiesta's!!!

The Spanish are famous for their festivals (fiestas), & the Costa Blanca has them in abundance. There are many fiestas throughout the year, some larger than others. Most are a colourful & vibrant affair, lasting well into the evening & night; some last as long as a week.

A fiesta is a party, a celebration, a thanksgiving. To a Spaniard, it symbolises the town in which they were born: its Patron Saint; its culture. Therefore fiestas are important to places, to individuals and to families, and so they're celebrated!

There are so many wonderful fiestas celebrated in the Costa Blanca that you are bound to see one whatever time of year you travel. There are elaborately decorated and traditional costumes, re-enactments of historical battles, some of the loudest and most colourful fireworks you will ever see and hear, and lots of delicious (and sometimes free) food and drink for all.

We've included a list of all the important fiestas in each village / town description where appropriate, so there really is no excuse for not rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in to one of the most enchanting and important areas of Spanish culture.

Here are some of the most important and most fun!

  • March 16th - 19th - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival - in the Villafranqueza District of Alicante.
  • 19th March - Fallas de San José - Feast of St. Joseph in Calpe.
  • Two Thursdays after Easter Sunday - Peregrina de la Santa Faz - Santa Faz Pilgrimages in Alicante.
  • June 9th - 12th - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival - in the San Blas District of Alicante.
  • 20th - 24th June - The Hogueras de San Juan - the Bonfires of St. John in Alicante.
  • 16th - 20th July - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival in Javea.
  • Last week in July - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival in Villajoyosa.
  • 12th - 14th August - Castell de L'Olla in Altea.
  • August 12th - 16th - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival - in the Altozano District of Alicante.
  • 13th to 15th August - Misterio de Elche - Mystery of Elche.
  • August 24th - 28th - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival - in the José Antonio District of Alicante.
  • Last week in September - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival in Altea.
  • 21st to 24th October - Moros y Cristianos - the Moors and Christians Festival in Calpe.

Every day is a market day.....

The Spanish simply love their markets and across the region every town has its own market day, so there is always something available where ever you happen to be. Here are some of our favourites together with a list covering that other famous Spanish pastime - Flea markets.

Street Markets:

Monday (lunes): Parcent, Dénia, La Nucía, Callosa d' En Sarrià, Santa Pola, San Pedro (Murcia)
Tuesday (martes): Altea, Callosa d' En Sarrià, Jalón, Relleu, Sella, Beniarbeig, Orihuela, La Unión (Murcia), Los Alcázares (Murcia).
Wednesday (miercoles): Ondara, Orba, Polop, Benitachell, Teulada, Benidorm, El Campello, Muchamiel, Guardamar del Segura, La Mata, San Miguel de Salinas.
Thursday (jueves): Gandía, Pego, Jávea, Benidoleig, Villajoyosa, Alicante, Rojales, San Javier (Murcia)
Friday (viernes): Oliva, Dénia, Moraira, L' Alfás del Pi, Gata de Gorgos, Finestrat, Vergel, Torrevieja, Pilar de Horadada
Saturday (sabado): Gandía, Benissa, Calpe, Callosa d' En Sarrià, Pedreguer, Alicante, Santa Pola, Orihuela Costa (Playa Flamenca)
Sunday (domingo): Benidorm, Torremanzanas, Busot, Algorfa, Campo de Guardamar, Las Dunas, Pilar de Horadada

Flea Markets

A small selection from flea markets (Rastros) from across the Costa Blanca:

Monday (martes): Benissa (7am to 2pm)
Wednesday (miercoles): Calpe (8am to 14pm), Vergel (10am to 5pm)
Friday (viernes): Dénia (from 8am)
Saturday (sabado): Jalón (8am to 2pm), Calpe (3pm to 6pm), Benidorm (9am to 2.30pm).
Sunday (domingo): Pego (9am to 2pm), Llíber (9am to 2pm), La Nucía / Polop (9am to 2pm), Teulada (8am to 2pm), Benidorm (9am to 2.30pm), Torrevieja (from 9am)

Golf courses on the Costa Blanca

Golf on the Costa Blanca is now a major industry. Although there are some very established courses present, in recent times there has been an acceleration in the sheer quantity of courses, & therefore choice. The golfing market here is now hot on the heels, if not rivalling, that of the Costa del Sol & the Algarve. A great selection of courses are available ranging from easy-difficult & cheap-expensive.

The vast majority of courses do not allow booking more than 7 days in advance (unless booking in large groups), preferring to capitalise on the income created by short term visitors rather than membership. However due to demand, short term booking is almost always necessary & those turning up on the day expecting to play may find themselves disappointed. Do contact the corresponding clubhouse in advance to be certain before turning up. For Tee off times, course information and pricing try the following link: Golf Courses

Other Information

Please explore our "Out & About" section for further information on the tourist attractions within the region.