Spain's famous ‘White Coast’ has miles of fine, white sandy beaches and in 2006 around 470 were awarded Blue Flags - perfect for sun-seekers. Alicante is the gateway to the Costa Blanca, which encompasses the British favourites of Benidorm and Denia, as well as more traditional resorts such as Calpe and Moraira.
The area offers a wonderful mixture of Spanish city life, first class shopping, sumptuous cuisine and fantastic golf courses - not to mention stunning sandy beaches coupled with beautiful Spanish scenery! Besides its golden beaches, Alicante’s mountain-top castle is well worth a visit whilst you are in Spain so make sure you take your camera. Alicante is well known for its wine, as are the surrounding towns, the dry Spanish wines of Alicante come with a kick and are a great aperitif.
To get fantastic views of Alicante city and its beautiful coastline take the lift from El Postiguet Beach to Santa Barbara Castle, art lovers should not miss a visit to the Museo de la Asegurada modern art museum, with works by some of the great Spanish artists Salvador Dali and Picasso. And to see the traditional side of Alicante take a stroll through the historic buildings and whitewashed houses set on the narrow streets of the old town.
The Spanish city of Calpe, north of Alicante airport, lies around its focal point of "the rock", a huge boulder which can be viewed right along the bay. Calpe’s mountainous surroundings ensure protection from the elements and therefore offer the guaranteed Spanish sunshine.
If you fancy exploring the famous rock you can either reach the summit via the tunnel, or take the more relaxed approach and catch a boat from the marina. This up-market Spanish resort is a great place to explore on foot or relax by the marina.