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The Alicante and Costa Blanca area runs south to north or north to south. You can start from either way on your holiday travel. The Costa Blanca is located in Alicante Province and along the Mediterranean Sea Coast. You enter from the south through Torrevieja or Pilar de la Horadada. Both towns belong to the Valencian Community. In English, Costa Blanca means White Coast. The area does have white washed buildings, clear white beaches and sunny weather brightening the villas of Alicante, Moraira, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Altea, Javea and Guardamar.
Map Your Own Costa Blanca Route
Alicante offers the advantage of having an international airport. It is called Altet. So it is a good starting point for an enjoyable holiday. When you first arrive in the city, by either taxi, mini-bus from the hotel or public bus, you will absolutely love how the town sits on the foot of the hill, right next to the remains of Saint Barbara Castle. It was built by the Carthaginians in 300 B.C. Despite having gone through many wars over the years, it is in good condition. Today it is home to an excellent restaurant with extended beaches surrounding it and a promenade made of beautiful tile and lined with different types of palms and flowers separating them from the harbour and busy city. Enjoy strolling down the central walkway and discover the booths with hand made goods. In the summer, there are various orchestras and bands playing music along with the cool night breezes. Or find a good map and guide book of Alicante to find a special holiday to attend like The Saint John Bonfires, featuring amazing wooden and carton monuments that depict international and local characters that get burnt to the ground in the pagan tradition of trying to get rid of bad spirits.
Benidorm is another exciting and bustling city. There is convenient transportation to it from Alicante airport. During the day there are numerous parks you can take your kids and family to. You might decide to relax at one of the long stretching beaches. There are many themes parks to choose from as well, such as Terra Mitica with its attractions and rides in the theme of ancient Rome or Egypt. There is also the water park Aqualandia located in Benidorm, which offers rides for young children as well as the dare devils. For the older kids there are splashing pools for keeping cool in. If you want your children to be able to see some animals, there is always Terra Natura, which is also located in Benidorm. Here your kids can have complete contact with many different types of animals. There is also an area for cooling off in with nature hiking and climbing, underwater diving and water rides. The nightlife in Benidorm is quite busy. They have a wide selection of places to eat in, ranging from fast food to the finest delicacies. It all depends on what you feel like eating and what you can afford.
Rock of Ifach
The next villa that is visible on the map is Altea. The city offers nice places to stay in while still retaining an old town atmosphere. The area has a nice tranquil ambiance with its exclusive coves for hiding in and beautiful pebble beaches. The next villa after that on the map is Calpe. Here you will get to see Rock of Ifach. This rugged and steep hill is made from an impressive rock formation that draws in professional and amateur mountain climbers that come from all around the world. Whether you have been lounging around on the soft white beaches or used all your energy up rock climbing, you have to head over to the harbour to eat either dinner or lunch there. You will be presented with an endless selection of fish and seafood to choose from. They will also cook your food just the way you want it. Or you can trust the judgment of others and order the caldereta, which is a stew with a very succulent broth and many different kinds of seafood in it.
Save Time to Visit Javea
Javea is situated on the east coast, approximately 94 kilometres to Alicante City and just over 100 kilometres to Valencia. You will be able to book international fights from either of those two cities, which makes it very easy to arrange travel plans all year around. Javea can be found on a map of Spain, a little south of Denia, near the impressive mountain peak of Monto (http://www.alicante-spain.com/javea.html).
In 1987 the park was put under national protection to conserve its amazingly rich fauna and flora. It also enables further studies to be conducted on the archaeological discoveries there. The town has many museums where you can view some of these discoveries. What really makes visiting Javea so enjoyable is the cultural and traditional activities from times past, particularly on the Costa Blanca. Many of these traditions are now available for tourists. One of the activities is the sport of ‘Valencian Ball.’ It involves two teams and normally two players per team. The games are played right in the street with no referee. The public is often called up to decide if a ball was foul or fair. The ball is made from tightly wound rags with a covering that is also made of rags. Players use their hands like rackets and have a special wrap they use to protect the palms of their hands. You can head over to Jesus Nazreno Street or Nou Street to look for a great game to watch and enjoy.
Your next vacation in Spain will be your most enjoyable yet, thanks to the friendliness and variety of people of Costa Blanca who can’t wait to share the area with you.