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About Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca (White Coast) is a popular tourist coastline in the Province of Alacant/ Alicante, in the Valencian Autonomous Community (País Valencià or Valencian Land). Traveling to the Costa Blanca is relatively easy, the main international airports being Alacant-Elx in the south and the València Airport further north, although there is also the Murcia-San Javier Airport further south. Over 150km/93mi of white sandy beaches (many of them are Blue Flag beaches, or eco-friendly beaches), the rugged mountainous interior, pleasant resorts, relatively cheap accommodations, and exciting fiestas are the main features of Costa Blanca. This region has lovely seaside towns and resorts, such as Dénia, Xàbia, Moraira, Calp, Altea, Alacant, and Benidorm, with the famous Levante and Poniente beaches. Tourists can also enjoy some nature sights (the Guardamar dunes, the Torrevieja-La Mata lagoons, Cova del Rull, and the Fuentes of Algar, a group of waterfalls and springs), Roman-era archaeological sites, historical centers such as the Monforte del Cid, castles like Sax, Petrer and Villena, churches with gothic and baroque architecture, as well as the Provincial Archaeological Museum (MARQ). Scuba diving activities are one of the other benefits of this place. Some of the best Costa Blanca dive sites can be found from Xàbia/Jávea to Calp, and also near Cabo de Palos and Cala Cortina. These have excellent shore dives for all abilities. At Xàbia, divers can explore underwater rock formations and towers such as Sunken Mountain, and isolated islands such as the Cathedral, Illa del Descobridor and Illa del Portitxol (Portichol). There is also the Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve (boat dive), which has a large variety of underwater life. Diving in Costa Blanca is one of the most tremendous experiences because of its gorgeous waters, amazing coastal views, underwater scenes and beautiful, surprising marine life. Divers can explore the underwater worlds created by landslides, as well as caves, rock formations, and wrecks, dating from WW1 and 2 in the region of Murcia. 

When to go to Costa Blanca

The World Health Organization describes the climate of the Costa Blanca as one of the best in the world. Summers here are hot but the cool breezes offset the heat and winters are mild with many a clear blue sunny sky. Diving is possible all year round, but the high diving season is from May until October. The rainiest period here is from October to January. In the coldest month (January), the air temperature is 16C/61F during the day and 5C/41F at night. In the warmest month (August), the air temperature is 32C/90F during the day and about 20C/68F at night. The average sea temperature is 14C/57F in January and 25C/77F in August. Visibility ranges from 10m/33ft to 30m/98ft.

 

What to see

Moray eels, congers, octopuses, tunas, barracudas, nudibranchs, damselfish, scorpionfish, grouper, sponges, sometimes sunfish, turtles and more can be seen there.

 

 Most popular dive sites 

The must see dive sites in this area are: Los Arcos and Cueva del Elefante, and further south, Bajo de Dentro, wrecks like El Farallón, Naranjito (also known as Isla Gomera), the Carbonero wreck (SS Lilla), and Bajo de Fuera (also known as Piedra de Vapor), with at least four wrecks at this site. The more experienced can explore the Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve and the wreck of the Naranjito cargo steamship built in 1918 and sunk in 1946.