Costa Blanca is one of the most popular holiday destinations for British travellers, serving up gorgeous weather, breathtaking beaches and a relaxing way of life.

While Benidorm is the first place that springs to mind for many people, there is more to Costa Blanca than its flagship resort. In fact, there are several excellent destinations that provide a great insight into Spanish culture.

Let’s take a look at some of the leading resorts for Britons looking for somewhere authentic

Relax in the peaceful Altea

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While it is only a few miles away from Benidorm, Altea presents an entirely different vibe to its lively neighbour.

This traditional Spanish town is home to some of the country’s most serene environments. The town is split into two areas: the tranquil beach area and the historic old town. Firstly, the beaches are fantastic places to relax with smaller crowds than its counterparts in Benidorm.

Secondly, the old town boasts a truly authentic Spanish feel, with narrow, cobbled streets creating truly idyllic environments for visitors to explore. Many of the shops and restaurants are family-run and serve up some of the most mouth-watering local dishes.

For a deeper insight into the history of the area, make sure you visit the Palau Altea, where a variety of events are scheduled, including live music, artist exhibitions and theatre shows. The hilltop church of Altea is another remarkable venue and provides glorious views of the coastline.

Get a taste of authentic Spain in Calpe

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Much like Altea, Calpe provides an authentic taste of Spain that is truly unforgettable. Originally known as a fishing village, it has transformed into one of the most up-and-coming resorts in Spain, attracting visitors thanks to its relaxing atmosphere and charming attractions.

Calpe’s beaches are based at either side of the Rock of Ifach, the largest rock in the Mediterranean Sea, and both of them provide long promenades alongside a range of bars and cafes. Whether you want to top up your tan or enjoy a peaceful walk along the coastline, this quaint town makes for the perfect retreat.

For shoppers, there is a fantastic market taking place every Saturday, where a variety of handmade wares can be found. It’s the perfect place for picking up souvenirs and unique gifts for friends and family.

The Archaeological Museum is another popular attraction, showcasing historic ruins from the Roman era and artefacts from the island’s history. With exhibitions spread over two floors and a basement, there is plenty to explore in the museum.

Get away from the crowds in Albir

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Located between busy Benidorm and tranquil Altea, Albir has grown into an increasingly popular holiday destination.

Part of its appeal is the phenomenal Playa de Raco de l’Albir and regularly wins the European Blue Ribbon award. With plenty of watersports available, a quiet atmosphere and plenty of excellent bars and restaurants in walking distance, it’s easy to see why travellers keep returning to this amazing area.

The auditorium of the house of culture in nearby L’Alf As Del Pi has a selection of excellent cultural events and attractions scheduled, allowing visitors to gain a deeper insight into the traditions of the area.

Albir is also home to fiesta throughout the year, including the fiesta of San Jose on March 19th and the fiesta de la Creueta in the first weekend of May. The summer fiesta runs from August 1st-15th before Honor del Santisimo Cristo in November and El Buen Acierto y la Purisima in December.

Adam loves to mix city breaks with relaxing retreats in the sun. He recently returned from a trip to San Francisco and Toronto and Oslo are next on his list.

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