Costa Blanca - Spain
Costa Blanca is a coastal area in eastern Spain in the province of Alicante. Costa blanca includes
several tourist destinations like Benidorm, Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Alicante, Elche and
Villajoyosa. There is a large amount of expats living in Costa Blanca, and the area is particularly popular
among English, German and Scandinavian tourists. The economy of Costa Blanca is mainly based on tourism, and millions
of tourist come to spend their holidays here. There is also a large number of pensioners that spend the winters in
Costa Blanca, due to its mild Mediterranean climate.
History of Costa Blanca
The region of Costa Blanca was occupied by the Moors for more than 700 years. It has affected the spanish culture, language and landscape in many ways. Many Spanish Cities, like Alicante, have names that come directly from the Arab language. The Moors planted Orange trees, peach trees and almond trees. They introduced irrigations systems, and build orchard terraces in the hillsides that can still be seen along Costa Blanca. For more than hundred years after the Moors were defeated and expelled there were Moorish pirate attacks from Nortern Africa in Costa Blanca.
Attractions in Costa Blanca
- Along the coast road of Costa Blanca there are several small white villages that all are worth a visit.
- The castle Guadalest is one of the most remarkable tourist attractions on Costa Blanca, with its freestanding belltower placed on the edge of a hill.
- Many Spanish Cities arrange a Moors and Christians festival where they commemorate the Moorish occupation, battles and the christian reconquest. One of the largest Moors and Christians festivals takes place in Alcoi in the end of April.
- The tomato war in Buņol is being arranged at the end of August in a small town near Valencia. The entire city and thousands of tourists participate in the worlds largest tomato fight.
Things to do in Costa Blanca
Costa Blanca offers plenty of exciting activities like water sports, scuba diving, golf, fishing, dancing, amusement
parks, nature reserves, hiking and so on. There are also plenty of great destinations just a few hours from Costa
Blanca like Barcelona, Valencia, La Manga and of course Mallorca.
Transportation in Costa Blanca
Alicante Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain. There are direct flights to several Cities in
Western Europe and to Russia. Trains connect Costa Blanca with Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. There are also regular
ferries for the Balearic Islands and Algerie.
Alicante is the capital of the province of Alicante in Costa Blanca. You will not find too
many tourists in Alicante, which is good if you are looking for a nice place to live with beaches that are not too
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Torrevieja in Costa Blanca is very popular among Expats because of its healthy microclimate. Torrevieja is located between two salt lakes and has some beautiful beaches.