From orange groves near Gandia to a storming island tour on wheels with car hire Ibiza –style, discover some overlooked corners of the Costa Blanca and the Balaerics
Whilst Spain remains a top tourist destination internationally, many British visitors to the country only ever encounter their compatriots. Popular ex-pat towns such as Benidorm and Malaga have been monopolised by sun-seeking UK travellers, who even have brought their culinary and cultural home comforts to the sun, sea and sand of southern Spain.
Yet just a few hops up the coast and holidaymakers will encounter a quieter destination – one popular with the Spanish traveller. The Costa Blanca area around Valencia, stretching inland through mountains and orange groves, and seawards to towns like Calpe and Denia, are not well known to the British holidaymaker, but they can offer appealing architecture and spectacular beaches.
From the seaside town of Denia, ferries to the Balaeric islands are quick and frequent; holidaymakers can pop over for a day’s exploring or a couple of days’ excursion.
It would be advised to take advantage of some of the great car rental options in the islands, to make the most of a short stay. Car hire Menorca with Ritmocars.co.uk is a fantastic way to make a value booking on short-term car rental, which can all be done in advance, in English, from the comfort of your home.
For party animals, there is the Ibiza option – another stop on the ferry from Denia. San Antonio is the hub of Ibiza, and a great place to hang out with an international crowd of clubbers, as well as plenty of locals, ex-pats, and hippies, young and old. You can seek out a secluded beach in the north of the island – or a super club in the towns.
Back on the mainland, a little further north of Denia you’ll find Gandia, the number one holiday destination in Spain for the Spanish themselves – yet relatively unknown to us Brits! The town itself has a lively market and is a great shopping spot – but head 3km to the sea and take in its gorgeous award winning beach. There you’ll find more than just sand and sea: there’s a huge choice of restaurants, bars and nightclubs as well as a casino.