The province of Alicante is full of beaches and coves with crystal clear waters and blue flags, but there is much more to see on the Costa Blanca. We often think of the Caribbean when a few miles away we have the most charming villages. Oh, and the name Costa Blanca is not by chance, it’s because of the unique light that this area of the coastline gives off.
It is difficult to choose the most beautiful villages to see on the Costa Blanca. The coast of Alicante has 244 km of coves, beaches and cliffs and runs from the northern region of the Marina Alta to the south in the Vega Baja.
But we can say that the Costa Blanca is one of the most beautiful areas of the Valencian Community. Discover it from our campsite in Benidorm.
Moving on, here is the list of the best coastal towns in Alicante. We rectify, the most charming coastal towns for us, from north to south:
Denia is a port city of Iberian origin, of great importance in Roman times and now home to the people of Denia. It is the capital of the Marina Alta region. In the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, you will be able to taste the famous Dénia red prawn. It was formerly called Daniya and is written Denia (without accent) in Spanish.
Among the main things to see in Dénia in 1 day, we can tell you that the beaches, the castle, the Baix la Mar quarter, the port and the Montgó massif, another of the natural parks of the Valencian Community, stand out. You can also visit the toy museum and the archaeological museum of Denia.
JÁVEA OR XÀBIA
Javea is a jewel among the most beautiful towns to see on the Costa Blanca. It is a village with a beach, but it also has a historic old town where we recommend you to visit the Church of San Bartolomé, the Municipal Market, the Ethnological Museum or the Town Hall. It is also one of the villages near Denia, like Teulada or Moraira.
In our post about the best beaches in Alicante we included the Granadella cove in Javea. Don’t miss the chance to bathe in a cave in the sea, in La Cova Tallada in Jávea. The old town of Jávea is full of cobbled streets, grilles and old buildings, many of them built with the rock extracted from the Cova Tallada.
As a bonus, while you’re at it, drive through Teulada and Moraira to discover other charming villages. There you will find another old town for culture lovers, the Gothic Walled Teulada. And in the other village it is worth visiting the castle of Moraira and the watchtower Cao D’Or.
Benisa or Benissa in Valencian, is one of the most charming coastal towns in Alicante. This town in the Marina Alta is less known for tourism, but very well known for its beaches and coves among the people of Alicante. As for monuments, we recommend you to see the Torres-Orduña palace, the Llotja or the convent of the Franciscan Fathers.
Calpe or Calp in Valencian is a beach town on the Costa Blanca in Alicante, but is home to the Peñon de Ifach. A large rock, like the Rock of Gibraltar, which is a natural park and can be seen from many towns on the Costa Blanca. You can go hiking around the Peñón de Ifach, but find out more on the official website of the natural parks of the Valencian Community. Discover at the top one of the essential places of Alicante’s nature. Not just anyone can get there!
By the way, Calpe is also part of the Marina Alta region. Here you should have a good seafood platter and discover the beauty of its old town.
If we talk about Altea, we say that it is“the coastal town of Alicante” par excellence. Altea is the most beautiful village on the Costa Blanca according to several online surveys. It must be because of that Mediterranean essence with cobbled streets and blue-domed churches. We also have a post to tell you about the 10 things to see in Altea to really get to know it. Altea is another town in the region of the Marina Baixa, and as a curiosity has Moors and Christians festivals, like Alcoy or Villajoyosa, among other towns in the interior of the province.
L’ALFAS DEL PI – ALBIR
Albir is the beach of Alfas del Pi, but it is not a sandy beach, but a pebble beach. L’Albir is in direct contact with Altea and its beaches are often confused with the beaches of Altea.
The little Manhattan of the Mediterranean. The first time you see the skyscrapers of Benidorm is unforgettable. Small fishing village that in 50 years has become the tourism capital of Spain. Benidorm’ s beaches and the clichés are known worldwide, but the visitor is always surprised to discover the reality… Open your mind, discover natural parks, nature in a city and other 35 ideas to do in Benidorm. Ah, yes, if you want to visit the city well, you must visit one of the 4 viewpoints of Benidorm.
By the way, Benidorm is the first Intelligent Tourist Destination, not only in the Valencian Community, but in the world. For a reason it will be one of the best holiday destinations in Spain.
The island of journalists is a marine reserve that you can visit with an underwater vision boat. The island is part of the natural park of the Sierra Helada, one of the most curious natural parks, as it encompasses from the mountains to the island. You can swim in its crystal clear waters. It is worth climbing to the highest point, as on a sunny day you can see as far as San Juan, as well as the skyline of Benidorm.
Continuing, we are going to pass to the coastal town of the coloured houses overlooking the sea: La Vila Joiosa. There are many fishing villages, but Villajoyosa is the most traditional of all the towns in Alicante. La Vila is the birthplace of Valor chocolates, has 15km of coastline, fine sandy beaches, coves, nudist beaches, beach bars and more than 3000 years of history. We have done some research and made our article on what to see in Villajoyosa or La Vila. It stands out for being one of the cities in Spain with the best preserved Roman remains, with a museum awarded at European level for its accessibility.
In La Vila you won’t have many attractions, but restaurants with fresh fish straight from the port and beach bars as many as you like. And while you’re in La Vila Joiosa, take a trip to other destinations such as El Campello or San Juan, 15 minutes away by car. These are other well-known coastal towns, with the same climate and the typical crystal clear waters. And if you escape to Alicante capital, the Castle of Santa Barbara is one of the must-see places.
