Spanish White Coast of Costa Blanca
Costa Blanca (meaning in English "White Coast") is a widely known tourist and resort area covering over 200 kilometers of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province, autonomous community of Valencia in Spain. The name "Costa Blanca" was first used by one of British air companies as a promotional name when they launched their flights between London and Valencia in 1957.
The average air temperatures during winter-time in the south of Costa Blanca are 10°C and 31°C during summer-time, the average water temperatures are 13°C and 30°C accordingly. Costa Blanca’s climate is recognized as one of the best in the world. Here, they’ve got over 300 sunny days a year, the average annual temperature is 19°C or 20°C. Moreover, in the coastal resort town of Torrevieja, Alicante province, there are 320 days of clear sky and sunny weather each year. The sea water temperatures are also higher in this area and the swimming season is much longer than in the other Spain's coasts. The World Health Organization recognizes the area of Costa Blanca as Europe’s region with a healthy climate. The presence of salt lakes and mud treatments, special climate conditions and clean environment, sunny weather and clear Mediterranean sea can help to restore health for people suffering from various diseases of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, curing from respiratory and skin diseases.
It has a well-developed tourism industry and is a popular destination for European tourists, especially from the UK and Germany. The area extends from the town of Dénia in the north, beyond which lies the Costa del Azahar to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, beyond which lies the Costa Cálida.
It includes the major tourist destinations of Benidorm (considered as the resort “capital” with its famous Playa de Levante and Playa de Poniente beaches), as well as Alicante (the provincial capital), Dénia and Javea. A new big amusement park Terra Mitica had been opened in 2000 in Benidorm, which is visited by more than 1 million tourists a season.
The area has become very popular among foreign home buyers as well, because the real estate market of Costa Blanca has a wide variety of residential and commercial properties for sale that meets the demands of any customer, while prices are often lower that in other popular Spanish regions.
Here are some web-sites that may also be of interest to you in getting more information about the region:
- Spain's official tourism portal - spain.info
- web-site of the Provincial Tourist Board of the Costa Blanca - tuplancostablanca.com
- Costa Blanca on the Wikipedia - wikipedia.org
- the tourist information portal of Torrevieja - torrevieja.com
- official web of Tourism of the Comunidad Valenciana - comunitatvalenciana.com.