Spain´s beautiful Costa Blanca, or “white coast” offers visitors the quintessential Mediterranean experience. Stretching more than 200 kilometres across Spain´s eastern shore, the Costa Blanca´s diverse landscape, medieval towns and perfect climate make it popular with visitors at any time of year. Dating back more than 3000 years, the vibrant city of Alicante is the cultural and historical heart of the region. From the medieval castle the Castillo Santa Bárbara overlooking the city and out to the ocean, to the wide marble promenade the Explanada de España, Alicante is full of historical and modern gems. Spilling over with pavement cafes, seafood restaurants and sophisticated bars, it is an elegant mix of the old and the new. Famous for its stunning beaches and warm sea, the region is bursting with stylish coastal resorts, from the energetic Benidorm to the more intimate and sedate Javea , Denia or Altea located further north. With the stunning El Montgo national park as a backdrop, these small towns and villages offer visitors a chance to escape the bright lights of the larger towns and discover a different pace of life along one of Spain´s most beautiful coasts. The jagged peaks and mountain villages in the Guadalest valley and Sierra de Aitana located further inland are a haven for walkers and nature lovers. One of the country´s most famous regions, the diverse Costa Blanca offers visitors a true Spanish holiday experience.