The Costa Blanca or White Coast, which extends along that section of the Mediterranean coast, which corresponds, to the province of Alicante, is made up of two clearly differentiated scenic sectors. To the North, a curtain of mountains runs parallel to the sea, descending at times to form cliffs; to the South, a vast plain of sand patches, palm trees and salt deposits make up the backdrop for the beaches.
The traveller can choose any of the corners of this coast, from the most bustling and cosmopolitan to those, which still maintain their rural air beside the sea. In any case, the trip to the nearby regions is well worth the venture for they make up a fine representation of the typical Mediterranean countryside. From the valleys, which are covered with stepped orchards and keep alive its Moorish past, to the palm trees of unmistakable African origin, the horizons of the Costa Blanca offer the most varied attractions
The climate offers variations as well. The temperatures are usually mild -the annual average is a little higher than 17ºC- and rain is scarce, though the rainfall is logically higher in the mountainous northern sector, in comparison with the lowlands which surround Elche and Orihuela. The fields of almond trees, the vineyards, the fruit orchards and the magnificent palm trees form vegetation, which emphasises the oriental nature of the landscape.
The south coast of Alicante, from the mouth of the Segura River in Guardamar to Pilar de la Horadada, has experienced spectacular growth rates in tourism over the last few years.
This quality coastline with its sandy beaches, exotic dunes, rolling hills of the interior, and challenging golf courses, plus numerous residential estates and tourist accommodations, have consolidated this part of the coast as an ideal destination for a few days of leisure or a complete summer or winter holiday.
Guardamar Del Segura
The ancient town was built on a hill whose skirts were washed by the river Segura. Still preserved are the ruins of a castle and other historic remains from Hellenic times, when this town was a port.
Eleven kilometres of dunes and sandy beaches in Guardamar give you the chance to choose isolated spots or more frequented spots where you can spend the day near the sea.
Torrevieja is mainly a residential area, perfect for all year round living due to its excellent climate: Over 300 days of sun a year and an average temperature of 20ºC. It is also a popular holiday area thanks to its many fine beaches and lively atmosphere. The other important economic resource of this coastal town, coexisting with tourism, is the salt it extracts from the La Mata and Torrevieja salt flats now listed as a national park.
The Torrevieja salt flats have a perimeter of 25 Km, and are connected to the La Mata lagoon. From the lagoon, the Acequión canal runs to the sea. Today, residential areas are built on the surrounding hills, but the parkland has been preserved.
Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, Villamartín, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Dehesa de Campoamor - these are all tourist resorts founded to attend to the rising national and international demand for quality vacation spots. Today they provide comfort and relaxation for many fortunate guests. The area is considered ideal for golfing, and three excellent 18-hole courses have been constructed. The challenging terrain, with Mediterranean shrub land, trees and vegetation, provides impeccable facilities for golf enthusiasts.
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