Costa Blanca, (literally in English "White Coast") refers to over 200 kilometres (120 mi) of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province of Spain. It describes the shoreline on the south eastern coast of Spain.
The name "Costa Blanca" was devised as a promotional name used by BEA when they launched their air service (for 38.16s.-) between London and Valencia in 1957. It has a well-developed tourism industry and is a popular destination for British and German tourists.
It extends from the town of Denia in the north, beyond which lies the Costa del Azahar (or Costa dels Tarongers), to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, beyond which lies the Costa Cálida.
The localities along the Costa Blanca are Alicante (Alicante/Alacant), Altea, Benidorm, Benissa (Benisa), Calp (Calpe), Dénia (Denia), Elche (Elche/Elx), El Campello (Campello), Finestrat, Guardamar del Segura, L'Alfàs del Pi (Alfaz del Pi), Orihuela Costa, Pilar de la Horadada, Santa Pola, Teulada–Moraira, Torrevieja, Villajoyosa (Villajoyosa/La Vila Joiosa) and Xàbia (Xàbia/Jávea). Benidorm and Alicante cities are the major tourist centres. Costa Blanca North and Costa Blanca South are totally different.
Santa Pola, San Pedro del Pinatar
Orihuela, Benijofar, San Fulgencio, Mil Palmeras (pm)
Algorfa, Guardamar, La Mata, San Miguel de Salinas, Celtic Isle, Playa Flamenca
Rojales, Bigastro, San Javier, Urb. La Marina, Albatera
Dolores, Torrevieja (am) Los Montesinos (pm) Pilar de la Horadada (eve) Crevillente (am), Daya Vieja (am), El Gran Rastro (Crevillente)
Playa Flamenca, Santa Pola, Almoradi. El Gran Rastro (Crevillente)
Campo de Guardamar, Algorfa, Urb La Marina, “Zoco” (near Quesada), El Gran Rastro (Crevillente)
The British Indoor Market in Formentera del Segura
Punjabi Palace – best curry in Spain J staff are welcoming, food is freshly prepared and to the highest standard (the restaurant is just across the park outside the apartment)
Pizzeria La Posada – 9.30-23.00 Freshly made pizza, very good value for money in a relaxed atmosphere
Restaurante Bar Casa Pili – 9.30-16.00, 19.30-23.00 Quality Spanish Restaurant, beautiful food, meal of the day includes a large glass of wine but they charge very little for the bottle
Bar Monte – 9.00 – 0.00 Lovely staff, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, excellent value for money, Thursday Steak Night
Numerous bars and restaurants around the square and down the side streets, take a look around who knows what you might stumble across
We always enjoy the lovely Portico Mar Restaurant which is
in Campomar, a very picturesque area, near Guardamar.
The food is international and is very good with lots of choices. The service is good and friendly. It's a set menu and it’s €14.95 daytime, and €17.95 evenings, which comes with a drink - half carafe of wine or a beer or soft drink. Evening prices start at 6.00pm. They’re open seven days a week from 12.00-24.00.
Dress is smart/casual and there is a loyalty card scheme,
they give you a card with your bill and holes are punched in it. Once you have
nine holes indicating nine meals, you get a free meal.
03140 Guardamar del Segura
Tel 966 725 603
Speciality in grilled meats, meats with sauces, home made pastry, kinder garden and green areas. Flamenco show every Friday and from June, Mondays and Fridays at 20:30pm.
Private parties, first communions, weddings, baptisms and other events.
Open every day from 13pm to 24pm.
I go to this restaurant every 3 months for lunch with my
father. We always have the shoulder of Lamb which amazing. It is 14e for the
lamb for 2 people so excellent value for money. The lamb comes with a large
bowl of salad, a warm loaf of bread with garlic mayo and a large bowl of chips.
All this is 14e between 2 people so how people can say this dear is beyond me!!
House wine is lovely at around 7e a bottle, but good Rioja or similar is 10e to
20e a bottle.
I have also had Ox steak before here and like many restaurants in the region, it is wonderful. Around 15e will get you the biggest piece of Ox you have ever seen, Fred Flintstone would be impressed!
The WOK Buffet Ciudad Quesada
If you fancy a Chinese then this is the place to eat. For €7.95 you can eat as much as you like including starters, main course (cooked in front of you) and desert. The food is always fresh and hot and being buffet style you select what you like, drink not included but you get a free bottle of wine when asking for the bill.
This restaurant can be found on the dual carriageway towards the arches of ciudad Quesada near Lidl and Consum supermarket.
Please note this is a very popular restaurant and gets very busy in the summer months. Booking would be advisable, to book Tel 966 731 352
Torrevieja is in truth the name for an old tower (Torre Vieja) which is located in the area.
It is most famous for being a seaside town, with all the attractions that go with it. A fantastic seaside walk will take you from the harbour to the end of town towards La Mata to the north, many outdoor bars and cafes fill the sidewalks, and all offer a very acceptable menu at the right price. What more could be better than to stop for a coffee or midday beer, and look out over the Mediterranean Sea, before setting off again on a leisurely stroll? There are a few sandy areas along the way, which are very busy in the summer.
If you decide to turn into the town, you will not be disappointed. Great shops and restaurants are everywhere so is the atmosphere of a true Spanish town.
In the evening, the whole area comes to life, but not until after 9 o’clock. There are also many clubs and interesting nightspots in the town.
Just a mile in land, you will see two large salt lakes, Laguna De Torrevieja and its sister Laguna De La Mata. These lakes, one pink and the other blue are due to the extraction of its salt, and have a very special healthy microclimate. It has been said, that this area is now one of the healthiest places in the world to live in, claims made by no other than the World Health Organization. On the side of the main ring road the N332, one can see 20-meter high salt hills, which, when it is packed in bags and distributed, it goes to the dinner tables of the world. This trade has given the town a livelihood since 1668, and even though one of the lakes has seen better days there is still enough salt to go around for many years to come.
Another sideline from the salt came about in its early years of export, when the ships of Spain reached the far corners of the globe where the Spanish men took their culture with them, and exchanged it for that of the peoples they met. One such exchange was the songs and rhythm of the Habanera that is now a part of the Spanish people.
Fishing also comes into play in the every day life of the locals, though not a major industry. The daily catch can supply the town’s restaurants, not only feeding the people of the area, but its biggest moneymaker the tourist. If you are a fish lover then you will not be disappointed.
