Unless the endless rain clouds suddenly subside, the whole staycation thing isn’t really working out so well, is it? The Pound/Euro exchange isn’t what it used to be but a beach holiday abroad won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Fly from London to Spain’s Costa Blanca for £58 with Ryanair.
With 200km of coastline along the Mediterranean, it’ no wonder that the Costa Blanca is one of the most popular spot for spending the summer holidays among British travellers. With Alicante as the perfect stepping-off point, the coast is yours to discover this summer when you snag cheap flight deals from the likes of Europe’s best low cost airlines. Fly from London to Alicante this September for £58 (tax included) with Ryanair.[search departure=”London” arrival=”Alicante” depday=”01″ depmonthyear=”09/2010″ retday=”08″ retmonthyear=”09/2010″]
The coast extends from Dénia to Pilar de la Horadada with strands of white-sand beaches in between. With a dramatic history of Moors, Burburs and Christians you can be sure that the Murcian and Valencian regions of Spain offer more than just summer parties, suntans and beaches. It isn’t all about package holiday deals here which is a relief to many travellers once the summer rush ends in August.
Just twenty-odd years ago the coast was dotted by small fishing villages, few of which remain but their easy-going pace still does. If you’re looking for a different kind of Costa Blanca holiday, try these histoci and cultural monuments and experiences instead.
Castle of Santa Barbara
If you can handle the hike up Mount Benacantil, the view from the 9th century castle at the top is stunning. It was built during the time when Muslims had control over the area and the hill of course is the perfect place to keep an eye out for invaders.
Basilica of Santa Maria
This basilica is the oldest church in Alicante that is still functioning. Built some time between the 14th and 16th centuries, it is worth peeking inside. If not, at least take a minute to admire the impressively detailed Baroque façade.
Fonts de Algar
For a different way to cool off, take a trip to the waterfalls in Algar. The falls are only 10km from Altea, 15km from Benidorm in Callosa de’n Sarria. The area surrounding the waterfalls is also beautiful, with pathways, forests and more secluded pools further down river.
While most travellers will stick to the beach, there are many historic treasures inland. Take Petrer for example. This small city lives on producing pottery, ceramics and hand-made shoes. It’s artisans sell their wares along the walls of the Arab castle and in front of the cathedral. The most popular time to visit is during the “Moros y Cristianos” festival in April.
Want more holiday inspiration? Check out these 7 things you must do in Alicante.