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Costa Blanca

 

Sunset in Spain offers rental opportunities along the whole Costa Blanca North & Costa Blanca South, as well as along the Costa Cálida. To make you more familiar with our selection and the surroundings of each location, we have listed some more information for you here.

 

The climate of the Costa Blanca: general

The Costa Blanca (“White Coast”) is one of the most popular coastal areas in Spain, and is situated in the east of the country, in the Region of Murcia. The Costa Blanca covers a large part of the coast of the Provinces of Alicante and Valencia. There are several seaside resorts, large and small, along the coastline of the Costa Blanca. Some of these places are very popular with people overwintering. The city of Benidorm is probably the best example.
The Costa Blanca has a Mediterranean climate with the least contrast in weather of the whole of Spain. The whole year round, there is very little rainfall, and the sun comes out a lot every month. With regard to temperatures, too, there are few extremes to mention. It hardly ever freezes, and extreme heat with temperatures of 40 degrees or higher is also rare in this part of the country. The mild, dry winters and pleasantly warm and dry summers are caused by a Mediterranean climate whereby the Mediterranean Sea has a warming effect on the area. This is reinforced by the proximity of mountains and hills behind the Costa Blanca, which hold the heat of the sea and in winter block the cold coming from the interior.
With its 320 days of sunshine a year, the Costa Blanca is a pleasant destination all year round.

 

On holiday to the Costa Blanca?

The high number of hours of sunshine and the summer temperatures make the Costa Blanca an ideal sun destination. Here you will find what is needed for a perfect holiday. The Costa Blanca has amazing beaches and is often surprisingly cheap. Would you like to book a holiday to the Costa Blanca? Contact us via email or by phone at info@sunsetinspain.com

 

Eating & drinking

 A holiday on the Costa Blanca also means enjoying the culinary aspect. In the busiest tourist places, there is often typical tourist food such as you will find in so many places in Europe. Generally not very distinctive, not too expensive and of debatable culinary quality. Unfortunately, this more often than not also applies to the Spanish dishes that you will come across. Often, the taste of these is tailored to tourists, and costs are cut, jeopardising the quality of the ingredients. This way, they can keep the prices quite low for the tourists and/or realise a larger margin of profit. This goes also for wines, cocktails and sangria. Fortunately, there are also places on the Costa Blanca where you can eat deliciously. We at Sunset in Spain have already made a selection of these, which we will inform you of before your arrival, so you know in advance which are the better restaurants. As elsewhere in Spain where there are many tourists, tapas have been transformed from snacks into a sort of meal. The range of tapas varies greatly. Some tapas bars have clearly been influenced by the regional cuisine, whereas other places also put tapas from other Spanish regions on the menu. A dish that is perfect to eat on the Costa Blanca is paella. This is a rice dish that originates in the city of Valencia. A good paella restaurant will often offer several variations, including the typical black paella.

  

Temperatures
The overview below applies to the Costa Blanca North and South. There can be variations of a few degrees between the different cities along the Costa Blanca, but these are minute.

 

The winter months

By far the coldest months in Valencia and on the Costa Blanca are December, January and February, with an average temperature of 16 degrees during the day and 6 degrees at night. March is an in-between month. Often, the temperature rises to higher values due to the stronger sunshine, but periods comparable to February are also possible.

 

Night frost

Night frost is rare on the coast. The one time in ten years when one does wake up to frozen ground or snow, public life will briefly come to a halt. Almost no car will be able to reach the mostly steep driveways outside the houses, and road salt will be hard to find, leaving roads impossible to drive on.
A little bit further away from the coast, frost does occur regularly in the winter, and the mountaintops from about 800 metres up are white with snow or hail for a short time every year.

 

Spring

 The real spring mostly begins in the second half of March, and until June the temperatures slowly rise to an average of 24 degrees during the day and 12 degrees at night.

 

Summer

 Summer breaks out in June, with 27 degrees during the day and 17 at night.
July and August are the months with the highest temperatures and the lowest yearly rainfall, 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 20 degrees Celsius at night.
The reason that the months of July and August have hardly any rainfall is that during this time there are mainly southerly winds, which bring dry and relatively warm air from the African mainland with its desert climate.
With temperatures only slightly lower than in August, it is still really summery in September and the beginning of October.

 

Autumn

 In October and November, there is a slow decrease in the temperature to 20 degrees during the day and 10 at night. However, this period is also the time of the “Gota Fria”.

 

Gota Fria

 The famous “Gota Fria” is a phenomenon that in the past caused much inconvenience in the months of October and November due to the heavy, plentiful rainfall during that period. (Repairs to infrastructure and improvements to water management in this area are on-going and have already cost tens of millions.)

 Literally translated, “Gota Fria” means the Cold Bell, but it is usually called the “cold shower” due to the mostly heavy rainfall, which falls mainly on the Costas. Not only can heavy rainfall plague the Costas, but thunder, hail and lots of wind come with it, too. The Gota Fria occurs once every 2 years on average.