The region of Alicante stands out as the second most mountainous in Spain and for the one of the best-known and most beautiful coasts of the Mediterranean see, the “Costa Blanca”. Alicante City and Elche are the biggest cities, but there are some other spots that you should not miss if you are thinking of visiting this magnificent region next to Valencia.
For this road trip we have chosen those that, according to our opinion, are the 5 most beautiful towns in Alicante (out of many other beautiful towns and villages). A trip to enjoy, discover, eat and feel the “Costa Blanca”. There is plenty to do, located along the coast and mountain and picturesque villages, it’s perfect for hiking lovers, for those who rather like to learn about history or for those who would want to take a dip in the sea.
it is besides a 5-hour-drive road trip, so it can be easily done in three days. The trip starts and ends at the Alicante airport, where you can rent a car at Wiber Rent a Car, put your favourite music up and take this route through the five most beautiful towns in Alicante. Start living an authentic #WiberExperience!
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWNS IN ALICANTE
Altea is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Altea is one of the most charming coastal towns in Alicante and is located in a beautiful bay, in the region of the “Marina Baja” and next to the “Sierra de Bernia”.
Without a doubt, what stands out in this small town are those typical white houses, which fill the streets of the old town with a unique charm. Just walk around the steep streets and you will run into all the building that are worth a visit: “Nuestra Señora del Consuelo” church (where you will enjoy great views), the Orthodox temple Arcángel Miguel, “Monasterio de las Carmelitas Descalzas” church, the Galera tower, the Bellaguarda tower or the “Palau”.
But not everything is architecture and culture. We would recommend you go for a bath at the end of the day. Water on this side of the Mediterranean is great, crystal, clear water.
We keep driving along the coast heading our second destination: Calpe. On the shores of the Mediterranean see, this town stands out for being next to one of the best known icons of the Costa Blanca, the “Peñon de Ifach”, 332 meters high.
Among the most outstanding sites of this town in Alicante you can find the “Nuestra Señora de las Nieves” church, the Old Church, the Hermitage of “San Juan de la Cometa”, the Hermitage of “El Salvador”, the Castle-Fortress, the “Torreón de la Pieza”, the “Torre del Castellet” or the “Torre del Molí”, among many others.
Also, here you should go for a bath, but a different one this time. The “Baños de la Reina Mora”, some nurseries dug in the rock that give rise to a kind of pool in which the sea water enters directly. Other attractive spots are the “Peñón” Natural Park, the Enginent Park, “Las Salinas” or “La Forat del Mar”.
We go back to our car to go to the “Marina Alta” and head to another of the most charming places in the Alicante region: Jávea, another coastal town with plenty of magnificent beaches. Start the day with the very crystalline waters in the Granadella cove or the “Plata de la Barraca”. But not only that, the great historical legacy of this town makes it a destination to do more than just sun and sand tourism.
The “San Bartolomé” church, the “Nuestra Señora de Loreto” church, “Parroquia del Mar”, the “Virgen de los Ángeles” monastery, the mills or several watchtowers are the main attractions you can visit in the old town. In addition to everything already mentioned, Jávea is surrounded by protected areas such as the Montgó Natural Park or the “Cabo de San Antonio” Marine Reserve.
Now we are heading to the northernmost point of our route through the five most beautiful towns in Alicante to reach Denia. A wide-leisure offer, and the attractive beaches and coves make this city one of the most visited in Spain. In addition, its environment is wonderful to be located in the Montgró Natural Park and next to the Marine Reserve of “Cabo de San Antonio”, which will leave you speechless.
In addition to all the nature around, in Denia you can also enjoy a great cultural heritage such as the castle (where you can find several museums), the “Nuestra Señora de Loreto” convent, the “San Juan” Hermitage, the “Santa Paula” Hermitage, the “Torre de la Almadraba”, the “Torre de Carrals” or the “Torre de Gerro”.
We take our car back to drive away from the coast and get a bit deeper into the mountains and visit our last destination: Guadalest, declared historic-artistic and nestled in a valley with the same name.
This small town is located at 571 meters above sea and it stands out for the “San José” castle, the Alcozaiba castle, the Orduña house, the “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción” church or the prison dated from the XII century. Although it is more like a village, you can visit there 8 museums! The Museum of Microminiatures or the Museum of Nativity Scenes and Doll Houses are examples of them.
- Bonus track: Polop de la Marina
On our way back to the Alicante airport, we can pass by “Polop de la Marina”, with an impressive castle of Muslim origin as main attraction. In addition, the historical legacy also includes other buildings such as “Divina Aurora” Sanctuary, the “San Pedro” church and the well-known Polop fountains.
What did you think about this road trip? Do you think there is any other place that we should have included on this list? Tell us about it!