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Costa Blanca holidays

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Costa Blanca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters; the highest winter temperatures are enjoyed along the coast. Inland, summers are much hotter, with temperatures often reaching the mid to high 30s (°C) in July and August.

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Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from the UK

This destination has three airports: Valencia in the north of the region, Alicante in the centre and Murcia in the south. Plenty of UK airports depart to these destinations all year round.

Weather and climate in Costa Blanca

Temperature: 15-29 (°C)

With daytime temperatures in July and August typically peaking in the high 20s to low 30s (°C), and with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day, beach weather is virtually guaranteed at this this time of year. If you're looking to soak up the sun or spend hours in the sea and don’t mind the heat, summer is a great time to visit for a relaxing holiday. The sea temperatures typically reaches the mid to high 20s (°C) by August and is usually still warm enough for a comfortable dip even until October or November.

If you're eager to make the most of the great outdoors and go hiking in the beautiful pine forests and palm groves, you'll find spring or autumn is much more pleasant, temperature wise. Even in winter, daytime temperatures still frequently hit the mid to high teens (°C) near the coast. However, autumn and winter do experience more rainfall, so it's a good idea to check the forecast in advance before you set off for a long hike during your stay.

Costa Blanca is best for...

Families: Terra Mitica is a great family day out, with adventures galore waiting for you at this family-friendly theme park.

Shoppers: Visit the famous Valor Chocolate Factory before heading to Villajoyosa Market to bag a bargain.

Sun-worshippers: Endless sandy beaches live up to Costa Blanca’s name, which means white coast in English.

Fast facts for Costa Blanca

Language: The language spoken in here is Spanish. However, you can expect basic English to be spoken in most hotels and other tourist businesses, especially in resorts that are popular with British holidaymakers. Nevertheless, the locals will always appreciate it if you try to learn their language, so pick up a Spanish phrasebook or download our handy language app for your holidays to Costa Blanca.

Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).

Local time: Costa Blanca is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Alicante Airport. The transfer time to Benidorm is around 1 hour. 

Flight time from UK:  The flight time to Costa Blanca is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: For additional tourist information visit https://www.spainmadesimple.com/costa-blanca/

Getting around Costa Blanca

Well connected: An efficient network of trains, buses and trams makes it easy to see the best places here.

By tram: Getting around is straightforward if you take the tram that connects Benidorm to Alicante.

By car hire: To explore some of the inland villages, it would be more practical to hire a car during your Costa Blanca holidays. You'll find various rental firms at the airports and resorts.

Events in Costa Blanca

Semana Santa: This region joins in with the rest of Spain for Easter parades and processions during Semana Santa.

Medieval battles: From March to October, look out for the Moros y Cristianos festivals that take place all over the area. These lively spectacles re-enact medieval battles between the Moors and Christians, as horses and camels are ridden to the sounds of gunpowder and fireworks.

La Tomatina: Don’t wear your best clothes if you’re in Buñol on the last Wednesday in August. That’s when La Tomatina, the country’s biggest tomato fight, takes place, and you’ll probably want to bring a pair of goggles to be on safe side! Expect to be thoroughly entertained, though, and this is a great way to enjoy some local culture during your holidays to Costa Blanca.

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