Most of the content you’ll see about Costa Blanca is related to the vast views of the blue Mediterranean Sea. Yet, there’s more than meets the eye in this Spanish paradise. Indeed, most people tend to overlook the true gems of the region haunted by the seaside and its smell. But since you are here, you are about to embark on a trip that will change the way you see Costa Blanca forever.
Welcome to the best-hidden secrets of this magical Spanish paradise.
Are you ready?
Here we go!
Bolulla, the Starting Point
Between the Marina Alta and the Marina Baja, the landscape protects mountain villages that seem to be out of a fairytale. Indeed, these little Spanish towns seem to have fallen off time to preserve the quintessential Spanish spirit.
A great example is the town of Bolulla, where our journey begins. Just to give you an idea, the town only has 420 inhabitants. This translates into infinite tranquility eating freshly harvested “nísperos” (Japanese loquats). These small, round, yellow fruits with hard kernels grow in this region at a far larger scale than anywhere else in Spain.
Once you’ve enchanted your senses with the little roads, and eaten a generous amount of nisperos, it is time to go for the first excursion: Font Dels Xorros. Abandoned plantations surround this mystical place. These are the perfect framework for a lonely pool of water and countless natural delicacies you can just eat from the tree.
Moving on to Taberna
Long olive plantations stretch as far as the eye can see and meet the pines that crown the mountains surrounding this magical place. Once you arrive at the town, you’ll be amazed by the preservation of ancient Moorish architecture. Moreover, that’ll happen while you’re walking the most picturesque narrow roads in the region.
In the same vein, the Santa Bárbara Church and the La Plaça Bar are as astonishingly beautiful as they are classic. In this sense, you need to beware because many tourists fell in love with this 600-inhabitants town so much they just couldn’t leave.
Such is the case of Hans Baumann, a Dutchman who arrived with a moped and a backpack… 20 years ago! The explanation for this phenomenon is very simple: you don’t get away from heavy tourism while being so close to the beach anywhere else in Costa Blanca.
Tranquility at its best meets the most enjoyable family atmosphere to create a magic bubble lost in time less than an hour away from the Mediterranean Sea.
Hikers and Cyclists are Welcome
Not everything on this side of Costa Blanca is about small towns and fairytales. Cyclists, hikers, and outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy the 994 meters of the Sierra de Carrascal. Furthermore, for those who like the spectacle of nature and time, the Els Arcs are the ultimate attraction. These huge natural formations were created by millennia of erosion over limestone. These formations are not man-made, but the result of nature’s stubborn steady work.
Pedaling through them feels like crossing a portal toward happiness. Additionally, they are located on the north side of the Marina Alta, in the Sierra de la Xortà surrounded by natural beauty in every direction.
Spain’s Costa Blanca might be one of the most visited tourist destinations in Spain because of the uncanny beaches and the Mediterranean Sea. However, true connoisseurs go the extra mile and find the hidden gems among the mountains.
Be bold, go exploring, and be rewarded by Spanish magic that will haunt your senses.