Nov 102010

Costa Blanca Driving Holidays.
Many of our guests like to take a trip down the coast and to include a mixture of sights and sounds along the way. A favourite route takes them through Denia and Calpe, and then on to the picturesque resort of Altea. This has often been called ‘the artists capital of the Costa Blanca’, as the narrow streets of the old town are lined with the workshops and galleries of the artists and potters who have made their home there. You can buy their produce at evening markets in the main square of the town in the summer months as a souvenir of your visit.

Altea is in fact only a short distance – about 7 kilometres – from the lively and well-known holiday centre of Benidorm, but could not be more different. Altea has a picturesque feel about it, with a famous church distinguished by its blue and white domes, and 2 harbours – the old fishing one and a newer sports harbour on the side of the town nearer Calpe. Bars and restaurants offer a good choice of places where you can enjoy yourself and have a nice meal, and Altea also has its share of beaches and coves too, of course.
As a complete contrast, you can follow the N332 road that goes through the middle of Altea in a southerly direction for a few short kilometres, and you can have a lively afternoon in Benidorm with its vast array of theme parks. There has to be something to suit every taste, with the white-knuckle rides of Terramitica, the animals and dolphins at Mundo Mar, and the water slides at Aqualandia to name but a few.

All these contrasting sources of entertainment are still within a 45 minute drive of Gandia town itself, so when the day finally draws to a close, you can be back at your casa rural at Villa Florencia in only a short time for that relaxing drink or dip in the pool! The choice is yours!
If you are travelling with a GPS, remember to still take a good map of the Spanish road system, because new roads are being built all the time and our experience is that even new GPS’s do not recognise the newest roads and roundabouts in many areas of Spain, whereas recent maps do have them pencilled in (maps can be bought at most Spanish petrol stations).

All images courtesy of Jeff Clarke – Falcon Display (Maidstone, Kent)