Holidays In Costa Blanca
Costa Blanca Holidays at a glance
Book Costa Blanca holidays and you will arrive at Alicante airport, the region has almost 200 kms of Mediterranean coastline. Costa Blanca holidays have all the necessary ingredients for a memorable holiday with baking sun, golden sloping beaches, warm crystal waters and a vibrant nightlife. These are just some of the reasons why Costa Blanca holidays continues to be a favourite holiday destination for British tourists.
Who goes to Costa Blanca?
Costa Blanca holidays are great for families and couples of all ages seeking a variety of things to do. As well as golden sandy beaches and warm seas Costa Blanca has a wide range of water sports, golf courses and for somethings more relaxed there are many boutiques and restaurants.
Key Facts - Costa Blanca
- Time Difference+1 - 2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK2hrs 15mins (Approx)
- Nearest AirportAlicante (ALC)
Costa Blanca Holidays - Destination Profile
Book Costa Blanca and you will arrive at one of Spain's most popular and diverse holiday destinations. Rich in heritage and culture many parts are still typically Spanish (quite surprising with the influx of British tourists).
Costa Blanca means white coast, the name is apt due to its long sandy beaches stretching all the way from the northern Town of Denia to Torreveija in the south. The northern area is mountainous and with scattered orange groves, olives trees and almond and cherry orchards visible from afar. The southern region is flatter and drier with the Europe's largest palm gardens and salt flats.
Located on Spain's south east coast lies the popular resort of Benidorm. Although it is known for being one of Spain's liveliest resorts and there is no doubting that holidays to Benidorm are largely about non-stop fun it also plays host to two of the Med's finest sandy beaches and the winding cobbled streets of the old town offer a taste of traditional Spanish life.
The old town in Altea still has cobbled streets and is overlooked by a domed blue and white church.
Value Holidays in Costa Blanca with Olympic Holidays
Costa Blanca holidays continue to be popular for package holidays, we offer holidays from a wide range of UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester. Flights to Costa Blanca arrive at Alicante airport providing easy access to popular resorts. As well as package holidays to Costa Blanca, Olympic Holidays has great range of cheap flights to Alicante, Costa Blanca.
Holidays in Costa Blanca - Things to see
Mundomar Marine Exotic Animal Park : An absolutely great day out for the kids ensuring they have fond memories of their Cost Blanca holidays. The park has some great aquatic creatures including dolphins, turtles and see lions and a gallery from which you can see the animals under water. The park is well equipped with plenty of kiosks selling drinks and snacks.
Canelobre Caves: Discover one of the wonders of Costa Blanca, these breathtaking natural caves located 24 miles north of Alicante. This huge natural underground chamber is full of rock formations resembling candelabras. The caves are spectacularly showcased with lights providing stunning views as you venture around.
Algar Falls: Sitting high in the mountains behind Altea are these are the beautiful Algar falls flow into the natural pools where visitors can enjoy a swim in a lush paradise. The area is protected because it is home to vegetation, natural spices and medicinal herbs.
Things to do on a Holiday in Costa Blanca
Hiking: Costa Blanca holidays are ideal for hikers and walkers, the mountainous landscape promises relaxing leisurely walks as well as more challenging areas for serious hikers. The scenic peaks deliver fabulous view of the fertile green valleys and traditional secluded villages.
Terra Mitica Theme Park: A highlight of Costa Blanca holidays is surely a visit to the Terra Mitica theme park, filled with the very latest rides provide speed, excitement, thrills and fun for the entire family. Terra Mitica is extremely popular for families on Costa Blanca holidays, as well as adrenalin filled rides the park arranges shows themed around the ancient Mediterranean civilisations.
Aqualandia Water Park: For those taking Costa Blanca holidays with children this is a fantastic day out. Conveniently located for access from Benidorm the park has a everything you could imagine chutes, springboards, pools, waterfalls and rapids.
Eating/Drinking During Costa Blanca Holidays
During your holidays in mainland Spain you will discover a excellent choice of Mediterranean style cuisine as you would expect from any Spanish holiday. Restaurants in mainland Spain have a range of influences from Spain but has also taken on many British favourites to cater for tourist industry.
Getting Around on Costa Blanca Holidays
Getting around Spain is relatively easy and transport links are as you'd expect from any developed European country. Public transport is generally very good in Spanish cities, most of which have efficient bus and rail systems. If you plan to remain within the principal Spanish cities, public transportation will likely prove far more convenient and pleasant than driving.
Intercity Rail: The Spanish rail network is operated by a state owned company called Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles (RENFE). They operate a wide range of services and fares. Their fastest trains, the AVE, are among Europe's best with their slowest travelling about the same speed as a bus. The RENFE provides a service to all major cities, although it doesn't run to many small towns, and is supplemented by networks such as the FFCC city lines in Barcelona and private railways.
Buses: The local bus services in Spanish cities run from around 0600 until between 22:00 and midnight, when a more expensive night system comes into operation. Most buses don't have a lot of seats, opting instead for maximum standing room. Urban buses are quite slow although some major cities provide dedicated bus lanes.
Most towns have a bus terminal. Keep in mind that when waiting at a bus stop, the bus may not always stop for you unless you indicate you wish it to.
Taxis: You should only use taxis that display a special licence. They are of a very high standard as they are governed by strict legislation. They display a green light when they are free (libre). They can be flagged down or found at a taxi rank and are metered but have a set price for certain journeys. Tipping is a customary 5-10%.
Costa Blanca Holidays Shopping
Shopping in Spain remains a personal experience, the majority of Spanish stores are small family run businesses although many more hypermarkets and supermarkets have begun to spring up in recent years. The hypermarkets tend to lie in the rapidly expanding Spanish suburbs, while the older city neighbourhoods hold fast to traditional shopping patterns.
The Spanish often don't seem to believe in queueing and people often push and shove their way to the front. Shop assistants will not always serve customers in order; so if it is your turn - speak up! The last person in line is called La Ultima and you may ask or be asked who is La Ultima. Some foreigners complain that Spanish service people can be surly, but the great majority of them tend to be friendly and pleasant.
Shopping hours: These can vary considerably between region, city, town and type of shop. Small shops open from between 0830 and 0930 (or earlier for food shops) until between 1300 and 1400 and from around 1700 until between 1930 and 2100, Monday to Friday, then from 0930 until 1400 on Saturdays. In some areas shops are closed on Monday mornings. In south Spain, the siesta lasts from 1330 or 1400 until 1700. Department stores, hypermarkets and many supermarkets are open without a break for a siesta from around 0930 or 1000, until between 2000 and 2200 from Monday to Saturday. Most stores are closed on Sunday.
Markets: You have indoor markets, called mercados, permanent street markets and travelling open air street markets that move from area to area. Often prices can be 20% lower than in shops! Markets sell a variety of goods such as food, flowers, clothes, shoes, crockery, cookware, linen, ceramics, CD's, arts & crafts, household wares, carpets, jewellery, etc. Watch out for well name brands though, as they are usually fakes.
Spanish specialities: The best products to buy in Spain are handmade items such as ceramics, pottery, woodwork, embroidery and paintings. Spanish leather goods are also good quality and good value for money but not cheap. Arts and crafts have survived better in Spain than in other Western European countries and this is reflected in their goods.
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