Averages for Costa Blanca in December
Costa Blanca locals and tourists can expect around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, and 325 days per year of bright blue skies, and hazy sunshine. This means December is still likely to provide 180 hours of sunshine in the month, at six hours per day – not bad! December is the coldest month of the year, with an average of 12 degrees Celsius, 55 degrees in Fahrenheit and lows of seven degrees. Sea temperatures return to the January average of 15 degr...
Costa Blanca locals and tourists can expect around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, and 325 days per year of bright blue skies, and hazy sunshine. This means December is still likely to provide 180 hours of sunshine in the month, at six hours per day – not bad! December is the coldest month of the year, with an average of 12 degrees Celsius, 55 degrees in Fahrenheit and lows of seven degrees. Sea temperatures return to the January average of 15 degrees Celsius, but the amount of rainfall does decrease slightly against November's figures. It is unlikely to get any colder at this time of year, due to the surrounding landscape, which is likely to block the path of any cold winds coming in from the north.
Things to do
Christmas is a time for families to come together, and two attractions will provide family fun in equal value. The Ozone Bowling venue in the town of Moraira provides both a fun and competitive pre-Christmas activity.
The Benidorm Circus does have a story to tell and is uniquely different from many circus performances across the world. There is a distinct flair of creativity, modernity, cultural appeal and finesse delivered by human artists as opposed to animals. Benidorm Circus is fun for all the family and a great way to see in the winter festivities.
Dates for the diary
As with the start of the year, the end of the calendar season provides a quiet feel to local and cultural events in Costa Blanca. The pick of a tame bunch is the International Puppet Festival in early December. It began back in 1984 and has grown in popularity year in, year out. Organised by the Alicante Town Hall, 206 groups from various countries have taken part with every puppet technique thought of having been used over the years. This is a fun family affair – for the kids in particular.
Town Hall, Alicante, Costa Brava.
Hit the beach
Puerto Blanco beach in Calpe is a quiet, sheltered cove with a coarse, gravelly sandy beach and some lovely views. The beach has a lifeguard service, toilets, foot-baths and a super cool beach bar which serves fab food.
Sandy Beach in Calpe, Costa Blanca.
The wide choice of restaurants available in Costa Blanca is enough to whet anyone's appetite. The Thai option of Papaya Tree has been internationally recognised for its success in the Playa Flamenca area. Since they opened in 2004, it has become a firm favourite, and with a four course meal at unbeatable value for money, it's easy to see why it was shortlisted last year as the best Asian Restaurant in the Coast Rider culinary awards.
The best nightlife in the run-up to Christmas will be find in the Benidorm area. The Daytona is a motorcycle bar on the Levante Beach Pavilion, and plays live rock music for the majority of the day, as well as showing the latest worldwide sports action. American cuisine is the order of the day.
Elsewhere, the Hippodrome nightclub is among one of the common places for clubbers to go and dance into the early hours. It is a lively venue which caters for all. If you don't fancy hitting the dance floor, there is an outside terrace overlooking the busy Benidorm square beneath, so you can sit back and soak up the hustle and bustle instead of having to be in the thick of it.
Where to stay
The Porto Calpe Hotel in Calpe is located within 500 metres of Levante Beach. It's a great place to spend the festive season with many bars and restaurants just a five-minute stroll away. The hotel is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, TV lounge with DVD player, and each room has a balcony with wonderful sea views over Calpe Harbour.
Azahar in Denia is a modern apartment situated in a chilled out spot near the beaches and restaurants in the area. Having been built within the last decade, the complex looks smart and is well equipped.
On a far bigger scale, Palm Beach in Benidorm has a special children's play area - ideal for families. Altea Hills in Altea provides five-star amenities such as a sports centre, a spa and picturesque tropical gardens.
Easy Lounge in Alicante is positioned near to the main train station, so this guest house is a great location for backpackers who want a shorter stay. Near all of Alicante's main attractions and historic venues, the rates for staying in this hostel are excellent and a number of different rooms are on offer; from three bed and six bed dorms to private rooms.
Pension Marina in Javea offers some top deals come the winter months. Located on the old port of Xabia, this hotel is another example of accommodation that has been totally refurbished on the seafront – to great effect.