If you look at the sea front of Torrevieja from the air, you would see that it is in fact made up of three large sandy coves, that are only linked to each other by man made foot paths. The first cove to the north is the start, or if you like the end of the promenade that would take you from one end of town to the other. The beach itself is nice but has rocky areas that are not kind on the feet. A main road runs its full length. If you are staying in town it is walking distance to hotels and apartments, and of course, all the bars and nightlife you could want. Depending on the holiday you are looking for, it could be the best palace to be. Walking on to the promenade and to the south, you would come to the next beach and more of the same, only that there is no road and the walkway has been built with the lot of thought. With fantastic cafes and a view across the ocean to the ships and small boats that always seem to be going by, you would find all of this so relaxing you could not help but to stop and linger for a while. Shops have been built along the front and so have the market stalls, which offer all those items that we feel we must buy on holiday but never look at again when we get home. After the beach part of town, you would come to the marina and more sand, in fact quite a lot of sand. In some parts, it must be 100 meters to the water. Lots of space to stretch out, the road still runs along its length but it is too far away to notice.
Explanada de España in the city of Alicante
Let's go and do a bit of Alicante travel. The first place to visit is the gorgeous beachfront by the harbour, then along the main pedestrian walkway, the ´Explanada de España´, a stunning promenade by the sea decorated with black, red and cream marble and surrounded by beautiful palm trees nearby the street shops and cafes. This is a striking place where you can enjoy an outdoor seafront concert in the balmy summery Sunday mornings and bank holidays.
Touring towards the centre, northwest of the ´Explanada´, we can find the impressive Cathedral of Saint Nicholas surrounded by the narrow streets of the old quarter of ´El Barro´, where the best nightlife and some of the cheapest accommodation can be found. Walking towards the southwest by ´Calle de Italia´ we bump into the main tourist information and post offices as well as the central bus and train stations of Alicante city.
Before you hit the beach in Alicante, or dance the night away, spend some time in the capital of Catalunya. Barcelona offers a full package with great pubs, bars and shops and markets. Try your luck and bargaining skills on the Els Encants flea market. To get the most out of the city it is best to spend the night in one of the hotels such as the Cotursa Rocafort Hotel. This hotel is situated in the city centre.
In Alicante we can see the Ibero-Roman city
with remains dating from the 5th century BC to the 2nd century AD, or choose to
see some of the displays of the finest contemporary artists; one of the most
advanced archaeological museums in Spain; or the largest collection of
20th-century Spanish sculpture in the world; or an imposing mountaintop castle,
Gothic churches and many extraordinary examples of civic and religious
buildings in the baroque style.
As a new addition to Alicante's fine selection of monuments and museums, the city is soon to open a Provincial Fine Arts Gallery intended to contain and preserve 19th-century paintings and other works of art now in the holdings of the provincial council.
The city's 18th-century manor houses, the typical Santa Cruz quarter with its quaint chapels, and many other monuments scattered around the urban area where travelling exhibitions are often held, are other attractions in the tourist line-up this city has to offer, ensuring that visitors will be pleasantly surprised.
Located next to the mouth of the River Segura, Guardamar overlooks a long beach bordered by a large expanse of sand dunes covered with pines and eucalyptus. The setting is one of the most unique scenes in the Land of Valencia, with an original combination of extensive coastal dunes protected by a verdant forest, fertile fields and orchards and the omnipresent beach and the Mediterranean Sea. The forest parkland of the Dunas de Guardamar, with over 800 hectares running parallel to the coast, is a wonder in a class of its own.
Festivities are an important part of life in Guardamar. And the enthusiasm of the locals will make you want to
participate and be more than a mere spectator. Carnival (February), with
costumes and outdoor parties.
Holy Week (March/April), with processions and scenes from the Passion. First and second Monday of Easter (March/April). Moors and Christians (2nd fortnight of July), in honour of Saint James, with parades of comparsas (mock warrior companies), sieges of the castle, fireworks and the re-enactment of the legend of L 'Encantà. Feast in honour of the Virgin of Fátima (September) in the country side outside Guardamar. Feast in honour of the Virgin of the Rosary (7th October
Due to its ideal geographical situation, Guardamar has been the chosen location for many different cultures, from Iberians to Romans, Arabs and Christians. Historical remains of these civilisations can still be found. Of note is the Iberian settlement of Cabezo Lucero, where an example of Iberian art, La Dama de Guardamar (The Lady of Guardamar) was found dating from the 4th century BC. Dating from the Arab domination, the archaeological site of Rábita Califal, a group of mosques.
In Guardamar you can enjoy water sports at their best: windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, and more. But the options certainly don't end here. At the local municipal sports complex, you'll find an indoor football field, frontón tennis, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball and handball.
About Elche: Elche region is the 20th largest in Spain with a population of around 230,000 inhabitants. Part of the municipality of Elche is coastal, where it has almost 9km of beautiful sandy beaches and pine groves. However the main city of Elche is some 11 km from the Mediterranean Coast and a small river called the Vinalopo flows through it, dividing Elche into 2 halves, with the old town and palm groves on one side.
Elches Basilica de Santa Maria: The beautiful Basilica de Santa Maria occupies the former site of the main mosque of Muslim Elche. This mosque was still standing after James II’s conquest in 1265. In 1672, work on the present church began and was finally completed in 1784. The Basilica is well worth a visit when on holiday in Alicante and the view from the top of the tower, across Elche, is astounding!
Elches roman baths: These historic baths are situated just round the corner from the Basilica in Elche and, in past times, had tiled walls and rooms separated by arches and vaulted ceilings. When in use, not only were they a place to bathe and relax, but were also one of the focal meeting places in Elche. An audio commentary in several languages is available during your visit to the baths, which explains the origin of this public service and how they worker
The Elche mystery play and the Nit De Alba: Whilst not something to necessarily visit while on holiday in Alicante, Elche also boasts a 2nd cultural asset that was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2002 – the Elche Mystery Play. This deeply religious lyrical drama, which is performed every August, is the last surviving example of a medieval European religious play dating from the 15th Century. ‘El Gloria’, the most moving and significant part of the mystery play is played on the Nit De Alba, on 13th August each year, when all the lights in Elche are turned off, before a beautiful firework, ‘La Palmera de la Virgen’, is released from the Basilica de Santa Maria. The Nit D Alba is definitely worth seeing if you are renting a Apartment with Alicante Holiday Apartments in Alicante during August!
Huerto Del Cura: The Huerto Del Cura, or healing garden, covers 13,000sqm within the centre of Elche. As well as the palm trees, the Huerto del Cura also houses many other typical Mediterranean trees such as lemon, orange, and pomegranate. However the main attraction of the Huerto Del Cura is the Imperial Palm, which is the garden’s most treasured date palm. This amazing 170 year old palm has eight arms sprouting from a single trunk and is completely symmetrical. Walking through these lovely gardens on a warm summer day, and taking shade from these majestic palms whilst on holiday in Alicante is a lovely way to spend a lazy afternoon!
