places of interest

Costa Blanca, the 'white coast' is mainland Spain's most popular year-round holiday area, occupying a prime stretch of Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. Running along the province of Alicante, it can be divided into two clearly distinct areas of scenery: to the North, a curtain of mountains running closely parallel to the sea, dropping away to form sheer cliffs and secluded pebble coves: to the South, a vast plain of sands, dunes, palm groves and saltpans make up a backdrop for the beaches. The 'white coast' has many different attractions, from the busy tourist packed Benidorm, to the elegant provincial capital Alicante and includes some fabulous well-developed resorts stretching the length of the coast.
The Costa Blanca enjoys a perfect Mediterranean climate boasting warmer winters than the Costa Brava, low rainfall and fantastic summers with on average 300 days of sunshine each year with temperatures touching 40 degrees in July and August. With miles of excellent clean and safe beaches, the Costa Blanca offers diverse scenery with incredible costal vistas, from pine covered coastal hills to magnificent cliffs. Marvel at Moorish villages, wander through groves of olives, discover hidden coves and stretches of beach, try out some of the myriad types of water sport or relax at one of the masses of cafe’s and restaurants. The countryside that surround the area around Hondon de los Frailes offers mountain top Moorish villages, vineyards and citrus groves and the cities are full of colour and vigour offering a contrast to this laid back style of life.
The Costa Blanca really does have something to offer everyone, which is why it is fast becoming the favourite destination for European Holidaymakers.

Alicante

The castle of Santa Barbara, with its magnificent views, overlooks this historical city. There are many museums, beaches and a beautiful waterfront promenade - Explanada de Espana. This provincial capital is worth a visit for sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and also benefits from a dynamic nightlife. Approximately 45 minutes from Villa Tocino.

Aspe

The town itself has a lot of beautiful architecture to see and the old town has been beautifully pedestrianized. The main fiesta, Moors and Christians, is held every year throughout this region around the second week in August. The streets become alive with festivities and mock battles celebrating the expulsion of the Moors and there are also other festivals held throughout the year. Aspe has a rich and varied gastronomy that is typical of many of the inland towns in this area. There are many rice dishes and rabbit is a specialty, which is served all year through. Approximately 15 minutes from Villa Tocino.

Santa Pola

Famous as a fishing port since Roman times it has beautiful sandy beaches. For children there is an amusement park (Pola Park) and for kids and adults alike, take a drive across the salt flats with the huge white mountains of salt and look out for the large population of flamingos that inhabit this area. Approximately 20 minutes from Villa Tocino.

Benidorm

Located about 45km northeast of Alicante and despite its skyscraper skyline, it stands for beach and nightlife. Surrounded by up to 1558m high mountains, Benidorm is perfectly protected against the sometimes cold north winds and stays very mild even through winter times. In summer, Benidorm is one big party with more than 1000 restaurants and over 30 discos. The two beaches, the Playa de Poniente and the Playa de Levante are about 5km long in total. Terra Mítica in Benidorm, is a large theme park in Spain. Incredible attractions and shows turn this park into a fascinating place where time does not exist. You can live the mysteries of the most ancient and legendary civilisations in the Mediterranean by visiting the five areas, which make up the park: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands.

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