COSTA BLANCA

COSTA BLANCA

THE COAST OF CONTRASTS!

The Costa Blanca, a name reputedly devised by British European Airways to promote the area when they launched their London to Valencia service in 1957. A diversely contrasting coastline that encapsulates pristine, sun bathed beaches, punctuated by stark rugged mountains many of which terminate only, when met by the Mediterranean Sea. 

For many, the very mention of the Costa Blanca will conjure visions of the skyscraping hotels of Benidorm, throngs of British tourists on low cost package holidays and innumerable “English Pubs” serving lager and all day breakfasts. However, the Costa Blanca has a plethora of delights and surprises waiting to be discovered. Just a few miles around the headland from Benidorm lies adorable, authentic Altea, a typically Spanish town seemingly unspoilt by progress or its brassy near neighbour. A labyrinth of winding, narrow, cobbled streets with whitewashed buildings giving a glimpse of real Spain. Slowly saunter, soaking up the ambiance and antiquity, occasionally stopping in a shady square to slake your thirst at a traditional tavern. It may only be around the corner from Benidorm, but you could be in a different century and on another planet!

The Costa Blanca has rapidly risen to become a major golfing destination to rival the best that Spain has to offer. Boosted by a mild climate and the lowest average winter rainfall of any region of Spain, not to mention a multitude of top courses designed by the worlds most eminent architects including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Cabell Robinson and Severiano Ballersteros. The courses tend to be concentrated into three main areas, Valencia, which is home to El Saler, one of the best courses in Spain and host to the 2013 Spanish Open. Alicante, which counts Villaitana and Alicante Golf amongst its courses and finally the Torrevieja area which has a number of fine courses including the magnificent Las Colinas course.

Back in the 50’s and 60’s at the birth of package holidays, hoards of happy holidaymakers returned home clutching Sombreros and toy Donkeys, now they’re just as likely to be clutching their clubs!

Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, may not immediately spring to mind as a premier golf destination, but if you wish to combine sublime golf on some of Spain’s best courses with a huge slice of culture, Valencia will sate all appetites. Birthplace of paella, Valencia is a gastronomic gourmet’s extravaganza, brimming with a plethora of exquisite restaurants and bars. Valencia is the epitome of the diverse contrasts of the Costa Blanca from the narrow, winding streets of the old quarter, Bario del Carmen, boasting buildings dating back to the Roman and Arabic eras, the Gothic slendour of the Silk Exchange Market, a UNESCO world heritage site, to the futuristic fantasia that is the City of Arts and Science.

A coast of spectacular scenery, stretching for 125 miles from Valencia in the North, concluding at Torrevieja to the South.  Whether you are in search of authentic, traditional Spainish culture or the bright lights and glitz that is Benidorm, festooned with fantastic courses, year round sunshine and veritable value for money, the Costa Blanca is most definitely….

THE COAST OF CONTRASTS!