Altamira Castle & Elche’s Archaeology Museum: Altamira Castle is located just next to the Municipal Park. Originally built in the 12th & 13th Centuries, in the 15th Century it was renovated with a brick exterior and, from then until the 19th Century, was the residence of the lords of Elche. Since then, it has also been used as a textile mill, Elche Town Hall and also as a prison during the Spanish Civil War. However now it houses the Elche Archaeology and History Museum where it details the fascinating history of Elche, from the prehistoric era. From the towers of the castle there are fantastic views of the palm groves and Elche itself.
L’Alcudia: Approximately 10km from Elche’s city centre is the archaeological site where the sculpture of the ‘Dama de Elche’ (or Lady of Elche) was discovered in 1897, and is considered to be the most important of the archaeological remains found here. In 1897 it was taken to Paris to be exhibited in The Louvre, but, since 1941, the Dama has been kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid and exhibited in Elche twice, once in 1965 and again in 2006. As, in past centuries, Elche has been occupied by many, including the Iberians, Carthaginians and Romans, remains from all these periods can be seen at L’Alcudia.
Arrival of the virgin Elche: According to local tradition, on the evening of December 28th, a coastguard who was keeping watch over Elche’s coast named Francesco Canto, found a chest containing an image of the Virgin of the Assumption as well as the ‘Consueta’, the musical text for the Elche Mystery Play. So, every 28th December at 15.00 a fiesta is held to commemorate his legendary discovery and Canto leaves on horseback from the Huerto de les Portes Encarnaes to declare his discovery to the Town Hall, this ride through the streets of Elche is the festival’s high point. Then a committee sets out to collect the chest. Once the committee arrives at the Huerto de les Portes Encarnades, the Virgin is taken in procession to the Basilica de Santa Maria. On years with an even number a pilgrimage to commemorate this event, sets out from Santa Pola to Elche starting at 07.30 on Tamarit beach in Santa Pola and finishing in Hort de les Portes Encarnaes.
The Trips depart from Torrevieja and Santa Pola.
Destination – Tabarca Island
For information on departures and tickets
Torrevieja Harbour Phone (0034) 966 702 122
Santa Pola Harbour Phone (0034) 689 123 623
There are many boat trips all around Torrevieja, take a trip to the nearby Island of Tabarca or sail along the coast and admire the beautiful scenery aboard this glass bottom boat. You ca also enjoy an evening dinner cruise with on board entertainment during the summer months.
Hot Air Ballooning
Telephone (0034) 966 637 401 or (0034) 646 798 786
Aeroglobo fly to the south of Alicante in the areas of the Bajo Vinalopo and the Baja Segura, The excursion last about three hours, this includes 40 minutes flying time, inflating the balloon, picnic and transportation during the excursion.
More details can be found at http://www.aeroglobo.com
Pick Your own Organic Farm
We welcome you to discover the farm. You can choose to relax and enjoy the surrounding dramatic mountain scenery or to do something more active here. Even the micro-climate around the farm and over the mountains can be surprisingly different. Unusual cloud patterns can unexpectedly form and the natural light can rapidly change around the mountain; may be you’ll be inspired to sketch, paint or photo a scene in front of you to capture the moment?
You can choose to climb the terraced slopes of the farm for different views of the sea or walk into the bowl of the valley and absorb a 360 degrees mountain view. The density of herbs and pine trees also give the mountain air a wonderful smell which is normally touched by a refreshing breeze. There is plenty of shade on a hot day and plenty of shelter on a cold one.
As you wander along the terraces see what you can find to pick and take home. There are over 1200 almond trees, by far the most prolific crop, but you will also find some lemon, orange, pomegranate, carob, fig, olive, Nispero (loquat), quince, persimmon (kakis), pear and plum trees on the farm. You are welcome to pick whatever you can find that is ripe and in season for a modest price.
Our adult bikes for excursions are Kymco 150cc quads, a great general purpose bike AND legally able to carry two people. Everyone with a full car driving licence (or motorbike licence) aged 18 years and over may legally ride these bikes on any tour with us. They are the perfect quads for touring on a family day out so every age group can enjoy our open country rides. If preferred these bikes can also be used on our private farm circuit by unlicensed riders of the right stature and ability.
Rio Safari Elche
No trip to the Costa
Blanca would be complete without a visit to the famous Rio Safari at Elche. A
mix between a zoo, a safari park and a community farm, it is even more
appealing if you have young children with you.
Located conveniently on the road from Santa Pola to Elche (CV-865) it is well signposted and easy to find. Before making the trip it could be well worth your while to visit your local tourist office as there are usually discount vouchers to be found or even "children go free" vouchers.
In the summer time don't forget to take your swimming gear
(no not to join the crocodiles!), there is a large swimming pool with slides
which is free for visitors. Refreshments and food are available at the Rio
Safari but it is definitely more fun to take a picnic - don't forget to take
some extra carrots and a bag or two of monkey nuts as feeding the animals is
allowed here and in fact encouraged - the kids are going to love it!
Your ticket includes free entry into all the animal shows - the sea lion show, the parrot show and the elephant show, it also includes a "train" ride around the safari and you can sometimes purchase a video of you visit. The shows are all excellent and the commentary is in English as well as Spanish so you can all understand what is going on. The "train" ride takes you right around the park and in amongst the animals so you can get some great photos.
Between the "train" ride and the animal shows you are free to wander the park and feed the many animals as you go, watch out for the chipmunks that are liable to pop out of a hole in the ground at any moment and pinch your nuts! The giraffes are a big favourite with the kids and they will come down and leisurely and gently take a carrot from the smallest child's hand - watch out for that huge, long tongue! Some of the other animals may not be quite so gentle so watch out for young children.
The goat pen is sometimes open for visitors to go inside and carrots may be on sale at the entrance for feeding them. However the goats can be a little over-enthusiastic at the sight of a carrot, so a little care is needed.
There is a wide range of animals to see at the safari including lions, tigers, jaguars, giraffes, camels, llamas, emus, ostriches, buffalo, deer, antelope, a hippo, an elephant, donkeys, monkeys, chimps and crocodiles to name but a few. There is also an aquarium with fish and reptiles and a parrot house with some excellent specimens.
The safari has been recently undergoing some renovations and improvements to make the experience even more enjoyable for visitors.
