Costa Blanca Holidays
Trips to the Costa Blanca in Eastern Spain are a favourite for families who are looking for bargain package holidays. Since the advent of package holidays, the sunny shores of the Costa Blanca have been popular due to the clement weather, wide choices of accommodation, stunning landscapes and friendly local people. Whether staying in all inclusive luxury in ‘real Spain’ or low cost apartment resorts on the golden coastline; there are many options to suit all visitors to the Costa Blanca. This year, many online tour operators are offering cheap holidays, with special offers and early booking deals ensuring that the resorts of Costa Blanca are accessible to everyone. Budget holidays to Spain are ever-popular for families with children as short flights and reduced transfer times help to keep kids engaged and happy during the trip. The area has many attractions and activities, and holidays can be tailored to meet the needs of each family member. Cheap deals are easily found online, and offers with accommodation that’s ‘allocated on arrival’ can provide particularly substantial discounts.
As can be expected, accommodation choices in the Costa Blanca can vary enormously. There are many luxury options; with some resorts boasting 5 star hotels and boutique guesthouses, as well as family-sized villas with private pools. Inland there are traditional Spanish cottages and farmhouses, and visitors are able to sample the food and culture of ‘real Spain’. Those travelling on a budget, in a group, or with children, may prefer to stay in the beachfront apartments of the coast, or one of the many camping or caravan sites. These resorts often offer children’s entertainment as well as a range of activities such as swimming and golfing. The Costa Blanca has been popular with groups of young people and stag / hen parties for a number of years; and these tend to congregate in the vibrant resorts of Benidorm and Torrevieja.
What to do in the Costa Blanca
For most families, a trip to Costa Blanca would not be complete without hours spent on the miles of golden sandy beaches. The region contains some of Spain’s most famous resorts, including Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja; which are always popular with visitors due to their clean coastline, numerous bars and restaurants and lively communities. Visits to the beaches provide opportunities for volleyball, Frisbee, football, paddling, boat hire, swimming and wind surfing; as well as being a great place for families to relax and enjoy a picnic. Away from the beach, the Costa Blanca also has a safari park, numerous guided boat trips, lively nightlife and several theme parks – ensuring that families of all ages remain entertained throughout their holiday. Action packed trips are popular amongst families and younger groups, and there are opportunities for adrenaline-boosting activities such as bungee jumping and paragliding in the stunning Costa Blanca countryside.
It’s also possible to take mini breaks to Ibiza by boat from the Costa Blanca, and this is very popular with young couples and families who have teenagers. Ferries run regularly from the Costa Blanca, with many from Alicante marina, and these usually only take only around 2 ½ hours to connect the Costa Blanca with the party island of Ibiza. Trips to the clubbing capital of Europe are a low cost option for people who would like a chance to sample the fun and excitement of Ibiza, without staying for a full week’s holiday.
Festivals and Culture
The Costa Blanca region has many local festivals, farmers and artisans markets and carnivals; including the world famous Pamplona bull running and La Tomatina events. These are perfect for visitors who would like to sample more unusual aspects of Spanish culture, and the colourful and irreverent La Tomatina festival is particularly fun for children and teenagers. Local people encourage tourists to become involved in events and to immerse themselves in the region’s traditional culture. The area is largely Catholic, and saint’s days continue to be celebrated with colourful processions and religious observations in the Costa Blanca’s beautiful churches.
The people of Costa Blanca are infamously laid back, and the atmosphere in the region’s resorts is relaxed and playful. Spanish family life revolves around good food and dining, as well being child-centred, and this is evidenced in the variety and quality of local restaurants and cafés. As a region with many tourists, the Costa Blanca is able to offer a wide choice of cuisines; from traditional Spanish dishes to Italian, British, Chinese and Indian meals. Those who would like to try authentic local food should try one of the Costa Blanca’stavernas or tapas bars – where smaller dishes of Spanish favourites are able to be mixed and matched to create the perfect meal. Art galleries and museums abound in the region, alongside live music in bars and local dance and flamenco displays.