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Alicante, with its beautiful palm-lined boulevard and pleasant shopping street, is one of the most well-known towns on the Costa Blanca. The sun shines virtually all the time and the azure blue Mediterranean attracts divers all year round. When winter is on the way many tourists spend the winter in Benidorm, a favorite resort. In summer life goes on here 24 hours a day; in the winter months it is a bit quieter, but there's still plenty to do. There's also plenty to see beyond these towns. For example, the 'Santa Barbara' castle or the picturesque mountain village of Guadalest. A jeep safari through the countryside, a trip though the palm tree wood of Elche, or a visit to one of the spectacular nightclubs is also certainly worth the effort.
The Costa Blanca is situated on the east coast of the Spanish mainland. In the south the region borders the Costa Almeria and in the north the Costa Dorada. The coast is bordered by the Mediterranean. The average temperature in winter is around 16 ºC. In summer the average is around 32ºC. The official language is Spanish, but you can get by almost everywhere with English and/or German.
The Alicante Benidorm and Denia Connection - The best connections to Benidorm and Denia as many tourists look for this city too. As being one of the most common place to spend vacation around Alicante - "this how to get to Benidorm question" might come up frequently. So here is what I found out for all of you Benidorm and Denia fans and visitors. Hope this helps you. Two ways to go to Benidorm or Denia: by narrow gauge railway or by bus.
Narrow Gauge Railway to Benidorm and Denia - First of all allow to make two things clear concerning this train: It has nothing to do with the state owned RENFE train system and does not leave from the RENFE train station in downtown Alicante. They had planned one some time ago, but they never got there planning right - so do not look for one.
So, where can you board it. The "Ferrocarril de la Generalitat Valenciana" or FGV what the Benidorm train is called, has got its own train station on the west end of Alicante. Located at Avenida de Villajoyosa for those of you who already bought a good Alicante map. How to get there? Easy, for those of you who have already read our article on the Alicante Airport Bus C-6. Just take the bus. Have a little nap - right at the end of the bus line (after 45 minutes) is the bus stop Puerta de Mar. It is the last bus stop - the bus driver will kick you out anyway if you fall asleep as I usually do in these kind of busses.
Unfortunately the bus station Purta de Mar is not right at the train station (this is a typical example of spanish planning). You will have to walk or take a taxi (if you have heavy luggage) just about 1 km to the "Estacion Maritima" what the train station is called. (I first could not believe that the bus is not just making that km more. To confirm it I called up the bus company - and sorry - the bus stops at Puerta del Mar and does not go this little bit further to the train station).
Ticket Pricing to Benidorm and Denia - The train stops at the following towns/villages on its way to Denia: Albufereta, El Campello, Vila Joiosa, Benidorm, Altea, Calpe, Benissa, Teulada and Gata.
Bus to Benidorm and Denia - The Buses to Benidorm and Denia leave from the Alicante busstation in downtown. Alicante Central Busstation is quite big, as buses are more common than trains in Spain.
The unique geography of the Costa Blanca is reflected in the architectural and landscape diversity of its many towns. The orographic characteristics, the climatic peculiarities, the influence of the coast, the rich culture of its people have left their mark on every corner of its cities and towns. For this reason, visiting the province of Alicante allows you to enjoy the cosmopolitan capital, a city open to the sea full of light and color, modern and of services, the attractions of typically seafaring towns, the sun and the beach of the tourist centers, the jewels cultural and the charms of the mountainous interior. It is difficult to find in such a small space a greater heterogeneity of surprising and seductive realities.
The climatic and geographic diversity found in Spain has produced natural spaces of great beauty, which have witnessed the development of ancestral traditions and culture that make up a rich heritage reflecting the idiosyncrasy and personality typical of the different Spanish regions and autonomous cities. A country of contrasts. The Coast - More than 7,800 km of coastline where the visitor can enjoy the sun and sea in gorgeous settings: from vast beaches with golden sands, to hidden coves flanked by cliffs.