So if you are in the area why not take a day out to visit the Rio Safari Elche and enjoy a day amongst the 4,000 or so palm trees.
Mundomar (Sea World)
Mundomar is one of several animal parks in the Costa Blanca area, but is the only one themed around aquatic animals.
Mundomar translates to Sea World in the English language, and a sea world is what you will get when visiting this excellent marine park. It is a unique experience with many exotic birds and marine animals to be observed in a natural environment.
The park is set on a hillside, on the right hand side of Levante Beach in Benidorm (when looking from the sea), right next door to the Aqualandia water park.
There is a wide range of animals to be seen, and there are photo and swimming opportunities with dolphins and seals.
As always there is a good range of food outlets and themed shopping booths.
From other coastal towns take the AP7 motorway or the N332 Coast road to Benidorm (Levante), then follow the signs. The journey should take no longer than 30 minutes from Alicante.
For further information please contact Mundomar direct on +34 965 869 101
To find out more details about the park, and online ticket purchases at their website http://www.mundomar.es/gbmundomar/sphome.asp
Pola Park in Santa Pola is a Kids adventure land
The park covers 24,000 sqare metres. There are over 20 attractions; inflatable castles, american track, cars, crash boats, trampolines, laser maze, orbiters, bumper cars, quads, mini golf and a 60 metre high panoramic tower. There are also restaurants, sandwich shops, hamburger joints, ice-cream parlors, waffle stands and a western-style restaurant that can hold up to 300 diners.
Visit website for more details. http://www.polapark.com/ingles/index.htm
The Santa Barbara Castle Alicante
In terms of sheer size - both surface area and buildings - the Santa Barbara Castle Alicante is one of the largest in the Mediterranean region. It dominates the summit of Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass soaring out of the sea to a height of 166m. Its privileged location has been an encouragement to human settlement from distant times, and vestiges of the Bronze, Iberian and Roman ages have all been found there.
The present fortress is Muslim in origin and dates from the end of the 9th century. Between 1562 and 1580, in the time of Philip II, extensive reformations were carried out, the work of Antonelli and Palearo.
The castle has three clearly differentiated areas. The highest part contains the oldest remains (11th to 13th century), and of particular interest are the Baluarte de los Ingleses (Rampart of the English), the Sala Noble (Hall of Nobles) and the Governor's House. The intermediate part consists mainly of buildings that were constructed in the 16th century, namely the Room of Philip II, the Cuerpo de Guardia (Guard's Wing), the Baluarte de la Reina (Queen's Rampart), and the Patio de Armas (the garrison courtyard), along with the ruins of the ancient hermitage of St. Barbara. The third part of the Castle was added in the 18th century and here you will find the Revellín de Bon Repós (an angular embankment) and the monument to the famous soldier from Alicante, Félix Berenguer de Marquina, who was a Captain-General in the Philippines and a Viceroy of New Mexico.
Located at various sites throughout the Castle, both indoors and out, are the Fundación Capa Sculpture Collection, the most important collection of contemporary Spanish sculpture (19th-20th centuries) in the world.
Apart from the lift, there are two walking routes down from the castle that will help us become even more familiar with this beautiful city.
Down the eastern side, looking onto the sea, you can take a calm stroll around the new park called parque de La Ereta. Designed by Marc Bigarnet and Fréderic Bonnet, it is a cultural meeting place, an open area that is decorated with autochthonous Mediterranean flora.
If you decide to walk down the northern side of the Castle, with your back to the sea, you will reach the square called Plaza Gómez Ulla, where the MARQ, Alicante's Provincial Archaeological Museum is located.
OPENING HOURS (CAPA COLLECTION):
Winter: 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. Summer: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm. Sundays: 10 am to 3 pm. CAPA Collection closed Mondays and Sunday afternoons. Phone: 965 15 29 69.
ALICANTE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (MARQ)
10 am to 7 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 2 pm. Mondays closed. Phone: 965 14 90 06
Fuentes de Algar
Although there are lots of interesting places to visit along the Costa Blanca, the ‘Fuentes de Algar’ (el Algar waterfalls) natural park is perhaps one of the most picturesque. It is a natural beauty spot high up in the mountains behind Altea, which is incredibly green and rich in crystal clear water.
The ‘Algar Water Falls’ are found 2.5 km from the Apartmentge of Callosa d’Ensarria, at the source of the river from which it's name is derived. The region is well known as a large fruit growing area and in particular for its groves of nisperos. Some 22 million kilos of nisperos are produced in the Guadalest and Algar valleys every year.
Once you have gained entrance to the waterfalls, you will feel the fresh clean air and hear the noise of the tumbling waters. You then arrive at the main pool to where the largest of the waterfalls cascades down. Many people take their first dip here, but do remember that the water is icy cold, even in the hot summer months
A small wooden bridge has been erected across this pool to
enable you to climb the steps up to the top (the picture above is taken from
the bridge looking directly into the main waterfall). There are an additional
set of steps behind the restaurant, which, although quite steep, are really
worth going up, to see the main cascade under rushes, oleanders and fig trees.
At the top of the valley, a wide-open space has been set out with barbeques, table, benches, toilets and showers. Several coach companies offer trips, sometimes combined with a visit to the ‘Castell de Guadalest’ and the nearby animal sanctuary, but if you wish to make your own way there, from the A-7 motorway take the road to Callosa d’en Sarria (turn off near Benidorm) and you will find that ‘Fuentes del Algar’ are well sign posted. There is also a cactus garden nearby which is another place to see if you are visiting.
There are numerous parking areas under the shade of trees or carports, a small train museum and an ‘arboretum’ containing Mediterranean spice plants, aromatic essence of oils and perfumes.
Forest - Elche
The amazing palm tree orchards are by far the most distinctive feature of the landscape of Elche (Elx), not just the surrounding areas, but the urban landscape itself. Numbering over 200,000 specimens, the palm trees dominate the skyline when viewed from afar. What is even more amazing is that this is not a natural palm forest; it was created and designed with a purpose in mind.
The Moors, who originally laid out the forest, did so for agricultural purposes, and they created a complex irrigation system to sustain and support it. The Arabs were experts in utilising limited amounts of water, and their methods were developed in the extreme desert conditions of their home lands of Northern Africa and the Middle East.
The date palms themselves of course provided a valuable commodity (edible dates), but to a greater degree, the palms were used to protect other crops at lower levels - the palm trees planted in single or double file, gave protection from the wind and sun, to additional crops such as herbs and fruit trees.
