Our famous Benidorm! Often referred to as the land mark of the Costa Blanca with its mighty skyline and golden sandy beaches and which has been a popular resort for many people over the years and continues to be a popular holiday destination at any time of the year and for all ages.
The Levante area of Benidorm is well known for its fun nightlife with many bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafés to choose from. Many bars and clubs have professional entertainers throughout the day and evenings, you can always find something to see and do. Choose to take in a dinner and a show at the famous Benidorm Palace, its well known for its spectacular dancers performing a mixture of modern and traditional Spanish dances with flamboyant costumes accompanied with a waiter serviced meal and drinks service.
Take time to visit Old Town Benidorm where you will find Poniente Beach and Benidorm Harbour. From the harbour there are boat trips available to visit ‘Peacock Island’, the famous landmark rock, you can even take a submarine trip or glass bottom boat plus enjoy a boat for the day to Calpe. The old town is a maze of cobbled streets full of shops, restaurants and the well known tapas alley – which is highly recommended to all visitors to explore and enjoy. Take a stroll through the winding streets of the Old Town up to the white stone balcony at the historical centre of Benidorm, from here you are treated to extensive panoramic views in every direction. Normally in the evening you find musicians, artists and craft stalls also.
This popular Resort is set in a peaceful location, with the nightlife and busy atmosphere of Benidorm just a few minutes drive away. In Sierra Cortina you will find a mixture of holiday accommodation and residential homes, beautifully planted gardens and water features. The resort was built with luxury in mind, from modern Villas with private pools to landscaped and gated urbanisations with a mixture of townhouses and apartments all unique and different but offering their residents, secure parking, communal swimming pools and well maintained grounds to enjoy.
Benidorm is within a 10 minute drive of this resort and the theme parks of Terra Mitica, Terra Natura and Aqua Natura are within walking distance. You will also find the golf course Villa Aitana and there is also an 18 hole pitch and putt course on site. The Sierra Cortina Spa centre is a members only club but is open daily offering many health treatments, an indoor pool, tennis and paddle courts and restaurant with a lovely chill out terrace with fantastic views over the skyline of Benidorm. You can join the centre during your stay by taking your passport to the reception area, paying a small fee and obtaining a membership card.
Visit the Sierra Cortina Restaurant at the entrance to the resort for a special treat or event, with spectacular views to the sea, this trendy and modern restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere and variety of quality foods on their menu. Sierra Cortina provides a great base if you enjoy exploring or if you are looking for mountaineering, walking or cycling holiday. It is also great for anyone not wanting to be in the hustle and bustle of Benidorm but not too far away to enjoy when the mood takes you. There is a bus service taking you to the nearby shopping mall of La Marina where you will also find plenty of choice for supermarkets. The bus also has a service to the theme parks and Benidorm town and beach. Don’t forget market day in Benidorm on Wednesday and Sunday and the new town has an indoor market open 6 days a week.
This is a pretty town, popular with both holidaymakers and those fortunate enough to be able to live in the area. The town is just north of Benidorm yet, the two resorts are very different. Altea has a new and an old neighbourhood. The old town is probably most famous for its church and traditional white walled houses with medieval cobbled streets and where you will find spectacular views, fine restaurants and the famous blue roofed Church rich in history just waiting to be explored. Altea old town is also fantastic to while away a few hours in its art and craft shops where you will be sure to pick up a bargain. The name Altea derives from the Moors who conquered the area Althaya, meaning health to all. The beach area is very pretty with a long promenade lined with bars and restaurants and an amazing view. The beach here is pebble and sand and always popular. Walk through the shopping district with independent boutiques and shoe shops as well as jewelry and gifts. This town is a haven for those looking for history, visit the harbor each morning and watch the fishing boats returning with all the fresh fish of the day and sold to the sea front restaurants.
Market day in Altea is on a Tuesday where you will find fresh local fruit and vegetables as well as clothes, leather goods and souveniers. Take one of the many buses and visit the other nearby towns and attractions or take the train from Altea station where a beautiful coastal route will take you to the towns of Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Altea, Calpe and Denia. This town is a haven for those looking for history and if you enjoy painting or drawing this is one place to add to your itinerary and capture the delights on canvas.
