Costa Blanca area info
Spain has 17 autonomous communities of which the Valencian Community is arguably the most beautiful and diverse. With landscapes climbing from the warm and sunny costas to the vistas of mountains higher than Ben Nevis.
Within the Valencia community sits Alicante Province which boasts two vibrant cities, a high speed train network and Spain’s sixth busiest airport, ensuring there’s always lots to do and great transport links.
Alicante is known for its sunshine, beaches and wonderful countryside and has been acknowledged to be one of the healthiest places to live in the world. With almonds, olives and grapes as far as the eye can see, this special place is perfect for people who want it all.
The beaches are what made this city so popular, and their high standard and warm waters still attract visitors 100 years after the first trains brought Madridistas to the coast.
Around town there are all the high street names and high end boutiques you would expect.
At night the city becomes alive with bustling bars and cuisine from around the world.
Elche is Alicante’s second city and home to Europe’s largest Palm Forest. The Rio Vinalopo snakes through the charming centre and the city has a wide variety of activities for the family to enjoy, including the new Palm Adverture.
The Alicante Marina is a popular hotspot on the Costa Blanca which plays host to the annual Volvo Ocean Race. Each October the Marina turns into a carnival atmosphere with teams from all over the world descending on this picturesque place. There is also a museum which is open all year round detailing the history of this incredible event. The place is full of entertainment with restaurants, cafes, casinos and a shopping centre. It is also the perfect destination to spend hours gazing at the luxury yachts and private boats.
Alicante Airport (El Altet)
The airport is the sixth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers, and the main airport for the Valencian Community. The airport is situated 9km southwest of Alicante and about 160km south of Valencia on Mediterranean coast.
Up to eighty percent of all passenger flights are international. The largest numbers of passengers arrive from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands. Popular domestic destinations are Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. Both international and domestic passenger traffic have increased significantly in the last decade as Alicante’s popularity grows.