The Costa del Azahar in Spain
Azahar Holidays is mainly meant as a point of information about the Spanish Orange Blossom Coast, its towns, villages, countryside and sites.
We will expand this site over time in order to give a more detailed look at the Costa del Azahar, for people interested in spending their holidays here or even moving to the area.
Where is the Orange Blossom Coast?
When talking of the Spanish Orange Blossom Coast people usually agree that it starts at the border between the provinces of Catalonia and Castellon in the north. Where it ends in the south is not so clear. Some people say it borders onto the Costa Valenciana at the regional capital of Castellon, others state that it stops at Valencia. An even more "expansionist" version lets the Orange Blossom Coast continue further south past Oliva and Gandia, bordering onto the Costa Blanca. We will use this longer version of the Costa del Azahar.
Why should you visit the Costa del Azahar?
Well, lots of reasons. Some of them are the same as for any other Spanish coastal area, like good beaches, the climate, friendly people, lots of fresh seafood, tapas.
Then there are some reasons more specific to the Costa del Azahar, one being that the places on this coast are not at all comparable to the resorts you find on the more southern Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. The tourism booms of the last century went largely past this area, airports were not being built and a two to three hour transfer on a coach was probably not the ideal scenario for the package tourist of the 70's. So, although there is tourism, it is on a much smaller scale.
Another reason are the beautiful interior regions just behind the Orange Blossom Coast, called Baix Maestrat - excellent territory for rural tourism, including walking, off roading, horse riding, cycling. Plus you could easily combine this with a beach holiday, as it is only a short drive from the coast until you reach these unspoilt inner regions. Again, this has to do with a lack of development in the past. Where further south a large area of the hinterland has been developed with masses of urbanisations of holiday homes, the building activity on this stretch of the Costa Azahar has been very limited so far.
In brief, although you could spend your whole holiday by the pool or the beach, this area is ideal if you seek an active holiday and like exploring.
If you choose to visit the Costa del Azahar you are going to come to real Spain, and English is not as widely spoken as further south. It is advisable to learn at least a few words of Spanish or to bring a phrase book when spending your holidays on the Orange Blossom Coast.