Altea Hills is a 24h secured urbanisation located 3km from the town of Altea, with a wealth of newly built large villas and luxury apartments to choose from. These properties have wonderful views from their terraces or gardens and there is a hotel with restaurant and leisure facilities. Another great base away from the hustle and bustle of the towns. It is worth noting that there is no bus service from the Altea Hills resort.
This charming traditional village literally translating as Old Altea is located slightly further North of the more modern town of Altea but with a bus service giving easy access to the beautiful town centre and long stretch of sandy beach. Full of character, the village is split into two sections, the older section is full of character with tiny winding streets and a lovely church that’s well worth a visit, whilst the newer part offers more amenities such as bars and shops. Altea la Vella is ideally located within a ten to fifteen minute drive of the bright lights of Benidorm and many other attractive coastal resorts along the coastline. It is also within easy reach of numerous tourist attractions including Guadalest, Fonts de Algar and Club Don Cayo golf course.
At the heart of the Costa Blanca lies the ancient fishing village of Calpe which is fast becoming a tourist magnet as the town sits in an ideal location and easily accessed by the motorway that runs from Valencia to Alicante it is approximately one hour drive from the airport at Alicante. Calpe has a wonderful mixture of old Valencian culture and modern tourist facilities. It is a great base from which to explore the local area or enjoy the many local beaches. Calpe alone has three of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the coast and is dominated and overlooked by the towering rock known as the Peñon de Ifach which reaches an impressive 332m. For those brave enough to try and climb the rock this can be done, but is not advised for those with a fear of heights and the climb is quite dangerous with narrow paths and steep ledges to navigate. From the top however you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and on a clear day you can see Ibiza!
Calpe has great shopping and eating and a very big market on Saturday mornings. There is a train station although not in the heart of the town but you can take the coastal route as far South as Alicante or a little further North to Denia.
Fishing is still a big industry in this town with fishing boats going out daily. You can attend the local fish auction and see the local restaurants bidding for the daily catches. Many restaurants on the promenade display their freshly purchased fish for you to choose and they will then prepare and cook a delicious meal for you to enjoy.
The neighbouring town to Altea, Albir is the place to live or visit for quieter days on the beach and a broad selection of international restaurants and bars.
The first thing you will notice about Albir is no high-rise buildings or hotel blocks. Albir has grown from a small community in the last few years into a great place to holiday and live. The beach is a pebble beach with clear blue waters and has been awarded the blue flag of the European Community for the quality of its water. The main promenade is called, "Paseo de las Estrellas" (Stars Promenade) the town hosts every July an annual national film festival and the town decided to copy the Hollywood idea of laying paving stones along the promenade and dedicating them to national Spanish film stars. A large projector screen is put out to see and you can then watch films in many languages from the beach. During the summer months, you will find a small market of local art and craft stalls, where you can purchase original jewelry, leather goods and souvenirs. The promenade attracts many people from those taking an evening walk to children skating or playing on the beach front play grounds.
If you enjoy walking, why not take the winding path up to the Albir Lighthouse approx 3km from the beach, you will have fantastic views of the beach and coastline to Altea and even further to Calpe.
Regular buses from Albir join the towns of Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea in a circular route so getting about is really easy.
Alfaz, a mainly residential area is not only a market town full of hustle and bustle, it also has a history that is sometimes forgotten. Alfas del Pi began as a settlement originally called L'Alfas de Polop. The settlement was set back from the beach (known as Albir) and fortified in order to defend itself from the pirates along this stretch of the Spanish coast. The name Alfaz means "sown land" and was given to the town by the Moors who grew fruits, olives, vines and almonds providing the main source of labour and income in the area and of course, you can find these products at the weekly markets, fresh and full of flavor. Visit the local Mendoza winery and vineyards for a great day out and plenty of tasting of the local wines or enjoy a relaxing day at an outdoor café bar, particularly pretty around the church square. Friday is a busy day with the local market and you can take a bus or train to the other nearby towns.
Our offices are located in Alfaz del Pi, be sure to call in and see us, we will be happy to give you further local information, maps and discount tickets to the attractions, shows and theme parks.
