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Are you ready to take on the Costa Blanca challenge?

Are you in the mood to jump up from your sun bed and raise your pulse to new levels? Are you looking for a unique, fun and exciting way to discover and explore the most beautiful coast in Spain?

If your answer is yes, you have come to the right place!

The Costa Blanca is a diverse and magnificent area that has something special in store for each and every one seeking a thrill and the extraordinary. Sports and outdoor activities are all around, on the ground, in the air and in the sea, and Costa Blanca is ready to blow you away with the most fantastic assortment of sport and outdoor activity offers you could ever dream of.

 

Let’s start with our feet on the ground, and one of the most popular sports in Spain, namely Golf

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to paradise!

The Costa Blanca is an international champion when it comes to golf destinations. There is a total of 21 golf courses in the area, of which several regularly host international championships. There is a wide variety of styles and terrains to choose from, everything from stunning coastlines to rugged mountains as well as different levels of difficulty.

The amazing climate we have with yearly average temperatures between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius and over 320 days of sunshine each year make it possible to play golf all year round.

If you are on a mission to bring your handicap down to the single digits, or if you are holding that 7 iron for the very first time, you will be happy to know that most clubs offer private instructors and lessons.

Being golf enthusiasts ourselves, we will gladly give you personal recommendations of courses in the area.

 

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Do you prefer Tennis?

Tennis is a very popular sport in Spain, and tennis courts are easy to come by. If you do not have one in the residential area near you, most towns have public facilities.

There are also a variety of sports and fitness clubs that have tennis, squash and table tennis facilities and organize lessons and activities for the whole family.

If you are new to the game this is an excellent opportunity to start playing, and what a wonderful way to burn calories and get a tan at the same time!

 

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Running, Cycling & Swimming

Whether you enjoy running, cycling or swimming individually, or you feel like taking on the maximum challenge and training for that triathlon you have always been dreaming of – you could not ask for better terrain and weather conditions than what we have here in Costa Blanca.

Kilometers of sandy beaches, calm waters, diverse mountain trails, loads of sunshine and all the modern tourist and sport-oriented infrastructure with optimum road links, make the Costa Blanca the ideal place for sports training.

Pro cycling teams are easy to spot on the roads, and the sandy beaches are always full of footprints from morning runs. Paths that run between the citrus fields, and carve their way up the mountain side always lead to amazing destinations with breathtaking views of Mediterranean landscapes.

 

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Personal trainers and training camps/services are always available, and there are races and sporting events you can attend all year around, both for amateurs and athletes alike.

For example, the small Spanish village of Benijofar organizes a yearly charity run, and Guardamar del Segura is well known for its summer triathlon and family bicycle day.

Let us know if you need any help with your bike rental/purchase or sourcing any other sport equipment in general, we are happy to help.

 

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Rock Climbing & Hiking

The province of Alicante is mostly associated with its coastal beaches, and always linked to life by the sea. However, a less known fact is that Alicante is the second most mountainous province in Spain. A large part of its territory is comprised of valleys and peaks, forming an incredible landscape that is just waiting to be explored by the most adventurous souls.

There are hundreds of kilometers of hiking paths and mountain trails that will take you through valleys, waterfalls and hidden caves to show you some of the regions hidden natural treasures.

You can explore by foot, mountain bike or horseback and achieve the perfect combination of nature, leisure and exercise.

There are numerous climbing clubs and hiking groups that provide more detailed information about routes and destinations or you could join a group activity as a great way to meet new people.

The Costa Blanca is a very popular destination for rock climbing, with over 3,000 routes at 40 separate crags – enough to keep the most enthusiastic rock climber happy for many rock climbing adventures. You can choose from a variety of difficulty levels, routes and terrains and there are even a few “via ferreta” routes that include scrambling, canyoning and abseiling.

 

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Water Sports

With its warm and clear waters and array of top quality facilities, the Costa Blanca offers endless opportunities for enjoying sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing, diving, snorkeling, and paddle surf – all year around.

 

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It is home to twenty five yacht clubs and marinas, and is a nautical paradise for those who wish to enjoy some wind in their sails, or discover a hidden cove from a catamaran, sailboat or kayak.

It is a region which has a long maritime culture and tradition and hosts many international races and sporting events throughout the year. The most famous being the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, which takes place every three years and has led to the development of a wide range of facilities and activities related to sailing and sports tourism.

 

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With its exceptionally low rainfall, regular winds, mild temperatures, and many charming coastal town and villages, the Costa Blanca is a perfect sailing destination. In most of its marinas you will find a sailing club ready to facilitate your next adventure.

For example, the Sailing School of Guardamar del Segura (Escuela de Vela Guardamar) is open all year long and offers a wide variety of services, activities and equipment. You can rent a boat for the day, or go on a guided tour by kayak, take windsurfing lessons, or finally get that diving license you have dreaming about.

During summer months and school holidays they have an excellent program for children as well as adults. Kids down to 5 years old are exposed to multiple activities such as windsurfing, kayak, sailing and body board, and learn about teamwork and responsibility at sea from a fantastic and very professional team of instructors.

As long time members of the sailing club we speak from experience when we say they are simply amazing. In addition to being very serious and upholding the strictest safety standards, they are fun and very welcoming to newcomers, speak several languages and cater to a very international group of people.

The waters of Guardamar are very friendly and ideal for beginners and children. In the evenings the waters are so calm that you can even join a yoga-SUP class at the marina. A SUP is a Stand Up Paddleboard and Guardamar is the perfect place to try this fun activity.

 

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For those seeking bigger waves and more action, the bay of Santa Pola is a great place to visit. It is famous all across Europe for its excellent weather and wind conditions that are ideal for high velocity air and water sports, such as kite surfing for example.

There is a special phenomenon that occurs here when the winds enter the bay, that has made Santa Pola a top kite surfing destination worldwide. So if you want to feel the thrill of flying over the water, this is the place for you.

The beaches of Santa Pola are a popular hang out for local kitesurfing celebrities, and there is always someone showing off their skills and performing spectacular stunts. There are many schools and instructors, and the rental equipment is always up to date as it is a sport which is rapidly evolving.

Santa Pola is also excellent for windsurfing, and this is another activity that is popular and highly accessible.

 

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For diving and snorkeling there is no better place than Tabarca Island. This charming little Island is the only inhabited island in the Valencia region, and is known for its Spanish charm, crystal clear waters and its surrounding protected Mediterranean Marine Reserve.

You can reach Tabarca by boat (or windsurf, kayak and you can even swim if you like) and there are ferries and taxi boats from Santa Pola, Alicante and Guardamar that take around an hour.

Tabarca offers an abundance of flora and fauna that make it an exciting destination for snorkeling and diving, and the Island itself is a lovely place to spend a day.

 

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When it comes to equipment, you have nothing to worry about, everything can be easily provided and there are numerous beginners courses for all the activities mentioned above.

The sky is the limit!

 

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