From boat trips to the Isla de Tabarca, to treks through the palm grove at Elcha, there's plenty to see and do on your holiday to Costa Blanca. Go shopping at Villajoyosa Market, play a round at Alicante Golf Club, or simply relax on Playa del Levante beach with a cool cocktail in your hand. Whether you're happy to spend most of your time enjoying the sun, sea, and sand, or would prefer to explore cultural and natural attractions, this region has it all. Here are some top ideas on some of the best things to do in Costa Blanca.
1. Benidorm Old Town
If you're looking for something typically Spanish during your holiday to Benidorm and get away from the tourist traps, put the Old Town on your list of things to do in Costa Blanca. It's a complete contrast to the skyscrapers and busy bars of the new town, and is a great place to learn about Spanish history. Wander through the picturesque cobbled streets surrounded by pretty white-washed houses. Try to time your visit to take in one of the fiestas, dozens of which are held throughout the year. The party atmosphere is great, and it'll give you a taste of the real Spain. One of the main sights here is San Jaime church, an enchanting Neo-Classical landmark dating back to the 18th century.
2. Benidorm Island
Benidorm Island is a magnificent islet located around 3.5km from the coast of mainland Benidorm and famous for its wild peacocks. It has many nicknames, one of which is 'The Rock', as some believe it's the missing chunk from the top of the Puig Campana mountain behind Benidorm. You can catch a ferry from the port every hour, and enjoy fantastic views of Benidorm's dramatic modern skyline on the way. If you don't have much time in Benidorm, put this on your list of things to do in Costa Blanca.
3. Aqua Natura
The Aqua Natura waterpark has a great range of slides from family favourites to exciting ones for the thrill seekers. You'll have a splashtastic time as you race each other down the Multipista and ride the waves of Zorba's Beach wave pool. With endless attractions, adults and children alike are guaranteed hours of fun at the Aqua Natura. It's one of the most exciting things to do in Costa Blanca.
Another fun family-themed attraction, Mundomar is a popular tropical-themed animal park in Benidorm. Usually open from February to December, it is home to more than 80 different species of animal, and is an excellent alternative to the beach and the pool. See the beautiful tropical birds and have a bite to eat at one of the restaurants, and buy a souvenir to take home with you from the gift shop.
5. Terra Mitica
If you're a thrill seeker looking for ideas on what to do in Costa Blanca, head to Terra Mitica. This fun-filled theme park is one of Europe's most exciting family attractions and popular with families, as you might expect. Open from June to September, the park is divided into five zones which represent different ancient civilisations, which include Rome, Egypt, the Islands, Iberia and Greece. Hop on one of the thrill rides or relax on the family rides before a magnificent show. One of the most adrenaline-boosting rides is Iberia's Tizona looping roller coaster, which has gripping twists and turns that will satisfy even the most confident thrill seeker. Then there's Rome's Magnus Colossus, which is Europe's longest wooden rollercoaster, zooming up to 100kph during its 54m free fall.
6. Alicante's Old Town
If you're staying in the Alicante, don't leave this from your list of things to do in Costa Blanca. Explore this resort's impressive Old Town, which has existed since Medieval times. The most prominent sight here is Santa Barbara Castle, which is well over 1,000 years old and was built during the Islamic Conquest of Spain. It's one of Spain's biggest fortresses, and offers superb views of the city and the coast. Walk along the Old Town's pleasant narrow streets, explore its art museums, see the grand cathedral. Later, in the evening, head to one of the lively clubs or bars where you can have a dance or just relax with an ice-cold cerveza (beer) or a glass of local red or white wine.
7. The Montgó ' Natural Park
If you're looking for ideas on what to do in Costa Blanca in terms of natural sites, then visit the Montgó ' Natural Park to get in touch with Spain's wild side. Near Xó bia, this oasis is known for its wonderful herbs and hundreds of vegetables and wildlife species. Get a guide book from the Montgó ' Nature Reserve, then set off on the park's well-marked trails, which offer brilliant views of the coast.
8. Playa de Levante
Benidorm's main beach, Playa de Levante is a huge sandy bay overlooked by a vibrant promenade with endless bars and restaurants. Popular with British holidaymakers, it can get very busy here from around mid-July to the end of August, so arrive early if you need to park. As you can see, there are endless things to do in Costa Blanca, and you'll only wish you had more time to spend in this wonderful sun-kissed region.