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Top Golf Courses

If you are a keen golfer you will have undoubtedly thought about coming to Spain to enjoy the sport in what could be described as its back yard. With such a wide variety of courses available to you and the excellent weather in Spain – allowing you to play almost all year round – the Costa Blanca truly is a golfing paradise. With all of Costa Blanca’s golf courses offering rental facilities for equipment, professional coaches and every level of course, whether you are a beginner or an expert you will always feel welcome and at home at any one of the golf courses in Costa Blanca.

La Manga Golf Club

With 3 championship courses and some of the most outstanding facilities available, La Manga is a modern and popular course for all golfers. Host to a number of international tournaments, including the Spanish Open and the Spanish PGA Championships, this club is well known as one of the best.

Stats 

Two 18 hole and one 9 hole course (North Course / South Course / West Course)

71 / 73 / 72 par courses

5,753 / 6,499 / 5,770 meters from the white tees

Maximum hcp for men – 28

Maximum hcp for women – 36

 

Alicante Golf Club

Located just 5 minutes from the city, this golf course was opened in 1998 and offers stunning views of the Mediterranean. A natural grass course, it even has its own roman villa on the 14th hole – a discovery that was made during construction.

Stats 

18 hole golf course

72 par course

6,236 meters from white tees

Maximum hcp for men – 34

Maximum hcp for women – 36

 

Roda Golf and Beach Resort

Designed by the world renowned David Thomas, Roda Golf Resort offers excellent quality throughout your visit. With stunningly landscaped fairways, undulating greens and well placed bunkers, there is excitement at every hole, whatever your skill level.

Stats 

18 hole golf course

72 par course

6,137 meters from the white tees

Maximum hcp for men – 34

Maximum hcp for women – 36

 

Villamartin Golf Club

A pleasantly undulating course, Villamartin is a pleasure to play and incorporates a mixture of difficulties throughout the 18 holes. This popular course has hosted a number of PGA tour competitions and the variety of hills and valleys offer stunning views of the shimmering Mediterranean during your round. The signature hole is the 17th, with an excellent par 3 and some truly spectacular vistas.

Stats 

18 hole golf course

72 par course

6,151 meters from the white tees

Maximum hcp for men – 34

Maximum hcp for women – 36

 

Top Beaches in the Area

Whether you choose to live in one of Costa Blanca’s historic and cultural towns or cities, or prefer a coastal abode overlooking the rugged mountain scenery and clear blue Mediterranean waters, you will almost certainly want to take a trip to one of the areas many beautiful beaches. But with so many to choose from, you will be sure to find your perfect spot.

Costa Blanca is renowned for its stunning, white beaches – a safe haven for children and a paradise for adults. From the quaint, rarely visited golden sands that can be found off the beaten track to the fun and excitement of a family oriented beach centre, there really is something for everyone. So to help you get started, here are out top 4 picks for Costa Blanca beaches.

 

A Family Favourite: 

La Zenia – Orihuela

If you are planning a trip to La Zenia, make it a long one. The expansive beach is both clean and safe for children as well as being one of the many blue flag beaches in the area. Offering fantastic facilities for families including showers, first aid assistance, lifeguards and refreshments, you can enjoy your day in the sun without worry.

For something a little more than just a lazy day on the beach, La Zenia has outstanding leisure facilities close by including a swimming pool, tennis courts, gym and bowling. And when the day begins to wind down, you can enjoy a Mediterranean feast in one of the areas many mouth-watering restaurants and bars. The perfect end to the perfect day.

 

Activities Galore: 

Playa do los Locos – Torrevieja

An extremely popular beach, this stretch of golden sands lies south of Alicante along the coast of Torrevieja. Enjoyed by many residents and tourists, this beach offers a huge range of activities for all the family including favourites such as paragliding, water tubing, wind surfing and water cycles. As well as being awarded blue flag status, it is also watched over by skilled lifeguards, helping to ensure the safety of everyone on the beach.

Along the promenade you will find an array of shops, restaurants and bars, all of which offer a friendly, local service and some fantastic food and drink.

 

A Relaxing Retreat: 

Cabo de las Huertas – Alicante

If you are dreaming of the crystal waters of the Mediterranean, listening to the waves lapping the shore and the gentle rustle of the breeze in the palms then treat yourself to Cabo de las Huertas in Alicante.