The main irrigation ditch, which the Moors built to bring water to the forest, was called the ‘Seguia Major’ and this brought water from some 5km away and fed it, via smaller channels, to all areas of the forest. It also provided water for the town (for bathing and other purposes), but as this water was salty in nature, drinking water needed to be obtained from other locations (mainly by the collecting of rainwater).
In order to produce white palm tree fronds (for Easter processions) and edible dates, expert palm tree farming methods are used
Saint Mary's Basilica Elche
The King of Spain, Amadeus I, visited St. Mary’s Basilica in
Elche in 1871. He was greeted by hundreds of students waving white palms in the
Main Square, today known as Plaza de Baix Square. After admiring the views he
declared that ‘the town of Elche in the province of Alicante shall bear the
title of City of Elche.’
If the views are fit for a King then they are certainly fit for the ‘Leader’ and we paid our 2 Euros entrance fee and climbed the 167 steps up to the Mirador. The climb up the winding, enclosed staircase was worth it as we saw 360-degree views over the city from the palm grove out to the sprawling city limits.
The present Basilica, one of the city of Elche’s main landmarks, is the fourth religious building to be found on the site. The foundation stone was laid over 300 years ago this week in 1673 by Franciso Verde and many other architects worked here until the Basilica was finally finished on the 3rd October in 1784.
The Basilica is the only temple in the Catholic world which
is allowed to perform within its walls. The Mystèri d’Elx, a sung sacred medieval play has been performing
since Pope Urban VIII granted the privilege in 1632. The drama is divided into
2 acts, known as ‘la Vespra’ and ‘la Fiesta’ and is played
every year on the 14 and 15 August.
The plays form an important part of the Basilica’s heritage. The central dome has eight stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Elche Mystery Play. They show the Virgin making her entrance, followed by her entourage and angels and then finally her coronation. The leading role in the Elche Mystery Play is the Virgin of the Assumption who is depicted in a stained glass window above the aisle of the Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun).
The magnificent cathedral of Our Lady of Grace in the Spanish city of Murcia, saw its foundation stone laid by Bishop D Fernandez de Pedrosa in 1394 on the remains of a Moorish mosque. The fundamental construction was completed in 1467.
With a time span of seventy-three years it is inevitable that the Cathedral has a great variety of architectural styles, but is mainly composed of the Gothic and the Baroque.
The cathedral is still home to the Catholic Council, an old medieval institution, which has the responsibility of the upkeep and conservation of this historic building. The cathedral is considered to be the first temple of the Diocese, and has a constant display of Christian Art.
The primary façade is justifiably said to be one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture in the world, standing 58 metres (or 188 ft) high, it is an imposing feature, and was designed by the master of Spanish Baroque Jaime Bort, and completed in 1754. The Apostles gate entrance is octagonal and is a beautiful example of Gothic design.
The tower, which stands on the left of the cathedral was started in 1521 but not completed until 1792, some 271 years later. The tower which has a mixture of architectural styles is 90 metres in height and is the highest building in Murcia. The idea for the tower, which has 112 apertures rather than windows, 18 ramps and a spiral staircase with 167 steps, was the brainchild of the German bishop M .Mateo de Lang, assisted by the Italian artist Jacobo Florentin, who was a follower of Michelangelo. The tower has a peal of twenty bells, one of which was a gift from King Juan 1st in 1382, and was called the ‘Moors.’ These bells would sound to let the citizens of Murcia know about important events, they were also used to warn the city when the River Segura was flooding. Each of the bells has its own name such as La Catalana, La Fuensanta and La Segundilla.
The interior of the cathedral has many treasures in store for the visitor, including the main altar, the choir stalls and a host of side chapels.
The door of the Apostles was constructed in 1488 and designed by Diego Sánchez de Almazán in the Gothic style, it features sculptures of the four apostles and the shield of the Catholic queen Isabel.
The cathedral museum is housed in the cloisters and Chapter House, and was first opened to the public in 1956, and is open daily from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Amongst its most interesting features is a Roman Sarcophagus, dating back to the 3rd century A.D. There is also a precious monstrance crafted in Toledan Silver, and a fine example of Francisco Salzillo’s work, “St. Jerome the Penitent”.
A visit to this splendid cathedral with its fountain of peace and knowledge should be an inspiration to us all.
Cuevas del Canelobre
Tucked away on the northern side of Cabeçó d’Or just ten minutes from the sleepy Spanish Apartmentge of Busot is one of the Costa Blanca’s little known treasures. The Caves of Canelobre are a hidden delight that boast being the largest and deepest open to visitors in Spain.
We took a half hour tour with Juanjo, an English-speaking guide, to find out more about the 150 million year old site. The entrance is 700m up the side of the mountain enjoying fantastic panoramic views of the countryside. Visitors enter through a manmade path, built by the republicans during the civil war of 1936-39. During this time they used it as an ammunition factory and as a secret place to fix aircraft. They built three platforms in the huge vault of the cave that is some 45m in height, 45m long and 35m wide - so those who suffer from claustropbia do not have to worry. Two of the platforms are still used by visitors today as they travel down the 141 steps through the heart of the vault.
The pathway winds its way down through a spectacular display of stalagmites and stalactites. As crystals glisten, you hear the gentle trickle of water as it falls from above and algae forms what appears to be green lagoons on the rock. Discreet and clever lighting emphasises the varied forms that the rocks have adopted, from a dragon’s head to a jellyfish, including, what is largely seen as the centre piece and the caves’ namesake, a stalagmite resembling a candelabra, meaning ‘canelobre’ in Valencian.
Juanjo tells us how the caves are still living and growing, but before you get too excited it takes 100 years to grow just 1cm! He points out a white mark on a rock, the sign that a stalagmite is beginning to form, it will be some years before there’s much more to see but that all adds to the delight of the experience, the fact that it is still living and a natural wonder.
The authorities are keen to preserve the caves and rightly so. They have instruments inside the cave that measure the number of visitors and any change to the formations or temperature to ensure that people are not disrupting the ecology of the area, and while they watch that, that leaves us to absorb the magic of the Caves of Canelobre.
The average temperature in the cave is 17 degrees centigrade and this never varies by more than 1 degree.
The caves are 24 kilometres from Alicante and 40 kilometres from Benidorm, you can reach them by heading along the A-7 and taking exit 67 following signs for El Campello then Busot.
The site is open from 1st Oct to 20th June from 11am – 5.50pm. For the rest of the year including Easter week from 10.30am to 7.50pm.
Entrance costs 4euros for adults and 2euros for children aged between 5 and 12.
Photography is not allowed in the caves.