Situate only 5 minutes drive inland from Alfaz del Pi, you will find many holiday villas and a vast residential area offering good schools and well renowned for its impressive sports centre and facilities, you can enjoy a full gym, swimming pool indoor and outdoor, tennis and football lessons for all ages. On Sundays, the town is famous all around this region for organising a huge second-hand market in Porvilla Avenue, one of its main streets. La Nucia is in a picturesque valley filled with orchards and pinewoods, sheltered and surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra of Aitana.
The great advantage of La Nucia is its close proximity to other local towns as it boards with Altea, Callosa d'En Sarrià, Benidorm, Polop and L'Alfàs del Pi and these are all within a few minutes drive or use the local transport.
If you are looking for a picnic spot there is a beautiful park called ‘La Favara’. Just a short walk from the village, you will find a play park, landscaped gardens, and also a waterfall where the locals collect drinkable spring water from and there is a bar set in a cave if you fancy a glass of wine and tapas!
The village of Polop is located inland and nestled in an area known as the Marina Alta. The local economy is based mainly on agriculture, so you will see much of the countryside is covered in polythene netting to act as giant greenhouses, fresh fruits will be sold along the roadside when they are in season.
The village is a delight to explore and perfect for a morning or afternoon amble. The hill, where the old castle used to be is encircled by a medieval wall, and is a 'must' to walk up. Follow the zig zag path and you'll be well rewarded with some fabulous views. On a clear day you can see right to Albir and Altea on the coast and inland to Callosa and the Sierra Bernia mountain range. You'll be able to make out the Leon Dormido - the sleeping lion mountain which sits behind Polop.
Known to all the locals as just Callosa, this is an amazing place to visit and live if you prefer to be inland and mingle within a Valencian community, you will find two rivers cross the valley town, the river Guadalest and Algar. The town is also surrounded by the mountains of Aitana, Bernia and Aixorta.
A must place to see when in the area of Callosa is the infamous Fonts de l’Algar (Algar Waterfalls)which are located 3 km from the centre of Callosa. The Algar waterfalls are popular all year around especially in the height of summer – you will find lots of rock pools to explore and swim in the fresh mountain water and relax under the never ending water falls. There are lots of fantastic restaurants to grab a bite to eat at too! During the Nisporo season you will see everyone is selling these delicious small orange fruits, a real delicacy that must be tried.
Located not far from Callosa, Guadalest is another tourist heaven to explore and one we highly recommend. For a chance to see a mountain top community, with a population of approx 200 people, you first climb the stone steps to visit many museums showing the areas rich history of agriculture. Along the way are plenty of tourist shops and fun things like the miniature museum, the vintage cars and motorcycles museum and the gruesome torture museum. And much much more! Walk through the cobbled streets and treat yourself to a few purchases from the many unique shops offering everything from clocks and salt and pepper shakers to garden wall hangings beautifully decorated and hand painted.
Once you reach the community at the top you are treated to a fantastic view and an amazing reservoir below, the colour of the water you will not believe! Walk through the castle ruins and take a trip in the historic museum. A fantastic day out.
This tiny village is nestled in the Valley of Seta, between the mountains of Serrella and Alfaro.
The place name comes from Facheca faig a Valencian word that means you have. This small village is by no means a sleepy hollow – you will find it is surrounded by masses of Olive and almond trees that have been providing a rich agricultural income. If you are in the area at the end of August – why not join in the Festivities and partying that honor the Virgin and the Holy Spirit.
Both official names for our city and the capital of the Alicante province.
This major city boasts a port, airport and all the hussle and bustle you can dream of with a rail and road network linking it with all the coastal and inland towns easily.
