For many people the Costa Blanca and its mild Mediterranean climate is the perfect place to spend their winters or to retire. The wonderful sun, lavish beaches, elegant boulevards, the look of a tropical landscape with its palm trees, cacti and agaves give you a blissful holiday feeling.
The northern part of the Costa Blanca has the same delightful climate as California, South Africa and Southern Australia with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius in August down to a low of 12 degrees in January and an average of 320 sunny days per year. Characteristic for the northern Costa Blanca are the mile long beaches as well as the mountain ridges, the terraced almond and olive groves and in the valleys the orange and lemon plantations.
The symbol of the Costa Blanca is the Penon de Ifach (Calpe Rock) – a 332 metre high rock which even from afar is an easily recognisable landmark. The summit can be reached by a well maintained path which winds upwards past the nests of more then 80 different species of birds. The rock is a favourite destination for international climbing associations as well as the Moro de Toix which is in close proximity. Calpe, a lively town by a wide bay, is the ideal location from which to commence a road trip or to go for a walk through the breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges of the nearby Sierra de Bernia and the Marina Alta. The southern side of Bernia looks out over the beautiful bay of Altea with its old hilltop town centre and the view then bends towards Albir and the Sierra Helada. In the summer Altea’s La Olla beach is well worth a visit for lunch in one of the Chiriguitos (beach bars) where you can enjoy a wonderful Pealla and wine. If you drive in a north-eastern direction through Calpe, you will pass the Salinas salt lakes which is home to a popultion of flamingos who spend part of their year there. By taking the coastal road along the coast of Benissa you will arrive in the coastal town of Moraira. On the other side Moraira you will find the wine orchards of Teulada.
Moraira has a small sandy beach of 350 meter right next to the town centre. During the summer it tends to be very crowded. The small town of El Portet has its own sandy beaches with restaurants. Even further north you will arrive in Javea. Here you will find a pebbled beach and the El Arenal beach which is perfect for children because of its depth and shallow waters.
In the northern Costa Blanca you will find the old and characteristically Mediterranean port town of Denia. Denia is a true and vivacious Spanish “Puerto” with warm beaches and streets where you can sniff the scent of Moorish coffee and spiced roasts.
When you look upon the skyline of Benidorm with sky scraping hotels you will instantaneously understand why it is nicknamed “the Manhattan of the Mediterranean” . Benidorm is a horn of plenty for all things touristy: shops, very cheap restaurants, establishments where you can dance during the day, terraces, you name it. Stroll down the beach boulevards, windsurf, dive, golf, go to one of the world class shows at the Palace, see wild animals in a contemporary zoo, there is something to suit everyone’s fancy, especially for bar hoppers and night owls.
Calpe is located between two other cities that have a lot to offer, namely Alicante which is approximately 70 kilometres to the south and Valencia which is located approximately 100 kilometres to the north. Both these cities are worth a daytrip. Alicante has a beautiful ‘esplanade’ with tall palm trees and an almost dizzying pavement nearby the yacht harbour in the city centre. Whilst walking through Alicante one can take fantastic pictures of Santa Barbara castle. The city offers a mix of old Spanish grandeur and contemporary shopping elegance and has a lovely beach, El Postiguet.
Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, is not located on the Costa Blanca but is the capital of the same named province. Valencia’s biggest charm is her impressive combination of old and modern architecture. Lovers of modern composition will find world renowned avant-garde constructions whilst the historically inclined stroller will marvel at the centuries old churches, palaces and monumental cathedral. Valencia is also home to interesting museums and a beautiful botanical garden. To experience and visit Valencia one should really spend one or two days.
Other sights to see are the Palm Gardens of Elche which where planted many centuries ago by the Moorish occupiers and the 1,558 metre high Sierre Aitana mountain range with its picturesque mountain villages such as Sella and Guadelest. At times snow can be found on the summit.
Properties by type
Casa Ventura (VEN) – 6 pers.Calpe (Alicante)€300/weekNew
Apartment La Perla – Perlamar 2 pers. (+ 2 children)Calpe (Alicante)€225/weekNew
Apartment Mascarat Beach – 6 pers.Altea (Alicante)€600/weekNew
Apartment Mirador Bahia (MIRB) – 4 pers.Altea (Alicante)€350/weekNew
Villa Frodo – 6 pers.Calpe (Alicante)€600/week
Casa Quisi – 6 pers.Benissa (Alicante)€700/week
Apartment Bahia de Altea (BDA2) – 6 pers.Altea (Alicante)€450/week
Casa Luca – 4 pers.Calpe (Alicante)€300/week
Casa Belita – 4 pers.Moraira (Alicante)€390/week