10 PLACES TO VISIT ON THE COSTA BLANCA

A destination with plenty to see and discover

Landscapes, places, climate and much more. Let's see 10 places to visit on the Costa Blanca.

The Costa Blanca

When speaking about the Costa Blanca we should not only think about the beaches, a tourist destination for many, where you can find countless beaches to enjoy.

We are not going to focus on the beaches, but we are going to delve into other aspects.

The Costa Blanca is rich in history and cultural heritage. There are numerous archaeological sites  worthing to be discovered.

Charming spots to visit

1.- Santa Barbara Castle

It is located in Alicante, on Mount Benacantil, 166 meters high. It was constructed as a medieval fortress, with a 360º view of the city of Alicante. The Santa Bárbara Castle has been considered Asset of Cultural Interest since 1961.

A wide variety of cultural events are offered, as well as gastronomic experiences, thematic events and guided tours. There are also musical evening events in a wonderful environment surrounding.

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2.- Benidorm Island

Nearly everyone knows the city of Benidorm, but there is an islet, known as the "pirate island" with a legend of giants

This natural space is located within the protection zone of the Sierra Helada Natural Park.

It is a refuge inhabited by seagulls, seabirds and peregrine falcons. Additionally, at a depth of 30 meters, about 300 meters south of the islet is the Llosa basin where is possible to see the habitat of amberjack, dentex, predatory fish, octopuses, moray eels and many more.

The boat ride to get to the islet is very pleasant.

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3.- Tabarca Island

Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community.

In the past it was a refuge for Barbary pirates. In the 18th century, Charles III ordered the construction and fortification of a town, which was inhabited by families of Genoese fishermen captived in the island. The walls are declared a Historic-Artistic Site and Asset of Cultural Interest. Once on the island don't miss visiting the baroque church of San Pedro and San Pablo and its port.

There are boats every day from Santa Pola, Torrevieja, Benidorm and Alicante.

 

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4.- Lagunas de la Mata Natural Park

It is located in the Vega Baja region in Alicante and among the municipalities of Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura, Los Montesinos and Rojales

Made up of two separate natural lagoons conected by a channel and at the same time two other channels cennecting them with the sea, thus forming a salt exploitation unit.

It is also protected since in addition to its use as a salt marsh, it is an important nesting area for a hundred birds: flamingos, ducks, black-necked grebe, stilt, shelduck, and many others.

The peculiarity of these lakes is that in certain periods of the year have a pinkish color, which is due to a microscopic algae that give that colour to waters with high levels of salt.

Salinas de Torrevieja, of an impressive pink color / Helena GH Helena GH

Due to the high development of this reddish algae, it is one of the areas of the Iberian Peninsula where the largest population of wild flamingos is concentrated.

5.- Palmeral de Elche

Initially it began as a plantation for agricultural purposes, its expansion came afther the Arabs founded a new city in the current location, back in the 8th and 9th centuries, with an irrigation network that nowadays continues in part.

Since 2000 it has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At present is more a landscape and cultural than agricultural use.

It has an area of 500 hectares with approximately 200,000 date palms.

Ideal for walking, relaxing, cycling routes or just enjoying the place.

6.- Las fuentes del Algar

Picturesque nature reserve with trails and natural pools with waterfalls. Belonging to the municipality of Callosa d'en Sarrià (Alicante).

It is a set of waterfalls connected by small aquatic channels or rivers where it is possible to bathe.

Due to these natural pools are of water from the mountains are quite cold and not everyone dares to bathe.

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7.- Bocairent

It means "the living stone." Bocairent is a destination with a lot of history. The Muslims called this village Bekirén.

It is located next to the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park, in the southern interior of the province of Valencia bordering the province of Alicante.

It is worth visiting, the streets and facades retain a medieval air with Its steep alleys made of stone, so as its fountains

Next to the town center is the Cava de Sant Blai, an old ice warehouse or snowfield, which is very well preserved.

Don't miss Las Covetes dels Moros, which are holows dug out of the rock of the mountain, near the town. They were probably used as granaries or food warehouses in Andalusian times.

To finish the visit, don't forget its underground monastery or bullring.

 

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8.- Cañón del Mascarat

Located between Altea and Calpe. It is a ravine formed due to the erosion of the land from water. The name comes from the ancient bandits who assaulting the convoys crossing the canyon.

It is a route that takes about 15 to 20 minutes from the begining to the end of the canyon.

It is a well-marked path, very rocky but very photogenic with several spectacular bridges.

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9.- Santuario de Santa María Magdalena

Located in Novelda. It is worth going to visit it. It is a religious construction in the Catalan modernist style.

It is a temple full of magical connotations since it is part of the French Camino de Santiago.

Designed by José Sala, disciple of Gaudí.

The construction has medieval and baroque decorative elements.

The interior of the sanctuary is in the shape of a jar, imitating the jar that Mary Magdalene brought with balm to Jesus. This shape is unique in the world.

10.- Guadalest

It is located at the top of a steep rocky cliff, challinging the abyss.

Small medieval town located in the center of one of the valleys on the Costa Blanca: The Guadalest valley.

Near Alicante and Benidorm and surrounded by Sierras.

It was declared to be of National Historic-Artistic and Asset of Cultural Interest.

The town had a significant Muslim population until in the 17th century, Philip III decreed the expulsion of the Moorish.

Its fortress has changed over time until part of it was destroyed in the 1644 earthquake.

 

We hope you find interesting this this post of 10 places to visit on the Costa Blanca.

Important tip: take a camera to capture all the moments you experienced!