Travel further afield and discover Alicante

This blog is a nice summary of what you can do if you travel a little further down the coast from Javea and Moraira and discover the fantastic city of Alicante and the surrounding areas.

The Costa Blanca is the region of coastline which stretches from Denia in the north to Torrevieja in the south.The region includes some of the most developed coastline in mainland Spain including Benidorm. The region is not just popular with holiday makers from all around Europe, but many British, Scandinavian, German and Eastern Europeans own property in the area. House prices are currently remarkably low in this region of Spain due to all the new buildings that were built during the housing boom over the last 10 years.Alicante-and-the-Costa-Blanca-Region-of-Spain The Costa Blanca is served by 2 major airports, Alicante to the north, and Murcia to the south (although the coastal region near Murcia is actually the start of the Costa Calida. The Costa Blanca coastline is very developed, with popular resorts such as Benidorm and Torrevieja bringing in millions of tourists every year. Aside from tourism, the Costa Blanca region is one of the most fertile growing regions in Europe. Alicante The town of Alicante is a resort which unlike Benidorm is very popular with Spanish tourists in the summer months. Alicante has a large sandy beach, but in summer the beach can be very crowded. Alicante has a good selection of shops and bars, and is a good destination to visit in the spring and autumn when it is less busy. The climate in spring and autumn in Alicante is similar to a pleasant British summer day, but with a lot more sunshine. Alicante Airport is located around 12km from Alicante. Check more infos about Alicante and cheap flights to Alicante Benidorm Benidorm is the largest and best known resort in the Costa Blanca. Benidorm was once a small fishing village, but during the 60’s and 70’s it was developed into one of the busiest resorts in Spain. Benidorm’s skyscaper skyline is more reminiscent of Manhattan than the Costa Blanca. The resort developed a tarnished reputation in the 80’s and 90’s with a “lager lout” culture exported from the UK during the summer months. However, today Benidorm is a thriving resort, although if you are looking for a peaceful retreat you would be advised to go elsewhere. Nowadays Benidorm is a popular destination for year round stag nights and hen nights due to the up all night culture. Elche Around a 20 minute drive from Alicante is the town of Elche (Elx in Spanish). Apart from being a busy industrial Costa Blanca town of over 200,000 inhabitants. Elche has the largest growing area of palms in Europe which date to Roman times. The area became a UNESCO world Heritage Site . The palm plantations are a legacy from when the Romans ruled the region, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Elche is located only 15km from the mediterranean coastline, so is easily accessible to holidaymakers. The Municipal Park in the centre of Elche has a sub-tropical garden containing many species of palms and cactus, and a museum. For opening times of the gardens and museum, and more ideas of things to see in Elche. © 2014 Minh Anh Travel blog. All rights reserved

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