Less crowded than some of the other beaches, mainly due to its distance from the town and rugged coast line, this beach offers a secluded retreat framed by stunning scenery and glistening waters. It may take a little effort to get here, but once you do you can enjoy the serenity, solitude and even a couple of nudist coves if you’re hoping for that all-over tan.

 

More Than Just a Beach: 

El Cura – Torrevieja

Pairing the scenic and attractive golden sandy beach of El Cura with the busy and vibrant entertainment on offer both on and off the beach make this area more than just somewhere to relax. Surrounded by restaurants and bars serving an abundance of fresh and delicious Spanish delights, La Cura also offers fantastic entertainment in the form of musicians, buskers, artists and street hawkers, making this urban beach a hit with locals and tourists alike.

In July you will be able to enjoy the Habaneras Night on the Beach – an evening of dining, music and dancing. For the rest of the year you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the activities on offer around El Cura.

 

Costa Calida

Located to the south of the Costa Blanca, the Costa Calida or ‘warm coast’ as it is translated certainly does live up to its name. Often regarded as having one of the best climates in Europe with up to 320 sunny days per year, this 250km stretch of superb Mediterranean coastline is a paradise for sun-seekers. This and the pleasantly dry micro-climate is one of the main reasons that so many people choose to call this area home.

The landscape of the Costa Calida is both stunningly beautiful and vastly diverse. From towering mountains overlooking the towns to the luscious valleys, home to flourishing citrus orchards and the dry prairies full of thriving vines and olives.

The historic city of Murcia is only a short drive away and offers many modern necessities as well as an abundance of lavish gardens and bustling plazas offering restaurants, cafes and bars for you to enjoy anything from a quick refreshment during a shopping trip to a full meal with friends or family. It is also home to many libraries and museums, full of the history and culture of this magnificent city.

For sea-lovers, La Manga del Mar Menor has plenty to offer. A strip of land separating the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, it is the ideal spot for spending the day (or week) developing your skills in almost any water sport, or even leaning a new one. From swimming and diving to sailing and wind surfing, you will be spoilt for choice at the well-equipped marinas.

Weather: 325 sunny days per year on average

Airport: San Javier Airport (about 50km) or Alicante Airport (about 75km)

Activities: Cycling, hiking, horse riding, water sports, rock climbing

Landmarks: Murcia Cathedral, Plaza de Santa Isabel, Romea Theatre, Murcia Bull ring

 

Alicante

Located in the heart of Costa Blanca and famed for its spectacular fiestas and celebrations, Alicante is a delightful fusion of the old and the new. From the towering Castle of Santa Barbara atop Mount Benacantil, where you will discover a breath taking view of the city, to the luxury marina complex and fabulous shopping found by the coastline, this lively location offers the best of both worlds.

The local University is home to over 35,000 students and ensures that the area maintains its modern amenities. In amongst the charming cobbled streets and ancient architecture of the old town, you will find the wide avenues and stylish boutiques of the modern Alicante – a perfect blend of history and elegance.

For those with a love of the coast, Alicante is home to some of the most notable white sandy beaches and offers an array of nautical pursuits. The beautifully ornate Paseo de la Explanada is known to be one of the most stunning promenades in Spain and a walk around the marina to take in the Mediterranean breeze will instantly relax.  For the adventurous there are a number of diving schools, as well as clubs for wind surfing, water skiing and even underwater photography. Once you’ve finished a day of adrenaline, exploration and relaxation you can head to one of the city’s many restaurants or bars and immerse yourself in the vibrant and friendly Spanish nightlife.

Weather: 2,850 hours of sunshine per year on average

Airport: Alicante Airport (14km)

Activities: Swimming, scuba diving, golfing, museums, busy nightlife

Landmarks: Santa Barbara Castle, Museum of Contemporary Art, Canelobre Caves, Mount Benacantil

 

Orihuela

At the foot of the Sierra de Orihuela Mountains lies the historic capital of the Vega Baja, the city of Orihuela; welcoming visitors and inhabitants for thousands of years. Through it runs the River Segura which has become a natural divide between the modern commercial area and the majestic old city, charming tourists with its notable Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture.

The rich cultural heritage of this inland city is easy to see today in age old traditions such as the nationally recognised Holy Week celebrations and other popular fiestas, celebrated all year round. Almost as fundamental as the fiestas and architecture is the delicious variety of fresh Mediterranean food that can be found in Orihuela thanks to the plentiful agricultural land and proximity to the sea.

