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Escape to the sunny shores of south eastern Spain by booking holidays to Costa Blanca. The region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, with stunning scenery, brilliant nightlife, and an endless array of cultural and natural attractions for you to explore.

This region's award-winning, gentle sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, while for thrill-seekers the giant Terra Mitica theme park is nearby. There’s also a fun-filled water park, Aqualandia, with tubes, slides and rapids which make a great day out for the whole family during your Costa Blanca holidays. Head inland from the sun-drenched resorts for historic towns and villages set in lush mountains. Many of these settlements date back to medieval or ancient times, and give a completely different experience to the usual touristy resorts along the coast.

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If you're interested in learning more about Spanish history, visit Santa Barbara Castle, a wonderful 10th century fortress near Alicante city centre. Standing on the dramatic rocky summit of Benacantil Mountain, it includes a ruined church, dungeons, cannons, and more fascinating artefacts. You can visit it for free and enjoy stunning views of the coast from the castle walls.

Another sight that's definitely worth putting on your Costa Blanca holidays itinerary is Tabarca, a glorious island just off the coast near the resort of Santa Pola. Originally fortified to protect its residents from pirates back in the 18th century, Tabarca is surrounded by dazzling emerald waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. See the island's historic walls, and enjoy some delicious seafood at one of its sea-view restaurants before you take the ferry back to the mainland.

If you're spending your Costa Blanca holidays in the Benidorm area, spend some time at the Terra Mítica theme park, which is divided into five ancient-themed areas such as Rome and Egypt. From thrill rides to big shows, it's guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours, and is a great alternative to the beach.

Where to stay

Beach-lovers head to Benidorm with its long golden beaches, picturesque old town and vibrant nightlife. Alicante combines great beaches with superb restaurants and a rich cultural history. Its attractive seafront and marina bustle with bars and cafés. As the coast curves around the cape, you reach Dénia and its pretty beaches lying at the foot of Montgó Mountain Nature Park. High cliffs look down over the quiet coves and sparkling blue waters of Jávea. Further north is the lively resort of Gandía and its historic old town, long sandy beach and impressive 14th-century castle.

More about Costa Blanca

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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.

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