Watch out for special concerts inside the cave. It’s a popular venue for groups due to the amazing acoustics.
Terra Mitica Theme Park
Benidorm is the home of the only traditional type theme park on the Costa Blanca.
Terra Mitica is just a few minutes drive from the hotels of Benidorm, most of which will arrange for you to join one of the daily arranged trips to the park. You are collected by a coach and delivered home exhausted at the end of the day.
The queues are not as big as the parks in the USA or Madrid and Barcelona.
The park is split into 4 ancient worlds Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Spain; each has a series of rides from gentle through to white knuckle.
The rides include a real wood roller coaster, and several state of the art steel roller coasters.
The park has restaurants and bars in every "world" (they even serve beer). There are the usual themed shops at the end of each big ride, and photos are taken on about 6 of the rides for you to buy. If you like collecting photos of your rides it is a good idea to invest in a multi-picture pass.
There is plenty of car parking, and busses run to the main town in the area, the bus stops right beside the ticket booths.
Open from the end of March through to end of September, plus peak times in October, November and December.
Telephone +34 902 020 220
To check the current opening hours and prices visit their website
If you are driving:
From any of the coastal towns you can take either the N332 coast road, or the AP7 (Toll) Motorway to Benidorm. The park is very well posted from both roads.
Aqualandia, Benidorm's huge waterpark is the largest in Europe so waterpark fans will be in heaven here. With a choice of water rides and splashes appealing to all age ranges, Aqualandia deserves at least a couple of visits. Aqualandia Waterpark sits conveniently right near Playa De Levante to the east of the beach near Benidorm Palace.
Water rides include the daring Kamikaze, Niagara, Big Bang, Amazonas, Pistas Blandas and Splash.
Plenty for the tots too, with restaurant, snack bar, barbecue, burger bar and pizzeria all on-site. There are shops, games and a photo processing service too. Guaranteed family fun day out for all.
Aqualandia Waterpark Benidorm, Sierra Helada s/n, Rincon De Loix 03403 Benidorm, Alicante Spain.
You can get a discount ticket on the back of the sun bed hire tickets on Levante beach, or get 2 park discount tickets for Mundomar and Aqualandia.
Tel (Information & Bookings). 96 586 01 00.
Or visit their website and take the virtual tour then book your tickets at: http://www.aqualandia.net/gb/
Torreviejas water park
With several excellent rides this makes for a great day out.
The Black Hole, Bumpy Slides, Go-Karts, Activity Lake, Splash Slides, High speed kamikaze rides, Rapids, Niagra Falls, Swimming pools, Zip lines, various water rides on rings, artificial beaches, kiddies pools and mini golf.
FINCA DE LA HOYA GRANDE, s/n 03180 TORREVIEJA ALICANTE
Tel: 96 571 58 90 Fax: 96 571 56 11
The second aquatic attraction (water park) to open in the region of Valencia opened in 1986. Situated on a natural stream bed in Quesada de Rojales. Has an area of 21,000 m². Has water slides- 4 gentle slides and 2 kamikaze, 3 children’s pools, a large swimming pool with free sun beds and parasols, restaurant, cafeteria, lawn & picnic area, lots of parking, etc.
C/ del Norte, s/n.
Tel. 96 671 86 12
Open: from first Monday of
June until the 15th of September.
10.30am until 7pm.
Prices: Adults: 9 €, under-11’s and over 65’s: 7 €
Cave Houses El Rodeo
A new kind of dwelling house excavated inside the bowels of the Earth began to flourish in Rojales during the last century.
Nowadays in four districts, these cave-houses are still functional, some remain as homes, others transformed into beautiful exhibition centres and tea rooms. They are located at the sides of several hills surrounding the south of the town and are Rojales' irreplaceable historical district and, undoubtedly, one of the most interesting in the Valencian Community. The surrounding park now hosting the annual medieval festival and a traditional hand craft fair on the first Sunday of every month.
As a curiosity, the visitor will be gratefully
surprised with the House of the Shells. It is
the masterpiece of Manuel Fulleda Alcaraz's
patience and perseverance and is to be found
in one of these districts, the Caves of El
La Marquesa Golf is our local course and all the Apartments on this site
either, overlook the La Marquesa Golf Course, or are only a few yards away from
it. The course itself is situated in a valley between two hills. The attractive
setting with wide greens, lakes, streams and obstacles, make play extremely
enjoyable and suitable for players of all levels. Clubs and trolleys are
available for hire from the golf club and there is a Pro Shop if you need to
Tony Head from Golferholics has played La Marquesa golf course for many years and has given his personal review as follows:
" Our main resort course, La Marquesa Golf and Country club, is the ideal location to base oneself for a great golfing holiday. The courses are always in tip top condition and the weather is usually hot in summer and warm even in the middle of winter.
La Marquesa, some people say is an easy course, a course to get yourself ready for the more demanding courses in the area! Believe me this is not the case. Since the course was upgraded bringing more water into play, accurate tee shots are required, and with quick greens, well placed bunkers and the longest par five on the Costa Blanca, judge for yourself!"
Apartmentmartin golf course is a championship golf course and host to many major competitions. The Apartmentmartin golf course is about 15 minutes drive from your accommodation. Clever use of natural contours, an abundance of fairway olive trees and well placed bunkers, make this a challenging golf course for players of all abilities. The difficulty of the Apartmentmartin golf course lies in having to avoid a natural precipice and several water hazards. The Par 3 ninth with a tee shot over a lake, provides an impressive backdrop.
Our review: "Apartmentmartin is the oldest golf course on the Costa Blanca and has hosted the Mediterranean Open. Say no more. Well worth playing." Tony Head
The Real Club de Golf at Campoamor is only about 20 minutes' drive from your accommodation. The course itself is about 100m above sea level and is bordered to the south by the Tagus-Segura Canal . The 18 holes run through two connected valleys, surrounded by gently undulating ridges, which protect it from the wind and create a special microclimate, which allows people to play all year round. The front nine at Campoamor are fairly open, but fast, well protected greens are just waiting to catch the unwary. The back nine holes are an all together more demanding proposition as they wind through steep sided hills. Marvellous views over the Mediterranean .
Our golfing partner, Tony Head says, "Campoamor, only 1 km from Las Ramblas, is totally different. A long open course, usually in pristine condition, is a must to play. Although you can spray your tee shots a little, the greens are large and very three-putable! The clubhouse is palatial. One of the best in Spain."
