Costa Blanca, which in translation means “White Coast”, is a coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Alicante, spanning more than 200 kilometers from Dénia to Pilar de la Horedada. Nowadays, Costa Blanca appears to be one of the most appealing areas for tourists, whereas tourism in Alicante can provide them with subtropical vegetation, gorgeous sandy beaches, and jagged mountains.
This area is rich both with historical and cultural attractions as well as nightlife and sunny adventures. Most popular resorts, apart from Alicante, include Altea, Benidorm, Calp, Benissa, Dénia, El Campello, Orihuela, Santa Pola, Torrevieja, Teulada-Moraira, Villajoyosa, Xábia, Guardamar del Segura, and Finestrat. You can particularly find safari parks, theme parks, captivating villages, nature reserves, impressive caves and waterfalls in this area.
Cost of Life in Alicante
It is definitely beneficial to try tourism in Alicante, since the prices there are lower in comparison not only to the popular resorts of other countries, but Spain’s resorts and other Spanish cities as well. For instance, rent prices are 50.24% and 46.60% lower than in Madrid and Barcelona – two most economically developed cities of Spain – respectively. Restaurant prices are 20.39% and 19.05% lower respectively, while groceries prices are 17.93% and 17.71% lower accordingly.
However, the situation is so beneficial in Alicante not only in comparison with those two cities. Accordingly, prices in Alicante are 50.24%, 20.39% and 17.93% lower than in Bilbao, as well as they are slightly lower than in Vigo (the most economically developed city of Galicia): 3.09%, 4.77% and 2.23% accordingly. At the same time, the prices are also lower in Alicante than other cities within the community, such as Valencia: 16.48%, 4.77%, and 3.35% respectively.
Places for Tourism in Alicante and Within Costa Blanca Area
There are a great number of various tourist attractions located within the Costa Blanca area, and it is actually hard to list of all them and even choose the most noticeable ones. This list includes only top-notch sites within this area.
Lucentum appears to be not solely an important historical and touristic sight, but also a transport hub
Lucentum. This way was called a city that once had been located on the site of the present-day Alicante. Nowadays, this name is used to refer to the archeological site with remains of ancient Roman buildings located within the city, and this place is known as El Tossal de Manises. The archeological site covers 30,000 square meters and includes remains of the fortifying wall and the base of defensive towers of the pre-Roman times, the forum, the baths, a number of dwellings, a bit of Muslim necropolis, and this attractions appears to be a major attraction for tourism in Alicante.
Santa Barbara Castle, known in Valencian as Castell de Santa Bárbara, is a fortified defense located within the city center of Alicante, right on Mount Benacantil (166 meters). This outstanding fortification overlooks the city of Alicante, offering impressive views of the city. Dating back to the 9th century, the castle was opened to the public in 1963 and now it appears to be one of the most distinguished attractions of the city. By the way, you can venture to take a lift right to the castle instead of having all that way to the top to walk. Such a place of interest is a good reason to enjoy tourism in Alicante!
Santa Barbara Castle offers an impressive view of the entire city, explaining the boom of tourism in Alicante
Dénia Castle, or Castillo de Dénia in Spanish, is another rocky crag overlooking a city, situated on the white coast. Basically, the castle was built somewhat between the 11th and 12th centuries, yet now it serves as a perfect observation deck, offering majestic views on both the city and the sea. Nowadays, the castle also houses the Archeological Museum of Dénia, which narrates the story about the town’s long history.
Another important attraction in this region is the Basilica of Santa María, which is, once again, located in Alicante. It is the oldest active church within the province of Alicante, which was built somewhat between the 14th and 16th centuries, according to various estimates. The church was built in the distinctive Valencian Gothic style on the place, where previously had been a mosque. The church was constructed right over the mosque’s remains. Majestic architecture, which has been really well-preserved, will not leave any visitor unaffected.
Actually, you should not miss seeing the Statue of Icarus, which was placed in the Alicante harbor. The statue looks quite bizarre, given that it has a small head, broad shoulder and… a surf board!
Another majestic building in this list is the Ducal Palace of Gandía, which was built in the city of Gandía in 1759. It looks indeed very gorgeous and it belonged to the Borja family. It not solely has a special Gothic style, but features certain remarkable rooms, such as the Crown Hall and the Golden Gallery, designed, on the contrary, in the Baroque style. There are two gates, one of which has been preserved since the Renaissance times, while the other appears to be designed in the Gothic style.
Yet, you shouldn’t miss visiting at least some of the province’s museums. One of such museums is definitely the Archaeological Museum of Alicante that was created in 1932 in the building of the ancient hospital. If you are a real art lover, then you might consider visiting the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art really exciting, since it houses works of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Julio González, Eusebio Sempere, and Juan Gris. Museos Flotantes in the city of Torrevieja has a concept similar to the concept of the Oslo’s Fram Museum: it features an old boat along with a submarine, which you can access and explore on your own, as well as there are other vessels and artifacts.
Playa del Postiguet is a beach, located in the center part of Alicante, which draws lots of tourists every year
If you are curious about what beaches it would be irremissible not to step on, you should include Playa de Gandia (Gandia), Playa de San Juan (Alicante), and Playa del Postiguet (Alicante) in your list for visiting. Also, don’t forget to visit the central market (Mercado Central) of Alicante in the morning!
One-Week Holiday Plan
Day 1. Arrival at Alicante Airport and accommodation in Alicante. Visit Mercado Central and the city’s famous beaches, such as Playa del Postiguet and Playa de San Juan. Enjoy your time near the seashore.
Day 2. It’s time to discover a bit more about the white coast and Spain in general. Visit Basilica of Santa María, Santa Barbara Castle and enjoy its views, and Lucentum. We suggest you to take a lift to the top of Santa Barbara Castle. During the midday, don’t forget to rest on a beach.
Day 3. In the early morning, buy a bus ticket or rent a car and head to Gandía, where you shouldn’t miss visiting the city’s castle. Walk across Plaza del Prado and visit Museu Faller of Gandía. Get back to Alicante in the evening.
Day 4. This time head to Benidorm, a quite cosmopolitan Spanish city, by taking a car or a bus. We highly suggest you to visit at least one of the theme parks, yet people who really love it can pay a visit to all three of them! That is a perfect location for shopping as well. Get back to Alicante.
Day 5. It would be great to spend this day in Valencia. Take a bus or a car. There are several ancient churches worth visiting, as well as the central market. A large number of museums is available, yet it is up to your taste. There are a few fairly great pubs in Valencia as well. Get back to Alicante in the evening.
Day 6. After exhausting trips to various cities located on the white coast, it would be reasonable to take a day-off and rest on a sunny beach of Alicante.
Day 7. Visit Alicante’s outstanding museums, such as Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and Archaeological Museum of Alicante. Departure.
A Weekend Holiday Plan
If you decided to take advantage of low-cost flights, provided by different operators (such as Ryanair, in particular), and come to try tourism in Alicante, we suggest you to plan all you want to do ahead of it. The best option would be visiting historic sights in the morning of the first day, then spending an afternoon on a beach, and finish it the day by hanging out in various pubs or clubs in the evening. It would be great to dedicate the morning of the next day to the city’s above-mentioned museums, followed by the relaxation on a beach.