Costa Blanca North, Marina Alta
The Costa Blanca or White Coast extends along the eastern coast of Spain (approximately in the middle) and covers the province of Alicante. To the north of Denia is the Costa del Azahar and to the south of Torrevieja is the Costa Calida.
The Costa Blanca is not as cold or wet in the winter as the northern part of Spain nor is it as humid or hot in the summer as the Costa del Sol, in the south. The Costa Blanca has the best all year round temperatures. The climate is recognised as one of the best in the world by the World Health Organisation. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.
The Costa Blanca North is centrally located between two airports, Alicante and Valencia. Both airports have very frequent and cheap flights from all around Europe and are reachable in maximum 1h drive.
The comarca Marina Alta in northern Costa Blanca is typically mountainous with cliffs and coves, a mixture of pebble beaches and fine sandy beaches. It is surprisingly very green and lush with pine, almond and olive trees and vineyards.
The attractions lie in its beauty - the astonishing vivid blue Mediterranean, the beautiful sandy beaches, the old towns and villages with their old narrow streets, the restaurants and bars where one can sit outside and relax because of the wonderful climate the whole year by. It is simply a beautiful place to enjoy life and to feel rejuvenated and fresh. Of course, the area also houses many historical monuments.
That’s why it is one of the most beautiful and popular places in Spain.
Calpe is an old fishing village on the Costa Blanca, which has become the excellent holiday and living place today. Characterizes the view of the Peñon Ifach rock, 332m high, with its distinctive conical shape. Its pleasant climate, wide sandy beaches, blue sea and boulevards with palm trees, are the guarantee of an ideal stay for both summer and winter environment. Small and curious streets and squares invite you for a stroll, then you can relax in one of the many bars, restaurants or taverns to enjoy the local cuisine, both fish as tapas and traditional meals. You can also enjoy shopping, because there are designer boutiques, local craft shops and high fashion shops in Calpe.
Benissa is a typical Spanish town having a cosmopolitan historic center with medieval flavor. In the four kilometers of coast between Moraira and Calpe highlight its coves and beaches of sand and gravel with rocks funds are suitable for scuba diving and sailing. Of these, the most visited beach is La Fustera, which is the one with more services besides zone for sports and games. Benissa also has a marina, Les Basettes, located almost on the border with Calpe, which offers services of bar, restaurant, sailing school and diving center.
Moraira, visitors from around the world have discovered the wonderful atmosphere that this town offers for holidaymakers or even for residents. 7km coastline offers sandy beaches and rocky bays with crystal clear waters awarded the blue flag by the European Community. All this makes Moraira the ideal place to live and enjoy the sun and the many water sports offered in the area. Moraira has an excellent reputation for its restaurants and some are listed in the renowned Michelin Guide. Moraira offers its residents an excellent quality of life and golf enthusiasts have no less than five golf courses within around.
Teulada is a municipality with an old wine-growing tradition. Teulada's historic quarter is surrounded by a green landscape filled with vineyards, a crop that reflects the agricultural tradition of this municipality, and is part of its identity. Surrounded by a wall in the old times, Teulada's city centre is dominated by the church of Santa Catalina, a very beautiful example of Flamboyant Gothic architecture, erected to honour the patron saint.
Javea, known as Xabia in Valencian, is a pretty holiday resort town which has something for everyone. It is situated in a wide bay between the rocky headlands of the Cap de San Antoni and Cap de La Nao, both of which have their very own lighthouses. The bright blue Mediterranean Sea boarders Javea to the east and provides an abundance of rock- and sandy beaches as well as steep cliffs with spectacular viewpoints. This town shows its more tourist-related side around the area of the harbour. In addition to a wide range of accommodation, restaurants and recreational activities, in the harbour visitors can enjoy all types of water activities, such as sailing and windsurfing or a boat trip.
The beach of El Arenal is one of the most emblematic on the coast of the Costa Blanca.
The historic quarter, located two kilometres away from the coastline, preserves a beautiful architecture, with emblematic monuments.
Altea is one of the most charming towns of the Costa Blanca North. It's old town is packed full of character and the impressive church with its blue and white tiled dome roof has to be one of the most photographed landmarks of the area. The old town has quaint, characterful and charming streets, many of which are stepped, that wind up to the church and plaza at the top of the hill, from where there are magnificent views of the mountains and the sea. The pedestrianised cobbled streets are packed with top class restaurants and a fascinating array of tiny shops offering exquisite local crafts, paintings and gifts.
In the lower part of town we find the commercial area, the fishermen quarter, and the port, an area marked by heavy fishing trade. We can also see the crowded promenade, and six kilometres worth of beaches with pebbles, small coves, and cliffs.
Jalon is the capital of the Jalon Valley, also known as the Vall de Pop (Pop Valley). With some areas on the Costa Blanca coast becoming somewhat built up and overcrowded the Jalon Valley attracts a more discerning visitor and resident who appreciates more of a country feel although the coast and it’s beautiful beaches are still only 20 to 30 minutes drive away.
The Jalon Valley has some of the best scenery in Spain. There are magnificent mountains which surround the plains of olive trees, orange groves, vineyards, raisins and almonds. Peppered in the Jalon Valley are unspoilt villages including Alcalali, Jalon, Lliber and Parcent.
The Jalon Valley is famous for its wines, the bodegas of Jalon produce a very fine Moscatel, as well as some excellent full bodied reds; there are several bodegas in the region that are worth a visit to sample the delicious wines.
The Jalon Valley is a walker’s paradise ranging from a very gentle stroll to a six hour walk around the Sierra Bernia mountains to the south of Jalon.
The Jalon Valley enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, it can get very hot during the summer and in the winter the area is protected against the cold north winds by the surrounding mountains.