Costa Blanca: ideal for lively beach holidays
Seaside resort:
Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca in brief


Visit the Costa Blanca for glorious beaches, buzzing nightlife, nature parks, city sightseeing, waterfalls, Michelin-starred dining and family theme parks.


South-east Spain

Nearest airport:


Key resorts & areas:

Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Javea, Calpe, Altea, Denia

Major sights & activities:

Serra Gelada natural park, theme parks, day trips to Valencia, Algar Waterfalls, water sports

Best time to go

May to October; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

Dishes local to Costa Blanca include gazpacho (cold soup), caldero (rice cooked in a cauldron) and olleta (meat and vegetable stew).


Beach holidays in Costa Blanca


The Costa Blanca in south-east Spain has a reputation as a party destination for beach lovers, and attracts crowds of holidaymakers every summer for its large beaches, buzzing bars and excellent activities.

Lively resorts dominate the Costa Blanca, but there are quieter and more traditional destinations to explore too. On the whole, the region is perfect for family holidays thanks to the wide variety of child-friendly activities and attractions.

These are some of the main beach holiday destinations along the Costa Blanca:



This provincial capital combines culture and history with some of the best nightlife on the Costa Blanca and fantastic restaurants. The main beach is the Playa del Postiguet, which is nearly 1 km long. Further along the coast in either direction are the quieter Playa del Coco and Playa de la Albufereta.

Alicante itself has lots to see and do - highlights include the 16th century Castillo de Santa Barbara and the Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina, a fine arts museum.



This highly popular resort is the place to go if you don’t want much more than sun, sea, sand and nightlife. The main beaches include Levante, Poniente and a few smaller coves ideal for escaping the crowds.

If you do want to get up from the sand every now and then, active options include horse riding, volleyball, golf, paragliding, sailing, diving, kayaking and more. Families will enjoy theme parks such as Aqualandia and Aqua Natura Benidorm, as well as the Mundomar animal park and Terra Mitica, which has the longest wooden rollercoaster in Europe.



This is a beautiful destination that isn’t as developed as the busier resorts elsewhere on the Costa Blanca. All of the nearby beaches hold Blue Flag awards, including La Mata, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Náufragos and El Acequión.

The Aquopolis theme park is close by for families and other activities include catamaran rides, market shopping, golf and walks in the nearby countryside.



This historic town offers a more traditional Spanish beach holiday experience than the bigger resorts. The main beach is the Arenal area, which has child-specific areas and a good selection of restaurants and bars.

Javea has some fantastic water sports facilities, including diving, windsurfing and water-skiing. Look out for events like the fiesta in the second half of July and the Moors and Christians parade in August.



Calpe is a former fishing village turned tourist resort. It is heavily influenced by the culture of nearby Valencia and has some particularly beautiful beaches, including the 1 km long Levante beach, the 1.4 km Arenal Bol beach and a number of other smaller beaches.

Local attractions include the Museum of Archaeology, the Queen’s Baths (an archaeological site), a museum dedicated to fiestas and the historic old town.



This pretty town is a little way along the coast from Benidorm, but couldn’t be more different as a holiday destination. Altea features a historic old district and a promenade-lined town beach, as well as another excellent beach, Playa de Albir.

Other things to see and do include coastal drives and the church of the Virgin de Consuelo with its distinctive blue dome. There isn’t much of a nightlife - this is definitely a pure relaxation destination.



Denia is a family-friendly resort town with 20 km of beaches and lots of historic attractions. Beaches with shallow waters that may be suitable for children include Les Deveses, Les Bovetes, Les Marines, L’Almadrava and Els Palmars, which lie to the north.

Sailing, diving and windsurfing are some of the activities you can enjoy in Denia, along with sightseeing. Local attractions include the castle and the 18th century church of the Asunción.





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