North Costa Blanca On A Budget
The Costa Blanca in Spain is a super popular holiday destination during the summer months, drawing in people from all over the world. The gorgeous coastline boasts long sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and beautiful blue seas. Further inland the mountains rise up in this spectacular landscape dotted with olive trees, orange groves and vineyards. The north Costa Blanca runs roughly from Denia to Benidorm, which is the most well-known city in the area. Benidorm offers a pristine beach, but there is so much more to see and explore along the White Coast. Explore the North Costa Blanca on a budget with these 6 activities.
1) Explore the Old Town of Denia
Denia is a delightful Mediterranean coastal city with a large marina and historical old town. Take a walk through the pretty tree-lined streets and head towards the entrance to the castle. Here, a gentle climb up the hill will be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the city, the sea, and the mountains inland. Stroll around the castle walls and stop by the Archaeological Museum.
Castle and museum entrance: Adults €3 Children €1
2) SUP board in Moraira/El Portet
The latest craze in the watersport world, Stand Up Paddleboards are readily available up and down the Costa Blanca. It’s a great workout for the whole body and a fantastic and cheap way to explore the remarkable coastline from the sea. Moraira is the perfect destination to give it a try as the headlands offer some protection from the waves. If you are after a lesson, head to Mar Oceano Watersports in Moraira’s marina. If you just want to hire a board and paddle, a great spot is El Portet. Just 1km from Moraira, this beach benefits from being less crowded than the main beach in the summer.
SUP board rental: around €15/hour
3) People watch in Javea
Javea’s Arenal is a lovely sandy beach with plenty of facilities. Choose your spot, either lay out on the sand or sit in one of the reasonably priced bars along the seafront. From here you can relax and watch the world go by. Every evening during the summer month’s sellers come to set up stalls along the promenade. This is great for picking up some cheap holiday gifts and souvenirs.
Beer (0.5L): around €3
4) Beach hop from Moraira to Calpe
On one of the many sunny, cloudless days that the Costa Blanca is so famous for, jump in your car and take a drive on the coastal road between Moraira and Calpe. This twisty road hugs and wraps itself around the cliffs, rushing past shady pine groves and enormous sea facing villas. From this main road, there are many offshoots heading towards the sea. Down these narrow streets are small secluded beaches and rustic beach bars waiting to be found.
If you start in Moraira, drive through town and head south on the Ctra. Moraira a Calpe which turns into the CV-746. If you start in Calpe head north on the CV-746.
5) Swim at the Fonts de l’Algar
These naturally occurring waterfalls are found near Callosa d’en Sarria up in the mountains behind Benidorm. This beauty spot can be busy in the summer but is well worth a visit. The cascading waterfalls make way to naturally formed pools with crystal clear waters, making it a perfect spot for a swim. It is possible to explore upstream, just keep following the river and bring a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet! There is also a picnic area and an arboretum showcasing local flora.
Entrance to waterfalls: Adults €5 Children €2
6) Hike the Penon de Ifach nature reserve
The Penon de Ifach is a gigantic limestone outcrop emerging 332m from the sea and towering over the city of Calpe. It is Spain’s smallest nature reserve and a nesting site for many species of bird. It is possible to hike around the base of the rock, past wildflowers and windswept pine trees, for impressive views of Calpe and the marina. For the more adventurous, the path leads to a tunnel that passes up through the rock. Beware as it is steep and can be slippery. After the tunnel is a steep climb to the summit. Although it can be a difficult hike to the summit, it can deliver what is quite possibly the best view on the Costa Blanca.
Wherever you end up staying in the area, there are many places to explore and things to do to experience the Costa Blanca on a budget.