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Where to stay on the Costa Blanca

javea1.jpgIf you are new to Spain, or just new to the Costa Blanca, you may be forgiven for thinking that each town is another Benidorm.

You could not be more mistaken.

The town of Benidorm, now grown to the size of a small city, is very, very different to the rest of the coastline - almost to the point of being a different world. Most of the small towns along the coast are unspoilt and little commercialised. You can quite easily find the Spain that so many people have fallen in love with - little fishing villages and quite coves, typical Spanish villages with their narrow streets and unhurried lifestyles as well as upmarket and modern urbanisations. There are many hotels and aparthotels available on the Costa Blanca as well as self catering in the form of campsites and short term rentals or holiday lets.

Holidays in Costa Blanca

A Spanish summer holiday is an essentially British tradition; with no shortage of fabulous destinations, many of us choose to visit Spain again and again while managing not to hit the same place twice. While in the last few years I've known of many families treating themselves to holidays in Lanzarote from Thomson, lately the on-trend Spanish holiday destination seems to be Costa Blanca.

If it's a beach holiday you're looking for, you're sure to be happy in Costa Blanca. Known as the 'White Coast,' you'll be greeted by endless stretches of luxurious white sand beaches, the perfect location to soak up some of that famous Spanish sun and work on your tan.

Costa Blanca is of course home to the British favourite holiday resort of Benidorm. A hit with everyone from single students to growing families, Benidorm offers a budget friendly holiday with plenty of fun activities to keep you occupied. The city is bustling, filled with bars, restaurants and clubs, and the city skyline is an impressive sight. Of course, Benidorm is also host to an expansive beach which will certainly keep sun worshippers happy.

Costa Blanca's other main city destination is Alicante, a hit with tourists for its ever-present Spanish sunshine and fascinating historic attractions. Perhaps it's most famous site is the Santa Barbara castle, a truly beautiful structure with origins dating back to the 9th century. Even for those who aren't interested in seeing it up close, you won't be able to miss this castle as it is situated high above the city atop Mount Benacantil. The rest of the city is filled with fascinating sights and is a delight to explore; palm trees, narrow streets and quaint waterfronts all await you in Alicante.

Of course, these highlights don't come close to describing all of what Costa Blanca has to offer. Whether you're looking for a beach getaway, a fun-filled family holiday or a wild weekend away, you're sure to find what you're looking for in Costa Blanca.

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