The Costa Blanca is 200 kilometres of coastline that runs along the Mediterranean. The most popular resort on the Costa Blanca is Benidorm, however it is also home to Alicante, Torrevieja, and La Manga – which is technically on the Costa Calida but easily accessible from anywhere in the Southern part of the Costa Blanca.
Having just returned from the Costa Blanca, Torrevieja to be precise, I can confirm that it is lovely and hot and there are lovely beaches to lounge about on. You can hire a parasol and two loungers for about €7.50 a day, so if you don’t like the sand but want to be by the sea you won’t break the bank.
Torrevieja is surrounded by two large natural salt water lakes, the Salinas de Torrevieja, which is an official nature reserve. The salt lakes surround parts of the road from Torrevieja and look a beautiful pink colour, especially when the flamingos are in them. Torrevieja is famous for its salt production and it provides much of the economy for the area.
The Mar Menor is a salty lagoon separated from the sea by La Manga, which is in fact a long sand bar. The Mar Menor is no more than 7metres deep and was coined as the largest swimming pool in the world by American Actress Ester Williams. The villages on San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagan are situated on the north of Mar Menor and are home to loads of activities, a marina and the mud baths.
The mud baths at Lo Pagan are free to use and although are a bit on the stinky side they can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. The mud is said to have therapeutic qualities, good for skin complaints and all types of aches and pains. You walk down the steps cover yourself with mud then walk back up the steps and dry off in the sun. It makes for some very funny family photos! Once you are dry you go back down the step and wash it all off.
This area of Spain is popular with golfers, due to the vast amounts of courses around the area. La Manga golf club is probably the most famous and can set you back around €179 for a round. Generally a round of golf in and around the Costa Blanca will cost about €70. At this time of year it is worth checking with the club before you go if the course is being treated. As it is not the high season until October, a lot of the clubs will be using temporary greens in September. It is also worth noting that a lot of the clubs hire golf clubs for around €25 a day. Ryanair charge €100 for you to take your clubs so this might be a cheaper option to enjoy 18 holes, or if you are feeling energetic, 36!
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