For a chance to relax, look to the 4 local golf courses which offer a variety of memberships and are an excellent way to meet other locals; explore the museums and nature parks or take a trip outside the city to explore what other riches Costa Blanca as to offer.

Weather: 300 sunny days per year on average

Airport: San Javier Airport (51km) or Alicante Airport (53km)

Activities: Fiestas, golf, walking, karting, shopping

Landmarks: Palace of Rubalcava, Church of Santiago and the Cathedral

 

Orihuela Costa

Located 20km from the inland town of Orihuela, this coastline is well known and loved for its stunning white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Exploring the natural beauty that Orihuela has to offer, you will discover charming creeks, steep cliffs and flourishing natural spaces, a picture perfect paradise ready to be uncovered.

The areas 4 golf courses and over 300 days of sun per year allow for an abundance of opportunities for rest and relaxation, in addition to the 16km of beaches in Orihuela Costa include Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Campoamor and Mil Palmeras. Many of the area’s beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag thanks to their excellent attention to health and safety, as well as the modern amenities close by including showers, first aid stations and beach towers.

Getting around Orihuela Costa couldn’t be simpler. There are 2 main bus routes covering the whole area, as well as the AP-7 motorway, making travel into and around this stunning coastal town a breeze.

Weather: 325 sunny days per year on average

Airport: San Javier Airport (51km) or Alicante Airport (53km)

Activities: Hiking, water sports, scuba diving, museum trips

Landmarks: Zenia Boulevard, Museo de la Muralla

 

Santa Pola

A small fishing port located approximately 20 minutes south of Alicante, Santa Pola may not have the size and population of some of the larger towns and cities in Costa Blanca, but it certainly makes up for it with stunning landscapes, sprawling sand dunes and a host of safe and clean beaches.

What makes Santa Pola truly unique is its long and colourful history, which can be seen in the ruins and old buildings of this quaint town. Dotted along the coast line you will find the remains of strategically placed watch towers – built to protect the port from pirates; and the Castle-Fortress in the centre of the town is now home to museums, an Exhibition Hall and a Chapel – a great place to explore.

If you come to Santa Pola for the beaches then you will not be disappointed. With over 15km of sparkling sandy beaches – many of which have been awarded the Blue Flag – you will find everything from water sports to friendly cafes. For a relaxing swim and a restful day some of the less developed beaches close to the Las Salinas Nature Reserve will offer you a peaceful haven away from the business town beaches.

For a fun packed day with the family, Gran Playa and Varadero beaches are child friendly and offer a safe place to swim. Within close proximity to many of the beaches you will find local restaurants filled with gastronomic delights and fresh sea food, so spending a sunny day by the sea is a must for everyone.

Weather: 300 sunny days per year on average

Airport: Alicante Airport (16km) or San Javier Airport (79km)

Activities: Diving, paragliding, cycling, water sports, boat tours

Landmarks: Museum Del Mar, Aquarium, Roman ruins, Isle de Tarbarca

 

Torrevieja

Very nearly its own island, the town of Torrevieja is almost completely surrounded by water. Situated between two natural salt-water lagoons and the Mediterranean Sea, and with beautiful golden beaches along the coast it is easy to see why this traditional fishing village has become such an attractive location for those visiting and living here.

The lagoons themselves have become their own attraction. Used to mine salt for many years, they are now best known as being the heart of La Mata Nature Reserve. Covering over 3700 hectares, it is home to over 200 species of birds as well as plenty of open space for a tranquil walk and areas for cycling or horse riding.

If you would rather spend your day away from the beach, then head inland and you will find five separate golf courses all within a 30 minute drive of town; or for something for the family, the local water park will become a fast favourite. Explore the town a little more and you will soon discover a cornucopia of history and culture. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is a must see for visitors and residents alike and down by the sea front you will find the Casino – a stylish meeting place boasting stunning architecture and a friendly atmosphere.

Due to the location between the lagoons and the sea, Torrevieja has a particularly healthy micro-climate.

Weather: 320 sunny days per year on average

Airport: San Javier Airport (32km) or Alicante Airport (45km)

Activities: Jet ski, Pirates Island, water sports, cycling, horse riding

Landmarks: Church of Immaculate Conception, Torre Del Moro, Tor La Mata