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Costa Blanca Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2010

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Stretching gracefully down Spain’s east coast from Gandia to Torrevieja, the Costa Blanca (‘White Coast’) is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Despite being overrun with resorts, holiday villas and skyscrapers, its natural beauty can’t be denied. You’ll never be short of things to do around here, either.

Let’s face it: you’ll never be alone on the Costa Blanca. Except during the depths of winter, this famous coast is always heaving with sun-seeking, fun-loving tourists. Why not join in the spirit of things? Nothing wrong with having a shamelessly good time!

Day 1: Start with a Bang

Benidorm’s reputation precedes it: English pubs, high-density accommodation, and relentless nightlife. True, you’d hardly call this authentic Spain. But its main beach Levante is considered one of the world’s best, and its glitzy theme parks are good for a laugh. Try Terra Mitica Park for a show-biz-style introduction to ancient Mediterranean history, or Aqualandia for all the watery thrills’n’spills you can handle. Later, amp up the glam with an evening show at the famous Benidorm Palace.

Day 2: Coastal Crawl

Had your fill of golden sandy beaches and clear tranquil waters? Head north, where the coastline starts throwing in a few cliffs and coves, as well as some surprising history. The eye-popping Penyal d’Ifach, a dramatic rocky outcrop rising vertically from the sea, can be found in Calp. Xàbia’s craggy coastline once made it a favorite with pirates and smugglers; the town itself features a fortified 16th-century church, and is mercifully free of high-rises. Settled by the ancient Greeks and ruled briefly by the Moors, Dénia’s archaeological museum provides a comprehensive overview of its fascinating past. Meanwhile, snorkelers will flip for Las Rotas beach.

Day 3: Inland Adventure

With all that beachy bliss beckoning, it’s easy to overlook the Costa Blanca’s inland attractions. From forgotten villages, to waterfalls and the Barranco de Garx (dubbed the ‘Costa Blanca Grand Canyon’), the region’s back roads will get your adrenalin pumping. Don’t miss the ancient city of Elx: settled in 5,000BC, it’s surrounded by an enormous forest of palm trees believed to be planted by the Phoenicians. A Gothic cathedral containing a Velázquez masterpiece, and a Semana Santa museum featuring an 18th-century processional float bearing a she-devil statue are good reasons to visit Orihuela; while back by the sea, Alicante’s culture, architecture and lovely waterfront promenade deserve at least a day’s exploration.

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