Costa Blanca Itinerary – A Long Weekend Spring Escape

Costa Blanca Itinerary – A Long Weekend Spring Escape

When we first thought of Costa Blanca in Spain, we imagined laid back cities, beach life and retirement. However, after a little research we discovered that the region spanning between Alicante and Valencia, has a lot more to offer. It seamlessly blends the charm of seaside villages with the grandeur of mountainous backdrops and the vibrant life of historical cities. In this article we’ll take you on a long weekend of exploring a region that captures the essence of Spain’s breathtaking diversity. This adventure won’t be confined to the well known paths of a single city, but spanned across a mix of landscapes. From the serene Mediterranean sea to the rugged mountain peak, a perfect spring escape over a weekend itinerary in Costa Blanca.

Itinerary Day 1: Culture, Nature and Sunset Views of Costa Blanca

Morning: Your adventure in Costa Blanca kicks off upon landing in the bustling city of Valencia as the first stop of this itinerary. It’s known for its rich history, futuristic Arts and Sciences complex, and the birthplace of paella. Although your stay will be brief, make the most of your time. Wander through the old town admiring the gothic Valencia Cathedral, and indulging in authentic Valencian paella.

Afternoon: Venture towards the rugged landscapes of Costa Blanca. Your first stop is Cova Tallada, a hidden gem carved into the cliffs at the edge of the Mediterranean. It’s accessible only by a scenic hike or a kayak. The entrance to the cave is tricky, luckily there are chains installed to secure safety of the visitors.

Drive to the sandy shores of Calpe Beach. It’s renowned for its clear waters and the imposing Peñón de Ifach rock. Have a lunch at one of the beach bars and relax in the sun before your late afternoon adventure.

Evening: No visit to the coastline of Alicante would be complete without witnessing a sunset from Mirador de Carabiniers. The hike to this lookout point will take you about an hour. However, once you arrive at the top and witness the setting sun casting golden hues over the beautiful landscape, you’ll know that a little effort was worth it. Take in the panoramic views of the coastline and the tranquil sound of the waves. Start your descent when there is still some light left. Otherwise bring a headlamp to be able to hike down in the dark.

Day 2: Unique Architecture and Scenic Vistas

Morning: Spend the night at the famous Edifici La Muralla Roja. This apartment complex with striking red, blue and pink walls and geometric design make it a photographer’s dream. It became especially famous after the tv series ‘Squid Game’ was released. Edifici La Muralla Roja has a striking similarity to the tv shows location. Bare in mind that Edifici La Muralla Roja is a residential building and the only way to visit (and photograph) it, is by staying in one of the apartments. You can find the listings on Airbnb.

Spend the morning walking the labyrinth of colourful corridors and capturing this unique architectural wonder.

Afternoon: After checking out get ready for some mountainous adventures, as you’ll embarked on a hike through the Serra de Bernia. This mountain range offers breathtaking views and a sense of serenity. Take the circular path to the left through a rugged terrain. It will lead you to El forat de Bernia. You will have to push through a narrow tunnel (you’ll just have to bend a little) to reach the other side- and trust us, the views will be worth it. The trails continues on the other side of the mountain and eventually will rejoin the beginning.

Day 3: Camino del Faro, Altea, Benidorm and Alicante

Morning: Start the last day of your Costa Blanca weekend itinerary with a short hike to Camino del Faro, a path leading to a lighthouse perched on a cliff. The route offers serene views of the coastline. The route is paved and easy to walk on.

Afternoon: Make a short stop in Altea, a charming town nestled between the sea and the mountains. Take a walk around the old quarter with whitewashed houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and the iconic blue-domed church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo. After that head to the vibrant city of Benidorm which dazzles with its towering skyscrapers, bustling nightlife and expansive sandy beaches. Visit the Balcó del Mediterrani and stop for sangria del cava at one of the bars at Platja de Llevant.

Evening: Before departing back home, make a short visit in Alicante. Stop by the majestic Mount Benacantil and the historic Santa Bárbara Castle, perched atop the hill. Take in the panoramic views of the azure waters below. For dinner stop at a traditional tapas bar, before you evening flight out.

Best time to visit

The most ideal times to visit Costa Blanca for a perfect weekend itinerary are during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) months. During these periods, the weather is pleasantly warm, with average temperatures ranging from 18°C to 25°C, making it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying the beaches without the peak summer crowds.

We wrote this article for those looking for a warm and sunny destination, when most of Europe is just starting to leave the winter behind. When we visited mid March 2023, the temperatures reached 29 degrees during the day.

Getting around

The best way to explore the area during your spring escape over a long weekend in Costa Blanca is by renting a car. Car rentals in Spain are usually fairly cheap. We rented with Sixt and payed 115 Eur for 4 days.

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