Four must-see attractions on the Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca, the white coast, spreads over about 250 km along the Mediterranean Sea in the southeast of Spain. With its warm climate, it is an ideal place to find your dream home. Sunbathers can relax on the pearl white beaches, but visits to the most picturesque spots are a must. Below, four attractions on the Costa Blanca that you should not miss!
1. Castillo de Santa Barbara in the island paradise of Alicante
The old but stylish Alicante is deservedly a popular destination. In addition to its hundreds of palm trees, it has many other treasures. Highly recommended, the 16th-century castle of Santa Barbara, which extends over the 166-meter-high mountain, offering spectacular views and pictures of the city and the sea. In the ruins are old dungeons, cannons, a watchtower and a palace. In addition, there are temporary exhibitions and other attractions all year round.
The access to the castle is free and if it’s really too hot for that extra effort, you can take an elevator up for a few euros.
2. Natural park Serra Gelada, the calm outside Benidorm
Benidorm is part and parcel of the Costa Blanca, but for people who are not fond of mass tourism, an escape to the natural park Serra Gelada is recommended. These cliffs along the coast will be a breath of fresh air and a good dose of tranquility and beautiful nature. There are several hiking trails and those who want can use a jeep. The climb will take you two hours. A must for sportive daredevils.
3. The view over Calpe from the Penon d’Ifach
When entering “Calpe” on Google, you mostly get photos from the Penon d’Ifach. This is a massive limestone rock that rises from the Mediterranean sea and that has become a classic on holiday snaps websites. Granted, you’ll make the most extraordinary photos there, but the place offers so much more. You can find plants that you can see nowhere else and more than 300 species of animals live there. A highly recommended attraction on the Costa Blanca!
4. Huerto del Cura, the Botanical Garden of Elche
The botanical garden Huerto del Cura is located in the heart of the historical city of Elche. The park measures 12 square kilometers and counts more than 200,000 palm trees and cacti. The real “must see” in the park is the imperial palm tree. No less than seven different palm tree trunks have sprung from its roots: a rare but wonderful oddity of nature.