For shopping hit the Gran Via high street for designer labels and wander through the side street shops for those all important bargains. Other places to visit that are highly recommended include the boats in the marina and enjoy a drink or meal in one of the many bars and restaurants along the shore and promenade, even place a few bets in the casino. On the hill side of the city there is the Santa Barbara Castle which overlooks the city and far beyond. The tower (La Torreta) at the top, is the oldest part of the castle and gives spectacular views of whole city. The promenade Explanada de España, lined by palm trees, is paved with an amazing 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating one of the most lovely promenades in Spain. The Promenade extends from the Port to the Gran Vía and ends at the famous statue of Mark Hersch. For the people of Alicante, the promenade is the meeting place for the traditional Spanish paseo, or stroll along the waterfront in the evenings, and a venue for outdoor musical concerts and boasts a fantastic fun fair for the children! Cruise ships can regularly be seen on the horizon and Alicante is easily reached wherever you are staying but try taking the train from the stations found at Villajoyosa, Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi, Altea and Calpe, you really will have a great day out.
This town has become very popular with many nationalities both for holidays and all year round living. You will find lots of lovely restaurants, bars, small village shops, bakery, butcher as well as a good medical centre, school and theatre.
Visit the enchanting Caves of Canelobre, said to be Spain´s largest and deepest cave system. With stalactites and stalagmites growing and changing in weird and wonderful forms. The caves have a cathedral like feel and the main attraction is the candelabra from which the caves have been given their name. The caves are open all year round and you can take a guided tour. Why not take a picnic with you to enjoy whilst admiring the stunning view before or after your tour and if you are really lucky, treat yourself to a concert held throughout the summer months in this wonderfully acoustic mountain.
Just 10 minutes inland from El Campello with its wonderful beaches and only 20 minutes from Alicante City, Busot is an ideal place to call home.
This is a colourful and unique old fishing town and is now also a chocoholics paradise! You can smell the distinctive aroma of chocolate as you enter the town. Spend the morning getting to know all about Villajoyosa´s rich chocolate history and visit one (or more!) of the chocolate factories, Valor being the most popular! Whilst you are enjoying a leisurely stroll along the sea front why not stop and order yourself the local specialty Chocolate with Churros! This sweet bread is the ideal companion for a cup of hot chocolate.
The old part of town is called the Arsenal and is situated on the shore. Take a walk around the narrow streets with lively colored houses built on the side of the river bank. The history of this was so that the fishermen could spot their own homes when out at sea.
Enjoy the miles of sandy golden beaches, above all, the beach of Paraiso, the area is also well known for windsurfing and water sports and the town itself is lively and bustling with a market held every Thursday.
La Cala serves as a quieter and more peaceful place to base yourself while exploring the nearby party town of Benidorm and this makes the area popular amongst families and couples. There are plenty of beachfront bars and restaurants and a beautiful bay with crystal clear water and golden soft sand. Of course, Benidorm is just up the road, so party animals can go out at night and dance till breakfast time!
La Cala is split into two areas, La Cala de Finestrat and La Cala de Villajoyosa, you would hardly know though as all the streets lead to the beautiful golden sandy beach which is popular with the locals and holiday makers alike. This sleepy bay compared to Benidorm, has many different types of accommodation to choose from. Apartments dominate the area but there are some lovely villas to be found also.
For market addicts you have two each week, on Tuesday and Saturday. There is also a very good bus service to the towns of Benidorm, the larger shopping complex of La Marina and to the town of Villajoyosa.
Inland from La Cala Bay you will find the peaceful remote village of Finestrat. The village is set on the mountainside of the rock known as Puig Campana affording wonderful views to the mountains and out to the coast and Mediterranean. The mountain is easy to recognize with a big piece missing, some say this is the rock that is now seen in the sea off Benidorm. The charming village has a typical Moorish feel, with painted houses and narrow cobbled streets. From Finestrat you are within easy reach of all the attractions Benidorm and this vibrant area has to offer whilst being located a short distance away!
Located approx. 25 minutes from Benidorm, the Village of Relleu is a remote and tranquil place to live or choose to holiday. With lots of expats already living in the area, you will not be lost or struggle with Spanish. Set in a valley and surrounded by mountains and fields you will find the rolling hillsides full of almond and olive trees. Visit the museum Museo de Relleu to discover the important history of the area and see the Roman remains including the burial stone of Paccius. Marcus Paccius was a Roman Gladiator who apparently escaped and found himself in Relleu! Every mountain has a name it is said in Spain and Relleu is no different with a mountain range to the side known as the Sleeping Nun. You can enjoy village life in this town which is centered around its church and square. A beautiful place to call home.