Las Ramblas golf course is without a doubt one of the most challenging golf courses in the area. Designed by Jose Gancedo, Las Ramblas golf course is the shortest of the courses and demands both accuracy and thought at all holes. High tees, narrow fairways and ravines feature strongly on Las Ramblas golf course. The first hole, a 341m sharp dogleg right of a par four sets the tone. You can either gamble and drive over a rocky hillock or play safe by taking an iron, aiming for an area straight ahead but leaving a lengthy second shot. Decisions, decisions... and Las Ramblas is full of them.
Our golfing partner, Tony Head's, review: "Although shorter than Apartmentmartin, Las Ramblas is a golfing experience not to be missed. Built around two ravines, with small greens and a number of blind tee shots, you will need your best game to score here. Bring a bagfull of balls with you!"
La Finca golf course is a relatively new course, which opened in about 2002. La Finca was designed to host top tournaments and has possibly the greatest variety of greens of any course in the Costa Blanca. Lakes with running water and reed beds make it a particularly attractive course and add difficulty to the game. The course has become the home of many migratory birds and the lovely backdrop of olive and palm trees give the whole golf course a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Well recommended by our golfing customers and tapas at the club house are a must.
Our golfing partner, Tony Head's, review: "La Finca is the latest course to be opened. At over 7000yds this is a course to test even scratch golfers. With large greens and bunkers and water on many holes this is a superb course and a must for the player with a lower handicap. We can book your tee times for you both at this course, (and, of course, at any of the other golf courses featured), thereby taking away the time and trouble involved. That just leaves you to polish up your game in preparation for some great golf at La Finca."
La Manga Golf Club
30389 La Manga Club
Tel: +34 968 175 000 Ext: 1360
Fax: +34 968 175 058
La Manga Golf Club opened in 1971. The North and South Courses at La Manga are located
in a valley surrounded by mountains and with stunning views of the Mar Menor.
Palm trees abound in these two courses, while the West course, sited in a
mountain was carved out of a pine forest.
The Club offers an excellent golf shop, caddies and one of the best practice areas to be found in Spain, with 90 driving range bays, 3 putting greens, short game area and practice bunker. The La Manga Club Golf Academy organises comprehensive training courses for all levels of players, and private tuition.
Carnival is an exciting time to be in Torrevieja. Just the announcement of its start is a call for celebrations. The festivities are spread over three weeks and range from street musicians taking part in the murgas competition to children attending elaborate balls. The two main parades are a sight to behold - usually twenty or so groups spend all year creating their floats in hope of winning the big prize. The night-parade is usually held the week after the daytime procession.
Easter is marked with a week of processions in Spain. An atmospheric silent procession on Good Friday and a following procession on Easter Sunday are the main events in Torrevieja.
At the beginning of the month, the port hosts the annual May Fair. People garbed in traditional costumes gather at casetas (booths) that have been raised at the port and celebrate by dancing the SeApartmentnas. There are also horseback and carriage parades and by the end, there's no shortage of drained wine glasses!
On the last Saturday and Sunday of the month, there's a Romería (Pilgrimage) in Honour of the Virgen del Rocío which culminates with an open air mass and the famed race of the ribbons for horsemen.
Torrevieja celebrates the Hogueras de San Juan (St John's Bonfires), which is particularly popular throughout eastern Spain. The main fiesta is held in nearby Alicante and should not be missed. The streets are alive with fire and the crowds are simply electric.
June also hosts the Fiestas of the Sacred Heart, which includes live music, fairs and children's fireworks.
In mid-July is the Fishermen's Fiesta. As part of the celebrations various cultural, religions and sporting events take place in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen.
Between late July and early August, you must attend the International Habaneras and Polyphony Contest at the Eras de la Sal on the waterfront. Habaneras are songs brought to Spain via Torrevieja sailors who worked the sailing ships that carried salt to Cuba in the 19th century. It's as fascinating as it is enjoyable. You'll hear some fantastic Spanish and International groups and choirs. Mid-August witnesses the parade in honour of the Salt Queen.
There are several musical festivals during November in the honour of Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.
Highlighted by an evening procession on December 8, the Festivities in Honour of the Immaculate Conception (the patron saint of Torrevieja) are held between the 1st and 17th of the month.
Beaches of the Costa Blanca.
Beautiful Guardamar Beaches Stretching For 14km of the Southern Costa Blanca
The beaches at Guardamar del Segura are some of the best on the Costa Blanca and some of the best Spanish beaches that you will find anywhere. There are eight beaches in total which extend to almost 14 kilometres. From north to south, the beaches of Guardamar are Los Tusales (the naturist beach), Los Viveros, De la Babilònia, Playa Centro, La Roqueta, El Moncayo, Playa del Campo and Les Ortigues. One thing they all have in common though is their high quality sand, their length and the background of dunes planted with pines, eucalyptus and palm trees.
Although the beaches at Guardamar are popular, compared to other parts of the coast overcrowding is not really an issue here. The beaches are all fairly deep, leaving space for everyone to enjoy the warmth of the Costa Blanca sunshine on some of the finest beaches in Spain whatever the time of year.
Sun beds are available in most places and the Guardamar beaches are cleaned on a daily basis so you should find them in pristine condition throughout the year. Lifeguards are also present throughout the summer months. On the central beaches such as Playa Centro and La Roqueta you will find extra facilities such as water sports. There are also some small beach bars present, making the beach a nice place to go for a quiet drink on the warm evenings.
Los Tusales Beach
Los Tusales is the official naturist beach of Guardamar, it is approximately 1,550 metres in length and around 50 metres wide and situated on the northern border of the mouth of the river Segura extending towards the border with the municipality of Elche, close to La Marina.
To get to the Los Tusales beach you will need to turn off the N-332 towards the campsite just before Nancy's night club. The beach is actually situated next to the mouth of the river Segura just across from Guardamar del Segura's beautiful Marina but could only be reached by boat via this route. Alternatively if you like to walk, park at La Marina and walk east along the beach.
Aside from the quality of water and sand as main elements in a beach, it is also marked out by leafy vegetation and natural dunes, making it even more suitable and appropriate for practising naturism. Amongst the facilities available you will find tourist information, the red cross, a lifeguard and a restaurant.
Los Viveros Beach
Los Viveros beach can be reached by following the road between the pine forests at the northern end of Guardamar del Segura, there are parking facilities and a bus stop one of the finest beaches on the southern Costa Blanca
It is a is a natural, open beach approximately 2,450 metres long and 40 metres wide which is bordered on the north by the river Segura and on the south by Babilònia beach. It is outstanding not just for the quality of the water and the sand but also because of the important chain of dunes abundant with vegetation and extensive pinewoods.
