Averages for Costa Blanca in February
As the year progresses, the weather starts to get warmer in Costa Blanca, although February's averages are still only marginally better than January. Sun lovers will be glad to hear that this month brings an extra hour of sun per day. At least rainfall levels remain low, too, with only four days of rain forecasted per month. Seawater temperatures stay at the same level as they did in January, with air temperatures reaching an annual high of 17 degree...
As the year progresses, the weather starts to get warmer in Costa Blanca, although February's averages are still only marginally better than January. Sun lovers will be glad to hear that this month brings an extra hour of sun per day. At least rainfall levels remain low, too, with only four days of rain forecasted per month. Seawater temperatures stay at the same level as they did in January, with air temperatures reaching an annual high of 17 degrees Celsius.
Things to do
Another of the main museums to visit in Costa Blanca is MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum in Alicante. This museum provides a great mix of historical and archaeological artefacts. Having won international stardom as the European Museum of the Year nine years ago for the originality of the exhibits on display, the MARQ is in great company alongside other classical worldwide museums, such as the Salzburg Museum in Austria and the National Railway Museum in the UK in York.
This is an intriguing trip, but so too is an excursion to the hugely popular fish market and auction over in Denia. The locals enjoy their food in Costa Blanca, and freshly prepared fish is among their favourite dishes. Head to the port of Denia around mid-afternoon, and you will see the fishermen determined to haul in an impressive catch. When their business is complete, the caught fish are taken to La Lonja, so interested customers can see what is available before the start of the auction. Ultimately, some of the fish will go to the lowest bidder in the auction (different to traditional English auctions), and the rest makes general sale for the public. Even if fish is not part of your everyday diet, this is a lively, colourful part of life in Costa Blanca and interesting from a spectator's point of view.
Things to do
Playa del Cura is the beach resort of Torrevieja, and while it is perhaps best to avoid it during the peak summer months due to the crowds, it is a great place to go before June. The beach is a pretty spot to relax and enjoy a stroll and a picnic; swimmers should note that the sea bed is quite stony here.
Sunrise, Playa Del Cura, Costa Blanca. Photo by Cristian Bortes.
Les Bassetes beach in Calpe is gorgeous. Conditions are perfect for learning how to sail (heck, why not aim for Olympic standard) thanks to the area being suitably sheltered, and the underwater sea bed here is ideal for diving.
Dates for the diary
In mid-February, there are major carnival festivities throughout the Alicante area of Costa Blanca. There are a number of parties, which include colourful processions of decorated floats and the traditional burying of a sardines on Ash Wednesday.
Aitona restaurant in Benidorm does some of the best paella around. Paella is the most common dish in Spain, and is enjoyed regularly by both tourists and locals alike. Grilled meat is served as an alternative. Or, head to the El Toro Steak House over in Benijofar. This restaurant adopts a modern European approach to dining and offers a different feel to your regular steak house. Dutch steaks lead the way, and they have been especially imported from Holland to reach their new destination by the sea.
Benidorm Palace is a very professional show, even if the venue looks like it could do with a lick of paint. There are options to dine, as well as enjoy an entertaining, lively show full of cabaret acts and dancers. The night isn't cheap as chips but is guaranteed to be a lot of fun and a quality night out.
Another good night out is Clan Cabaret in Alicante. Regular live music performances and entertaining plays take place during the course of the year, and in the summer, it turns into disco fever – bound to please youngsters who fancy strutting their stuff on the dance floor.
Where to stay
Situated in Elche, the Hotel Areca opened in 2006 and offers guests a calm and tranquil place to stay. Facilities include a free spa, private parking and a well-maintained terrace garden.
From the modernisms of Areca to Hotel Buena Vista in Denia, this is of the classic brand of Spanish hotel. This 19th century mansion has had a makeover since those days, and the majority of the rooms offer a tremendous sea view and facilities for swimming, sauna and gym equipment. It might look slightly dated from the outside, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the inside, which is full of character and very charming.
Campsites are few and far between in Costa Blanca, but the main one is Campsite Internacional La Marina. Open all year round, it has regular deals for mega savings for savvy tourists. The campground has 36 bungalows, all in different categories to cater for all types of individual and prices. Bicycle rental is available and there's an outdoor themed swimming lake, too.
One of the leading hostels in Costa Blanca is Mont Royal, situated on the San Juan beach in Alicante. The main amenities at this accommodation include a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi, with optional deals for those preferring a breakfast and lunch package.
Coral Beach Apartments in Calpe is the place to be if the plan is to go on a family holiday on a self-catering basis. This apartment is close to the shops, the beach and the restaurants, so there is plenty for everyone to remain content and occupied.