The many towns and villages of the northern Costa Blanca still maintain many of their customs, traditions and the way of life this part of the world offers. With its many fiestas and spectacular festivities, you may find yourself enchanted by the "Burning of the Fallas" in Denia, whereby giant, animated, papier-mâché sculptures are put on display and ultimately set alight or marvelling at the fantastic costumes and firework displays of the "Moros y Cristianos" festivals held in many towns, a portrayal of the historical rivalry between the two cultures, of which have formed the character of the region over the centuries.
The northern Costa Blanca is renowned for its wide variety of restaurant and bars serving both delicious local dishes and international cuisine, the leading dishes being made up of fresh fish and rice. The cosmopolitan coastal resorts offer a wide range of international flavours, of which some have been awarded Michelin stars. The more rural districts often offer local dishes reflecting the produce of the area, served in traditional Spanish restaurants at very reasonable prices.
Sport in Spain
The sportspersons among us have everything they could hope for. Those with a preference of watersports will delight in the many marinas along the entire coast offering such activities as underwater diving, sailing, fishing, windsurfing, boat hire, waterskiing and jet skiing. You will also find many facilities for playing tennis, karting, bowling and much more.
Every town has social clubs catering for every kind of sport or cultural activity. Horse riding is available at several of the stables in the region and the mountainous landscapes offer plenty of opportunity for hiking, walking or even mountaineering. There are numerous golf courses the area has to offer, such as the Don Cayo course in the Ifach area of Altea, Javea Golf Club, La Sella near Denia, and slightly further north, Oliva Nova Golf.