The Costa Blanca has long become a favorite beach holiday destination for both citizens of many European countries and the Spaniards themselves. However, in addition to the standard pastime on the seashore, alternating with cultural and gastronomic programs, every major locality has plenty of opportunities for water sports.
This, among other things, is facilitated by the warm, favorable climate that occurs throughout the year in the area from Denia to Pilar de Horadada. The water temperature here, even in the coldest month of the year (February), does not drop below 14ºC, not to mention the air, which sometimes warms up to 25ºC in winter. In July and August, the sea is the only salvation from the scorching heat, but at the same time it encourages you to combine business with pleasure.
A characteristic feature of the Costa Blanca coast is the almost complete absence of strong waves, so necessary for surfers, who can only be seen here during a storm. However, such conditions are ideal for teaching beginners, and surf schools operate on the beaches of Alicante, Santa Pola and San Juan, as well as in Torrevieja, where they also teach people with disabilities. Other water activities can be practiced either independently or with the help of numerous agencies that provide services of this kind and at the same time guarantee complete safety.
Unlike strong waves, winds on the Costa Blanca are not very rare, so windsurfing (sailing on a light board) can be done on almost any open and long beach. There are several types of wind, typical for each section of the coast, time of day and season, the most “productive” of which lasts from May to September.
The main places for windsurfing on the Costa Blanca: Denia, Benissa, Moraira, Calpe, Altea, Alicante, Alfaz del Pi, Santa Pola, Torrevieja. The cost of training in schools located in Denia, Calpe and Santa Pola starts from 30 euros per lesson in a group for 4 people (from 50 euros – individually for any level).
This relatively young and quite extreme water sport involves moving through the waves on a board following a kite or parachute. It is best to practice kitesurfing in spring and autumn – especially since during the summer holiday season, riding along the beaches is prohibited in order to avoid collisions with swimmers and those riding pedal boats or jet skis.
The main places for kitesurfing on the Costa Blanca are San Juan and Santa Pola (competitions are also held there), although it is better to learn on the Mar Menor, where there are no high and strong waves. The cost of one group lesson, designed for 3 hours, starts from 80 euros, introductory instruction of the same duration will cost 65 euros.
In terms of extremeness, kitesurfing can easily compete with flyboarding – flying over the sea on a special board driven by the jet force of water flows. The height of the jumps can reach 12 meters; They are often accompanied by various spectacular stunts followed by diving into the water and rapidly jumping out of it. It is believed that in order to master a flyboard, only a quarter of an hour is enough; the only requirement is to be over 16 years old.
The main places for flyboarding on the Costa Blanca are: Denia, Javea, Altea, Torrevieja and Benidorm (on Poniente beach). The cost of one lesson/session starts from 60 euros.
The complete opposite of the above water sports is paddle surfing (or as it is also called, SUP surfing), which became fashionable on the Costa Blanca in the middle of the last decade. There are no restrictions on age or level of preparedness for this method of active recreation on the water. From the outside it may seem that rowing while standing on a board sliding along the surface of the water is nothing complicated, but in reality this is not so.
You can practice paddle surfing on all beaches without exception, and sports schools located in the cities of Alicante, Altea, Denia, Calpe and Torrevieja offer training courses starting from 20 euros per lesson.
Water skiing and wakeboarding
Water skiing or boarding behind a motorboat in Calpe, Benissa and Moraira helps improve many physical qualities and overall fitness. An alternative to these places is the Cable Ski water park, located at the end of Levante beach in Benidorm.
Cable Ski operates from April to October inclusive, from 11:00 to 18:00. There are several tariffs based on time, number of attempts, age and purpose of the lesson, but for beginners there is a two-day course (1.5 hours each day) ranging from 35 to 52 euros. Usually it is quite enough to confidently get on your skis or board and enjoy skiing.
Jet skis (jet skis)
For lovers of higher speeds and more thrilling sensations, a jet ski ride will be a good entertainment. This can be done independently after a preliminary lesson or accompanied by an instructor. In the latter case, you can make an exciting voyage from Benidorm or Torrevieja to the nearby islands.
In addition, you can go jet skiing and get your dose of adrenaline from June to September in Denia, Calpe, Altea and Alicante. A half-hour trip will cost an average of 75 euros.
The reputation of the best diving spots on the Costa Blanca has been established in the area around Cape Peñon de Ifach in Calpe and the island of Tabarca, which have the status of biosphere reserves. The underwater flora and fauna here is very colorful and diverse, and it is easy to meet such representatives as octopuses, stingrays, moray eels and cuttlefish.
Underwater routes popular with both beginners and experienced divers include Neptune’s Bath near Portichol Island in Javea and Elephant Cave in Altea, as well as excursions to the remains of an ancient Roman trading ship located at a depth of 25 meters near Villajoyosa. . You can learn to scuba dive in Alicante, Calpe, El Campello, Santa Pola, Altea, Benissa and Moraira.
The choice of water sports on the Costa Blanca does not end there; the list is complemented by snorkeling (swimming with fins and a mask with a snorkel), kayaking (travelling the sea on a small rowing boat designed for 1-2 people), parasailing (flying over the surface of the water with a parachute attached to a boat) and such extreme entertainment as coastering (combines rock climbing, diving and swimming).
Special mention should be made of trips on yachts that are rented – both with and without a crew. To operate a sailing vessel on your own, you must complete a training course at one of the local yachting schools and receive an international diploma. The duration of such courses is 3-4 months, and the cost varies between 700-1100 euros.
There are yachting schools and sports ports in cities such as Alicante, Altea, Albir, Benidorm, Benissa, Moraira, Calpe and Torrevieja. They operate at maritime clubs, which, in turn, have berths for yachts. The cost of renting a place depends on the size of the vessel and the length of stay – for example, one week on average will cost from 50 to 650 euros, one month – from 190 to 2350 euros, and one year – from 900 to 7700 euros.