Averages for Costa Blanca in September
Autumn may well begin in late September, but that doesn't mean to say there will be a sudden change in conditions. September is the hottest month of this period, with average temperatures still sitting at 25 degrees Celsius, and reaching a high of 28 degrees Celsius. The main change between August and September is the amount of rainfall seen per day. This rises from just one day at the end of summer, to four as autumn approaches, and is a figure that g...
Autumn may well begin in late September, but that doesn't mean to say there will be a sudden change in conditions. September is the hottest month of this period, with average temperatures still sitting at 25 degrees Celsius, and reaching a high of 28 degrees Celsius. The main change between August and September is the amount of rainfall seen per day. This rises from just one day at the end of summer, to four as autumn approaches, and is a figure that gradually rises until the end of the calendar year. The autumn season is the wettest in the Costa Blanca.
Things to do
Enjoying a variety of water sports activities is a popular pastime in Costa Blanca. The top location to get a water-based fix is Las Antipodas Watersports Centre. Windsurfing is a fun and fulfilling sport, and children can have a go too – that will impress friends back home!
If you're up for something a little more relaxing and sedate, beeline to Jardin de los Sentidos in Altea, which is known as the garden of the senses. Children under 15 are not allowed into this garden, which is perhaps a little strict but does ensure an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. There is no time limit once the entrance fee has been paid, so work your way around at a leisurely pace and enjoy looking at (and smelling) the 400 plant species living in the garden. There is a choice of tea and coffee, and some scrumptious homemade cake, too. A lovely day out, and a break from the beach.
Dates for the diary
September is the calm after the storm of all the exciting action of August. The Torrevieja district does however have its annual youth fair in late September. The two days of information and advice offer some serious guidance on the issues of health and safety in the area, along with potential career advice for the future. Many of the local sport teams attend, along with local bands and volunteer groups. While it might not carry the full excitement of a festival, it is crucial fixture in the Torrevieja events calendar.
The party doesn't stop in Benidorm with two Asturias Days on the 7th and 8th September, followed by the Wine Harvest Festival. A number of events mark the festival, including wine tasting and church services.
Hit the beach
The most popular beach in Moraira is the largest too, and that is Platja de l'Ampolla. There is a superb range of facilities on offer, including beach bars, sun beds and various watersports activities.
A quieter beach to go to is the Playa la Granadella in Javea. It is quite a trek but a nice alternative to more popular sandy beaches, although it still tends to get busy right through the summer, so head there early for a prime spot.
Playa La Grandella, Javea, Costa Blanca. Photo by dmytrok.
Torrevieja offers a great choice of international cuisines and among them is the Japanese buffet restaurant, Me Too Sushi. The food is of excellent quality and all-you-can-eat style. Don't be put off if you've never tried sushi and don't know much about it, the waiters are on hand to share their extensive knowledge.
Over in Denia, El Poblet restaurant is the best place to try some of the famous prawns associated with the town. The traditional rice dishes are also given a major twist thanks to the culinary creativity skill displayed by the confident young chef who runs the place. This restaurant is closed in February and March.
Where to stay
Ideally situated close to the main tourist area of Benidorm, Riviera Beach Hotel is now a four-star property after some refurbishment. This is a lovely place for couples seeking some peace and quiet conducive to a romantic break away, as the hotel doesn't accept children under the age of 16. There is a great bar for entertainment and sport, along with the standard room requirements such as a balcony, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.
More welcoming for families is Sol Pelicanos/Ocas hotel in Benidorm. This is a very popular holiday complex, and those who might recognise the residence from various pictures will spot this as the regular backdrop to the ITV comedy series Benidorm. There is a choice of all inclusive and half-board options, along with two indoor bars, two pool bars and two kids' clubs – The Cool Club for ages 9-12 and Flintstones Land for ages 5-8. Staying at the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas will provide the action-packed holiday everyone is after.
The villa complex at Apartments Benimeit is a good choice of accommodation for families of two or four people. There are six apartments in the region, with economical prices throughout. Situated in a quiet area of Moraira, the bedrooms are doubles with facilities for an outdoor barbeque and lounges.
Hotel Villa Marisol in Calpe has one of the biggest breakfast buffets in the town, along with tastefully decorated rooms and a nice bar open throughout the day. However, this property is out of town, and it does require a fair walk to get to the local Calpe beach and restaurants.
Villa Universitaria is a relaxed and passionate environment. Although the location of the hostel is 15 minutes away from the Alicante city centre, and that is via car, there are plenty of activities to do on the site. There is a sports court, an outdoor swimming pool, and TV and computer rooms. Although the location of the hostel isn't fantastic, the place itself is recommended as good value for money.