THE COSTA BLANCA
This is undoubtedly the most tourist area of the province thanks to its sunshine, temperatures, beaches and services… The Costa Blanca. A varied route laden with contrasts which begins in Denia and continues through Jávea (Xàbia), Cabo de San Antonio, Calpe (home to the Natural Reserve of El Peñón de Ifach), Altea, Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Alicante (the main town in the province), Santa Pola, Guardamar de Segura, and ends in Torrevieja. The festivals of tourist interest in the main town in the province include the Hogueras de Alicante, on the feast Day of St John, designated a Festival of International Tourist Interest since 1984; Holy Week and the Festivals of Moors and Christians.
Another important town in the province of Alicante is Elche. The Palm Grove of Elche and the representation of the Mystery of Elche, have been designated a World Heritage Site and Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, respectively. These signs of identity of Elche are some of the main tourist attractions in this industrial town. With the Monastrell and Tempranillo grape varieties, which have gradually been joined by Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, honest, very fruity wines with a medium structure and marked tannins are made in Alicante. And with the famous Muscatel of Alexandria, fragrant and fruity white wines (dry or sweet). In particular, the modern sweet muscatels of Marina Alta are one of the area’s proudest products.
Another quality wine from Alicante is Fondillón, which is a typical rancio wine with a high alcoholic volume, fortified, with a red must that turns amber with ageing, made using grapes bathed in the sun on wattles. It is ideal as a dessert wine. In Utiel-Requena, which grows mainly the Bobal black grape, together with Tempranillo and other add-in varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), very modern reds and rosés are being produced. Balanced, fresh rosé wines that are pleasant in the mouth and very well-structured reds that are tasty and elegant, with all the characteristics of the best Spanish wines.