Southern Costa Blanca

Southern Costa Blanca

Have you ever been to the Costa Blanca South? If so, you probably liked it so much that you keep coming back for your holidays here. If not, you should definitely discover this beautiful part of Spain, with its endless white sandy beaches and the best climate in Europe.

Costa Blanca literally means "White Coast" and it covers an area of over 240 kilometres on the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Alicante, in south-east Spain. The area between Alicante in the north and Pilar de la Horadada in the south represents the southern part of the Costa Blanca, in the province of Alicante, with 65 km of beautiful coastline.

The southern part of the Costa Blanca is an area of plains and hills irrigated by the River Segura that flows into the sea amidst dunes and low cliffs. After Alicante, the Costa Blanca changes into a flat landscape with low hills and vast sandy plains where a number of salt lakes can be found. This is why salt production and tourism form the economic basis of the area. The first salt lake is located near Santa Pola, in the Parque Natural Salinas de Santa Pola. Life in Santa Pola mainly takes place around the boulevard and the harbour, from where one can make a boat trip to the island Tabarca. This island is a sea reserve with a rich history.

The largest salt lake in the Costa Blanca is at Torrevieja and this place is mainly visited because the salt lakes in the area have a healing effect. If you are visiting this region for the first time, you will find that you feel very comfortable here and have a great time. In Torrevieja, we find all the amenities, such as a health centre with international doctors, among others, as well as a cosy sea promenade with sea pools, restaurants and an open-air theatre.

In this chapter we will continue to talk about Orihuela Costa, one of the most popular places among tourists and expats, with the resorts of Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Villamartin, La Fuente, Campoamor and Mil Palmeras. Orihuela Costa has 57 urbanisations, 4 golf courses and 2 marinas.

If you like to spend time on the beach, then you have choice a volonté: no fewer than 11 white sandy beaches offer fantastic scenery, accessible promenades and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The beaches of Orihuela Costa also have the coveted Blue Flag, a testament to their quality.

Are you a nature lover? Then you can enjoy the greenery and various leisure activities in the hilly Sierra Escalona Natural Park, located next to Dehesa de Campoamor. The Sierra Escalona is a European protected area for (predatory) birds and houses Spain's largest population of forest cats and the Buho Real, the world's largest owl.

By the way, did you know that the Las Colinas Golf & Country Club borders the Sierra Escalona? If you are more into active sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, water skiing or jet skiing, Campoamor Marina and Cabo Roig Marina are for you. Are you a golfer? There is a selection of the best golf courses on the Costa Blanca: Las Ramblas, the Royal Campoamor Golf, Villamartin Golf and, chosen as one of the best golf courses in Spain and Europe - Las Colinas Golf & Country club. 

And now let's talk about the all important shopping and entertainment: Orihuela Costa is home to the largest shopping centre in the Alicante region. Covering an area of 161,000 square metres, Zenia Boulevard is home to numerous shops, cafés and restaurants - all located in the open air, so you can do your shopping while being outside and enjoying the sun and fresh air. Zenia Boulevard is open daily until 22h., in summer and autumn also on Sundays.

Finally, we would like to mention that Orihuela Costa is perfectly situated for soaking up Spanish culture in the many authentic towns and cities that the region boasts. Within 30 minutes you can reach Cartagena, the incredibly beautiful city of Murcia, Elche (Unesco World Heritage), and the town of Orihuela itself is a medieval gem.

The town of Pilar de la Horadada is the last town in the Costa Blanca with 4 kilometres of beach and a characteristic watchtower on the coast. The fruit and vegetables grown here are exported to many European countries.

Can you see yourself in these fantastic places? Do you see yourself enjoying the many activities that Costa Blanca South, Orihuela Costa can offer you as a visitor?

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