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Main places located at the Costa Blanca coastline

Costa Blanca. Here we have mentioned the main places located at the Costa Blanca coastline.

The name “Costa Blanca” was used first time  as a promotional name in the late 1950’s. It is a popular destination, and for your information we have mentioned and informed about the cities and places, going from north to south.

Denia. Her history is from earlier than Roman time, and you will find many ruins, from ancient times till now. You find part of a castle and with a visit to the museum in Denia you will find historical information f.ex. from time  when Denia was a main producer of raisin  and also had a big toy industry.

There are apartments for tourists, but she also has old charm. Denia has sandy beach in addition to the harbour and partly a rocky coastline.

Javea (Spanish) or Xàbia (Valencian). You are in a historic area. Roman occupation of Jávea is dated back to the 2nd century BC, i.e. the oldest known Roman site on the coast. The proof is the finding of a lead weight with verified age, used by Roman fishing boats, showing Javea was an early  commercial port for fish and minerals.

There is a Natural Park of Montgo, declared in 1987. Javea is a popular place to buy property for sun and warmth seeking foreigners. She has two main beaches and several smaller beaches.

Moraira. A small town 80 kms north of Alicante. Man habitations have been found  in Moraira proving they have lived here for thousands of years.  The Moors conquered the area, as elsewhere in Costa Blanca, but were thrown out in the 13th century. The Barbary pirates raided the coast during the 16th century, and watch towers were buildt at the coast. The tower to help warning Moraira was (the now restored) Torre del Cap d’Or at the top of the Cap d’Or.

Moraira is a cosy place with beaches of a variety of consistency (both rocky and sandy). She has vineyards in the hills while tourists want to build closer to the sea.

Calpe. The small town of Calpe is located close to Altea, having a quiet and comfortable atmosphere. Valencia region is famous for its citrus plantations, and Calpe is famous for its Limón Express.

One of the sights that are worth seeing from the visit to Calpe is a trip to the Rock of Ifach. Enjoy the very nice view from this massive rock.

Altea. She is a former fishing village, popular place for foreigners living there now. Much of the beach consists of soft pebbles, so one could wonder; why is Altea that popular? The answer could be that you’ll still find atmosphere. Here you find everything you need. From the 1960s she became a centre for artists, musicians and writers from all over Europe.

She is famous for her church Nuestra Senora del Consuelo or Virgen de Consuelo, having a splended blue roof.

Albir. Situated in Alfas del Pi municipality. The place is approx. 50 km north of Alicante. Albir is a place of calm and comfortable atmosphere, with several thousand residents, and she has nice, white old buildings. Albir has experienced a great development in recent years. High-rise buildings are not allowed, up to 5 floors only. There are many major theme parks and zoos for the whole family, within a few miles presence.

You are recommended to visit  the art museum La Fundación Frax and La Villa Romana, the Roman museum, found under open sky. Both are located in the center of Albir with few minutes walk from the beach.

Want a walk? Visit the old lighthouse, El Faro located in the Natural Park of Sierra HELADA with its beautiful areas suitable for walking. The trip is just less than four kilometers long, and when arriving the lighthouse you will have an amazing view. The lighthouse at Albir is the only one of its kind in the Valencia region.

Benidorm. Known for its skyscrapers. She has fabulous beaches, a vibrant city life and beautiful mountains as a backdrop. Has for decades been a favorite destination for many foreigners who have emigrated to this Spanish resort. The town has a wide range of hotels ranging from luxury to the cheap ones.

Originally Benidorm was a little fishing village, and of course some of the old houses still remains, reminding us about the calm past with the big contrast to modern times.

Villajoyosa. When you come from the sea (only few visiters do) you’ll see colourful houses. They are painted so for the fishermen and sailors be able to see them from their ships. The marina is nice, and the town has 3 kms of nice beaches. The production of chocolate (3 factories)  in Villajoyosa is famous and goes back long in time. You will be welcomed if you make them a visit. They also have a chocolate museum, and they will tell you about the importance of chocolate.

Villajoyosa has, normally end of July, an impressive Moors and Christian Fiesta which should be of great interest to visitors.  One celebrate all day that the Arab armies were  thrown into the sea.

El Campello. She is a modern resort with nice beaches from the finest sand, f. ex. the Lalmadrava beach, or the Muchavista which is the main beach. If you only want the view to the blue/green Mediterranean ocean you should stroll the almost 2 miles long Paseo del Mar (promenade). We propose you to visit La Illeta dels Banyets and the Torre Vigía De La Illeta (tower), a very important historical site from the time when watch towers were required to always be prepared for attacks from the sea.

Alicante. This is the biggest and one of the most visited cities on the Costa Blanca. Here people have lived for thousands of years, first Iberian people, then Phoenicians and Greeks who established small trading centers along Spain’s east coast including Alicante. The Moors ruled in Alicante until the town was finally reconquered by Castilian troops towards the end of 1248.

People are living here in harmony, offering both business and pleasure, entertainment and education.

The town is excellent for tourists with nice beaches, though there is lack of mass tourism. With the airport El Altet close to the city, hords of visitors, i.e. foreigners with their own flat or house, travel further up or down the coast of Costa Blanca.

