Spain - Costa Blanca

by Ben Poole



Think Costa Blanca and what will spring into most people's minds would be the purpose built ‘bucket and spade' resorts of Benidorm and Torrevieja.  However, I am here to educate you on the less discovered gems that the Costa has to offer.  Since my family emigrated to the Costa Blanca I have had the perfect excuse to visit them on a regular basis and explore what the region has to offer.


Denia and Javea are well established coastal towns that are separated by the Montgo Mountain (known by the locals as the Elephant). Both towns have become popular with ex-pat's who seek a Spanish lifestyle yet do not want to compromise their home comforts.  Denia has a fantastic marina boasting a wealth of luxury yachts and speedboats, this combined with the sophisticated choice of bars and restaurants make it a great place for people watching the rich and wannabe famous.  Denia has regular ferry services to the Balearic Islands so it would be an ideal twin centre destination.  Places definitely worth a visit whilst in Denia would be the castle, and the lovely quaint streets of brightly painted houses and tapas bars near the port.


Javea is smaller in comparison and, dare I say it, more Spanish.  The main tourist spot in Javea is the arenal, but venture out of this area and you will find the port and old town which is full of traditional Spanish charm.  The port of Javea has a great pedestrian street full of cafes and restaurants perfect for watching the world go by.  A great place to chill-out and be seen is the funky ‘La Siesta' bar which is located on the beach between the port and the arenal.  Venture inland and you will find pretty little mountain villages and traditional towns in particular Xalo which when pronounced by the locals sounds like shallow.  Xalo is a lovely traditional town set in the Jalon valley surrounded by mountains and vineyards - the locally produced wine is actually very pleasant and extremely cheap at approximately 3 euros for 2 litres! 


A must see for all visitors is the weekly market that takes place every Saturday called the Rastro. Unlike most Spanish markets that are full of the usual groceries and convenience goods this market sells antiques, rare objects and original craftwork. Be warned though, the last time we ventured to the Rastro we returned with a 4 week old puppy that needed a home!  I would also recommend Hallelujah bar where the owner Juan likes to show off his talent which consists of pouring a carafe of wine down his forehead and nose into his have to see it to believe it.


On my travels around the Costa I have compiled a shortlist of well located hotels and I also have access to a vast choice villas and apartments for those of you who prefer your independence, so please feel free to get in touch and I can help find the best suited option for you.