The dunes are also home to the important archaeological remains known as Rábita Califal and La Fonteta along with a host of wildlife and a variety of plants and trees.
Los Viveros beach is one of the three blue flag beaches situated alongside Guardamar del Segura. Amongst its facilities you will find, tourist information, the red cross, a lifeguard, public toilets, a public telephone, windsurfing and access for people of limited mobility. There is also a restaurant where you can get drinks and light snacks.
De la Babilònia Beach
De la Babilònia beach is located between the Playa Centro and the Los Viveros beaches. The main characteristics are the Casas de la Babilònia, small chalets that overlook the beach, many of them are adorned with beautiful tiles from Manises.
The beach is approximately 1,074 metres long and 20 metres wide, it is an open beach with fine sand and it's facilities include toilets, parking, restaurants, a bus stop and accessibility for those of limited mobility. You will also find a public telephone and possibly more importantly, toilets
Playa Centro (Central Beach) is the closest beach to the town centre. Playa Centro is half a kilometre in length with a width of approximately 30 metres. The beach which has fine sand and clear waters is bordered by the natural beaches of La Babilonia north and La Roqueta to the south.
The beach is located on the southern boundary of the dunes in Guardamar del Segura and is accessible to people with reduced mobility. The beautiful "Parque Reina Sofia" (Queen Sofia Park) with springs, lakes and trees, is located very nearby and is especially bustling at dusk.
Playa Centro is close to the restaurants and the bars in the town centre and offers a sporting area and children's playground on the beach. Here you will see some elaborate and impressive sand sculptures by some very talented locals. At night as you stroll down the promenade on a warm Costa Blanca evening the sculptures look marvellous lit by candles.
La Roqueta Beach
La Roqueta beach has all the facilities of Playa Centro but is slightly further form the town centre. It is an open beach located within the town limits which also covers, on its southern extreme, part of a semi-urban area. It is bordered on the north by Playa Centro and on the south by beach El Moncayo.
It’s fine golden sand, the quality of its waters and its services make it very attractive, it is around 1,180 metres long and 30 metres wide.
El Moncayo Beach
El Moncayo beach has open areas and a small dune chain which go to form this open one and a half kilometre beach which is around 30 metres wide. It has beautiful fine golden sand and is located in a transitional area between the town limits and dunes on the southern extreme.
There is parking available and a bus stop to enable easy access to the beach, a restaurant and is an ideal place for windsurfers.
Playa Del Campo
Playa del Campo is another beautiful beach. Joined at the southernmost extremity of El Moncayo the beach stretches for over two kilometres and has an average width of 60 metres.
Fine and golden sand form this quiet natural beach whose environment is determined by an important dune area covered by Mediterranean vegetation and splashed by pinewoods. The beauty of this is that it prevents any construction from taking place on its surface, this way making it more peaceable and beautiful.
Les Ortigues Beach
Les Ortigues beach is Located on the border with Torrevieja, it is an extensive virgin beach with fine and golden sand, open areas and a dune environment where the Mediterranean sea is a clean deeply blue colour.
This beach is 1,490 metres long with an average width of 60 metres making it wide enough to accommodate you without bumping into to many people close by. Although with limited facilities, this is a perfect place to while away some time sunbathing if you want to try out a different beach.
The southern Costa Blanca is jam packed with some beautiful beaches. Fine golden sand, beautiful surroundings and a host of facilities make Guardamar del Segura's beaches amongst the best that you will find on the southern Costa Blanca. If you want sunshine, relaxation, top quality cuisine and a taste of the true Spanish culture and the best Spanish beaches around then Guardamar del Segura is likely to be the place for you, and our apartment may be just what you are looking for.
Torrevieja Beach Reviews
Torrevieja is situated on the beautiful Orihuela Costa, on the Spanish Costa Blanca, and offers around 20 km of the finest sandy beaches and pretty coves. It’s difficult to say which is the best Torrevieja beach because all of the Torrevieja beaches are stunning and have good facilities. Here’s our low down on the fantastic Torrevieja beaches:-
Playa de La Mata
This beach is one of the lovely places to visit in Torrevieja. It is Torrevieja’s northern most beach, stretching north from the Cabo Cervera and has a lovely coastline. It is a popular Torrevieja beach due to its fine, golden sand and its great range of facilities. The beach stretches for about 2,500m and has first aid facilities, lifeguards, foot showers, ice cream stands, volleyball, water-sports and beach bars.
It is a pretty beach surrounded by the La Mata dunes and a protected natural park, and many view this beach as the most beautiful in the area.
Playa de Los Locos
This beach, which is also known as El Salaret beach, starts from Cabo Cervera in the north, with some beautiful, little creeks, and then turns into a 700m stretch of golden sand. This beach has disabled access and facilities include Red Cross, lifeguards, parking, promenade, restaurants, ice cream kiosks and a children’s play area.
Playa del Cura
Playa del Cura can be found between Punta Carral and Torrevieja’s port, and is one of the city’s main beaches. It is a very popular beach due to its proximity to the city centre, its natural beauty and the great range of facilities. The beach has soft, golden sand which stretches for about 500m and is fringed with an attractive promenade, or paseo, of palm trees, shops and restaurants.
Facilities at this beach include lifeguards, first aid, parking, children’s play area, sunloungers and parasols for hire, and watersports.
Playa del Acequion
Playa del Acequion is in the port area of Torrevieja, within the Club Nautico de Torrevieja and near to Torrevieja’s wonderful, modern marina, Torrevieja Marina Internacional. It is a sandy beach which stretches for 900m and has full facilities including disabled access, Red Cross, parking, beach bars and restaurants, as well as the facilities that the marina has to offer.
The beach is located close to the city centre, the lovely Park of Nations and the Las Salinas nature reserve.
Playa de Los Naufragos
Playa de Los Naufragos is another of Torrevieja’s main city beaches. It is found to the south of the port and marina area and is a small sandy beach of about 400m.
It is close to the Marina Internacional, with its shops, restaurants and water-sport facilities and is also close to the city centre and Las Salinas salt lagoons and nature reserve. It is a popular beach with a fantastic range of facilities including disabled access, parasols and sunloungers/hammocks, Red Cross, children’s play area, restaurants, parking and sports facilities.
Playa Flamenca is a resort situated just outside Torrevieja, whose beach area and promenade have been beautifully refurbished. The beach is ideal for families, being clean and safe, having gentle shelving and having the usual facilities such as parasols and sunloungers, parking and a beach bar in high season.
The beach is within walking distance of the Playa Flamenca development and is a good beach to visit if you are staying in or around that area of Torrevieja.