Old and new Spain sit enticingly side by side along the
Mediterranean coast in the region of Valencia and the Costa Blanca.
Nowhere is the gracious past more sweetly savoured. And in no spot
can you enjoy more pleasures tailor-made for the modern vacation
The region's largest city, Valencia traces its roots back to
prehistoric times, when humankind first settled in this fertile
spot. Indeed, to this day the city and its surroundings seem a
veritable Eden, lush with palms, pomegranates, almond, olive, and
lemon trees. The legendary Spanish hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar,
better known as El Cid, battled the Moorish rulers here in the 11th
century AD. The epic poem that chronicled his great exploits
described Valencia as 'the luminous city', words still proven true
today by the way the golden sun plays across its elegant old
towers. Thanks to its balmy Mediterranean climate, Valencia's seems
equally radiant after dark, with a nightlife centred on its many
outdoor cafes and other gathering spots.
Following the coast southwest from Valencia and connected by a
modern autoroute and swift train service, the Costa Blanca, or
'white coast', meanders playfully through an assortment of beach
vacation destinations to suit any taste, from such charming
villages as Altea, Calpe, and Javea; to historic harbour towns like
Murcia and Denia, which have embraced tourism while safeguarding
the past; to modern developments that seem almost exclusively
devoted to sunbathing by day and nightclubbing after dark,
epitomised by the highrise-lined strand of Benidorm.
Whichever particular destination you choose in the region of
Valencia and the Costa Blanca, you can be assured of a gracious
welcome and the opportunity to sample the many different facets of
this delightfully varied part of Spain. Your wisest strategy is to
settle in comfortably for a good, long stay that provides you with
the chance to enjoy it all.
Cities and Towns of Valencia & the Costa Blanca
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