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Coastal spots in Southern Spain

Take a break in the charming Costa Blanca region, famous for its picturesque beaches and exuberant nightlife – which is almost legendary in Benidorm. But dig a little deeper and you’ll soon discover its traditional Spanish roots too, permeating out through the narrow lands of Alicante and its neighbouring towns.

Discover the lesser-known areas boasting an authentic Spanish feel, where you can expect to see ancient narrow streets and traditional whitewashed houses. You won’t find any high-rise buildings here, unlike Benidorm – a vibrant, palm tree and beach meets skyscraper and buzzing bar destination. In Javea you’re just as likely to dine on Spanish tapas and paella as English favourites like fish and chips. While Denia boasts a cosmopolitan port, large marina and palm-fringed main street dotted with cafes and designer shops. Beyond the beaches, there are fascinating cities to be explored. Take in the spectacular views from Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante or explore the rice fields and orange groves that surround Valencia.

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Alicante is a small Spanish city with lots to offer, from golden sandy beaches to an array of dining and nightlife options and unique monuments, museums and parks. Visit the Santa Barbara castle, with its great views across the city, or the famous promenade La Explanada de Espana. Shop until you drop at the Panoramis Complex and explore the narrow lanes of El Barrio, which are filled with a variety of bars. Head to Esplanada, where you can party until late.

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