The Costa del Azahar is located between the Costa Dorada in the north and the Costa Blanca in the south. Its name, which means Orange Blossom Coast, is due to countless citrus plantations that spread their delicate scent everywhere. The coast has wide, white sandy beaches. The mild climate throughout the year makes it a pleasant holiday destination. Unfortunately, there are few natural obstacles to the on-going overdevelopment, however the mountainous hinterland with its medieval villages compensate for this.
After Barcelona, Spain's third largest city is the country's most important cultural centre on the Mediterranean coast. Citrus fruits, olive oil, wine and raisins from the hinterland are transhipped and delivered to the whole of Europe in the port of the city of 790,000 inhabitants. The old town with its medieval maze of streets is of Mediterranean beauty. To the north and east it is surrounded by a garden fed by the Rio Guadalaviar.