Costa Blanca is famous for its white beaches and the pleasant Mediterranean climate. Here it is possible to see almond and citrus trees blossoming and enjoy the scenery of two salt lakes – not to mention the particular and healthy microclimate that results. In addition to the many beaches there are several rocky coves ideal for enjoying the shimmering Mediterranean sea. This area is one of the most popular in Spain and also many Spaniards come to spend their holiday here.
Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja are the jewels of Costa Blanca South. They are said to be a carefully kept secret with their location only one hour from the big cities of Alicante and Murcia. Here it's possible to enjoy the best beaches in Spain and one of the healthiest climates in the world.
San Javier airport is less than half an hour from Torrevieja and Alicante Airport is around 45 minutes away. There are well maintained roads passing through the whole region and you can easily use the bus or train service to our most famous cities, such as Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona. The new bullet train takes you from Alicante to Madrid in 140 minutes.
Reasonable Spanish fares will allow you to access the vast range of taxis and rental cars. Public transport is also recommended. Renting bicycles can be an interesting option – while biking it's possible to experience the surroundings more authentically than from a car window, especially the two salt lakes, the beaches and orange fields which are best reached by bicycles as the distances between them are not too daunting!
The World Health Organization has declared Costa Blanca South to be one of the healthiest places to live. The two salt lakes, mountains and the sea have created a special microclimate that is beneficial to many of those who suffer, for example, dermatological and respiratory complaints.
The winters are mild and summers hot. There are an average of 320 days sunshine every year. The ancient Romans called Alicante "the City of Light."
Whether your favourite sport is golf, football, swimming, diving, sailing, surfing, biking or canoeing, you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all of these in Costa Blanca South. The variety of terrain includes mountainous areas, natural parks, salt flats, beaches, rocky cliffs, coves and caves, and the favourable climate makes Costa Blanca South the popular year-round location for outdoor activities. Route options for bikers and hikers are endless. And there will be more than 300 sunny days a year!
For golf enthusiasts there are four fabulous golf courses within 5 kilometres from each other, for example Campoamor and Las Colinas, which offer fantastic venues for golf lovers. And still they are not too far from the Mediterranean, the shopping centres and fine dining which will pleasantly fill the hours between the rounds.
Many fiestas, concerts, and cultural events take place in both high and low seasons. There are also several historical sites, including castles and archaeological museums.
Costa Blanca South is full of restaurants with many culinary options at reasonable prices. Spanish specialities such as tortilla, paella, tapas, churros and different kinds of sea food, make the local cuisine both nutritious and interesting. One of the most memorable experiences is to have shellfish paella on the beach on a warm Spanish night.
Outdoor markets offer exotic fruits and vegetables and seafood could not be fresher. Throughout the centuries many different nationalities (Moors, Romans, Greeks, amongst others) have left their mark on Spanish cuisine - for us to enjoy.
There are many street markets in the towns of Costa Blanca South, and they are popular places for buying groceries but also for clothes, shoes and souvenirs. On street markets the prices are reasonable and fruits and vegetables normally come from local farmers. Taste local delicacies or just enjoy the busy market atmosphere.
The biggest shopping centre in the autonomous community of Valencia, La Zenia Boulevard, is located in Orihuela Costa. It hosts many of the most popular brands, such as Decathlon, Primark, Leroy Merlin, Media Markt, C&A, Desigual and Alcampo. In addition to being a stylish shopping centre it offers entertainment and events for both children and adults. Over 13 million people visited La Zenia Boulevard in 2015.
The Costa Blanca has extensive health services, both public and private. There are healthcare centres, even in the smallest villages and in Torrevieja there are two modern hospitals.
Education is excellent in both public and private sectors. Universities are located a short distance away in Alicante, Elche and Murcia.