Living in the Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca (white coast) is one of the most popular coastal regions in Spain and is situated in the eastern part of the country. The Costa Blanca covers a large part of the coast of the provinces of Alicante and Valencia. Along the coastline there are a lot of holiday resorts and golf courses to be found. This region is also very popular by people living in the Costa Blanca in winter because of the mild climate.
The Costa Blanca has a Mediterranean climate with the least contrast of Spain. There is little precipitation and the sun is shining all year around. Also on the temperature side, there are no extremes. It never freezes and extremely high temperatures of over 40 degrees are very rare in this part of the country. The mild and dry winters and the comfortable warm and dry summers are the result of a Mediterranean climate which has a warming effect on this region. This is being reinforced by the presence of mountains and hills behind the Costa Blanca which keep the warmth of the sea and stop the cold from inland.
Mediterranean food is renowned for its health benefits. Key ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine include olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish and whole grains with moderate amounts of wine and red meat.
The flavors are rich, and people living in the Costa Blanca, eating a Mediterranean diet are less prone to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or become obese. Paella, which combines rice, vegetables, fish or chicken and of course olive oil, is probably the most typical dish in the region of the Costa Blanca.
The culture of Spain is known for its folklores, festivals and events which are unique to each region of Spain. There are many holidays during the year, both nationally and regionally also provincially. Flamenco is a music and dance style which has its origin from various regions in southern Spain. It is a very typical tradition and is a matter of pride for the Spanish people.
The culture of Spain is acknowledged for its festivals during New Year and Easter weeks. There is a fine blend of spiritual and cheerful characteristics in the Spanish culture. All towns, cities and even professions have their own saints, whose feast is a very important event and it is religiously celebrated.