Santa Pola is one of the best known coastal towns in Alicante. Home of the people of Santa Pola and Tabarca. The latter is a must, but we should also go to the old town and visit the Castillo Fortaleza and take a tour of the Salinas de Santa Pola on the outskirts . The Internet is full of photos of travelers who have enjoyed this privileged destination of nature. It is very interesting to go with the family.
One of the most beautiful and picturesque villages to visit is Tabarca. Very touristic island that can be visited from many of the towns of Alicante with coast: Benidorm, Dénia, Torrevieja, Santa Pola… But it is from the latter village that the boat trip is shortest.
GUARDAMAR DEL SEGURA
Guardamar del Segura and its fine sandy beaches and dunes are well worth a visit. A spectacle of nature, protected and unique. Take the family and think of a day out in the dunes, far from home and in the sun. A different kind of vacation day to take those pictures for your profile, without having to travel to the Caribbean.
The municipality, however, is one of those villages with charm even though it is not one of the most beautiful on the Costa Blanca.
As its name indicates, Guardamar is at the mouth of the Segura river. It is known for its dunes and beaches.
Moving on, another of the places to see on the Costa Blanca is Torrevieja. We leave you the list of places to see here:
- Torre del Moro
- Tower of La Mata
- Park of the Nations
- Coves to see in Torrevieja
- Cabo Cervera Cove
- Ferris Cove
- La Higuera Cove
- Piteras Cove
- Beaches to see in Torrevieja
- La Mata Beach
- Los Locos Beach
- Castaway Beach
- Natural Park of the Lagunas de la Mata and Torrevieja. The Pink Lagoon of Torrevieja.
2 TOWNS WITH SPECIAL CHARM IN THE PROVINCE
It is one of the most visited villages in the Valencian Community. Its countless museums complement its main tourist attraction, the Castell de Guadalest or Castle of San José. An old town as you have never seen before, one of the most beautiful towns in the interior of Alicante.
Callosa D’Ensarrià – Fonts de l’Algar
Another of the most popular places to visit on the Costa Blanca. Spend a great day in Callosa d’Ensarrià, very close to Benidorm. We leave you an article about the 8 best natural pools in Alicante, including the Fuentes del Algar.
MAP OF VILLAGES OF COSTA BLANCA
FREE PDF GUIDES OF THE COSTA BLANCA
Official guides produced by the Costa Blanca Tourist Board. Download free information about all the towns near Benidorm.
- Costa Blanca Guide
- Benidorm Guide
- Altea Cycling Guide
- Polop Guide – Ponotx Routes
- Villajoyosa Guide
- La Nucia Guide
- Guide to Callosa d’En Sarrià
- Villena Guide
- Xàbia/Jávea Guide
- Alicante Guide
- Denia Guide
- Costa Blanca Golf Guide
- Costa Blanca Sports Guide
- Alicante Costa Blanca Wine Route Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Average Temperatures Costa Blanca (Alicante) – 2014 and 2019
Which is the most beautiful village on the Costa Blanca?
Altea appears at number 81 in the ranking of the most beautiful villages in Spain of the vote of 20minutos.es. It is the most beautiful village in Alicante, as it appears ahead of others such as Denia, Guadalest, Tabarca, Villajoyosa or Finestrat.
What is the best time to visit the Costa Blanca?
The Costa Blanca can be visited at any time of the year, but is especially recommended in the summer months:
- San Juan, the night of the 23rd to the 24th of June every year. You will enjoy all the crowded beaches, bonfires on some and people jumping the waves for luck all year round.
- Fogueres – Bonfires in Alicante. Festivities also around the 24th of June.
- Moors and Christians Festivities.
- Alcoy: from the 21st to the 24th of April approximately.
- Villena: from 4th to 9th September.
- Elda: last weekend of May or first weekend of June.
- Villajoyosa: last week of July.
- Elche: from 7th to 11th August.
- Orihuela: around the 17th of July, about 8 days long.
- Recreation of the Normandy Landing on the Poniente Beach in Benidorm: end of September.
How can I get to the Costa Blanca?
You can get to the coastal area of Alicante in several ways:
- Alicante Airport – El Altet
- AVE to Alicante
- Ap-7 / A-7 motorway
- National N-332
Why is it called Costa Blanca?
The coast of Alicante is so called because of its fine white sandy beaches and its light. It is also said that in 1957 British Airways used a slogan on its connection between London and Valencia.
Which is the most visited village on the Costa Blanca?
The most visited village is Guadalest.
What is the majority foreign population in the province of Alicante?
The British are the majority foreign population and are known as ex-pats.
What islands are there in the coast of Alicante?
The islands off the coast of Alicante are Tabarca, Benidorm, Portichol (Jávea) and Descubridor Island (Jávea).
What regions make up the province of Alicante?
- Marina Alta
- Marina Baixa
- El Comtat
- Upper Vinalopó
- Middle Vinalopó
- Lower Vinalopó
- Vega Baja
List of Natural Parks on the Costa Blanca
Natural Parks of the Costa Blanca from north to south:
- Pego Oliva Marshes
- the Montgó
- Sierra de Mariola
- the Font Roja
- Peñón de Ifach Natural Park
- Sierra Helada
- the Salt Lakes of Santa Pola
- The Fund
- the lagoons of La Mata and Torrevieja
And with this you can start to get to know our coastal towns in Alicante. The inland of Alicante will offer you other things, like in Polop de la Marina, in Orihuela… Remember that you don’t have to go far to go to amazing places and you have more information on Costablanca.org. And if you liked this post…