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The Costa Blanca

Stretching south of Valencia, the Costa Blanca (White Coast), boasts some of the best beaches on this coast, especially between Gandía and Benidorm. Much of it, though, suffers from the worst excesses of package tourism, with concrete building projects looming over the sand. It pays to book ahead in summer, particularly in August. Campers have it somewhat easier – there are hundreds of campsites – but driving can be a nightmare unless you stick to the toll roads. If you’re taking the inland route as far as Gandía, you’ll get the opportunity to see the historic town of Xátiva.