The Costa Blanca is one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. Every year thousands of tourists from around the globe choose to spend time on the Southeast coast of Spain between the Mar Menor and Moraira. They come to relax in the Spanish sunshine and to enjoy the Costa Blanca's famous beaches and cuisine - all against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery and sea views.

Southern Costa Blanca

In complete contrast to the north, the Southern Costa Blanca region is flatter and greener. On the coast there are long stretches of fine sandy beaches, many of which have attained Blue Flag status. In the very south of the region is the fabulous Mar Menor - one of Europe's largest saltwater lakes. It is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a spit of land, on which is located the famous La Manga golf resort.

The coast between Alicante and the northern tip of the Mar Menor is more urbanised than in the Northern Costa Blanca region. Residential property development has been quite widespread in the south. The coastal urbanisations are very pretty, but if you like your space and spectacular scenery the Costa Blanca North is likely to be more to your taste. 

Northern Costa Blanca

The northern region of the Costa Blanca is blessed with some idyllic locations. The coastline is dramatic to say the least. Pine-clad rocky coves that drop down to secluded white sandy beaches give way to luxurious Spanish coastal resorts and old fishing villages to the north of Alicante. Tree-line promenades backed by quiet open-air cafes invite you to spend time strolling along the seafront. You won't find boisterous bars and discos in this part of Spain - just the warm ocean breeze and a chance to soak up the Spanish sunshine in peace.

Must visit locations in the North of Costa Blanca include Moraira - a small peaceful town situated near a spectacular headland that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea, and Javea - a stunning traditional Spanish town sporting narrow streets and wrought iron balconies.

Inland, Northern Costa Blanca becomes mountainous. Lush green vegetation clings to the hills, and there are many traditional mountain villages hidden away on the slopes. The villages are remarkable and offer an insight into the history and culture of this part of Spain. Views from the villages are truly breathtaking too. The entire Costa Blanca coastline can be seen from some of the village locations.

Getting to the Costa Blanca 

Alicante international airport serves both the northern and southern regions of the Costa Blanca. It is centrally located so offers excellent access to all parts of this Spanish costa. In the south San Javier handles regional flights, and further to the north Valencia international airport can be used to reach the holiday resorts of Javea, Moraira and Teulada. Flight times to all of these airports from the UK are generally between 2 and 3 hours.

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