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Costa Blanca is called, the part of the Spanish east coast, washed by the Mediterranean Sea and for the province of Alicante. It consists of 244 km of beaches, is a very important tourist area on which include cities like: Denia, Alicante, Benidorm, Elche and Santa Pola. It offers plenty of tourism is the main tourism beach and sunshine, beaches and coves of transparent waters, and all kinds of water sports (sailing, windsurfing), but also, less known is the domestic tourism, with hills and valleys, with panoramic views, fresh air and which preserves the traditions of the Costa Blanca.
The history of the Costa blanca, dates back to prehistoric times, as witnessed Mousterian sites in the town of Alcoy. Other findings suggest the presence of man in this area since the Palaeolithic, as found in the Cave of Cendra. In the history museum exhibits Alcoy and Valencia decorated ceramic material as the Neolithic era. There are also numerous sites of the Bronze Age as in the Cabo de San Martin. Of the Iberians have been found and studied entire villages, ceramics and sculptures such as finding the famous "Lady of Elche" that has been in the Prado Museum in Madrid. The ancient Greeks established their first colony founded on the Spanish coast Jávea. Carthaginians and Romans founded after cities such as Alicante, Denia, Elche, Calpe. .In the seventh century the coast was invaded by the Arabs, but in 1245 after the reconquest, La Costa blanca became part of the Kingdom of Valencia.In the eighteenth century to defend the port from pirates built the Castillo de Moraira. During the reign of Felipe V, the Kingdom of Valencia became an annex of Castile and in 1833 split the three provinces that are now known Alicante, Valencia and Castellon.
The gastronomy of this area is typically Mediterranean, with the main food: olive oil, fish, fruits ... The most typical dish is the paella and a great variety of rice: rice soup, rice with the band, rice oven. In winter you can enjoy wines with balls, dishes and pots. In the section on ice cream desserts highlight Jijona, and nougat ice cream (made with almonds).
Places of Interest
In Alicante we find the Municipal Archaeological Museum, harbor and The Esplanade, promenade. In Orihuela, Orihuela Cathedral and the Church of San Pablo. In Elche find the world's largest palm grove. In Benissa, Marina and Bernia, the Cathedral as in almost all towns in the Costa Blanca, Old Town. In Calpe, we have the Rock of Ifach, and Guadales, the castle and many museums.