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What to see in Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca Attractions

The myriad attractions of the Costa Blanca's beach resorts hardly need elaboration, as everybody can understand the appeal of gorgeous beaches, turquoise Mediterranean waters, white sand and a rollicking nightlife. Those intent on doing some actual sightseeing in the region should explore some of the more authentic villages just inland, some of which host weekly craft markets.

Of the famous resorts the charming Altea is the least commercial and the best place to get a taste of real local culture. Altea has a renowned craft market every Tuesday, between April and September, and La Nuncia, just north of Altea, has a good Sunday market. Tourists wanting some culture should also take advantage of Alicante's historical attractions.

The formidable Moorish Castell de Santa Barbara looms over Alicante and visitors can explore some of the tunnels, dungeons, towers and chambers that make up the impressive fortress. The tiny, picturesque Isla Tabarca, is a popular excursion from Alicante, and the city of Elche, inland from Alicante, is also an interesting excursion, containing Europe's only palm forest.

For amusement park thrills and spills, instead of culture, visitors should head to Spain's largest theme park, Terra Mitica, just outside of Benidorm.

Castell de Santa Barbara

The impressive Santa Barbara Castle has its origins in the Muslim rule of the 9th century, towering over Alicante on top of the Benacantil Mountain. Most of the chambers that can be explored today…

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Just 12 miles (19km) inland west of Alicante is Europe's only palm forest, forming a lush oasis around the city of Elche (Elx). The city boasts several beautiful parks, public gardens, and palm groves.…

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Isla Tabarca

The tiny islet of Tabarca is becoming an increasingly popular day trip destination from Alicante or Santa Pola, with its quiet fishing village offering an old fort, several very reasonably priced fresh…

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Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante

In the Plaza de Santa Maria stands Alicante's oldest building, a former granary dating from 1685. Ironically the city's oldest building contains its most notable modern art collection, donated by painter…

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