When to Go
The optimum time to visit is November through to April. The summer months, May to October, are very hot but and you will probably have to confine your climbing activities to the morning and evening. You may be lucky to get periods of cooler weather, but chances are it will be up in the 30s or higher and seeking shade will be the only real option. The winter months can have periods of cold and wet weather (the Gota Fria is the local name for the occasional periods of very heavy rain that fill all the rivers and can even deposit snow on the high summits) but more often than not it will be wonderfully sunny and settled with cold nights and fresh days.
Alicante has an international airport with regular flights from all over Europe. The whole area is a massively popular holiday destination and the cost of flights can reflect this. The key to finding the real bargains is to be flexible, avoid school holidays and book early. If Alicante is not an option it is worth considering trying Murcia which has become increasingly popular, or Valencia.
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Although the Costa Blanca is a good area to go if you are on a limited budget and don’t want to hire a car, having your own transport is definitely preferable. Car hire is best arranged from the UK before you go. A tip on arrival if you are in a group is to send one member through customs without their bag to start sorting the car booking process otherwise you may end up in a long queue.
Without a Car - If you are carless the best option is Sella, where there is loads of climbing, a refuge and some basic camping. Calpe is also a possibility with the Peñon, Toix and Olta within bus/walking distance. There is a regular train service up and down the coast from Alicante to Valencia and there are local bus services.
Where to Stay