Although the ocean in Costa Blanca plays the main role every year during summer and spring, this uncanny location has plenty more to offer. We are going to go through the best places to go and discover a new version of this paradise on Earth wearing a sweater instead of a bathing suit.
Are you ready to unleash Costa Blanca’s true natural beauty in the colder months? Read on because here we go!
Sierra Mariola Natural Park
From the archeological remains that range from the Middle Paleolithic to the Middle Age to the natural beauty of the rocky formations, this park has it all. Also, the natural, subterranean aquifers give birth to a multiplicity of springs and fountains creating lush vegetation around.
Among the plethora of animals, you can come through while visiting are wildcats, martens, wild boars, and rabbits.
Natural Park Font Rotja
If you want to add a pinch of traditional architecture with true gems like the Nevera Coloma, this park is a must. Just next doors to the Sierra Mariola, they share fauna and flora; you can find olm oak forests, honeysuckle, and ivy in abundance. You’ll find the natural perfume of the trees and flowers will haunt your senses.
Marjal de Pego-Oliva Natural Park
Because the wáter in this natural park is of such quality, species like the nenuphar, small prawns (called gambas), and European tortoise are easy to spot. Also, the construction is minimalistic and rustic which makes the views even more breathtaking.
El Peñon de Ifach
This impressive limestone emerges triumphantly from the water and is the main symbol of Calpe. Although not much vegetation grows on it, it is possible to spot a plethora of bird species such as the peregrine falcon. Another uncanny spectacle is watching gull colony life since they nest taking advantage of the wind protection provided by the rock.
Sierra Helada natural park
Perhaps the most breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea can be those in this natural park. Furthermore, since it is 80% water and 20% land, you can admire the bluest of blue after a nice walk to the peak of the Governor’s Alt. Also, the Mediterranean forest and a one-of-a-kind fossil dune make the visit to this park an absolute must.
El Montgó Natural Park
Mount Montgó is one of the symbols of the region. Besides the known trails up and down, you can easily spot local wildlife and vegetation including many different bird species. Also, the natural pine forests and archeological sites make it a wonderful attraction for the entire family.
La Mata-Torrevieja Natural Park
If you have never been to saline before, this park will surprise you like nothing else on this list. Moreover, seeing saline surrounded by Mediterranean landscapes and species is an uncanny experience for any traveler.
Las Salinas de Santa Pola Natural Park
Watching flamencos in action is something out of a movie. They stop in this area’s man-made saline on their migratory route and embellish the landscape like few other species on Earth.
El Fondo Natural Park
This natural park, which started as a lagoon to irrigate the near land, is the shelter of many endangered species in a state of recovery. Visiting it is your chance to see some fine specimens of teals and malvasias (an indigenous duck) you won’t see anywhere else.
Visiting Costa Blanca at any time of the year is a feast for the senses. During summer, you can take advantage of the region’s water activities and vibrant nightlife. During the colder months, tighten up your shoes, carry some water and discover the region’s hidden gems following our guide above.
Happy trail walking!