Costa Blanca Road Trip: What You Need To Know

Costa Blanca, translated to “the white coast”, is nicknamed after its 200 km long coast line with countless, never-ending white sandy beaches, and is one of the most heavily visited areas in the whole of Europe.

While it’s not something for “off-the-beaten-path” kind of people, it’s definitely popular for a reason.

If you’re into sunbathing and love a good Paella, this is a good place to start.

Costa Blanca has as many as 320 sunny days per year, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a few sunny days at the white beaches.

My grandparents are among the many Europeans who came to Costa Blanca once and completely fell in love with it, bought an apartment and have been going there several times a year ever since.

So of course I’ve taken advantage of a free stay and gone there quite a few times, exploring the area by car.

The best way to explore Costa Blanca, is to either base yourself in one of the Costa Blanca hotels somewhere along the coast, and make day trips to different cities, or to simply make a road trip down the coast and stay over for a few days in each town.

There is one thing you need to know if you’ve decided to road trip down Costa Blanca: they’re really bad drivers there! They drive really fast, and don’t hesitate to blow the horn for no reason.

Here are three interesting places to visit when you’re in Valencia:

Sun, Sand and Sex On The Beach = Benidorm

This is a love it or hate it kind of place.

Those looking for crazy partying, flirting at the beach or spending your days trying different water sports, choose Benidorm as their destination and enjoy a week at one of the Benidorm hotels with a good pool and bar sipping sex on the beach cocktails from morning to – well – the next morning…

You can see the city a mile away when you are driving in – the high rise buildings stick up out of nowhere, all tucked closely together.

This is not a place for everyone, but it’s definitely an experience to have seen it, so I’d recommend at least a quick stop over if you’re driving by, just to see the craze.

All In One Pot = Alicante

You have the beaches, the shopping and some interesting history with for example Castle Santa Barbara, one of the largest medieval castles in Spain.

It’s a good place if you don’t want to completely get away from the big city feeling, soak up some culture and still enjoy the beaches.

Get Down And Dirty – Mud Baths = Lo Pagan

Not only do you get the chance to awake that inner-child within you by covering your whole body in mud, it’s actually very beneficial!

The mud is said to be very good for skin complaints like acne, ulcers, inflammation abscesses and even arthritis and rheumatism.

At least it won’t hurt to take a plunge into the slime, and best of all – it’s free!

Perhaps the ultimate thing about road tripping or taking day trips around this region is that you will find some awesome beaches just by driving along the way and stop wherever you like, at whatever beach you choose  after all, there are hundreds of them!

Have you ever been to Costa Blanca? Which places would you recommend?

(photo credits: 1 – 2 – 3)

3 Responses to Costa Blanca Road Trip: What You Need To Know

  1. Andi Perullo July 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    It looks incredible!

  2. Lori - The Unframed World July 30, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    I’d like to try a mud bath sometime. A free one is especially appealing.  

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