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Third earthquake rattles Spain’s Costa Blanca

An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Ritcher scale was registered in the early hours of Tuesday morning just inland that could be felt across the Costa Blanca.

Third earthquake rattles Spain's Costa Blanca
The tremor could be felt in the resort of Benidorm.

The seismic movement occurred at a depth of 2km beneath the village of Relleu, an area inland from Alicante between the coast and Alcoi according to the National Geographic Institute (IGN) and could be felt in the hills to the resorts along the coast from Benidorm to Gandia.

The quake hit at 5.25am with the shaking lasting approximately five seconds. It was followed by a less intense aftershock but there are no reports of any damage to buildings.

This was the third earthquake to hit the region in two days after two less intense tremors occurred on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

The two smaller earthquakes – the one on Sunday at 8.55pm measuring 2.6 on the Ritcher scale and Monday’s at 4.07am measuring 2.5 – both had their epicentres in water just off the coast of Torrevieja.

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Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

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