Worth seeing:
> Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the castle laying on top of El Monte Benacantil (166 m highest top), located roughly in the middle of Alicante. Here they have found the remains of tools from the Bronze Age, so Alicante’s history goes long back in time. The castle is one of the main historical tourist attractions of Costa Blanca and one of Europe’s largest existing medieval fortifications. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 9th century. It can be reached by a manned lift entered through a tunnel.  Alternatively take a taxi.
> The Baroque town hall (ayuntamiento). In this house (from the 1700s) one can see the Salon Azul with its gallery of mirrors. A metal disc on the pink staircase is used as a reference point used when measuring sea levels.
> Casa de la Asegurada is from the 1600s. Here you’ll find an art collection from the 1900s. Art by Dali, Picasso and Sempere.

Informative about Alicante.

Santa Pola: She is lying in a calm bay and has been, and still is a major and busy fishing port. The harbour is modernised, and one can see the fishermem working with their fishing material (f.ex. nests) if/when you take a stroll in the harbour.

The harbour also has a marina for an unknown number of leisure boats, and a new sea side walk line is made with a number of cafees and restaurants alongside the stroll line.

With fine beaches and a small marina one has the basis for asporting paradise with fishing, sailing, kite surfing and scuba diving. The Parque el Palmeral has an excavated Roman Villa with superb mosaic floors, and one also find remains of a Roman fish factory as she was the port of Elche during Roman times. A castle from the 16th century is definitively recommended and it includes an impressive museum as well as a chapel. Included in the defence system are three watchtowers. One of them, the Atalayola tower, is placed on top of which the present lighthouse is built. Boats/ferries can be taken to Tabarca. Read more on this blog post.

Santa Pola fisher harbour

Santa Pola fishing harbour

From Museu del Mar

From Museu del Mar

La Marina. She has an attractive coastal landscape with sandy beach stretching some 17 kilometres from Santa Pola to Torrevieja. La Marina is divided into two areas: the old village and the urbanisation of La Marina, split by the road N332. The old town  is on the coast side of N332. The old village of La Marina has a long main  street with shops, bars and cafes. She also has a long sandy beach and  the El Pinet Natural Park.

Guardamar del Segura. From old days it is said that Guardamar del Segura  has been the guardian of the river Segura. Guardamar is part of the Comarque named Vega Baja del Segura, a Valencian community.

Guardamar is positioned on a hill over the Vega Baja. Forests, dunes, parks and nice beaches make Guardamar del Segura a real attractive place to live as resident or tourist. Sport facilities both at sea, shore and land. She has nice shops, bars and restaurants, and  every Wednesday a street market. Personally I have found my small shoe shop here and alway come out of the boutique with a new pair of high quality, Spanish made shoes. Recommended web page.

La Mata is built with basis in the salt industry. Her salt production goes back to the times of the Romans. In the early 1800 the administration of salt was moved to Torrevieja, and she has no longer any salt production.

La Mata has nice beaches with fine sand, they are regularly cleaned, having beach bars and  life guards in the season. She has a Natural Park, Lagunas de la Mata defined mainly by saline habitats (lakes) and having an important bird reserve. There are two salt lakes, one close to La Mata, one in Torrevieja.

She has a watch tower close to the main square. There is a long high street, and if  you need help or information you’ll find a tourist office.

You find a market every Wednesday and no problem finding different, nice bars, restaurants or cafés.

Torrevieja. Salt has been produced in this area for hundreds of years, and together with fishing salt was the basis for Torrevieja and have given the city’s identity. In early 1800s salt export began developing, especially to the Caribbean areas. Torrevieja became independant from Orihuela in 1820. Torrevieja is the main producer/exporter of salt in and to Europe.

Torrevieja has a 14 km long coast line with many nice beaches. With sun shining  more than 300 days a year you can for sure find a place to relax in the sun, for short time (hours) or long time (years).

Museums are mostly related to sea, sand and salt, but we also have to mention the Submarine S-61 Dolphin, from 2004 the first Spanish war ship made into a museum. You will see a new Concert Hall, old and new churches and parks of various kind.

The festivals in Torrevieja are of various kind, from carnival to Easter procession, Twelfth Night Procession and Salt Queen Selection to mention the important ones.

And be informed that this web page mainly gives information about Torrevieja, the number one place on Costa Blanca.

Playa Flamenca. Here you find a big street (among others) and every Saturday a big market. The area has the last years seen a big growth with many new citizens in their (tourist) flats. The area has fine beaches. Be active or relax – your choice.

Cabo Roig. Approx. same type of area as the neighbour place Playa Flamenca.

Campoamor (in fact name is Dehesa de Campoamor). This is the southern part of Orihuela Costa, southern part of Costa Blanca. Laying 20 km from Murcia airport.

Pilar de la Horadada is the southernmost municipality in the province of Alicante, Valencian Community on the Costa Blanca.

DSC02336Hon. town hall
to d. Jose Sanchez Lozano (1904-1995)
Illustrious Son of Pilar de la Horadada
“His work served to bring man to God”

Like the other places in Costa Blanca Pilar de la Horadada has many tourists in the warm season. In fact the climate is considered nice all year for those coming from more northern countries of Europe.

Costa Blanca map.























































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